Holy MVC Batman! It’s Codeingiter!

What have I been up to?  I’ve been looking into some MVC (model-view-controller) frameworks.  Of course, Ruby on Rails is the top dog in the MVC areana and yes, RoR is excellant.  But what about MVC in a non-Ruby environment?

Well, first there was CakePHP, and then ASP.NET MVC (a promissing MVC framework for ASP.NET).  But, then there was Codeigniter!  A small, compact framework based on PHP.

What makes this framework unique?  Not only is it compact, but it’s also very flexible.  It allows the developer to implement the MVC pattern without locking them in a rigid pattern, enforced by code.  I like this because it allows me to generally code to the pattern, but easily make exceptions where it makes sense.

Holiday Mixture – Remix

Last year for the holidays I rallied the troops at my office to see if we could come up with tips and trick that you can use every day when using technology and we came up with quite a number of suggestions.

Once again our staff gave generously and here is this year’s list for you to unwrap:

  1. Always be skeptical of an email’s origin, regardless of whether or not it’s from a known sender. In particular, do not open attachments that end in .ZIP or .EXE unless you are sure of what these files are and from whom they came.
  2. If you inadvertently delete a file, chances are you’ll be able to find it in the Recycle Bin.
  3. Speed up your computer by “defragmentation”.  You can find this by double-clicking “My Computer” and then right-clicking on the disk drive, opening the “Tools” tab, and choosing “Properties”.
  4. Make sure your laptop data is backed up in case you damage or lose it. You’d be surprised at the tales of woe I hear all the time. One thing to consider is a small business server, where several people’s files are centralized and backed up. You can synchronize your laptop with the server which means any changes you make on the laptop will be done on the server. This may be cheaper and easier than you think.
  5. When creating PowerPoint presentations, remember “Lucky number 7”. Put no more than seven words per bullet, and seven bullets per slide.
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