Riak Webmin 0.1

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I recently tried out Riak, a dynamo influenced datastore, and while I appreciate its simplicity and ease of use, working with it was slow at times due to the lack of a management utility that met my needs. I tried out Riaktive, riak-admin and Riak Admin, three of the four management tools listed on Riak’s community projects page. Out of the three tools I tried out, I thought Riaktive was the best, it had the best feature set and cleanest user interface. However, the document editor kept throwing JavaScript errors.

Since I needed something working relatively fast, and because I wanted a more natural interface into editing JSON, I decided to create my own utility. So, I am releasing the initial working version of Riak Webmin. It uses the same interface as Riaktive, but I added an integrated JSON editor. Unfortunately, Riak Webmin does not yet support all of Riak’s features including links. I will be improving the functionality of Riak Webmin as I can and will make sure to eventually support all of Riak’s REST API.

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Need help installing PHP extensions for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using MAMP and the included PECL binary? Well, you have come to the right place. If you have tried this on its own, you will notice that none of the extensions PECL builds will work with MAMP. This is because MAMP is compiled as a 32-bit binary whereas PECL tries to build 64-bit PHP extensions.

[Update Feb. 1, 2011]

A much easier way to install PECL packages:

CFLAGS="-arch i386" ./pecl install

To get PECL working properly, make sure you have Xcode installed on you machine. Next, you will need to get a copy of MAMP’s source and prepare it using 32-bit compile flags. You can download the MAMP source from the MAMP. Running the .dmg should extract the source. After extracting the source run the following:
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Installing a 32-bit JDK is very easy. First, download the right package from the sun download site: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp and extract it. To extract the .bin file, you need to make sure to make the .bin file executable. After that, you can run the file and it should extract itself to the current directory. You can now use the JDK by referencing it directly or by setting it as an alternative using the appropriate instructions. For the purpose of this article however, we don’t need to get into that. Next, you will need to update your start/stop scripts to take advantage of the new JDK.
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As a weekend project I decided to set up a LAML, (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Lua) stack on my computer. I never worked with Lua before, but I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to get it working with my MAMP setup. Getting started, I spent some time reading any articles I could find on the web that talked about setting up or using using Lua for web development. I quickly ran into the Kepler Project which as their website points out:

is an open source platform that brings the power of Lua to web development

While this was my goal, I wanted to start from scratch since I haven’t had any experience with the language and didn’t want to learn it on a specific platform just yet. So, I went on to figure out how to install and configure Lua with MAMP. To accomplish this yourself, you will need: Xcode, MAMP, Lua, LuaRocks, MAMP source, and mod_fcgid.
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Edit: I originally started working on this article several months ago, however, as I was editing it, the Zend Framework team released a revamped reference guide that goes through much of what I discuss. Hopefully though, this still ends up being useful and informative for someone out there.

Edit #2: I don’t mean for this article to be followed verbatim, but rather, used as a guide to understanding Zend Framework’s routing process.

Now that I am using ZF for current projects at work, I have taken the opportunity to promote ZF with my colleagues. One colleague in particular, who has been using Code Igniter (CI), was somewhat perplexed by ZF’s seeming complexity, even after reading through the first few sections of the Reference Guide. In particular, he didn’t understand how ZF handled URIs as it is quite different from CI. So, I have put together the following, hopefully simple overview, explaining a bit about ZF’s routing and using it in conjunction with Zend_Config.
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I recently published an article trying to shed some light on the Zend_Form component, in particular, when using it with Zend_Config_Ini. In the article I presented a config I developed while trying to learn Zend_Form myself, but unfortunately realized that using generic elementDecorators comes with a price.
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In my previous post Zend Framework, A First Look, I discussed the lacking nature of ZF’s documentation, in particular, with regards to Zend_Form. I have since then learned that this is partly due to the fact that Zend_Form is a relatively new component. However, I still wanted to make use of Zend_Form in my current project and decided to trudge through the learning curve of creating a simple custom login form in conjunction with Zend_Config; the end result being an easy to maintain, custom form and this guide. Hopefully, this guide will make it easier for anyone else looking to take advantage of this very cool feature.
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Since I don’t play the game as much as I did when it first game out, I have no business trying to analyze the flaws of the original compared to what Blizzard has done and is doing with the sequel. Therefore, I will stick to enumerating the new additions found in this latest gameplay trailer.
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Andrew Vayanis

I am a Software Engineer, Technologist, Gamer, but most importantly, I am a student of life.

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California, USA