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ARDrone Parrot Review

On July 31, 2011, in Reviews, by LuCuS

ARDrone ParrotYesterday, I decided to buy myself one of those new quadricopters. I’ve seen several different kinds on the internet. But, my local mall has a Brookstone store and they had the ARDrone Parrot model in-stock. So, at a price of $299.00, I decided to pick one up and give it a go. And, let’s just say that I feel like a kid all over again! This thing is friggin awesome! After taxes and an added mechanical warranty, the end price came out to $371.43. It was worth every penny!

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I’m Still Here!

On July 26, 2011, in Misc, by LuCuS

Top Secret StampOver the last couple of days, I’ve received several emails from readers asking if I’m still alive. Until now, I haven’t posted any new articles for exactly 1 week. For those of you that regularly visit this site, you know that I rarely go more than a day or 2 without posting something new. But, everything is ok. I’m still here. Even though I haven’t been posting daily on this site, I still visit it at least once a day where I try to reply to as many comments and emails as I can.

I can’t go into the details of why I’ve been MIA for the last week. But, I can say that I’m about to debut another startup of mine. I’ve been working day and night on a new project for the last couple of weeks which has obviously cut into my article writing time. That will all change within the next week or so as I’ll be releasing another new site for all of you to enjoy.

Until then, stay tuned and keep enjoying the articles I’ve written here.

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Code Project LogoFrom time to time I like to find an existing project on the web and try my best to either improve the app or to make a better version of my own. I’ve even hosted contests in the past for developers to do the same. During those competitions, I’m almost always asked where do I find applications that are worth checking out.

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No More PHP MySQL Extension?

On July 15, 2011, in PHP, by LuCuS

No More PHP MySQL ExtensionI just finished reading an article over at phpclasses.org that talks about “the plot to kill the PHP MySQL Extension”. In that article, Manuel Lemos (the author) describes the call to have the MySQL extension removed entirely from future releases of PHP. If this happens, it won’t happen immediately. Instead, the extension will be deprecated for a while which will lead to warnings being written to your logs showing E_DEPRECATED notices. Then, at some point, method calls such as “mysql_connect” and “mysql_query” will no longer work at all.

Personally, I think this is a terrible idea. Built-in MySQL functionality is one of the things that drove me to PHP in the first place. Not to mention, I have hundreds if not thousands of websites I’ve created over the years that all rely on this extension. If the host providers for those sites upgrade PHP to a version that no longer supports this extension, I’m going to have a lot of pissed off customers. I’ve had it happen before where one day things are working perfectly and then the next day they’re not and it’s all because of an upgrade that went in overnight. However, this move could take those pains to an all new level.

Plus, think about all of the books that are out there right now that teach PHP with the MySQL extension. I have at least 10 books in my bookcase that teaches to use the MySQL extension. All of those books would also become obsolete.

Be sure to checkout the original article at http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/153-The-Plot-to-Kill-PHP-MySQL-Extension.html. Also, be sure to let us know in the comments below what you think about this move. If Facebook had a “dis-like” button, I’d be clicking it right now!

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Books Currently Under Review

On July 14, 2011, in Books, Reviews, by LuCuS

I was recently asked by a reader to share the books I am currently reading and / or reviewing. I’m not completely finished with any of these yet. As I finish them, I will come back here and write up my opinion about each of them. Until then, I figured I could at least put the list out there for others to checkout if interested.

Distributed .NET Programming in C# – Tom Barnaby – Apress
Designing Embedded Internet Devices – Dan Eisenreich / Brian DeMuth – Newnes
Designing Embedded Hardware 2nd Edition – John Catsoulis – O’Reilly
Embedded Programming with the .NET Micro Framework – Thompson Miles – Microsoft Press

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