Using MAMP with SQL Workbench

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

After various partial successes getting MAMP and SQL Workbench to work in peace and harmony, I found this HOWTO from Chance Garcia at Someone might also find this helpful from Frankie Inguanez.

Joomla Changes from 1.5 to 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5: $mainframe and jos_components

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Was looking to convert one of my Joomla 1.5 components into a Joomla 2.5 component and ran into a couple of show-stopping changes. 1) The jos_components table is gone. Just gone. This is the table that among many other varied purposes used to hold the admin component’s menu hierarchy. It’s now been rolled into jos_menu, […]

Medical billing and clinic management company launches new web site

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in General, Healthcare, Web Development | No Comments

An old friend of mine just launched his company’s new website for their medical billing and practice management software. Great stuff. Check out Amber Clinic Manager over at the Gray Swan Software website if you’re in the market or know someone who is.

Joomla Plugin: EasierTube

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

I’ve got another post up over at Group 3 Solutions, this one discussing Joomla video plugins. First plugin up for discussion is EasierTube. The post gives some background on the problem of using video in Joomla posts and provides an overview of EasierTube’s features and issues. Enjoy!

Joomla Custom 404 Pages

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Joomla, Web Development | No Comments

Great little tutorial over at phpRiot on how to set up an intelligent custom 404 error page in PHP. However, if you’re using a stock Joomla 1.5 install with mod_rewrite enabled (e.g. SEO-friendly URLs) then you can just forget about doing this with an Apache directive. Joomla has control (though looking at the .htaccess file I’m […]

Flash Banner Ad clickTAG Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Web Development | No Comments

Handy Flash banner ad clickTAG tutorial for anyone who doesn’t do this often enough to remember the technique off the top of their heads. This sort of thing is for use in ad syndication services like Google AdWords. Also, some good stuff at the Adobe site. Each ad network uses different case sensitivity rules for […]

Joomla Plugin: Tabs & Slides

Posted by on Dec 9, 2009 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

I’ve got another post up over at Group 3 Solutions. We’ve turned our attention away from WordPress Plugins over to Joomla Plugins this time around. First up is Joomla Tabs & Slides. The post gives some background on tabs as a concept and then shows how to easily implement them in Joomla using this plugin. […]

Great WordPress Category Hacks

Posted by on Aug 22, 2009 in Web Development, WordPress | No Comments

Great article over at Vandelay Design for anyone interested in hacking WordPress categories. Really helpful.

Custom Joomla Component Tutorials

Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Been tinkering around with custom Joomla 1.5 component development. Here are some helpful getting started links with “Hello world” -level tutorials:

Joomla Template Conditionals Round-Up

Posted by on May 21, 2009 in Web Development | No Comments

HR’s Industrial Strength Portal has a great round-up of settings/conditions you can check inside Joomla 1.5 templates in order to dynamically adjust your layout. Outstanding! =)