November 5, 2010


Spring is finally here and that means it’s time for a little spring cleaning. I recently moved (same city, different neighbourhood) and took the opportunity to get rid of a lot of those possessions that I rarely (or infrequently) use. Well, I am happy to report that the mission was a success. It’s funny how so much of what we think we need are things we’d really be better off without.

In other news:

  • I was in Vancouver with Gray Line of Victoria over the course of the 2010 Winter Olympics. As always, I had a lot of fun hanging out with the Gray Line crew – especially in the off hours. However, as a result of my being away from “the lab”, I was unable to get as much client work finished as I would have liked. My apologies to those of you inconvenienced by my absence.
  • Phase 2 of Missing Link School‘s new website has been completed and instructor/operator Craig Toker and I are very pleased with the results. After looking at some of the more standard e-commerce options available, I decided to go with a custom built solution. For the storefront, shopping cart and administration panel I used PHP5, MySQLi and Javascript/Jquery with PayPal serving as the checkout. Take a tour of Missing Link School’s Tool Store and let us know what you think!
  • My friend Paul Mitchell (of Bluebrain Multimedia) recently introduced me to Michael Linton, the creator of the LETS.
    Michael and I have decided to join forces to see if we can come up with a set of freely available, open source tools to help bring LETS to the greater online community. This should be a fun and exciting project and I am looking forward to our collaboration.
  • There seems to be some confusion as to my availability.
    As I am no longer under contract, I am available for freelance work.
    If you have any projects that you think I might be interested in or would like to take a look at some of my more recent work, please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line or two.
    I’m always up for a new challenge.
  • After much deliberation, I have decided to adopt Zend as my primary PHP framework. In the past, I have shied away from the use of some of the more popular frameworks as I found the trade-offs too much to bear. I won’t go into all the reasons as to why I think Zend is so grand but so far, I am very pleased with what Zend has to offer.

Cheers :)

3 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes…

  1. Debbie Forbes

    Hi Francis! Met you a few weeks ago on the Vancouver pub tour from the Oosterdam. Was on the bus with Bob, your handy right hand man in traffic directing! What a scream you are – so funny – made the excursion very fun!!!

  2. Debbie Forbes

    Hi Francis! As soon as I hit the send button I realized I meant Victoria, not Vancouver. Oh well – I did learn something – who knew you could drink beer and eat chocolate at the same time?!

  3. admin Post author

    My pleasure Debbie. It was great meeting the two of you. Tell Bob that I miss him and that he’s welcome to come back and direct traffic any time he wants ;)


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