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Back from vacation!

I’m back from vacation! I went to Salou, Spain. Not to party or to find a new girlfriend every evening (I have one for almost 4 years now), but just for the sun and some vacation feeling after a year of work. <p>The photo on the left was taken on the beach between Salou and Cambrils. Back to work now, be it a... Read more »

Microsoft AJAX Library and ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

Scott Guthrie, one of the Microsoft "Atlas" guys, announced the "Atlas" 1.0 Naming and Roadmap stating that: Atlas will be renamed: the client-side JavaScript library will be called "Microsoft AJAX Library", the server-side ASP.NET extensions will be called ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions. Also, the controls and comp... Read more »

Seems like Google updated satellite maps

Sometimes, I take a look at Google maps to check if Belgium is finally mapped and photographed with more detail. When I checked today, I found out some regions near Antwerp and Brussels now are much more detailed. On my house picture, before really blurry, I can see the snapshots were taken during the summer: ... Read more »

Buying books…

Seems like Proxis is offering a 10% discount when you order 2 computer books before the end of september! And I saw 2 nice PHP books… “Php5 Objects, Patterns, Practice” and “Php 5 Power Programming”. Anyone knows if I should give them a try? If you have other great titles on topics like PHP, C# and ASP.NET, please c... Read more »

Simple SAX parser for PHP

Yesterday, I was working on PRAjax. The UpdatePanel did not work completely as I wanted it to work: in the background, the whole page was still fetched and updated. A cleaner way would be to just fetch updated content and not the whole page. In my search for a PHP HTML parsing class, I found a lot of libraries, but... Read more »

Internet Explorer 7 RC1 available

When I opened my RSS reader this morning, I saw good news: Internet Explorer 7 RC1 has just been released! You can download it here or install it as stand-alone version (unofficial!). Many people will like the new UI features, like tabbed browsing, tab preview, easier interface, less toolbars, ... The features I l... Read more »

Google Analytics open for everyone!

Almost a year ago, Google acquired Urchin, a company specialised in providing web site statistics. They renamed Urchin's project to Google Analytics and started a beta for some. Today, it seems Google has opened Analytics for everyone. Get it while it's hot, they really provide in-depth statistics about what's happ... Read more »

JavaScript URI parameter encoding

When creating a HTTP request in JavaScript, I always used encode() and decode() to pass data between client and server. I also used this approach in PRAjax, my open-source Ajax helper library for PHP. A developer working with PRAjax on his site reported to me last week that Swedish characters like å, ä, ö, ...... Read more »

Goggles, a flight sim on Google Maps

You have probably already seen over a hundred uses for Google Maps. Today, I received a link of a new use: Goggles. Goggles allows you to fly a plane over a city, to climb and descent, to shoot at the scenery (I tried this over Amsterdam but didn't hear anything on the news. It's safe!). You even can crash. A... Read more »

Kurkdroog

I regularly drink a glass of beer (I prefer the Belgian Trappists) or a glass of wine. While surfing, I stumbled upon a handy link for all Belgian people who love to drink wine too: Kurkdroog Kurkdroog is a website that acts as a hitlist of wines. You can select a price class, a supermarket, a country and a wine ty... Read more »