Code Igniter vs Zend Framework 2

No in depth analysis here of two very popular MVC frameworks, Code Igniter vs Zend Framework. If you wan’t in depth analysis, you can go to one of the thousands of other blogs, all with the same content, pros and cons, split down the middle on which framework is better. I’m only going to give you my opinion and experience.

The down right better MVC is code igniter, and here’s why.

It’s way easier and quicker to pickup. I spent about less then a day and with in a couple of days I had written CRUD models for a complex database, and some content scrapers all with in CI. I spent a day going through Zend’s two tutorials, and then a few days trying to recreate them to create and read something from a database. My guess this is by design, Zend want’s you to pay in the thousands of dollars for their training.

You don’t have to use Composer. I’m not sure why it bugs me but it does, I can clone a git repo with out need to install additional tools.

Code Igniter has better documentation and their is more support online. Good luck trying to find even an outline of the complex module architecture in the documentation, not to mention there UI sucks.

Code Igniter is light weight. Bloat sucks.

So my advice is choose code igniter, you’ll be developing quicker, and can bring new team members up to speed quicker.

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Google’s self driving car get’s pulled over

To be honest I’m not a fan of Google’s or anyone’s self driving car. They’re boring and let’s be honest driving is fun, and it is one of the first times a teenager has a sense of freedom. So I found it all to funny that Google’s driverless car was pulled over for going to slow.

Head over to TheNextWeb for the original article.

Auto Inspiration: The Donkervoort D8 GTO

I love lightweight sports cars, the Lotus 7, the Ac Shelby Cobra, and the Lotus Exige among other. I also love modern retro cars, like the newest Dodge Charger and Challenger. But check this out a modern take on the Lotus 7, the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

Challenges of non Technical Managers

This popped up on a friends facebook feed, and it perfectly summed up my past few weeks to months.
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Check out the original source at, http://xkcd.com/1425/, browser through and check out some great comics.

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Amazing Tech – Google Developing a contact lens for Diabetics

Diabetes is a growing concern around the World, and something very personal to me as I developed Type 1 diabetes in my early 20s.

Now in a normal day most diabetics check blood sugars between 4 and 8 times by pricking there finger and using a glucose meter. Google’s new technology would allow diabetics to have blood sugars continuously monitored. There are several advantages to this, and will change many diabetics life making it that much easier. One huge advantage of this is greatly reducing the risk of dangerously low blood sugars during exercise. It has the potential to provide immediate warnings when ever blood sugars fall out of the normal range.

Read the full article from the Google Blog – Introducing our smart contact lens project.

Billabong Loses Half of Market Value as Takeover Talks End

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What’s happened to Billabong? The 40 year old Australian Surf wear giant has recently lost half of it’s stock market value. Is the reason for the dip due to economy, a consumer willingness to buy ‘Poser’ brands such as Hollister, or other reasons? In the article below Bloomberg takes a look at the stock price of the surf wear giant.

Check out the article here.

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Facebook’s Privacy Rules

What really happened with Facebook, Google, and the Telecom companies in relation to the NSA’s Prism, we don’t know for sure, and we may never know.  If the fullest allegations are true it is quite a frightening thought to internet privacy.  Anyways enjoy this humor comic… or frightening reality…

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First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago

http://mashable.com/2013/04/03/first-mobile-phone-call/

Midway a film by Chris Jordan

A look at how the albatross has been affected by the ingestion of our plastic trash, on Midway Atoll located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This film is a stern warning of the damage litter is having on the environment.

You can find out more or donate to the project on Midwayfilm.com, the full length film is scheduled to premier in late 2013.

Pot Shop – Macklemore Thrift Shop Parody