PHP 5 Framework Comparisons: Bootstrap

Posted 3 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So when I first picked up the Lithium framework for PHP, there weren't a lot of options out there. I mean Lithium really started jamming on the new features of PHP 5.3+ almost as soon as they were available. I think Symfony2 was quick to come on the scene as well, but now...There's a bunch. I see a lot more buzz around these modern PHP frameworks (as I like to call them, and what I mean by that is any framework using namespaces, new PHP 5.3+ features, maybe it's closures, etc.). So I think it's a good time to start evaluating the... Read More

GitHub Issues Feels

Posted 4 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Happy New Year! I stumbled upon about a dozen messages from GitHub in my inbox today on a project I'm following. Not even my project...but nonetheless I had sympathy for the repository owner because the issues were quite annoying and I think we've all been there. So I decided to express some common feelings and frustrations we all have in images (animated GIFs, why not?). Why? Because I'm bored. Enjoy. How I feel about +1 a million times over in an issue. The usefulness of icons & emoticons in issues. People who close... Read More

News Ox: Building a Better News Aggregator

Posted 4 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

News aggregator sites and feed readers are broken. In fact, so broken and worthless that Google even canned its reader. This led to some people saying "RSS is dead" ... But that isn't true either. In fact, RSS is extremely important and great tools like Feedly, Flipboard, and Pulse are making RSS sexy again. While people are rushing to replace Google Reader, the simple truth of the matter is we need a better tool. Feedly, Flipboard and Pulse are great, but they are limited to RSS and you knowing about the source. The innovation to just... Read More

Discovery and Ranking

Posted 4 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I had a great conversation today with, a really great service for getting advice and "guides" for very specific challenges that you may face as a startup, marketer, developer, or any other role really. It's a very quickly expanded site and I have, myself, put up my AngularJS guide/course from Skillshare (another great resource for expert advice). They got me thinking about some things and things that they are trying to do right. Which only made me think about other people in this space doing things wrong. I also had a call on... Read More

Viral News Search

Posted 4 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

In a short weekend I built a site, News Ox, to demo the power of Virality Score. News Ox is a viral news aggregator that does a real good job of presenting content about current events that is being shared across the internet. From there you can even filter by category or keyword, but that was just about all...Until now. Now you can search on News Ox. Or that is to say, you are searching part of the powerful data set within Virality Score, for viral news. Only 50 of the top results will be returned to you, but I felt that should be... Read More

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