Social Media Analytics on a Budget

Analyze Twitter in Minutes

Posted 3 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I've built quite a few social media analytics tools over the years (Social Harvest, Virality Score, etc.) ranging from simple to complex to just what the client needed to support their marketing campaign. Suffice to say I've learned the tools of the trade and have built systems that do everything the more expensive ones do such as; Sysomos, Radian6 (whatever they call themselves these days), Viral Heat, and more (sorry if you didn't get a shout out). There's plenty...And they're all expensive (well Viral Heat isn't really that pricey, but... Read More

Thinking About Using Laravel?

Why you might want to think again...

Posted 4 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Right off the bat - I believe using any framework is better than not using one at all when developing web applications. However, that doesn't mean you can do no wrong if you're not careful. I've worked with (and contributed to) many frameworks and open-source PHP projects over the years. I've given up on the "performance" concern that everyone else seems to be obsessed with. That does not define how "good" a framework is. Of course there can be bottlenecks that can be problematic, but may not necessarily be problematic for the project at... Read More

Why Dart?

What we should be focused on

Posted 5 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I've read a few posts about Google's Dart vs. JavaScript. I know there's a fair amount of debate regarding Dart and it's value for the web. However, after using Dart for a little while here, I have a different perspective. I believe too many people are confused by it and what it could really offer the web. Everyone compares it to JavaScript. This is wrong. It's not "replacing" JavaScript and I honestly don't think Google has any delusions about that. It requires a VM in the browser and there's just no way we'll ever see it put into... Read More

PHP 5 Framework Comparisons: Bootstrap

Taking a look at the bootstrap process

Posted 8 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

Expressions in images

Posted 9 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

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