Blog: April 2010

Jumpin Camp technology review

After returning from Jumpin Camp I ended up diving straight into the whirlwind of a site launch...two weeks on I've had the time to collect my thoughts, so now feels like the time to talk about some of the technology we encountered.

JumpIn Camp progress

We're in the final day of JumpIn Camp, and the last two days have been a whirlwind of coding, with some great results.

Agavi, phpBB, Doctrine, osCommerce, cakePHP, Drupal and X-Debug have all been pulled apart, stuck back together, hacked and patched to make them work with Azure and take advantage of the native interfaces such as Azure SQL and Azure storage.

Jumping in with Microsoft

Tomorrow I'll be going to Zurich to join Microsoft at their JumpIn Camp.

It's become a cliche to bash Microsoft, and not too long ago I'd have probably joined in. But these days, it feels like change is in the air, bring the heady fragrances of community, openness, and innovation...all very exciting.

New blog site

Finally...I got around to building a blog site for myself. It's been one of those projects that has sat on my to-do list for an incredibly long time, and kept on being pushed down the list. It's now here, thanks to several days off and several late nights hacking at code!

I'll eventually write up an 'About this site' section - for now, suffice to say it's build using Pressflow, Varnish, a handful of community Drupal modules, a custom module to provide the blog views and blog navigation block, and a custom theme.

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