Archive for December, 2003

As usual I am trying to order as many holiday gifts as I can using the web. I am also taking advantage of the many sites that are offering free shipping like Amazon. In order to facilitate my online shopping experience I went ahead and fleshed out my Amazon affiliate store. Previously, I only integrated enough of the Amazon Web Services API to provide a means for visitors to my site to browse books I had contributed to or had a hand in. As of tonight I put up a few more browseable and searchable categories of products: DVD’s, music, software, electronics, computers, cameras, and video games. I had been wanting to add these additional categories since I implemented the AWS API on my site but just didn’t have the time till tonight when I decided it would useful for the holidays and went ahead and fleshed it out. Right now I am only using keyword searches and pre-defined popular categories, not quite as robust as I want or really taking advantage of some of the more advanced AWS API queries but it will do for now. For the curious folks, I wrote everything in PHP against the extremely useful nuSOAP PHP class which I am also using for some remoting work in PHP. Let me know if you notice any bugs or glitches in browsing.

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Just a quick update that we had a great end of the year Philadelphia Flash MMUG meeting this past Tuesday. Tony Profeta of the Art Institute of Philadelphia Multimedia Club was nice enough to take time out on his own birthday (in 30 degree weather no less) to make sure we had a place to hold the meeting and secure us a projector and screen for the presentation. Double props to Tony!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the meeting and showed their support for my first stab at running things. Everything went off without a hitch, and we got to cover quite a bit of material, although there is never enough time to cover everything I had planned, we hit most of the items. Thanks to the members who wrote in with suggestions on topics to cover. We covered some info about the MovieClipLoader and its usage, some info about Central, Flex, and even got to speak for a bit about some questions concerning Microsofts Longhorn/Avalon/Sparkle information. I promised to post up some of the files and URL’s along with the presentation, and I will do my best to get those items posted before the end of the week.

Afterwords we all headed over to the Nodding Head for some great locally brewed beer and further conversations. Sometimes this is the best part of the meetings where folks can network and talk in an even more casual and relaxed atmosphere. Plus there is beer! 😉

Stephen Rittler of the Philadelphia ColdFusion MMUG even made his way out and showed his support and brought along some very cool embroidered Philly Developers Network shirts for the next meeting for me to give away. Stephen is also part of the Philly Developers Network a new group that is trying to bring some crossover and consolidation of efforts of some of the local user groups and developers in the greater Philadelphia and surrounding areas. A great idea that I’m going to try and get more involved in for the coming year. If you are in the Philly area, take a look at the Philadelphia ColdFusion MMUG site as they are having a meeting later today at 3pm, and it should be a good one.

One final note, if you are interested in speaking at one our meetings this coming year, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know, we are open to just about anything.

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