The end of an era, the start of something new

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Personal | 4 comments

The end of an era, the start of something new

It’s one of the hardest business decisions Trudy & I have had to make. Partly because of the emotional sentiment. Mostly because it’s such a key part of our business and image. But… We are leaving the studio. Five and a half years ago we saw that the beautiful building was vacant. The previous tenant had just moved out. The building was empty. It was available. It was a huge financial commitment, but we thought we’d take a chance. And it worked. The “old girl”, as she is affectionately known, became the...

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Yii – Formatting dates in grid view with pagination off

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Programming | 0 comments

It doesn’t seem possible to format dates using the I18N extension in a grid view when the search method behind it has pagination disabled. I don’t know why. When both are present, the view is not rendered correctly, i.e. the gridview simply does not display. Remove one or the other and the grid view displays fine. public function search() { // Warning: Please modify the following code to remove attributes that // should not be searched. $criteria=new CDbCriteria; $criteria->compare('id',$this->id);...

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MySQL vs PostgreSQL

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Programming | 0 comments

While deciding on the database platform to use for a recent project, I noted a couple of major differences between two major players. Below are some notes I made while comparing MySQL with PostgreSQL. NOTE: I’m coming from an Oracle background, hence the reference/fall-back to the Oracle ways. Please don’t hold that against me. MySQL There is no “before insert” trigger. It is checked AFTER the fact, so for not null constraints they are checked AFTER an insert is attempted. This means that triggers that should populate...

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What’s the best PHP framework to use

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Programming | 0 comments

What’s the best PHP framework to use

If you are looking to develop a web application using PHP, then it makes sense to consider using an established PHP framework. Why? Well, why re-invent the wheel? Frameworks come pre-built with basic tasks ready to be called. There is no need to write the code. Simply learn the API and tap into an existing code base to speed up your development. But what framework should you use. The obvious answer is: the one you are familiar with. If, however, you are like me and haven’t worked with a PHP framework before, then the answer comes down...

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Web Development

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Programming | 0 comments

Web Development

The funny thing about working in IT is everyone has a computer that needs fixing or a website that they want built. My tertiary and initial industry experience had nothing to do with anything web related. It was quite the opposite actual. It was purely desktop application focused. But I was intrigued with what developers were doing on the Internet and I wanted to play in the same sandbox. And so I did. Coding is merely learning a syntax, applying sound principles and following certain standards. It doesn’t matter what the language is....

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Wedding Photographer

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Photography | 0 comments

Wedding Photographer

Many many years ago my wife, Trudy, found her way into the wedding photography business. What started as an interest in photography, soon became a hobby and then a profession. I worked in the corporate world – Monday to Friday, nine to five – while Trudy found herself working mostly after hours meeting with clients and then weekends photographing weddings. This meant we had Sunday together. It wasn’t enough! I wanted to spend more time with my wife, and so I starter “tagging along” to weddings with her – it...

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Commercial Photographer

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Photography | 0 comments

Commercial Photographer

I love so many aspects of photography. One of my favourites is commercial photography. It covers such a wide range of styles, genres, jobs, etc. And because of this, it allows you to explore and find new creative talents that you didn’t know you had. Click here to see more of my life as a Brisbane commercial photographer.

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Fun times in Melbourne 2012

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Photography | 0 comments

Fun times in Melbourne 2012

A collection of photos from a trip we made to Melbourne back in 2012 for Richard & Kate’s...

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Welcome

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Personal | 0 comments

This has been sometime in the making. You know what it’s like. You have every good intention of doing something, but life gets in the way. The list of “things to do” is continually growing and your “spare time” seems to always find menial things to occupy itself with. It comes down to priorities and a balance between work and play. Well, at least for me it does. [end woeful excuses] This site/blog/journal/diary (whatever form it takes) is simply a way of sharing the things that pop into my head and the...

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