Well I released my site

April 25, 2009 at 11:59 am | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I finally released an alpha of my new site Skillzdesk.com. It’s a Web app that lets folks who have skills connect with folks who need skills. It’s based on Twitter and written in PHP. I got alot of insight into the Twitter API from Twitter Development Talk Google Group and used the Library from Jaisen Mathai. I announced it on my Twitter and Facebook but no results as of yet but most of those I follow on Twitter are high traffic folks and most of the Facebookers don’t use Twitter. The plan for the next week it to start spaming it and see what happens.

Wish me luck.

Another good week!

April 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I’m watching the Redwings win and taking a break from working on the site. My son gave me a big boost this week by designing a logo for the site.

The New Logo

I think I’ll be ready to release it tomorrow as an alpha. I plan on getting it out there and updating as it often. Once it’s released then I have to start marketing it which will be a new experience for me, since I have a hard time marketing myself.

Well there’s 12 Minutes left in the game and the Wing are up 4-0 so time to relax.

Where did the week go?

April 12, 2009 at 11:10 am | Posted in Skillzdesk, Thoughts | Leave a comment

WOW this week just scooted by. My daughter went back to California on Wednesday so I spent some time with her. I’ve been using FlightsStats to track her flights. It’s a nice site that allows you to receive SMS messages on takeoff and arrival and tracks the flight en route on Google Maps. I did make some progress on my Website. I was having a problem with OAuth for Twitter Authentication but with updated code from Jaisen Mathai’s Blog, it all just dropped in. I’ve just got to add some content and I will force the alpha out on the world this week.

I also have to post here more often so my posts don’t ramble.

I spent the day refactoring.

April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I added some functions to my mysql class to use mysql prepared statements to make it easier to update and retrieve data from the database. It also helps to prevent SQL injection hacks. I also build the navagation div which will use Javascript to replace content div. This is some interesting stuff.

I’ve got the database setup and gathering

March 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

Today I transfered my local test database to the site database. It was pretty trivial using the phpMyAdmin web interface export and import. I also set up a cron job to run to do the data collection. My only complaint is that the Godaddy cron interface will not let me run the collector more then twice per hour.

I’ve got the web hosting all set.

March 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

I connected my website registration to my son’s web hosting today and with both of them being on Godaddy it was really easy. I just called them up and the customer service guy walked me thru the whole procedure. Now I’m just waiting for the site to be transfered to a SSH secured server so I can ssh into it do I can start a cron job to gather the needed data.

Good news on the Hosting

March 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

My son had bought 3 years of hosting but never really did anything with the site.  I took a look at what the host had to offer and it’s linux based and has access to a mySQL server which is what I’m using for my development.  So I’m taking of over the hosting account.  This is perfect for my needs and because of low funds it works with my budget.

Thanks Bub.

I’ve been working on my Site

March 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Skillzdesk | Leave a comment

Now I’m starting on the user forward interface. I’ve been using the Eclipse PDT IDE. It seems powerful and the Zend debugger has served it’s purpose.now that I’ve set the editor to emulate EMACS I’m happy with it. I really like PHP. I’ve gotten the backend data collection part of the site working now.

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