PHP Application Development with NetBeans

I’m huge fan of NetBeans IDE for PHP based application development. Though I’m fully comfortable writing codes in text editors developed in mediavel ages :p, I’ve seen how IDEs like NetBeans let you concern about your application problem only while they take care of project management, code refactoring, syntax highlighting, versioning, code completion and any other features.

However, we can get most out of IDE (and anything) if we knew its usages very well. NetBeans were missing such manuals until recently a guide is written by PHP developer M A Hossain Tonu. The title of the book is PHP Application Development with NetBeans which is published by Packt Publishing, U.K.

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Rails scaffold, create .haml rather than .erb views

After being tired of refactoring .erb files to .haml I headed for a way to modify the rails generator that will create .haml view files rather than .erb view files.

After a while, I found what exactly I needed. ‘haml-rails’ is the name of the solution. This is how you do it.

Add the following line to your Gemfile:

gem 'haml-rails'

Then run the bundler (bundle install).

Now append the following lines in your application.rb file (at the end of Application class):

config.generators do |g|
   g.template_engine :haml

That’s it. Your new scaffolds will generate .haml files (and obviously haml syntaxes) for you.

This is much easier than Haml-scaffold.

Getting experienced on Web Scraping

My first scraping work was where I have fetched and processed stock data from and I had to scrap them as they did not have any syndication feed. I had to process line by line. That was tedious job.

Later, I have worked with eBay product scraping for a few of my clients. In many cases, I did not need to take much trouble as they have web services. Whatever, that was most boring tasks as I am not good at Regular Expression. So, I have denied a lots of such tasks.

Recently, one of my old customer requested me to work again on scraping for collecting articles from and auto blog in wordpress. It also was comparatively easy as it has RSS feed for search page. But the RSS had summary of article. I had to fetch the whole article.

Yesterday, I have started a pretty big scrapping project. I also took helping hands to complete it fast. This time, I had to scrap articles from and autoblog in wordpress on some preselected schedules (wordpress’s native cron). As they don’t have any feed for search keyword/category, it is a bit complex comparing to previous one. However, as I already have gain some scraping experience, it was very easy for me. And most surprisingly, I am now getting interest on scraping :P.