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Cairo Alpha Released

The first alpha of the PECL Cairo extension I've been working on is finally out. Cairo is a 2D graphics library written in C with support for multiple output devices. The extension provides an Object Oriented API, but also includes procedural methods. This is similar to PHP's date and mysqli extensions. The reason for the dual …

Ada Lovelace Day 2009

In the normal course of a day I tend to volunteer for far more things than I have time to complete. This has happened once again for Ada Lovelace Day. I can never say no to crazy pledges so here I am with a very short expression of thanks to someone who has helped me in …

Trying on some new looks

Been looking around for a pretty pink theme for awhile, so don't be surprised if the look of this blog changes a lot over the next few days while I experiment.

Seven (Weird) Things (

It's like a giant game of tag around here! So Derick has so graciously tagged me - I suppose I need to do this before everyone has already been tagged!

Acorn Squash Cream Soup

I made this for Christmas dinner and even my picky brother-in-law liked it ;)

New Cairo Symbols in 1.8 and 1.6

I've been working on a new Cairo extension for PHP (5.2+ only, OOP and functional) that was started for the gsoc

Code Coverage For PHP Windows Extensions

How to get code coverage for PHP on Windows:

Treeviews and Cell Renderer Properties - Practical PHP-GTK

I get this question a lot - "How do I change the background color of a single cell in a treeview?"

Zendcon 2008 wrap up

I recently had the privilege of attending Zendcon 2008 in Santa Clara, CA I ended up doing four talks (two regular, one panel, and one Unconference talk) in addition to working a few hours a day. It was a lot of fun, as conferences always are, and it was great to meet my friends that I …

Hey look, I'm naked!

Welcome to Css naked day! Here's a pic of the pretty site courtesy of Webthumb [photopress:site_naked_larg.jpg,thumb,pp_image] so you can view the naked version even AFTER the day is done.

Day 11 - Lemon Butter Cookies

These are a slightly tart change from the usual super sweet cookies at Christmas time. They taste best with fresh lemon, you can get lemon zest by scraping the yellow part of the rind off the lemon - try not to get the white part, that's bitter. Or you can cheat and buy it in the …

Day 10 - Moroccan Crunch

This is a very unusual chex mix variant, both savory and sweet. I make it to "use up" the leftover cereal after making the other varieties.

Day 9 - Peanut Brittle

This was actually going to be made before my adventures in chex mix, but my son broke my candy thermometer and I had to wait until I had time to buy a new one.

Day 8 - Puppy Chow

This is also known as "Muddy Buddies" or "Puppy Food" but we've always called it dog chow. I only make this with Crispix cereal, Chex mix just doesn't seem right (and doesn't have as "dog food" of a shape)

Day 7 - Traditional Chex Mix

The age old stuff that your mom always made and is still great to munch on - keep out of reach of children, it won't last long.

Day 6 - Ranch Mix

Ah, the chex mix variations brigade. My kids love this stuff, made from roasted cereal with butter and seasonings. I make several versions of it, traditional, ranch, and Moroccan (sweet and fruity). You can make it in the microwave, but it's so much better in the oven. However, it's not really kid safe if you're making …

Day 5 - Peppermint Hard Candy

Ah, traditional hard candy. Pure sugar with some flavoring and food coloring, but kids love to suck on it (and it makes the whole house smell like peppermint) Like other candies, have everything ready before you start cooking, and don't let kids help with this, also be careful, we don't want any burns!

Day 4 - English Toffee

This is hard butter toffee, not the gooey kind (which is more like hard caramel) This is also deadly, anyone left alone with a bag will devour it all. It is probably my husband's favorite Christmas sweet. This is another candy, so a good candy thermometer is essential. Also this is not something children should be …

Day 3 - Caramels

Ah, yummy gooey caramels, the kind that stick to your teeth and taste great! Warning- to make great caramels you need to follow the directions carefully, and have a good candy thermometer. This is also not something you should make around kids, you'll be dealing with very hot temperatures.

Day 2 - Peanut Butter Balls

These have always been a favorite of my brother, Joshua. They take very few ingredients and are fun to make with kids.

Day 1 - Chocolate Covered Pretzels

It's a Christmas tradition in my family to bake. All that Mennonite and Amish background bubbles to the surface around holidays. I enjoy making a different "sweet" every day the entire month of December.

Look, I found an idiot!


Building PHP on Windows - Unconference Slides

Here's a link to my pretty keynote generated pdf for my building php on windows slides. If you have questions or comments feel free to get ahold of me. Now to write slides for the desktop talk tomorrow...oops.

First of the "other open source stuff" for Perisama

In addition to making php and lots of php extensions available for download, I'm also slowly working on getting some common open source libraries and tools (mainly ones used by/for php and php-gtk) compiling on windows. For some libraries this isn't a problem, for others it won't be so easy.

"Patches Welcome" - Open Source Rant

Personal pet peeves of mine