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P'unk Ave Lunch Chronicles

by Dana Vachon

P'unk Avenue had a growth spurt this summer, and we head into the Fall with ten full time team members. This makes having lunch together a little difficult sometimes. Finding a place to eat at the…
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Game On!

by Geoff DiMasi

The new basketball I ordered to have around the studio came this morning. Wes and I already broke it in playing a game of P.I.G. followed by a one-on-one game to 3. I won't reveal who…
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What is the Story with that?

by Geoff DiMasi

I realize that I ask the question "What is the story with that?" out loud or internally many times throughout the day. I like to know the backstory. Not with the goal of being nosey or…
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Relax: The Pavement Reunion Lesson

by Geoff DiMasi

Last night I got to catch Pavement on their reunion tour. It was a pretty magical night. The weather was perfect, the company was good, and my seats were "upgraded" during the evening so my view…

Open Source Business Models

by Thomas Boutell

Alas, open source by itself is not a business model. Very few people get rich just by coding for free all day. But I've spent a lot of time in the open source trenches over the years,…

Apostrophe Scales: Part I

by Thomas Boutell

Apostrophe is a beautiful CMS, if we do say so ourselves. In-context editing and thoughtful design make it a joy to use. And this is a problem. It is a problem because people look at it and…

Apostrophe 1.4.2 released

by Thomas Boutell

We've released version 1.4.2 of Apostrophe. This is a maintenance release primarily made up of stability and security fixes. We strongly recommend upgrading if you are using any 1.x version of Apostrophe. Even for those keeping up…

There Is No Philadelphia Blog Tax... Just A Philadelphia Everything Tax

by Thomas Boutell

Philly does not have a special tax on bloggers. All the outrage about this is silly and overblown. So why am I still ticked off at the city? Because Philly has a tax code that punishes new…

Apostrophe Updates

by Thomas Boutell

Apostrophe has received quite a few fixes and improvements over the past few months. We've made upgraded releases of our open source software available. To learn more, visit the Apostrophe developer site. Read on for a changelog…

Star Wars Uncut, Uncut

by Thomas Boutell

Star Wars Uncut is finished! And next Wednesday, August 11th at 6pm we'll be screening the entire crowdsourced, fan-remade movie on the projector in our office. I've downloaded the whole darn thing and assembled the most…

Security hole in Mobile Safari PDF support a bigger story than jailbreakme

by Thomas Boutell

The buzz today is that a new site, jailbreakme, will jailbreak your iPhone without the need to install any software on your host computer. What's bizarre about this is that everyone thinks it is cool and no…

Symfony Almost Live

by Thomas Boutell

You'll want to watch fullscreen for readability. Which web development framework is the best? I can tell you this: Symfony gets the job done fast. Last week Alex and I took part in a panel discussion…

Google's new "App Inventor" is a game-changer

by Thomas Boutell

There are now 10,000 Android developers, as opposed to 40,000 for the iPhone. And Google is gearing up to release App Inventor, a tool for nontechnical Android app developers that is strikingly similar to the Scratch…

Symfony 2 hub-bub

by Thomas Boutell

Symfony is the best framework for building web applications in PHP. The forthcoming Symfony 2 is a dramatic improvement and a complete rewrite with many new features and, even more importantly, better software architecture. Enthusiasts may have…
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Introducing Apostrophe's Blog Plugin

by Thomas Boutell

Apostrophe, our content management system, now sports a nifty new blog plugin. And you can see it in action on GPTMC's Philly360. Wondering where the blog is? In the context of a larger website, a blog doesn't…
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Junto: Creating an Age-friendly Environment

by Geoff DiMasi

Junto: Creating an Age-friendly Environment Please join us Thursday, June 10th at 6:00 P.M. for The Aging Junto. This month we will be discussing issues we face as a society as a significant portion of our…

No Symfony users group meeting this week

by Thomas Boutell

We're looking at doing a meeting the following week or possibly next month. Fact is, we're busy! Speaking of Symfony and being busy, if this announcement disappoints you— if you're eager to hobnob with other Symfony developers—…
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We're hiring a new developer

by Alex Gilbert

Things are moving pretty fast lately on our corner of E. Passyunk and Federal. Apostrophe is rolling along at a full clip and we have all sorts of other exciting projects we're in the midst of.…

Faster, Windows PHP! Kill! Kill!

by Thomas Boutell

IN WHICH our hero is narrowly saved by vague memories of a really dull presentation by some guys in suits. You may recall my recent post on speeding up PHP on Linux without changing your PHP code.…

Open Source Help Desk

by Thomas Boutell

TOM: "Open source help desk, this is Tom speaking. How may we help each other?" CALLER: "I chose your open source project for my client project and it's due tomorrow and it doesn't work! This is your…