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a new browser and a new search engine

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Whether you are searching for angola prison, mercenaries 2 cheats, webn fireworks, louisville football or robofly we know here in the Philippines we always use http://www.google.com‘s search engine, or http://www.yahoo.com occasionally. But in case you missed its launch, there’s a new search engine in town, its name is cuil (pronounced as cool), though not as cool as many people expected. The new search engine features an index which the developers claim to be 3x as large as Google’s. Cuil is created by some of the minds behind Google’s search engine, you can check out cuil here.

Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, is released for the general public, its was earlier released for web developers but today its available for the normal joe and juan dela cruz, you can download it here. I don’t know if its just me, or the IE8 beta page feels like Win ME, 😦 , maybe i just need to sleep, i’ve been researching about SEO and fortunately i was able to make this blog to #6 for the search term “filipino programmer”, it may come down again in the next hours, but ill try too see what i can do. Any way, i hope IE8 doesn’t become like Windows ME, i’ve been always a fan of IE its only that Firefox become so popular because of i dunno, standards according to them, i hope the IE team gets it right this time, but they have to make a really good marketing strategy with this.

Also, if you are wondering where did i got the keywords at the start of the article, i got it @ Google Trends, when i got the itching to discover what people are currently searching Google pointed me to that site, as a Filipino Web Developer discovering advanced SEO tricks, one thing i learned today is that blogging about current events can make your page rank higher, but nothing beats link backs and great content of course. There’s also scripts you can use to see the statistics and will help you move forward from there.


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August 31, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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Joomla! User Group Philippines and Converting USD, EUR, GPB to PHP and a Celebrity Stylists Online Shop

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Its nice to see your fellow filipino developers online, but also nicer is to learn about the communities about them, i recently check out JUG-PH, the Philippine user group for Joomla! , Drupal also have one, its at Drupal Philippines User Group . Good job for all the people who had the initiative to start this and help the Filipino developers online. If you know of any Filipino developer user groups out there please do tell me! Thanks!

On another topic, i was browsing JUG-PH‘s forums and found this question querying on how to convert US Dollar (USD) and various currencies to Philippine Peso (PHP), you can check out the solution i posted here. Below is the code i posted,

<script src="http://coinmill.com/frame.js"></script>
<script>var currency_round=true;</script>
$1.00 (US) = ₱ <script>currency_show_conversion(1.00,"USD","PHP");</script> PHP<br />
€1.00 (EUR) = ₱ <script>currency_show_conversion(1.00,"EUR","PHP");</script> PHP<br />
£1.00 (GBP) = ₱ <script>currency_show_conversion(1.00,"GBP","PHP");</script> PHP<br />

This comes handy when you are developing a shopping cart that needs to be able to show prices for different currencies, this was the case on one of the projects i finished recently, which the owner, Lisa Freede, a well known celebrity stylist in the US, who had designed jewelry which was used by Paris Hilton, Cher, Destiny’s Child and other popular celebrities, (check the info here). The project involved the cloning of her site to create a UK and Eurore Shop, so that she can assign a different price tag for the said countries, for shipping reasons. Paypal automatically handled the check out but i have to create two new database fields and modified the shopping cart to show the accurate price tag based on the selected currency of the buyer.

I remember just now that i used the javascript currency code for the latest project i am working, which is pinoy360 for my friend Alvin Sia, his site needs a real time currency display for the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD) to Philippine Peso (PHP).

Thanks, and i hope this post helps!

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August 31, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Project Management, Art/Colour Communities, and Santa Clause

Hello again, i was recently asked to renovate a site for a web design firm based in L.A. Calif, you can see their old site @ mywebdesignsource.com. The new site which i created is located @ my_webdesignsource v2.0. The site is created in joomla, one notable feature of the new site is the integrated project management module, a section on the site which allows clients and developers to login to their project workspace where they can post tasks, see completion status, upload and download files, etc. all for the sake of collaborating and managing a development project properly. It also came with an integrated calendar, so deadlines won’t be missed. 🙂 , a situation which is so common in development projects this days because of feature creep or simply because of poor management. Well speaking of project management, you can read articles at developer.com‘s project management site
and also do check out Software Produtivity Center’s free webinars and resources on project management at http://www.spc.ca/resources_overview.htm.

Ok, that’s enough project management for now, before i go i want to share this link to DeviantArt, the site claims that they are the largest art community in the world. You can browse for member submitted illustrations and the occasional photoshop brushes and also for artists who want color inspirations please check out the COLOURLovers website.

Finally, i’m not posting this in the spirit of the holiday season, but i want to share this picture from the CNN’s Daily Snapshot website.

Thanks! See you again soon!

-Arthur Abogadil

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December 28, 2007 at 12:36 am

Coding and Creativity Contests

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This is the second day of this blog, and i have put small improvements here and there, i hope to fix everything soon. Anyways, for now i would like to share two of the best sites i know (if you know others, please inform me) that programmers and designers/creative people can use to see how they rank against the best on the world, and earn cash while doing it.

This site contains cash prized contests on algorithm, software design and development, components, etc. Corporations posts projects/coding problems and coders worldwide submit their solutions. Corporations got the chance to have their problems solved by the best minds, and coders get the cash. The current coder on the top of the leader board is a programmer (handle:Petr) from Russia, you can view his profile here. There’s even a high school coding competition. So what are you waiting for, programmers commonly have some feeling inside them telling them that they are the best, 🙂 you can prove yourselves @ the TOP Coder Website

This site is still in beta, submissions for the HIGH Prized BRIEFS posted by BIG Companies (Disney, Lego, and others) begins January 1 next year. The goal is to get to best creative ideas and reward the mind behind it with huge amount of cash, sometimes even amounting to $ 100,000.00. You can learn all about it here —> BootB

Well that’s all for now, but of course, before you do anything, you should always know the pointofyourwork, to make your efforts at least have value.

-Arthur Abogadil

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December 14, 2007 at 3:19 am

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