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Update: This captcha thing was a complete disaster. I got 200 spam messages within a day after activating it. So I disabled it again :-( Suggestions are still welcome.

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Internship @ Hippo

So whats become of me lately? Some of you mite not have heard much of me since the holidays.

Well I’m still here. I’m busy with my internship at Hippo at the moment, so I thought it might be nice to give a headsup on what I am doing here exactly. :-) My internship started back in september and since then I’ve spend quite some time on getting to know the Hippo ECM code base and getting used to Wicket. To accomplish that I wrote a few frontend plug-ins for Hippo ECM. See below for a list of screenshots. Some of them actually got demo’ed. :-)

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During my internship I will write a bigger plug-in. This plug-in will assist users with assigning good keywords (tags) to their content. Basically it will look for related content and suggest the most common keywords from all related content. The system will not create new keywords, but instead feed on the collection of keywords already assigned to the content. No real AI there but more like “Collective Intelligence”.

The challenge is making the performance impact minimal. I will be doing al lot of queries to the backend (Jackrabbit repository) and I don’t want to hammer the thing when just searching for some tags :-)

I’ll post some more screenshots and updates soon, for now my blog software is a bit broken (can’t upload images to my own server and preview post some how seems broken too). I suspect it has something to do with some server reorganisations @ servage some time ago :-(

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So it’s been to long since my last update. I’ve been quite busy with my study as the vacation approaches. Below I’ll sum up some things that have kept me busy.

  • Zend Certification: I passed, as most of you know by now. Will have to find time to integrate a button/link to my profile in the Zend yellow pages.
  • Hardware & KDE: I've received my new computer I ordered from ZaReason and it is awesome. I installed KDE 4.1 beta 1 and am very happy with how well it runs. Only Konqueror and Dolphin crash a lot, but that will probably to improve over time. In the meantime, Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5 do the job just fine.
  • Voidwalkers: As the pressure of incoming projects and stuff is dropping, we finally have some time to think of new innovative things. We exploring the possibilities of generating Zend Framework applications. At the moment we have a small plugin based command-line application and have some handy plugins that make our live easier. For instance we can generate a project structure (directories and so) and we can generate table classes from the database (with relations). So that's pretty cool. So controllers and views with basic form operations are next :-)
  • Study: I've had my last exams. Will have to finish my last assignments the next two weeks. After the summer I will start my internship at hippo. I'm really looking forward to that as the company looks really as a nice place to work. Will post some more updates as the appear.

So some things I am looking forward to:

  • Vacation! Relaxation and road tripping with my girlfriend.
  • KDE 4.1 Release @ 29 July. KDE 4 will finally be ready for general purpose use.
  • More time to work on personal projects.

So time for me to get productive again. :-)

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Zend PHP Certification

I finally scheduled my Zend PHP Certification exam. The showdown will be on 29th of April. I really hope that Mattijs (who is also taking the exam) and I will both pass. It will surely help give our company a more professional image.

Also I found a really nice desktop computer to replace my old one. I would like to upgrade it to an E8400, 8GB of RAM and an 500GB disk. The only thing is the shop is in Germany and I find shipping my PC internationally a bit risky. Any one any experience with this? The cool thing is they ship it with Linux pre-installed :-)

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I’ve been wanting to write a post about linux games I play, but somehow I never find the time to finish big time reviews so this will be just a small post about a game I discovered today.

TeeworldsTeeworlds reminds me a lot of the old days were Quake 1 & 2 where popular. It is actually something like Quake 2D. It has DM, TDM and CTF gameplay modes. It’s multiplayer only (LAN and Internet) but there are a lot of servers, so that’s no problem.

Installation is a breeze, just download the archive, extract and you’re good to go.

Have fun!

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