Archive for July, 2009

Coppermine 1.5 – Call for testers

July 28th, 2009 3 comments

The Coppermine team has taken a first major step for CPG 1.5 by releasing the alpha version few days ago. This release is strictly for testers  and general users cannot download it. Also, note that CPG 1.5 is not yet ready for deploying on production sites. You should only set it up on your local testbeds or development site with limited public access.

If you are a seasoned Coppermine user and/or interested in testing big web applications and want to help us in testing the new release, then go through cpg1.5.1 alpha: how to become a tester and see whether you fit the job. If so, do let us know with your short bio and how you can help us.

Non-testers – don’t feel bad. We will soon have something for you as well. 🙂

Zend Certified Engineer

July 24th, 2009 27 comments

Yes! Today I cleared the Zend PHP 5 Certification Examination and now I am one of those few Zend Certified PHP Professionals in India.

Get your PHP Certification here!


Nagpur PHP Meetup – Overview

July 11th, 2009 4 comments

The first ever PHP meetup in Nagpur was conducted today, 11 July, 2009. Around 31 people attended the meetup with variety of backgrounds and experience.

Team at PHP Meetup

Team at PHP Meetup

There were freshers, starters, experienced and highly experienced professionals who shared their views. Few PHP trainers in the city also turned up for the meetup in a bid to understand the industry requirements which is a very welcome sign for the PHP community in Nagpur.

The meetup started with introduction from everyone followed by Dr. Tarique Sani’s encouraging speech on Opensource for the new community members. He stressed the need of giving back something to the Opensource community which has given us the hugely popular LAMP platform.

Since it was the first meetup, there was no fix agenda for it and so everyone was given a freehand to ask their questions, share their experience, etc. As usual, the freshers were interested in knowing the career opportunity in PHP and the current position of PHP in the market.

But the real stuff came in from the PHP developers. The main concern shown by everyone was the Security in web applications. We were very pleased to see the people talking about SQL injection and cross site scripting (XSS) which nobody bothered about an year ago. A lot of discussion happened on these topics and we finally decided that this needs a special attention.

So, the next meetup, which will be on the 2nd Saturday of next month (8 August 2009), will have a special session on Security in web applications where we will demonstrate the SQL injection and XSS and possible ways to avoid them. And fortunately, I was chosen for this job of giving the first talk of this meetup.

Finally, it was also decided to start a new mailing list for Nagpur PHP  community members to help eachother.

Everyone then posed for a group photo which you can see above and went home happily 🙂

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended this meetup and made it a successful event. We are also thankful to the two leading English daily’s in Nagpur, The Hitwada and Time of India for publishing the information about this meetup. We got lot of enquiries through them.

Keep watching this blog for more information on the meetup or follow me on Twitter for updates on meetup.

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Migrating from Evolution to Thunderbird

July 2nd, 2009 Comments off

A colleague of mine who was using Evolution mail client since past few years finally decided to start using Thunderbird. But the biggest challenge was moving his emails and contact list to Thunderbird client as there is no builtin functionality available in Thunderbird for the same.

As usual Google came to the rescue and I found a nice article which I thought is worth sharing with everyone. This article written by Damien provides step-by-step assistance in migrating your emails, contacts, calendar, tasks and other things from Evolution to Thunderbird.

The migration process went very well after following all the steps given there. We were mainly interested in mails and contacts but I am sure the other data can also be migrated with same ease.

If you also find the article helpful, do thank him on his blog.

Gave up waiting for root device – Kubuntu

July 1st, 2009 3 comments

If you are consistently getting the Gave up waiting for root device error while booting your ubuntu/kubuntu box, its time to make a small change to your grub menu file.

But to be able to do that you should atleast login to your account. As a first step try to reboot your machine a few times. If this still doesn’t take you any further, wait for sometime on the screen showing above message and then type exit on the shell which will then take you ahead. If not, wait for some more time and then try again.

Once you are through, login to your account and then edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add rootdelay=90 in as a kernel parameter. The final entry should look something like

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=105e82bc-3131-428f-ad9e-aa5f55833421 ro quiet splash rootdelay=90
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