Fusebox 4 is awesome!

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I've been reading a book on the web development code framework Fusebox 4 and it is finally clicking.

Fusebox is a code framework that helps you break your projects into small components, allowing you to work on each piece of the puzzle at a time. You break down the project, define what each portion needs to do then have a definite roadmap on how to do so. Beyond that it just has a few guidelines on how to keep each component separate but doesn't force you to work a specific way - you can write it all procedurally, use MFC, or do it all in ColdFusion Components (for people using ColdFusion).

There are a few really great aspects to it, beyond simply breaking up a puzzle into separate pieces. For a start knowing how to work with it means that you'll be able to jump into maintaining an existing project a lot easier than without it. It is also a fairly standard framework and is used a great deal in web development work. Though originally designed for ColdFusion the latest version (4.1) is also available for PHP, the other web language I use; this lets you use the same solid framework with multiple languages, making your work decidedly easier when you need to.

One of the things I really like about Fusebox is that at my last job I wrote a framework myself that was extremely similar. My framework was probably 60% the same, with enough time it probably would have gotten closer to 80% or more. As a result of this once I got over the initial learning curve working with it has come naturally to me given that it works the way I feel these kinds of things should do.

I *heart* Mozilla Firefox

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Just a quick note to say that I'm writing this from a Mozilla Firefox sidebar rather than the full editor. This is a little bar that opens on the left side of the window and allows you to do some cool things. This sidebar lets me write messages for my weblog without having to open the full administration window, useful for when I think of something quick and want to write it down. Yet another good reason to use Mozilla Firefox.

More Irish radio stations

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The national radio stations, all four of them, are also available via the Internet:

The above use RealPlayer to stream across the Internet so you need to have it installed. Never fear, however, as there is an alternative to the horribly bloated hunk o' junk that RealPlayer has become, imaginatively titled Real Alternative. Simply download the install file, close you browser, run the exe file and then you'll be able to play all RealPlayer movies & music without the junk. Lovely! It also comes with a fairly small player called Media Player Classic that looks and works like the old (version 6 and older) Windows Media Player, the difference being that it will play Real Player and Quicktime files along with the standard AVI, WMV, etc, which Windows Media Player won't, so it can prove to be a fairly useful little program.

Back to Dreamweaver

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After moving from an old Thinkpad laptop to a somewhat higher-powered desktop running Windows XP I've moved back from using cfeclipse to Dreamweaver MX 2004. Aside from some activation problems its running fairly well. Some of the reasons were stability (cfeclipse is a bit buggy), improved syntax highlighting (especially CSS), speed (eclipse is a bit of a dog) and the WIP Fusebox Explorer extension. If I get annoyed with it again I'll just move back to cfeclipse but I'll be happy enough for a while.

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