OPUS and ASET, ten years on

Ten years ago today, I and a few colleagues from Ulster University presented some of our work on on-line Placement Management at the ASET conference in York. At that time our system was simply called the Placement Management System or PMS, and yes of course this led to more than a few comments. At that… Continue reading OPUS and ASET, ten years on

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Importing data from lots of systems with PHP and Regular Expressions

Preamble: I found this article sitting as a draft for several years (2009), so the software release it mentions was years ago! But I figured I’d finally proof read and release the article since the problem it addresses is still a real one. On Friday I released version 4.1.0 of OPUS which has been in… Continue reading Importing data from lots of systems with PHP and Regular Expressions

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Drupal Login Problems

So, in order to post that rant about PHP and SimpleXML I had to fix a problem that seems to have spontaneously arisen with Drupal (this content management system). For some reason it wasn’t persisting login information, at least from firefox (sorry – iceweasel here on my Debian system). It’s interesting to note, reading about… Continue reading Drupal Login Problems

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SimpleXML should be called BloodyAckwardXML

Another night of coding in PHP, and I’ve officially decided that SimpleXML utterly irritates me. I’d already discovered, much to my irritation, that is virtually impossible to handle SimpleXML objects elegantly with the Smarty template engine – but now I discover I can’t even shove them in a PHP session without trouble – when you… Continue reading SimpleXML should be called BloodyAckwardXML

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