Best of Web #7

best of web - runde 7Today it is once again time for another round of “Best of Web”. This week I have a few more links on the hand, I would like to share with you. Overall, it comes back this week to some technical topics – good for geeks and nerds among you, rather poor for lovers of more “lighter fare”. Among others, today is about compilers, the history of Windows, some web design basics and a bit of image recognition in C#. I hope there is one or the other interesting article for everyone.
As always – who has more link tips, is hereby invited to send me these for one of the rounds of my “Best of Web” series. And now have fun with my recommendations of the week.
Quick introduction to compiler construction
On TechPro Tristan McNab explains in […]

20 Dropbox tools you should know

When it comes to online storage and sync, then Dropbox is my number 1 and because I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with this sight, below there is a collection of 20 tools which will help you to realize the full potential of your Dropbox.
 
 
dropplets
#1 – dropplets.com / Blog with Dropbox
With dropplets your Dropbox becomes a blogging platform. After the “installation” your Dropbox behaves like a web server.
New articles can be written in the easy to learn Markdown language and published by simply save them in your Dropbox. The whole thing is quick, easy, and also looks quite chic.
 
 
calepin
#2 – calepin.co / Publishing by Dropbox
Calepin.co is the second blog system in our listing. Also Calepin supports the markup language “Markdown” and allows easy publishing of blog […]

How to compare dates in PHP

php_date_compareHow to actually compare 2 dates in PHP with each other? The question sounds easier than it is.  The first thought that usually comes is the following. We store both dates as strings and compare them.
Preliminary

<?php
$date1 = "2012-1-12";
$date2 = "2011-10-12";

if ($date1 > $date2)
echo "$date1 is newer than $date2";
else
echo "$date1 is older than $date2";
?>

Output:

2012-1-12 is newer than 2011-10-12

At first glance this seems to be a workable solution. But what if the two data is in a different format?

<?php
$date1 = "12-1-12";
$date2 = "2011-10-12";

if ($date1 > $date2)
echo "$date1 is newer than $date2";
else
echo "$date1 is older than $date2";
?>

Output:

12-1-12 is older than 2011-10-12

Now the date in 2012 is declared to be older than the date in 2011, which is of course wrong. However, from PHP’s point of view, this behavior is correct, because two […]

How to create articles on Blogspot with C#

Blogger C# API LogoToday I want to show you how to create a blog article on Blogger.com/Blogspot.com with C#. For this you need first of all the Google.GData.Client.dll, which you can find inside the Google .Net API package.
You can download the API package here from Google. (The file is called Google_Data_API_Setup_2.2.0.msi (Please note that the version number – 2.2.0 – over time may change of course.)
If the download is complete, install the package, open a new project in Visual Studio and add a reference to the Google.GData.Client.dll.
The .dll file can be found in the installation directory of the API package. (Click on the link “add a reference” above, if you need help embedding .dlls into a Visual Studio project.)
If you have included the DLL, you can start already. Blog posts (aka articles) can be created as follows:

private static […]

How to install Ubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S2

Android Ubuntu ScreenshotToday there is again an article on Android. More specifically, it’s about how you can run Android and Ubuntu (Linux) in parallel on your smartphone or tablet. Although I had already blogged about it before, but today I want to explain the whole setup process, step-by-step (using a slightly different method).
The title of this article is actually not quite correct, because we will not install Ubuntu, but setup some kind of a live system – so we get down to business.
I used my Galaxy S2 for the project. If it works with other smartphones, I could not test, but would be happy about comments on your part, if you tried it.
 
For our purposes we need the following things / conditions:

Android based device with root rights
Android Terminal Emulator (freely available on Google Playstore)
android-vnc-viewer (freely available on […]