Dienstag, 7. Mai 2013

ViennaPHP Kickoff: 15.05.2013

I am proud to announce that I am the new organisator of the PHP Usergroup Vienna. I am taking the place of Michael Nitschinger, who organized the first drinkup last year. I hope to establish a regular meetup once a month with varying talks, nice people and interesting discussions.

Our first meetup will take place on 15th of May, 2013, at Metalab. The meeting will be held together with the symfony Usergroup and the Web Performance Usergroup and the first talk will be "assetics" held by myself. Of course everybody is invited to do talks (various length, mini-talks). If you have an interesting project, work with interesting technology or have some story to share, go ahead and hit me up.

You can find the group on meetup, get informations about the next meetups and RSVP. There is also a website at viennaphp.org, which is not up to date. I am trying to get the new content up and it should be finished soon.

After this general information, I would like to get into a few details.

Sonntag, 5. Mai 2013

In search for (CD) collectors!

I love my collection of CDs. I cannot count the times I tried a piece of software which stated to help me organize it. The software was either way to complex (I don't feel the need to save each track of each CD), not flexible enough (I would like to have some additional fields - Not only text, but also selects, checkboxes and so on) or simple crap.

And because this is of real importance for me, I am starting to build a CD collection "organizer". I don't know what direction I will take or where I'll end up, but I'm sure it'll be a very good tool. I actually started developing this a few times, but without a clear goal and everything, each of the implementation either ended up as not satisfying or didn't get to the point where it was usable.

Instead of diving into code, I'd like to do it the right way this time, first making a (short-term) plan and some ideas on how it will look like in the end, then start coding. For this to happen, I would like to talk to some people who are collecting CDs (or maybe DVDs or books) themself and who feel the pain of collector software

If you happen to be one of them and could spare 10 minutes for a skype call/email conversation, ping me either here in the comments or on twitter. Or maybe you are happy with some piece of software you are using? That would be also very interesting to hear about! It doesn't matter if you only throw me the name of the tool you are using or take some time to talk to me more in-depth about what you like or doesn't like about your tool.

Anyway, you'd help me a lot and maybe we end up building the best collector app out there together!

I'll of course keep you updated on what is happening regarding this project. I don't expect it to take of for a few more weeks, because as said, I want to do some ahead planning and thinking about what is really needed.