Toys for Tots: Donation Locations

I thought the donation location features of the Toys for Tots website could be improved so I created  It’s a mobile-friendly location-based tool that displays the nearest donation sites.  It supports the entire United States, which is over 19,000 drop off locations.   The code is based off of Derek Eder’s Searchable Map Template. Launched

I’ve been considering resurrecting In addition to finding people to donate items to, one of the essential features on the development roadmap for that site was finding nonprofit organizations that needed material donations. It’s been a long time since I looked at that data, so to get a better handle on what was available […]

AWS PHP SDK – UploadSyncBuilder Uploads files already present remotely

I recently ran into an interesting issue with the Amazon Web Services PHP SDK, when using UploadSyncBuilder, as described in this section of the AWS documentation. The problem was that in some cases, Amazon cares about leading / characters, and other cases they do not matter. For example, assume you are uploading a file with […]

Using Compass and Sass with Symfony Assetic in Vagrant

[yaml] # This file is auto-generated during the composer install parameters: # Your parameters assetic.filter.compass.bin: /opt/vagrant_ruby/bin/compass assetic.sass.bin: /opt/vagrant_ruby/bin/sass assetic.ruby.bin: /opt/vagrant_ruby/bin/ruby [/yaml] To make sure the assets can be accessed by non bundle notation php app/console assets:install web –symlink Make sure you filter only scss files with compass, and not all css files. If you filter […]

FIXED: Doctrine 2 Unknown database type enum requested

While working on I came across an issue using symfony2’s doctrine schema update command from the terminal. Here’s the command php app/console doctrine:schema:update –force -vv Here’s the error: [Doctrine\DBAL\DBALException] Unknown database type enum requested, Doctrine\DBAL\Platforms\MySqlPlatform may not support it. The issue is that Doctrine inspects all the tables in the database, even if those […]

Launch NetBeans when opening files in the MacOS X Finder

I recently switched from Open Komodo to NetBeans 7. What drove me absolutely nuts was the fact that I couldn’t drag and drop files onto the NetBeans application to have them open. Further complicating the issue, NetBeans does not use a standard file browser dialog so you cannot drag and drop onto that either. Here […]

Batch Exporting Adobe Flash FLAs to QuickTime Movies

I worked on a project with 170 Adobe Flash videos which were published as SWF files.  These files were published prior to FLV becoming the norm, so all video and audio was contained within a each individual SWF.  Programs such as Sothink’s SWF to Video Converter produced output files that had many audio sync issues. […]