I recently developed for fun a webapp offering forex currencies alert. It allows users to create 100% free custom currencies alert on approximately 100 currency pairs.

Alerts are sent by email for now, but others channels will be available soon such as SMS, IM.

You can check it out at www.fxalert.net.

Any feedback is welcome :)

www.fxalert.net

www.fxalert.net

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On my last post, i mentioned that there should be a linux version of Mikogo. I just received an email a couple days ago informing me the beta started.

I am going to try it and will post some results / feedback here.

It seems very promising !

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A few months ago, Salesforce acquired DimDim (the web conferencing tool) and they decided a change of strategy. For us users, that means no more DimDim as a free web conferencing application.

As a consultant, I often need to use web conferences and since the old DimDim days were over, I started looking for a new one.

After doing some searches and tests, I discovered Mikogo.

mikogo-logo

Their features list is pretty complete and wide. It is a completely free (without any ads) service.

I did some tests and it works really good. So, if you were like me, looking for a solid and free web conferencing service, I highly suggest you to try it out.

Their windows client is very light, and they support Windows & Mac. They also working on a linux distribution ! They have started beta invite yesterday, you can register for the beta here : http://www.mikogo.com/2011/04/21/mikogo-linux-beta-testers/

By spending some time reading their forums, it seems they have a nice community of users also.

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My talk proposal at Confoo 2011 on How to integrate Text Mining into (Web) Applications has been accepted.

For more information on Confoo, please visite their website : www.confoo.ca

PHP Québec, Montréal-Python, Montreal.rb, W3Qc and OWASP Montréal are proud to announce the second edition of the ConFoo Conference. From March 9th to 11th 2011, international experts in Java, .Net, PHP, Python and Ruby will present solutions for developers and project managers the prestigious Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, located in downtown Montréal.

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I will be giving a presentation at the Montreal Java User Group (JUG), next thursday at the ETS.

1111 Notre-Dame Ouest
Room A-1300
Thursday the 9th december 2010 at 17h45.

For more info

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The slides of the presentation I gave yesterday are now available on slideshare.

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If you are interested in knowing more about Text-Mining and how to integrate with your (Web) Applications, I am giving a presentation this week at the monthly meeting of PHPQuebec.

I will present the core notions related to Text-Mining, we will see some of the existing technologies, their features. The talk will be focused on the added value and benefits that Text-Mining may provide to your application.

Date : 13 Mai 2010
Hour : 19h00
Location : École de technologie supérieure, Montréal

More information are available at : http://www.phpquebec.org/modules/piCal/index.php?smode=Daily&action=View&event_id=0000001121&caldate=2010-5-10

Hope to see you there.

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Recently, I have been bugged by a new translate bar appearing on the top of my Chrome navigator each time I visit a foreign site. That bar would take an extra line space (Very annoying when you are using a netbook) and I had to click each time on the “X” to close it.

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Usually Google is good with user experience, however in that case I was surprised by that very annoying feature. I would bet I am not the only one who got annoyed by it.

The good news is that with the latest release (4.1.249.1045), you can disable that feature (Why is it enabled by default however ?).

To do that, go to Tools > Options > Under the Hood > Translate and deselect the box next to “Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language I read.”

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Thanks to Pierrick, some new minor fixes and enhancements have been added to the PHP autoloadManager.

You may find the updated version on github :

http://github.com/alfallouji/PHP-Autoload-Manager

Documentation has been updated also (Please take a look at the README file).

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Yesterday, the Confoo conference held in Montreal ended. I had the chance to assist to the three days of the conference.

confoo.ca Web Techno Conference

The presentation slides are available here : http://www.confoo.ca/en/download or you can view some of them on Anis blog.

Thanks to a very good organization, this conference was a real blast. All went very smoothly.

I can’t wait for Confoo 2011 !

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Who am I?

My name is Bashar Al-Fallouji, I work as a Service Architect at Origin Energy (Sydney, Australia).

I am particularly interested in Cloud Computing, Web applications, Open Source Development, Software Engineering, Information Architecture, Unit Testing, XP/Agile development, etc.

On this blog, you will find mostly technical articles and thoughts around PHP, OOP, OOD, Unit Testing, etc. I am also sharing a few open source tools and scripts.

  • dipan: Hi Bashar It's really awesome that you wrote this code. IT'll save tones of time of all developer. [...]
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  • Angel S. Moreno: well, there goes wasting a couple of hours of development and a couple of days of testing. I owe you [...]
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