I’ve been struggling with lava support for Firefox after upgrading from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04. All I had to do was to remove the package called icedtea-gcjwebplugin. Now, I don’t know my way around Java anymore, but at least it did the trick. Worth a shot if you have problems.


John has some more information on this issue if the above didn’t do the trick:

I also needed to link to the new plugin….

cd /usr/lib/firefox-3.0/plugins$
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so

Thanks John!


A coworker of mine has been working on a ajax enabled regex tool which lets you evaluate regex expressions in several languages (including PHP PCRE and PHP POSIX) with instant results. You can choose which functions to use, such as match, match all, replace, split etc. It also offers some basic help and hints. It’s really handy when working on those painful expressions.

You can check it out at http://regex.larsolavtorvik.com/. Stop by his blog as well.


Ever wanted to generated PDF documents on the fly with PHP? Perhaps populate a standard contract with a customers name and address? FPDF and FPDI are two neat libraries which greatly helps when working with PDF files. FPDF is the main library for handling PDF files, while FPDI lets your import existing PDF documents into the FPDF documents. In the code sample I’ve prepared here I’m importing a PDF template document, writing some information to the document, then sending it to the “customer”. FPDF offers several neat ways to expose the generated document, such as a stream to the browser, a string, or just storing it to file. You can download PDF Sample code to test it.

Be sure to head on over to the FPDF site and FPDI site for more information on these two libs.

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I just came across this post by Mike Henke, where he writes about a presentation from the Google Automating Testing Conference. Google is working on a framework based on Selenium which they use internally. The post contains some interesting slides in addition to a presentation video. I’ve embedded the video in this post for your convenience, but I suggest you give Mike a visit.

Update: Video removed, please check the links above.


My favorite PHP framework just got a new release, adding several new components and fixing 30-ish bugs. The bundled JavaScript libs (Prototype / script.aculo.us) have also been upgraded, so that should help lots of people struggling with the old versions. Head on over to PradoSoft.com to download the new version. If you are new to Prado, I recommend checking out the Prado QuickStart tutorial.