Posted by Doug Hays on the 13th of September, 2010 at 1:19 pm under Apple.    This post has no comments.

Just a quick tip if your iPad or iPhone is not appearing in Xcode or iTunes. This was happening to me even after a complete machine restart.

Found a tip that suggested a re-install of iTunes.

So, I re-installed iTunes and I’m back in business!

Posted by Doug Hays on the 19th of May, 2010 at 2:43 pm under iPhone Development.    This post has no comments.

I am developing an iPhone app that allows the user to tweet information from the app. For simplicity’s sake, I chose to use the URL method of sending the user off to Twitter to sign in and finish their status update. When I redirected the user to:

The status update was dropped after the user logged in. So, I switched to:

which looked fine even on a smaller screen. And, after the user logged in, the status message was retained. But, so was the URL encoding. Instead of “Hello World” the status would have been an unsightly “Hello%20World”.

I finally stumbled onto the fix and it’s an easy one. Just drop the www:

And, now it works as expected after the user logs in.

Posted by Doug Hays on the 11th of January, 2010 at 11:13 pm under CakePHP.    This post has no comments.

In order to call CakePHP from non-CakePHP code, we will copy index.php from /app/webroot and put it into our non-CakePHP codebase as cakephp.php.

Then, we’ll create a function requestCakePHP that requires the cakephp.php file:

function requestCakePHP($url)


// Set the url parameter for cakephp
$_GET['url'] = $url;

require_once 'cakephp.php';

// Fire up CakePHP and buffer results
$Dispatcher= new Dispatcher ();

return ob_get_clean();


Then, whenever we need to call for some Cake, we just call requestCake with the URL minus the hostname:

echo requestCakePHP("/webpages/view/2");

In the example above, I have a webpages controller, a view action and am viewing webpage #2.

Posted by Doug Hays on the 9th of September, 2009 at 9:13 am under CSS and Google Maps.    This post has 2 comments.

It always feels good to solve a long-standing and puzzling issue.  Today’s fix has to do with a Google Maps window that was about 50% taller than it had to be:

Google Maps Info Window - Too Tall

After several rounds of setting fixed widths inside the info window’s HTML content, I added the following CSS for .gmapmarker which is the class of the div that wraps all of my info window’s content:

#gmapmarker {
display: block;
max-height: 185px;
.gmapmarker {
    max-height: 185px;
And that did the trick:
Google Maps Info Window - Height Fixed
Posted by Doug Hays on the 17th of May, 2009 at 11:31 pm under AIR and Flex.    This post has 3,192 comments.

There is an issue with AIR application development to which I still have not found an official answer.

I just need to switch between http://localhost and depending on whether I was running in Flex Builder (via adl).

I found all sorts of articles about using conditional compilation (yikes) and reading XML files (I’m too lazy).

This is what I ended up using:

if (NativeApplication.nativeApplication.publisherID != "") {
   return "";
else {
   return "http://localhost";

It doesn’t give you the ability to switch between 3+ different environments, but it’s a very easy way to toggle between development / production environments.