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Feed Genie Review by Gunter Schenk
Creating a Picasa Web album
In this review Gunter will investigate the quality and usage of the Feed Genie Dreamweaver extension from DMXzone. He will create a Picasa Web album as test case and dive more in the endless possibilities of Feed Genie.
PHP related observations
Whenever using PHP scripts from 3rd party vendors, the first thing I do is to scan them for a variety of criteria such as:
a)which PHP versions are supported
b)usage of features or functions which are deprecated in PHP 5.3
c)possible issues which might require a certain php.ini configuration
1. Supported PHP versions
As I couldn´t detect any usage of functions, classes and methods which are specific to PHP 5, and as any native PHP functions used by the Feed Genie libraries are compatible with PHP 4, the scripts should work equally fine with both PHP 4 and 5.
2. Usage of deprecated features/functions
The deprecated functions ereg() and eregi() are used by an auxiliary script, what will throw errors when used with PHP 5.3
3. Possible issues
To read data from a feed cache file stored in the server´s file system, Feed Genie relies on the PHP function fopen(). Some web hosts might disable this function for security reasons, and it´s obvious that Feed Genie will not work under this condition.
Since 1999 Günter Schenk, a german web designer, PHP developer and former musician, has manufactured professional and profitable websites for a broad range of german and international clientele such as real estate, tourism, industry or craft producers.
In 2007 Günter Schenk, who personally prefers developing client-specific solutions over reselling/adapting the usual CMS "bulk good" anytime, has been nominated Adobe Community Professional (ACP) for Dreamweaver. This nomination has been annually extended to this year.
After reviewing his efforts to support the German-speaking Dreamweaver user community, in June 2011 the German Adobe Usergroup staff invited him as Co-Moderator for their forums.
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