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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

MS Paint - behind the scenes

A fascinating insight into how this mighty piece of software came about.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Three years of blogging

I hardly noticed, but the 3 year anniversary of K! passed the other week. And I didn't even get my blog a present or anything. The very first post is here.

Happy 3rd birthday, K!

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Moritz Stefaner is a genius

The Six Degrees of Separation Facebook application

I was thinking about how to best represent connections between people in my Six Degrees of Separation Facebook application and Paul Crabtree recommend I get in touch with Moritz Stefaner as he had something that would fit very nicely indeed.

And he most certainly did; the relation browser was exactly what I wanted to do, but better. If you have a Facebook account, install the application, and go to the Show Network tab you'll see what I mean.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Identifying slow blocking queries on SQL Server

This piece of SQL is perfect for finding which query is running at any particular time, especially if you want to find what it is that's running very slowly.


This should return a list of what's running, including process ids (in the first column). Find out what's causing all the trouble and enter it's id after spid = below:

DECLARE @Handle binary(20)
SELECT @Handle = sql_handle FROM
  master.dbo.sysprocesses WHERE spid = 55
SELECT * FROM ::fn_get_sql(@Handle)

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Friday, September 07, 2007

The 'Six degrees of separation' Facebook application is 4th fastest growing app of the week

Exponetic's first Facebook application, Six Degrees of Separation is apparently the fourth fastest growing app over the past week, according to Adnomics. The full league table is as follows:

Weekly Movers & Shakers
1TextMeNow+7,031 users (86.8%)
2Cartoonify Me+65,895 users (69.2%)
3Gross Out!+130,448 users (31.2%)
4Six Degrees+6,979 users (30.5%)
5PickOff+4,721 users (21.5%)
6How Sexy Is Your Name Calculator+28,735 users (19.0%)
7Cartoon Friends+8,732 users (18.8%)
8mySI+22,281 users (11.6%)
9Class Notes+8,372 users (9.3%)
10Golf Buds+16,378 users (6.8%)

Hopefully the trend will continue and I can keep adding new features.

The "Six Degrees of Separation" application

Exponetic Facebook developers

"Six Degrees" application statistics on Adnomics

The "Six Degrees of Separation" application

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Facebook's new 'Invite friends' tag

Everyone's been either copying and pasting or writing from scratch some code to add "Invite friends" to their Facebook apps, but now there's a simple tag that they've provided. It's currently in beta and, knowing Facebook, is bound to change and break everything a few times, but it's very easy to use:

<fb:request-form action="invite.php"
method="post" type="trust" content="Invite
friends to trust you<fb:req-choice
label='Add iTrust' />"
actiontext="Select friends" />

(Note the slightly dodgy <fb:req-choice> tag inside the content attribute.)

We're now using it at Exponetic on our second Facebook application, called iTrust.

Exponetic, Facebook developers in London


Six degrees of separation

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Just to tell you that this is the first Facebook Invite code I've seen that's actually working!

Thank you

S. Ali Tokmen


posted by Anonymous S. Ali Tokmen : August 14, 2008 4:49 PM

It's not working for me. Do you need some other code to process the form? This is supposed to be able to invite friends to you app, right?

posted by Anonymous Anonymous : September 18, 2008 1:53 AM

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Exponetic's first Facebook application passes 5000 users

We've started developing Facebook applications at Exponetic and our first properly launched project, "Six degrees of separation" has passed 5000 users in under 9 days of live time. The growth has been quite amazing and still going.

Next steps are to do a bit more development on this app and there are a few more in the pipeline

Exponetic Facebook application development, London

The "Six degrees of separation" Facebook application

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