Mac OS X & iOS

Howto: Install PHP, PHPUnit and Composer on Mac OS X

Make sure the directories /usr/local, /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/sbin exist and check the permissions, so that regular users can access them. This should already be the case, if you got Homebrew installed and working. Open ~/.bash_profile and check, if /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/sbin are properly added to your PATH environment variable: export PATH=”/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH” If there is no ~/.bash_profile yet, simply…
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Mac OS X configuration for software developers

Coming from Linux and FreeBSD, I initially didn’t feel comfortable working with OS X and I still think it’s a bad idea to run a full featured Web server on a Mac. But there are a couple of things you can do to turn your Mac into a great development environment. Install the following essential software packages Google…
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Howto: Install PHP 5.5 and PHPUnit on OS X via Homebrew

Here is how to install the latest PHP and PHPUnit versions on OS X using Homebrew, which became my first choice after testing other package managers. To avoid conflicts, it is generally not recommended to use Homebrew alongside other external OS X package managers such as MacPorts or Fink. You can remove MacPorts with these…
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Howto: Write an iPhone app with PhoneGap

PhoneGap lets you write smartphone apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. No need to learn Objective-C or get used to proprietary C/C++ libraries. Sounds good in theory, but how easy is it really? I found the official documentation a little bit confusing, so I wrote this streamlined howto while I’ve been testing PhoneGap myself. If you got…
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Apple announces Mac App Store: Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me.

Well, it’s official. Apple has now announced it’s bringing the App Store concept to the Mac and it looks like they’ll be restricting apps with FairPlay DRM too for good measure. When we first began talking about the problems with the App Store on the iPhone and iPod Touch, people wanted us to drop it…
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Howto: Dunkle Gnome Themes und Firefox/Thunderbird

Eigentlich ist es ganz einfach ein [ dunkles Gnome-Theme] zu verwenden: Downloaden und per Drag-and-Drop installieren. Nur wird man, uebrigens auch unter OS X, alsbald feststellen, dass man die Menues von Firefox und Thunderbird 1.5 nicht mehr lesen kann, weil der Font dort unveraendert schwarz ist. Das macht sich auf einem schwarzen Hintergrund nicht wirklich gut. Es gibt jetzt 3 Moeglichkeiten:

# Resigniert das schoene neue Theme deinstallieren. Nicht Sinn der Sache.