Coming back, no worries!

I haven't posted anything in over a month but today I figured I'd at least post a brief update about what I've been up to.  I started working for a new place as a developer about a couple of months ago so I've been busy adjusting to the commute and the new job.  Also, due to other personal things that have come up in life, I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and write anything.  Today, I was finally able to open up my dev environment and restart development efforts on some personal projects so that's a start.  Am I burnt out? No.  Definitely, no.

Symfony2 Troubleshooting - Lifecycle callbacks not being called when using (docblock) annotations

Issue:

Lifecycle callbacks such as prepersist and preupdate are not being called when defined as annotations in the entity class.


Systems Invovled:

Symfony2, Doctrine


Solutions and/or Notes:

Symfony2 Troubleshooting - RuntimeException: Unable to create the cache directory

Issue:

"RuntimeException: Unable to create the cache directory ... " even after running point #2 under "Setting up Permissions" at http://symfony.com/doc/current/book/installation.html#configuration-and….


Systems Involved:

Symfony2, Ubuntu 13.10


Solutions and/or Notes:

Drupal 7 Tutorial: Getting Syntax Highlighter + CKEditor to work properly with the WYSIWYG module

This tutorial will explain how to get the Syntax Highlighter plugin to work properly with the CKEditor plugin and WYSIWYG module.  I will assume that you already have a Drupal 7 installation ready, so the next thing to do is making sure we have the required modules and plugins.

Make sure you have the following downloaded:

Site Update - New section!

I have recently added a new section called "Resources" to the site.  The link to this section appears in the top and bottom navigation menus.  This new section is primarily where I will keep a collection of resources that I think will be useful to me in the long run that I may need to have quick access to.  This section may or may not be helpful to you but feel free to contribute also if you think there's a resource I may need on the list.  

PHP Discovery Log - mcrypt extension

I decided a few nights ago that I would play around with the Yii PHP framework to see how quick and different it is from Symfony2 but stopped after noticing that I didn't have the mcrypt extension which is required by the encrypt and decrypt methods in Yii.  I searched on PHP.net to see if there were any installation directions but the information regarding installation was minimal at best.