My friend Mike used to live in Los Angeles. He and his brother had a running competition to spot the most obscure celebrity. I believe Mike’s best sighting was Lou Ferrigno before they remade the Incredible Hulk and gave him a cameo as a security guard.
If you are a casual connoisseur of PHP who wants to dive directly into coding on the Ning Playground, we’ll be the first to admit that changing big chunks of functionality on Ning Example Apps is not necessarily the best place to start. You can get there, but we‘d recommend a warm-up first.
You can now view Most Recent Apps and Example Apps alongside Top Apps when you click on the More Top Apps link.
We also enhanced search within the Ning Playground. You can now find apps, users, and tags when you search from the Ning Sidebar, Ning Pivot, or Ning Home. It’s not Google, but hopefully provides yet another way to find things on the Ning Playground.
Thanks for sticking with us today while we took the Ning Playground down for a lunch break. One of the casualties of our rollback was a new What’s New section. I will now steal my own thunder for the 10 people who read this blog and preview them here. Thanks for letting us slide with the same initial set for the first week!
We have put up the system maintenance page (as of 12:39PM PST) to troubleshoot an issue related to some query behavior. We’ll be back within an hour.
Update (1:34PM): We found an issue with a change we made this morning. We are reverting the change and testing it, so we will be back ~2:00PM PST.
Update (2:05PM): The change has been reverted and we are back in the air. Everything looks good.
We’ve built the Ning Playground for both coders and non-coders to be able to build and run social apps without knowing PHP from a hole in the head.
For example, I created Palo Alto Restaurant Reviews in three clicks from Restaurant Reviews. They look and run identically, but I now have a fully-functional reviews app to use at my will. All without writing a line of code.