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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Star Sightings & Douchetracker

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.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Ning Press!

Phil spent the past week quietly building out a lightweight blogging engine on the Ning Playground to replace the experimental blog app we had, Ning Press. The result is a new and improved Ning Press!

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Simple Example Apps for Casual PHP Developers

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.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

RVU Ning

I wish I had more time tonight to comment more thoroughly on some of the far-too-fun apps that have been popping up on the Ning Playground in the past few days. I have much to talk about, but unfortunately it will have to wait until tomorrow.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

New at Anytown Listings and Bookshelf

Another day, another set of enhancements to Ning Example Apps.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Update on Beta Developer Accounts

We really appreciate everyone who has requested Beta Developer account status on the Ning Playground in the past week and a half.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

New Ning App Exchange Up Now

Jonathan Aquino just finished putting the final touches on the Ning App Marketplace we’re calling Find-A-Developer.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

More New Stuff

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.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Some New Example App Enhancements

We’ve been busy around here and not just with scheduled maintenance.

We’ve added bulk uploading of photos to Photo Sharing. May has already taken advantage of this new feature with her photos from Istanbul. (Welcome back, May!)

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

Stealing my own thunder

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!

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alexei
alexei

Taking a lunch break

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.

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Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini

But I’m not a Developer…

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.

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