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CodeFusion says

Check out the source code! That’s the stuff my nightmares are made of!

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CodeFusion says

I live by two mantras: Make hay while the sun shines; and I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Typically, 14 to 16 hours a day – seven days a week with a six min smoke break each hour. I eat at my desk between keystrokes. Eight years without a vacation or day off. Every few years I start to feel a little burned out, but, power though it and that feeling goes away.

Kids xmas / b-days, wedding anniversary or cool celestial events (I love astronomy), I may only work 6 to 8 hours.

There are times where I mess around (like now), but usually in random little spurts between projects.

Interesting tid-bit: Did you know that office chair manufactures will not warranty a chair if you sit in it more than 8 hours a day? They consider that “abuse” or “outside of normal wear and tare”. I go though expensive office chairs yearly (I’m “thin” by most (esp. US) standards). Doc. said my cholesterol is a point too high – so I moved my Cheetos a little further away so I have to stretch – close enough to exercise for me ;)

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I have the large Intuos. It’s fun and all, but I prefer my high-end gaming mouse when working with vectors – I feel I have better precision.

I use the Intuos a lot in Photoshop. Besides the “freehand”, I really like the “Pressure” feature – makes that start and stop of the lines feather in and out real nicely without extra work.

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CodeFusion says

Example output:
{verify-purchase}}
In other words: it returns an empty result for both valid and invalid purchase-codes.

Just to clarify:

{verify-purchase}}
is the exact and only valid output I get from it.

You are likely using an invalid (or refunded) purchase code.

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CodeFusion says

It returns a json string. You can drop the url directly into your browser and it will show you the results right there on your screen.
If the purchase code is valid for your item:
{"verify-purchase":{"item_name":"[Your-Item-Name]","item_id":"[Your-Item-ID]","created_at":"Fri Dec 21 00:00:01 +1000 2012","buyer":"[Buyers-Name]","licence":"Regular License"}}
Yes; the word “License” is spelled in its euro form on the API – rather irritating! ...

If the purchase code does NOT match your item: (or refunded)
{"verify-purchase":{}}
If there is an API/formatting error:
{"error":"Username and/or API Key invalid.","code":"not_authenticated"}

Here is the full thread – http://codecanyon.net/forums/thread/need-some-help-for-windows-application/114690 – the OP in that thread is talking about a desktop app, buy all my response are web based API related.

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I’m not a TF author so I don’t know what constitutes a hard vs soft rejection; but design wise, here is what I see:

  • Slider text hard to read – maybe “soften” the images to help the text stand out.
  • Services: The image bg transition and the h4 color change are not in sync – feels clunky. Probably don’t need to change the color of the h4 beings as the img bg changes.
  • Services: at min-width one line of text wraps under image
  • Prices: Again, different (or lack of) transition on all the elements
  • Testimonials: The “width” does not match anything else – white space on left & right when viewed with 32” screen. The Slider and Map are full width – but the testimonial slider comes up short (too small/narrow of bg image). Maybe do a overflow hidden to match column width or make image bigger/wider to take up full screen width.
  • Testimonials: at min-width h1 line breaks
  • Testimonials: at min-width Prev / Next almost cover testimonial_title
  • Team Members: at min-width title line breaks
  • Contact: same transition thing as “Services”
  • Blog: Post Meta: hover to unhover – bottom border disappears while color is still in transition.
  • Blog: at min-width “Post Title” breaks line
  • No “back to top” and/or sticky menu – bad UX for really long pages. – I feel “stuck” and have to manually scroll – a lot.
  • The page “jumps” right – scroll bar
  • Responsive: menu different order than non-responsive (blog in middle versus end)

These design things seem rather trivial to call for a hard rejection. Maybe have a look at: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/472/85/wordpress-theme-submission-requirements and make sure your theme is compliant – I’m pretty sure that “violating” one or more of those would cause a hard rejection.

I really like the theme – especially the colors!

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CodeFusion says
For fiscal year 2012, Adobe achieved record revenue of $4.4 billion. – http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/201212/Q412Earnings.html

And not one __ was given about security.

Just be careful where you “Check the list” – I can already see fake “enter your email” scripts popping up.

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CodeFusion says

I do not believe that dropbox will execute PHP.

You could do an online / fallback check.

If you have two (or more) servers, you can check to see if your primary server is online – if not, fallback to the secondary server. A secondary server could even be a friends server – as long as you trust them with your API key. The API key is not “dangerous” (it’s “read only”) but it can show some personal info.

VPS servers are pretty cheap now-a-days. They have much less downtime versus a shared server. Check out the $10 MicroBlock at http://www.dotblock.com (+$15 if you want cPanel). These guys are awesome!

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CodeFusion says

Sometimes it’s better to make a friend than a buck!!

As for big companies and open source – they don’t care if you have free software/scripts etc. What they want is to see your code – and it’s easiest for them via GitHub and the like – no download, no install, etc.

They are looking at your ability to code. They look to see how efficiently your code runs. They look to see if you error out gracefully or not. Amongst a plethora of other things, they look to see if you use OOP or procedural, randomly mixing languages, database interaction / optimization / efficiency. Your architectonic abilities (analyze, design, test, deploy, evolve). And yes, all of this is clearly visible in your coding.

They also look to see how well you accept criticism. How well you “play as a team”. How you communicate with others (both “team” & “client”) (leadership skills). How you handle bugs. Your documentation ability. Organization, etc. etc. etc.

It’s (usually) in your best interest to have a few different projects for them to thumb through. If one project does not meet their expectations, maybe another one might. On the other hand, if you make the same inefficient mistake or error in each project – it will obviously be more harmful than helpful.

If/When you GitHub a project, make sure it is clean, organized, and formatted properly. Make sure your documentation is efficient and effective as well! Not only does this help the community – it may help you land a job.

Basically, what they are doing is interviewing you without having to interview you. You can tell me anything I want to hear. Your references can lie, you can download a diploma/degree online – but your code … it always tells the truth ;)

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