Kohana Designers Tip: Twitter API

/ Kohana / by Paul Robinson / 1 Comment

Ok so I personally am not much of a designer, to be frankly honest I’m rubbish at it. So when it comes to designing things I turn to Lisa Marie of lisa-marieart.com, mainly because she is my sister, but also because she’s an amazing designer. Anyway she is currently redesigning her website using Kohana & decided she wants her twitter […]

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How To: jQuery Autocomplete

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 78 Comments

Basically people keep asking me how to write the query for the jQuery autocomplete plugin by bassistance.de. So I thought I should finally get round to showing how to do it.

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Kohana And AJAX (Sitting In A Tree)

/ Kohana / by Paul Robinson / 10 Comments

This is my first in a line of tutorials based on Kohana PHP Framework. This first tutorial is based on how to use Kohana in conjunction with AJAX. Some people have had some trouble with it, as did I when I first used it, so here are the basics.

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Variable Scope: A Beginners Guide (PHP & Javascript)

/ Javascript, PHP / by Paul Robinson / 0 comments

Variable scope is something that comes in handy in most coding languages, in my experience though it is invaluble in Javascript. If you are sitting thinking, ‘but what the hell is it’, then let me explain. Variable scope is a set of rules applied to a variable telling it where & it what context it may be accessed. An easier […]

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PHP Tip #6: str_replace Is Faster

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 1 Comment

This is probably a very well known tip, but for those new to PHP it’s handy. When needing to replace something try & use str_replace instead of preg_replace. Always remember that REGEX is costly & should only be used when it is really needed. If you need to do a case insensitive replace then use str_ireplace.

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PHP Tip #5: header

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 0 comments

Another useful command that all PHP coders should know is the header() function. You can use it to send a HTTP header to the server.

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PHP Tip #4: Type Casting

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 5 Comments

I kinda touched on Type Casting in the second PHP tip about is_numeric(). The basic idea is that you can force a variable’s value to another type. For instance, changing a string to an integer.

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Adding Annotation To Cropped Thumbnails Using ImageMagick

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 0 comments

You’ve probably seen them before, generally done by imagehosters. Yep, that’s them. The little thumbnails with the resolution & file size written in them. Well I’m going to show you how to make them using ImageMagick & PHP. If you don’t have ImageMagick you can find out how to install it in my previous tutorial here. Just ignore the part […]

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PHP Tip #2: Is_Numeric() Is A Very Useful Thing

/ PHP / by Paul Robinson / 4 Comments

The second in my series of PHP tips is to do with the extremely handy is_numeric(). When allowing user input it’s extremely important to check the input for attacks. The most common piece of information handed to MySQL is an ID, but novice coders can get confused with how to check the input. The main problem is that you only […]

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