I ran into a task where I needed to find the differences with some data. Since I’ve not spent much time with ruby I decided to give it a shot. It was surprisingly simple to do what I needed to do in ruby. I’m not going to post the entire details right now, but wanted … Read more
If you are a web developer doing any kind of CSS and HTML work then you need to be using the zen-coding plugins. So what exactly is zen-coding? It’s not a new language, but more of shortcut system for generating structured code, such as HTML or XML, using a CSS selector like syntax. If you don’t get it yet, you’ll see the beauty within seconds of playing with the language.
It’s been way too long since we’ve posted anything. With all the news around HTML5 and CSS3 that continues to come out, I thought now might be a good time to talk about some things we will see in the upcoming HTML5 standard. HTML5 Doctype The doctype has been simplified in HTML5. Now all you … Read more
When it comes to development, there are always simple things that we as developers forget. Ever get into a situation where you know how to do something in one language, but can’t quite figure out the correct syntax in another? I’ve put together a list of iOS “cheat sheet” apps that is sure to help … Read more
There was a recent exploit found in a common file used to generate thumbnails. I found out about the exploit from Mark Maunder’s site. If you have a server running several wordpress blogs, like us, here is a way to fix all the exploits. If you don’t want to copy and paste skip to the … Read more
Recently while working on a project, I found myself needed to parse several different types of files through the same mechanism (CSV, pipe delimited, XML, and more). I decided that it would be best to get each time of feed to a identical object that could then be run through the same methods regardless of the input type. This tutorial will walk you through using PHP and XPath to parse the values from an XML file and store them into array for later manipulation.
I ran into a problem where I had a zip file that had a document I wanted to copy split into 100 different .txt files. I needed to combine all of the text files into one large file so I could copy all the data. Windows You can combine text files in Windows using copy’s … Read more
This tutorial will show you how to access a mysql database using the PHP Data Objects interface, also known simply as PDO. One big advantage of using PDO versus other methods is the use of prepared statements which offers much better security than the mysql or mysqli libraries. Also PDO can connect to several different … Read more
Splitting a String on a Character There are a lot of functions out there that are very simple and easy to understand but are absolutely necessary to make fully functional applications. This week, we are going to begin with a simple string function: split. The split function (explode in PHP) allow the programmer to take … Read more
There have been a lot of changes going on recently and the site has been getting pushed to the side. We are going to start trying to get some new content posted regularly again. The forums that we added back a while ago are now functional again (never noticed they weren’t working). Feel free to … Read more
In this tutorial we are going to use XSLT to transform a simple XML document into an XHTML web page. XSLT stands for eXtensible Style Sheet Transformations. With our XSL document we will pretty much grab the values we need from the source XML and display them nicely in XHTML.