Advanced PHP:

Obamacare Websites Failed because it looks like Spaghetti.

November 17, 2013

Best way to not build a massive website: load up a canon of nerds and fire them at said website. 🙂 Ok, let’s define that a little better! In a nutshell: A very large complex software system, has to be designed as a set of smaller independent systems, that communicate with each other using a…

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What are PHP Peekaboo Bugs? What causes them and how to fix them?

September 24, 2013
Posted in Advanced PHP

Peekaboo bugs are the worst sort of bugs, because they just pop-up randomly and are really hard to track down. When a PHP peekaboo bug appears, I get very nervous because I know that I might be spending hours trying to track it down. I also get nervous because the peekaboo bug itself, tells me…

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PHP Data Type Mismatch Crashes CodeIgniter!

September 21, 2013

Hi, It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged about anything here … been busy building things. Refactoring a Prototype Recently, we were refactoring a PHP/CodeIgniter based project, cleaning up the code from a quick prototype we put out. When you have an idea for a piece of software, it is almost always a good…

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PHP, Zend Framework, Ruby and Web App Frameworks.

I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine who has his finger on the pulse of the web app developer community – whether it be PHP, Ruby and even .Net. So I asked: Last we spoke, you mentioned that the Zend Framework was in a do or die situation? Can you elaborate…

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Windows is quickly getting replaced by iOS and Android on the Web

December 9, 2011

As a web developer or web designer, you have to mindful of who your audience is when you are putting up a new web site or web application. Back in the 1990’s when I started, you had to consider which web browser but you were pretty safe to assume that people would be visiting your…

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The 'Good Enough' Principle and PHP

August 31, 2011

Hi, One of the mistakes web developers make is to spend too much time perfecting the code base in a project. This waste too much time and ignores one very important fact: you need to get the software into the users hands as quickly as possible, so they can give you feedback. … Most end…

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Getting Started with iPhone and iPad Development

May 20, 2010
Posted in Advanced PHP

Hi, In our continued efforts to make programming approachable (even for the non nerd,) I got my brother (Richard Mischook) to write a quick article/tutorial introducing iPhone and iPad development – he’s busy build an iPhone application as I write. The goal of this article is to help you understand what you need to know…

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The Trend is Zend … in PHP

February 9, 2010

Hi, People ask me from time to time, what PHP framework is the best one to learn? Well, I always look at technology choices with two things in mind: How capable is the technology? How accepted is the technology? If you look around, it becomes pretty clear, that if you want to learn an effective…

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What are ORM Frameworks – the video!

December 15, 2009

Hi, I decided to create a video based on my recent article on ORM frameworks. I shot this in HD … so select the HD option if you got big pipes. Let me know what you think. Stefan Mischook

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What are ORM Frameworks?

December 8, 2009

In the following article we will learn a few things about ORM frameworks: What they are. What they do. When and why to use them. And finally, what ORM options PHP’ers have. Let’s start … If you’re working with PHP, you will certainly find yourself working with relational databases (like MySQL) sooner or later. Anyone…

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