Becoming a Web Developer – tips from an old pro.

March 2, 2014

Hi! I’ve been teaching web design and programming for over a decade and I’ve been active building websites and web apps since 1994 – I’ve been around the block … and back again. Web Developer as a Career I have a few tips for you if you are thinking of becoming a web designer or…

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Why PHP should be the first language you learn.

February 13, 2014

Yo! Anyone who reads my stuff knows that if I am anything, I am practical. So when it comes to learning (and teaching) programming to someone new to the whole programming game, for several pragmatic reasons, I think PHP by far is the best language to begin with. Here are some of the reasons: It…

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Speed up PHP with JSON and AJAX

January 27, 2014

Hi, So we decided to work on streamlining and speeding up StudioWeb’s basic functionality. When it comes to user perceptions of a web application’s speed, the most important thing to look at is the request/response cycle. But first, the most obvious thing you can do, is to just increase your server’s speed: More RAM More…

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CodeIgniter is out and Laravel is In!

January 22, 2014
Posted in PHP Frameworks

Yo! I don’t how many of you are interested in PHP frameworks … if you are an intermediate level PHP programmer who understands OOP PHP, you ought start learning about PHP frameworks because they will save you a lot of time developing web applications and make them more robust. Anyway, when you have frameworks, you…

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Building Mobile Apps – what is the best approach?

January 18, 2014
Posted in Mobile

Hey! I am not sure why I feel like writing these days (could be because of more sunlight) but nonetheless, here I am with yet another article and video on PHP … in the same week! This weeks nerd question: When building mobile apps, should you use native languages (Objective C or Java typically) or…

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What is Refactoring PHP Code?

January 16, 2014

Hi! For whatever reasons, I am in the mood to write … and I have a video too! So, what the heck is code refactoring? In a nutshell: It is the process of code refinement – taking messy code and reorganizing it into much more manageable (cleaner) chunks. Refactoring is such an important part of…

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How to develop great software

December 3, 2013
Posted in Real World PHP

Hi, The point of this article: get people using your software ASAP! Now some of the details … The best teacher in any field is experience … and web programming is no exception! In the case of app creation though, it’s not just your experience as a coder that counts, but the experience of your…

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Bitcoin and Litecoin from a Programmers Perspective

November 27, 2013
Posted in Editorial

Hi! I’ve been programming for about 18yrs … give or take a few months. I’ve been self employed or running businesses for over 20yrs and so when it comes to code and business, I know at least a little bit. Speaking of ‘bits’, let’s quickly talk about the latest ‘investment’ vehicle: bitcoin. What is Bitcoin?…

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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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You know Code but your Design Skills Suck – what can you do!

October 3, 2013

Hi! I wrote this post originally for but then I figured that PHP programmers are probably the biggest suckers when it comes to page design – in short, you probably need this more than most! 😉 Hi, Based on a recent forum post where someone with code skills (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) wanted to improve…

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