Simple AJAX Example Using PHP And jQuery

Published: March 4, 2014

AJAX, Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a technical method for dynamically updating parts of a web page without reloading the whole page. Some advantages of using AJAX include better UI/UX and interactivity with the end user, easier site navigation, and reduces round trip server times. In this tutorial I’ll show you a simple AJAX example using PHP and jQuery Read more…

Getting Started With Composer

Published: January 7, 2014

Taken from the Introduction at Composer: Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP. It allows you to declare the dependent libraries your project needs and it will install them in your project for you. There are many sites that show examples of getting started with Composer, including Composer’s own site, but these are just my personal notes for a quick reference. Read more…

Automated Database Backup Procedure

Published: November 5, 2013

An old coworker and good friend of mine once told me that there are two types of people, those who make backups and those who haven’t lost data yet. I currently provide reseller hosting using HostGator and several of the sites I host have MySQL databases. Here’s the simple automated procedure that I used to do monthly backups of these databases. Read more…

How To Use ZF1 Zend_Gdata_Photos To Show Picasa Web Albums

Published: September 3, 2013

I’ve developed several websites for some local small businesses and one request that comes up often is a way for the business owner to show photo albums with pictures on their website. Along with that request comes the capability for the business owner to manage their own photos. Google’s Picasa is a great way to manage web photo albums and in this post I’ll show you how to use ZF1 Zend Framework’s Zend_Gdata_Photos service to consume Google’s Picasa API to show photos on a website. Read more…

Updating PHP Deprecated Other TimeZones With Valid TimeZones

Published: March 5, 2013

It all started with some clean up of some legacy code that was storing dates and times in a particularly odd fashion. Each row in the users table of the database had a field for that user’s timezone. Some of these timezones were from a deprecated list of PHP timezones. The question was how to update these timezones from a list of supported timezones. I began doing some research with the PHP DateTime and DateTimeZone classes. The following are some examples from my date and time research. Read more…

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