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Dynamic data layout with vertical tables

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Developers today are faced with poorly defined requests and constantly changing requirements. It is not uncommon for a developer to spend countless meetings and design sessions getting the database and object layout just right, only to have the client request just one more field when the first beta application is delivered. That one more field […]

Missing Websites – pecl 4 win

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Looks like the pecl4win.php.net website is down again. It is nice that when the system is rebuilding, it disables the entire website with no ability to get past binaries. Additionally, I find it a bit crazy that all these modules aren’t distributed in binary format. The code is easy to find, but often binaries of […]

PHP – Object References Vs. Object Copies (Pass by reference or pass by copy)

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

An important concept in programming is pointers. Even though we don’t directly use them in most modern languages the way we used to (think C/C++) they still come back to haunt us. In many modern languages they are referred to as references. References aren’t quite pointers, but they do resemble them enough to illustrate the […]

Sending email without all the hassle! Use the pickup directory.

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Ok, I just learned something new the other day. I have been using and administering IIS for years with or without the SMTP service running, but I never knew that you could send emails simply by placing them in the pickup directory. Yes, just copy a text file into the c:\inetpub\mailroot\pickup folder and the SMTP […]

PHP Tutorial – Lesson 13 Looping, looping, looping, looping, looping, looping, looping, looping…

Friday, February 17th, 2006

There are 4 main concepts that you have to understand inside and out to be a good programmer. Variables Arrays Choices (if statements) Looping We have talked about variables (those named containers where we can store information) and we have talked about choices. We have also touched on arrays (remember $_GET and $_POST?). Remember arrays […]


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