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PHP technical writing compilation

Having spent the majority of this year programming a custom reporting dashboard for my employer written in PHP and MySQL, it is an understatement to say that I have learned a lot. Nothing beats real-world experience and I really have come into my own with PHP, learning more and more daily as I continue progressing forward on my goal of becoming a Back-End Web Developer. I have written several PHP-related posts this year and wanted to provide them all in one easy-to-access list. Enjoy!

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PHP empty() function use with MySQL NULL

PHP provides a handy function, empty(), that is used to determine whether a variable is empty. Perhaps that is a bit confusing to someone unfamiliar with the empty() function and I can see how. In this blog post, I will cover: what empty() means in PHP, what the empty() function does, and a use case pairing up empty() with the PHP ternary operator conditional construct. Both used in combination with the MySQL NULL value. Continue reading and see examples of empty()

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PHP MySQL BLOB PDF: Display in Browser

In Use MySQL BLOB column with PHP to store .pdf file, I covered an example of how to store a .pdf file in the actual database table using the MySQL BLOB datatype and PHP. Now that we have .pdf’s stored in the database, how do we display them in the browser? This blog post answers that exact question. Continue reading to see a working example using PHP…

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15 Best Visual Studio Code Extensions For Web Development

Visual studio code, arguably the best code editor to use in present time. Due to its wide range of extensions and support from Microsoft this editor is widely adopted.

Visual studio code is built on top of open source Monaco editor by Microsoft. This project receives around 14k stars in Github.

Visual studio code offers a wide range of extensions. Here is how to install the extension.

Press SHIFT+COMMAND (or Windows)+X or just click on the extension icon of visual studio code. Search for the extension and press install.

Here I am listing down 15 best visual studio code extension for web development. The choices of the …

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Jquery Duplicate Fields Form Submit with PHP

This tutorial explains How to submit jquery duplicate/clone field values to form with PHP.  In this example we are going to provide very simple example and using existing jquery plugin, so here we are using relCopy.js jquery plugin to duplicating the existing field.

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How to Manage Session using Node.js and Express

Session handling in any web application is very important and is a must-have feature, without it, we won’t be able to track user and it’s activity.

In this article, I am going to teach you how to handle Session in Node.js. We will use express as a framework and various other modules such as body-parser to handle form data.


At the time of writing article, the latest version of Express is 4.16.4.

What we are buiding

To demonstrate Session handling in Node, I have developed a basic Log-in and log-out System. In this User can log-in by providing their email, and that email will be used for further Session tracking. Once User log-out, Session will be destroyed and User will be redirected to home page.

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The MariaDB Foundation: A turning point for MySQL

Back when Sun Microsystems was setting, some of the programmers who had been involved with the popular and well-known open source MySQL database started a fork of the project called MariaDB.

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Simple jQuery: how to validate IPv4 addresses and netmasks

Unfortunately jQuery doesn’t come with default form validation to check for ip-addresses or subnet masking. So without a long winded explanation here’s the code. Just include this as a separate JS file like the rest of your page’s JS.

// 'ipv4': IPv4 Address Validator
$.validator.addMethod('ipv4', function(value) {
    var ipv4 = /^[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}$/;    
    return value.match(ipv4);
}, 'Invalid IPv4 address');

// 'netmask': IPv4 Netmask Validator
$.validator.addMethod('netmask', function(value) {
    var mask = /^[1-2]{1}[2,4,5,9]{1}[0,2,4,5,8]{1}\.
    return value.match(mask);
}, 'Invalid IPv4 netmask');

You can use it like this.

        netmask:{ …
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Welcome to Insatiable Demand

In early 2006 Paul Hurley (ideeli’s CEO) and I (Mark Uhrmacher, CTO) were thinking about a new business. We had the idea to create a community based around great deals for Women’s fashion products where we saw a great deal of potential for great content and product sales. Now, over five years later, we’ve realized much of that vision. Our business success has been chronicled over the years in several places (see here and here). Though we’re very proud of our achievements there, that isn’t what this blog is about.

Insatiable Demand is about a mostly untold story. Over the past five-plus years we’ve built a phenomenal technology platform and team. From two people and three servers to a 70 person team and a 100 instance production environment, …

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Why is my database slow?

Not part of my Don’t Assume series, but when a client states “Why is my database slow”", you need to determine if indeed the database is slow.

Some simple tools come to the rescue here, one is Firebug. If a web page takes 5 seconds to load, but the .htm file takes 400ms, and the 100+ assets being downloaded from one base url, then is the database actually slow? Tuning the database will only improve the 400ms portion of 5,000ms download.

There some very simple tips here. MySQL is my domain expertise and I will not profess to improving the entire stack however perception is everything to a user and you can often do a lot. Some simple points include:

  • Know about blocking assets in your <head> element, e.g. .js files.
  • Streamline .js, .css and images to what’s needed. .e.g. download a 100k image only to resize to a thumbnail via style …
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