Smelly PHP code

Adam Culp posted the 3rd article in his Clean Development Series this week, Dirty Code (how to spot/smell it). When you read it, you should keep in mind that he is pointing out practices which correlate with poorly written code not prescribing a list of things to avoid. It’s a good list of things to […]

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Automating FTP uploads

I needed to automate copying files for a website that I was building. Since this site was hosted on an inexpensive shared hosting plan, I didn’t have the luxury of shell or rsync access to automate copying files from my local development environment to the host. The only option was FTP, and after wasting too

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Back to SQL it is

An honest write up with first hand details of the shortcomings of couchdb in production. There’s a reason to stick with proven technologies and not simply chasing the latest shiny. Not saying sauce labs did that, just sayin’. This post describes our experience using CouchDB, and where we ran into trouble. I’ll also talk about

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Why switch to git?

Clone … What could possibly go wrong? If you’re a coder, you’ve already heard about distributed version control systems (DVCS) and git in particular. I was content, almost complacent, in my usage of subversion to manage my source code, both for personal projects and at work. Subversion was intended as a “compelling” upgrade for CVS,

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JSON supplanting XML

Lessons: Use Cases matter, and programmers (the users in this case) will choose tools that are both simple, in that they are not complicated/over-engineered, and easy to use, requiring little setup and code to accomplish a task.  For parsing data with PHP, constrast using something like SimpleXML or DOMDocument (which is light-years better than where

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