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Spaghetti Code vs Lasagna Code

In an effort to streamline and homogenize code a number of design patterns and best practices have sprung up in the programming field. One of the ideas that has moved across programming disciplines is the vilification of long strands of meandering logic, or called spaghetti code. For many in the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 9, 2012
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Some Thoughts on Best Practices

Best practices can be great for a language like PHP. PHP is almost too easy to work in. Its low barrier of entry and high flexibility allow for many possible solutions to any given issue. Being a programmer, especially a PHP developer, you find that coming up with a fix or writing a new script is…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 6, 2012
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Planning for Failure

When developing applications it is easy for programmers to think in terms of successful occurrences. Code is built to expect certain results because the programmer is thinking of how the application should work. Whether the specifications are being outlined or the code itself is being tested before…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 28, 2012
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URL Shortening Services Suck (and could be Better)

Thanks to the prevalence of microblogging, and before that the infamous 80 column screen, friendly (or keyword-stuffed) URLs have run into character limit issues. Long URLs are great for both SEO and usability. They give both users and search bots an insight on the page's content before actually…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 23, 2012
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Writing Code for Humans, not Computers

One thing that all programmers and developers fear is working in someone else's code. Whether it is adding a feature or tracking down a bug, going through a foreign chunk of code can be confusing and frustrating at best. The intent of any script is best understood when it's created and quickly…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 19, 2012
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Product Development and Intelligence

My career in web development started with delivering products, not necessarily expectations. Starting as a lone web developer I've previously made the mistake of trying to put the product specifications before the client needs, focusing on what I can do technically and not what I should be doing to…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted March 25, 2012
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SEO Consultants are not Necessarily Experts

I've always been a bit confused by people who consider themselves SEO (Search Engine Optimization) consultants. It's not that I don't think such a position should exists - on the contrary, SEO is an important part of the web development process that is often overlooked by web designers and…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted February 14, 2012
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Responsive Web Design and Duplicate URLs

Duplicate content is a well-known issue that members in the search engine optimization (SEO) and web development communities keep a close eye on. This issue can lower the relative value of a page in the eyes of search engines, due to their being multiple instances of the page's content. The address,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 2, 2011
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Best Practices in Development

Over the last few days I've been working on a relatively large change to my image linking logic. This change involved some reorganization on the server side, adding name-spacing, changing the url structure, and placing 301 redirects to all 1200+ of my photos. I made this update both in hopes of…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 6, 2011
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Levels of Impossibility

As a novice web developer I often thought that many site functionality ideas were impossible. Without experience or working knowledge of a variety of web languages even the most basic Javascript animations or ajax features throughout the internet lived in the realm of dark magic and mystery. Now,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 3, 2011
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