Posts about Web Development, page 11 of 14.

Connecting to a MySQL Database with PHP

Working directly with the database is something I rarely do any more with the applications I work with. Instead of creating a raw connection and pulling data directly, I usually utilize some sort of customized data layer. (If you don't know what a data layer is, imagine creating a PHP application…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 9, 2010
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How Many Tiers for a Clean View Layer?

An interesting possibility cropped up for my MVC a few weeks ago. I've been working with microformats on and off the last few months (you can read about one of my first adventures with them when I created a microformatted resume). I started to wonder where else my site could use this new feature. An…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 30, 2010
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Microformatting the Resume

When a computer script crawls across the web looking for information (like Google's search robot) they need to do a lot of thinking to figure out what information is located on a web page. After all, web pages are written by humans for humans, with the data and information contained in our complex,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 29, 2010
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Abstracting the Resume

Recoding all of my subdomains to follow a model-view-controller framework has been a really interesting process. I've had the opportunity to experiment with different design patterns and techniques, especially in the realm of data handling and content delivery. Abstracting out my resume is a great…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 27, 2010
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My Lifestream

As a web developer interested in creating a web presence I'm constantly looking for new projects to add to and inhance my websites. Some of these (like this blog) require a fair degree of committment to create new content, while others (like my about page) is a simple static page. I've always kept…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 9, 2010
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Thoughts on Data Abstraction

Something that I've been working on a lot with both my work and personal web programming is data abstraction. The opportunity to work with several different handmade php frameworks has given me different ideas on what an effective data abstraction system should have. Without formal education,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted September 3, 2010
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The Problem with Assuming

In the days of old (PHP 4) web programmers sometimes resorted to small shortcuts in their code. One of these was register_globals, which extracts the global arrays ($_REQUEST, $_POST, etc) into individual variables, allowing a programmer to write $name instead of $_POST['name']. This is an obvious…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 16, 2010
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Why (some) Client-Developer Relationships Suck

Some web development projects don't turn out. The blame falls on both the web developer's and client's shoulders, though most developers will pine about the 'Worst Client Experience Ever'. It doesn't matter if the project is related to a full-time position or a one-time contract... things don't…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 3, 2010
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Beginner Web Developer Mistakes

With my introduction into web development coming from a static html/css direction, I've had to overcome several bad coding habits over the years. Most of these started with poor assumptions about the way websites worked. It took a crash course in php programming and a few hard bumps before realizing…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 14, 2010
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Revisiting the Database Class

Several months ago I wrote a blog post describing how to create a database class that would wrap the native php mysqli connection. You can read that post here. Since that post was written I've learned a lot about proper php classes and realized that I made several mistakes in that blog post that I'd…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 5, 2010
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