Analyzing the Value of a PHP Programmer

PHP programmers come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Some have college degrees, others dropped out of high school. But what makes a PHP programmer valuable? Are they too risky? What should you look for in a PHP programmer?

Over the years I have come across PHP programmers from different backgrounds. I’ve seen some do very well, and others fall flat on their faces. One unique element about PHP programmers is that they vary in quality more than most other programming professions. Continue reading

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Beginning PHP Part 1: Working with Variables

Getting a basic familiarity with PHP is not difficult, but if you don’t understand a few key elements you will find it difficult to work with. This beginning PHP tutorial attempts to break down a few of the core PHP programming elements through simple examples and descriptions. Continue reading

PHP Form Validation

If you program custom PHP applications, you will often times need to work with a form and require certain form fields. A few real world examples would be a contact form, registration form or signup form. This form validation with PHP tutorial shows you a simple and quick method for creating a form page that handles errors and pre-populates fields if there is an error, and a method for processing the php form and validating the information. Continue reading

The Most Useful Piece of PHP Code – Looping through Arrays

Working with and looping through arrays is one of the most useful things you can learn how to do with web applications. Anything from forms, API’s to configuration values, arrays make it easy in working with values. Take look at this simple example that illustrates the basics in working with the $_POST array. Continue reading

PHP Script Tips: Cool Secrets of PHP

Over the years I’ve come across some things in PHP that are not obvious, but are worth mentioning. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the useful tricks that you can do with PHP. If you have anything to add to the tips, please comment! Continue reading

Facebook API and the Future of Social Networking

It is very frustrating to work with a framework system where you cannot get the examples to work properly. It makes it a very time consuming process in getting things to work.

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time working with the Facebook API for several different implementations. Logically, I first looked for documentation in how to work with the system to do what it needed to do. That is when I encountered the fact that there are many different ways in using the system, but there is not a lot of clear documentation. Continue reading

The Best PHP Framework: CodeIgniter

About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine mentioned a PHP framework that I never heard of called CodeIgniter. At the time, I had been working on a custom framework system for a while that worked fairly well. However, given the fact that I was not able to find time in fine tuning the system because of the work load in the shop (with the company I worked for at the time), I was not able to progress the system as far as I liked. Continue reading