Google Plus Page

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A reminder to those who aren’t on the Book of Faces, we’re on twitter @azphp and there’s a google plus page as well: https://plus.google.com/111168252861613295309/posts

Test cross-post

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This is a test post from azphp.org to test wpbook plugin.

Domain migration complete….ish

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Finally got the azphp.org domain transferred over.  There may or may not be some changes this weekend.  I know we mostly use FB for everything now, but we’ll still have the site if needed.

azPHP.org migration

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

FYI: Going to start migrating the site over to a different server over the next few days, so you may experience some downtime.

Places to go to learn PHP

Monday, September 12th, 2011

http://www.underworldmagazines.com/11-websites-to-learn-php/

Pretty good list. I’d have put php.net at the top though.

If PHP Were British

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Hilarious post.
http://www.addedbytes.com/blog/if-php-were-british/

How to create your own Pear channel

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Nice article: http://blog.stuartherbert.com/php/2011/03/30/setting-up-your-own-pear-channel/

Last Night: Extjs

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We had fun looking at Ext.js last night. Nothing fancy; mainly just looking through the examples focusing on datagrids.

Extjs home:
http://www.sencha.com/

We also talked about some of the differences in a few of the popular javascript frameworks and a few good jQuery plugins.
Jqgrid Plugin
jQueryUI Themeroller

Dynamic Favicons

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Little tutorial to add a bit of dynamic text to your site’s favicon (the icon that appears on the tab or window border). Google added a feature to gmail (available in Labs), which shows the number of new messages in your inbox using this kind of method.
http://viralpatel.net/blogs/2011/01/dynamic-unread-count-favicon-in-php.html

A comment thread about variable variables

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Before you go reading this comment thread (link below) be aware that just because something is possible in a programming language, it doesn’t mean you should do things that way.  Also, there’s a LOT of BAD code in the main post.

masklinn comments on Today I learned about PHP variable variables; “variable variable takes the value of a variable and treats that as the name of a variable”. Also, variable..

[The following is the opinion of Gordon, not necessarily AzPHP as a whole]

Personally, I avoid variable variables like the plague.  If you feel the need to use one, step back and see if you can use an associative array instead.  You will thank me later.  An array structure is much easier to deal with than a bunch of unlinked funky-named variables that you have to rebuild each time you need them.  Arrays are increasingly useful if you have to loop through said data structures or easily store them.

Variable variables are both powerful and a curse.  Use them if you feel you must, but I only ask that you use them wisely.