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July 18, 20134 years ago

Refactoring code?

Refactoring is a law of nature for any Agile project as changing requirements are a fundamental assumption of Scrum (and other Agile processes).
For example for Scrum teams, in the early Sprints (iteration), there will not be time to build the entire robust infrastructure that the final product will require. However, the full product will almost certainly require a larger, more powerful, more robust infrastructure. Read more

June 22, 20134 years ago

Tips for PHP Developers

Highly-acclaimed sites like Facebook and Wikipedia use PHP as the best web development language. Those who are at the beginning of their PHP developer career should definitely skim through these time- and energy-saving tips and tricks offered by professionals.
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March 12, 20134 years ago

Using Google, Bing and Flickr API to search for images

Need to show some pictures for searches, products or names and you don't have them?

I came across this problem once and I will like to share an easy solution. The solution is strickly technical, you should check the terms and conditions before using the images. Focusing just on Creative Commons-licensed photos is the safest approach. Read more

February 6, 20134 years ago

Sphinx Vs Lucile

In the past few weeks I've been researching how to improve db queries for scaling purposes and having in mind the MySQL sharding approach.

So, we are looking for a stand-alone full-text search server with the following properties:
.Must operate as a stand-alone server that can serve search requests from multiple clients 
.Must be able to do "bulk indexing" by indexing the result of an SQL query: say "SELECT id, text_to_index FROM dbtable;" 
.Must be free software and must run on Linux with MySQL as the database 
.Must be fast (rules out MySQL's internal full-text search)

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February 23, 20125 years ago

How to convince a client to use a web development framework?

Take a piece of functionality, preferably not very complicated, yet not very simple. Ask him how much time did it take to implement it - and create same functionality with your preferate framework, at least twice faster. That should be enough. Read more

February 23, 20125 years ago

Why Yii?

Last time I was talking about how great CodeIngniter is. Still if you've tried both CI and Yii you might find few notable advantages over against CI:

- enough module-based architecture - much better work with views/layouts/partials/widgets - more advanced ORM/ActiveRecord/ActiveForm - more necessary core-in functionality: commands, migrations & etc

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February 23, 20125 years ago

CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is one of best frameworks available, as long as you are not building a big, really big project.

It will easily introduce you to the MVC paradigm, has a small footprint and great documentation. Moreover, it is backed-by an active company, a large community and just a couple of days ago released a brand new community-driven fork. Read more

February 7, 20125 years ago

Trends in screen resolution and color depth

Screen Resolution

Today, most visitors are using a screen resolution higher than 1024x768 pixels: Read more