Category Archives: Development

Python: an introduction for PHP (and other) programmers

I love Python. It is clean, it simple and it evolves in a natural and healthy way. I have been working with PHP for over 10 years now, but Python stole my heart. Ahhhww 😛

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Screen size dependent CSS with jQuery

A simple jQuery plugin to let the CSS handle resolution dependent content – jQuery.classBySize(). This little plugin maps the current document’s size to classnames applied to the element the plugin is used on.

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Linux Devbox: Running multiple PHP versions

Ever since PHP5 came out, there is some need to run multiple PHP versions on your local development box, or at least make it easy to switch from one version to another. Derick Rethans has posted a solution based on your PATH environment variable. I have devised an alternative approach which changes the system wide […]

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Twig, the next generation template engine for PHP

I’ve been using Smarty 2 for about 7 years, and, while Smarty 3 is still in beta, Twig just popped up in the scene. Notable Smarty opposer Fabien Potencier was apparently converted by this template engine, so Twig must either be magic, or excellent, or both.

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Installing IntelliJ WebIDE on GNU/Linux

IntelliJ is working on probably the best PHP IDE out there. Since I am running Debian unstable at home, here’s how to install it. I think more or less the same routine would work for any other distribution, but others might elaborate on that.

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What PHP editor or IDE do you use?

Eclipse PDT is bloating. I have a Intel 2.4 GHz quad core processor, 4G’s of RAM running a 64bit Debian and the latest Eclipse PDT still isn’t as responsive as I’d expect from state of the art software on more or less state of the art hardware. Netbeans unfortunately has the same issues. So I […]

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Don’t fear the MySQL geekness!

I have quite often seen people wrestle with easy problems. The trouble is, they don’t really know the ins and outs of systems they work with. Very few times this was unresolvable by a bit more knowledge of how the software is used at a very basic, low level.

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The horror of open source behemoths

There are a few projects out there that give open source a bad name. I won’t call the project in question by name here, but let’s say some open source web CMS’es scratch a part of my memory which was heavily repressed – with reason.

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De eeuwige discussie

Semantische of praktische HTML….? Er wordt al jaren gediscussieerd over “tables vs CSS” om je site te layouten. Ik zag toevallig vanavond weer zo’n topic, en wilde eigenlijk reageren. Het is een blogpost geworden…

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How to get a FreeBSD web development box running as a Virtual Machine in Windows

Why this tutorial? I want best of both worlds. I want a development server, running on a Windows machine. I am sure I’m not the first to come to this conclusion. Many developers out there go for Mac OS X or Ubuntu systems. I don’t want that. I want PhotoShop, not GIMP, I want to […]

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