Quick Tip: Get proper DOCUMENT_ROOT When Using mod_vhost_alias

Posted on Oct 25 2009 in Web Development

The Apache module mod_vhost_alias and its VirtualDocumentRoot directive can really be a great time saver for local development (some googling will explain why in more deapth). Basically, my local dev is set up so that I just have to create a directory in my aliases directory, and I just then …


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Review: NuSphere PhpED 5.6

Posted on Mar 20 2009 in Web Development

As I explained in my previous post, I've been on the hunt for a new PHP IDE. During past searches for this type of tool, I've always taken a glance at NuSphere's PhpED and usually went away screaming rather quickly because of how clunky, ugly, and just plain annoying the …


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Quick Tip: Route All PHP E-Mails for Development

Posted on Oct 15 2008 in Web Development

I do a lot of work involving PHP-based web development. I often find myself needing to test e-mail functionality of a complex PHP application (such as Drupal), but I want to be sure that emails won't be sent to any of the unsuspecting users in the database of the application …


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Make Views More Flexible/Maintainable

Posted on May 24 2008 in Web Development

Any Drupal developer worth his salt at least knows of the Views module. The shear usefulness and time-saving nature of views has earned the module a place in every Drupal site I've developed. However, because views are stored in the database and their presentation is controlled by the views module …


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Mssql_Table Behavior for CakePHP 1.2.x

Posted on Jun 05 2007 in Web Development

I've been using CakePHP 1.2.x for projects at work, where our primary database back-end is Microsoft SQL Server. Maybe I'm just missing something, but it seems to me that SQL Server outputs datetime values in an odd way (by odd, I mean not parsable by strtotime). When pulling …


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Cake, Drake, and Drupal: My Search for the Ultimate PHP Framework

Posted on Jun 03 2007 in Web Development

At work a few months ago, I was directed to start looking into some options for developing small database applications. So, I set out on my quest to find the best solution out there. Several weeks, and at least as many frameworks later, I finally found a solution that seems …


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