All entries of my technical and business blog.

Theme/Template System in Zend Framework

Theme systems are very common in projects written on Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress. I didn’t see much out of the box support for themes in Zend Framework at first. However, I was wrong. It’s pretty easy. The only real decision I had to make is if I want to make themes that extend a default theme - or themes that are simple and on their own / totally encapsulated. I will do the encapsulated version... (more…)

setTimeout proper syntax

The javascript function setTimeout can be used to execute a function after a specified amount of delay. It uses the javascript callback pattern. Its important to use the callback pattern correctly, however, or you may get different results than you expect. One example of this is the immediate execution of a function versus the callback execution. Note this example: (more…)

Why IP Authorization No Longer Works on Web Apps

The last time someone brought up authorizing certain actions by IP address - or I should say, limiting the amount of actions that can happen by one IP address. I brushed that off without a second thought. It didn’t occur to me until later that the original owner of that idea may not have known all the reasons why I know this isn’t a good idea. So here’s a quick rundown: (more…)

Scoping your Bookmarklet Correctly

I’ve been lucky so far. I’ve used variable names and functions in my bookmarklets that weren’t that common. Then, one day, I chose a variable named something very common (x, counter, etc). I noticed that my bookmarklet accidentally overwrote some properties in the current page. Now, that could be benefit - you could want your bookmarklet to update/manage variables in the current page. However, most times I believe we don’t want that scope overlap. (more…)

Google Analytics Campaign Link Builder Bookmarklet

I was thinking about how difficult it is to create custom links for our campaigns at “the big L” - so I decided to create my own function to build these. To top it off, I’ll make it a bookmarklet. The best thing about it is that it will bring in the current page and put that inside of the bookmarklet in the case you want to build the link right from the page you’re... (more…)

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