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Tamper Data Firefox Extension - is it worth it?

As you can probably tell from my last test of a firefox extension here, I am constantly looking for new tools to make my job more accurate (see: lazier). Another similar extension I came across is Tamper Data. Tamper Data doesn’t have a lot of documentation, so it was harder to actually determine the uses of this extension. Some tutorials on the net claimed that Tamper Data was better than Live Headers or Load Time... (more…)

PHP Command Line Shell Experiments

Having been a shell, perl and batch scripter before I started PHP, I’ve always enjoyed the CLI life. I actually created an interactive or script-able interface for creating all of my projects at (“the triangle”) - hopefully I’ll link to it here when I write it up. (more…)

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PEAR Installation Woes

I’ve found the need to do some installs from some PEAR channels, so I jumped into my command line on PHP 5.2.0 and windows xp sp2. I ran c:\php5.2\go-pear - which would launch the go-pear.bat file. I executed with standard permissions, and the unthinkable happened - a PEAR FAILURE. OH NO! But I was able to get around it. Lets look at the details of the error, and my lazy man’s way of solving it:... (more…)

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Type-Safe PHP? Hrm...

As you can probably remember, lately I’ve been writing about PHP’s object handling, patterns, etc. - but I lightly glossed over the whole forced typing of variables - and how that relates to PHP. While looking for solutions to this, I came across a great blog entry that solves this issue - but I’ve gotta bring up some counter points… Finally, I’m also wondering: what are the real important needs for a strongly typed object?... (more…)

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AJAX Security Research and Findings - Round 1

(“the triangle”) wants to keep implementing more and more AJAX based systems - but no one ever took time to research into the security issues with this. I did a proof of concept one time with a zip-code function when Big Boy was working there, and from there, they just thought it was amazing. Most recently, some AJAX functionality was proposed for our LIVE public web servers… but I was very hesitant. I don’t know... (more…)

Emulation of Collections - true stories of data object handling

Today, Big Boy sent me an e-mail at work talking about emulation of collections in his .net programming. He included a code sample (after the break). This got me thinking about how I am planning on handling data going forward. Do I want to handle data as keyed arrays, objects, complex objects, or… ? Additionally, I started thinking about the Null Object programming pattern, and how this can fit into my data handling pattern. I’ve... (more…)

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