JavaScript Invasion – from Frontend to Backend

I have recently been forced to do some research on frontend programming because of past bad experiences, and I have seen that there has been a huge landslide on the frontend world towards JavaScript (please check github and sourceforge etc.). In our case, I have naturally recommended to split the system into subsystems/applications; mainly, backend … Read moreJavaScript Invasion – from Frontend to Backend

Microsoft’s Live.com decided my password was too long: over 16 characters ?!

I don’t think it was a wise decision to set the character limit for passwords down to 16 characters. Are they worried about the hard-disk space? ..or the speed of processing login requests? How much difference would it make if my password was 30 characters? Are they not keeping hashed (e.g. MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2) versions … Read moreMicrosoft’s Live.com decided my password was too long: over 16 characters ?!

Why you do not need a heavy-weight PHP framework

This post is (not) for beginners. Recommended reading: Rasmus Lerdorf: PHP Frameworks? Think Again. What is Symfony 2? (I am not a Symfony fan.) You don’t need all that by Marcel Esser “… The point I am trying to make is we’re getting a little crazy with our architectures. …” An Overview of PHP Framework … Read moreWhy you do not need a heavy-weight PHP framework

PHP FastCGI on LightTPD

Recently, I’ve been having issues with php-cgi.exe crashing on Apache 2.2 and IIS7 on Windows 2008. So, I’ve been searching for alternative ways of running my PHP application. I came across nginx and lighttpd. Let’s try LightTPD 1.4.28 and PHP 5.3.5. Get the Windows binaries for LightTPD from WLMP project: http://en.wlmp-project.net/downloads.php. I chose the ZIP … Read morePHP FastCGI on LightTPD

New joint venture scam from Argos

A few days ago, one of my friends bought the cheapest laptop (netbook rather) in Argos catalogue: £199.99. It is called: Zoostorm Freedom 8.9in Mini Laptop catalogue number 508/1842 So far, it is all right. But he knows almost nothing about computers and speaks very little English. He did not even know that it was … Read moreNew joint venture scam from Argos

“Flex”ing with web services using Zend AMF

PHP has always been my favourite scripting language to develop applications for the web. I have always envied Flash applications! PHP applications, to me, are a fine mixture of PHP + SQL + HTML + CSS + JavaScript. You can always add the fancy TLAs in your applications such as XML, if you want to. … Read more“Flex”ing with web services using Zend AMF