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Kurtis has been working with PHP for nearly four years, and he has moderate experience with MySQL as well as other programming languages, like Java and C++.

  • Working with AJAX

    AJAX is all over the internet today, and though completely unnecessary, a website with it can function much more quickly. Data can be transferred to and from users efficiently, but a major drawback is the extra code needed and some security issues inherent. Nevertheless, for certain applications, AJAX is great to know and take your […]

    Published: March 5th, 2009 by:
  • Regular Expressions May Cause Irregularity

    Regular expressions seem rather complex, even like a foreign language to beginning programmers. The mixture of symbols and characters can bring you to tears if you have a limited understanding, but with the knowledge of the significance of each symbol and construct, regular expressions can bring you from irregularity to peaceful contention bliss.

    Published: February 24th, 2009 by:
  • Basic PHP/MySQL Actions

    Using databases to store user identification, image information, and so much more for dynamic websites is the easiest way to ease maintenance. MySQL is the most popular choice of database, and in this article, I’ll explain the most basic functions: connecting and using a MySQL database and its respective tables.

    Published: February 17th, 2009 by:
  • Explosive PHP Application

    Sometimes a complex PHP-built website can become tedious when dealing with minor changes to the template and HTML markup. Changing, for instance, a set of links (navigation) or other integral parts of a website, can become quite the lengthy process. In this article, I’ll share a technique that I sometimes use to make something as simple as a website navigation a little more automated using an explosive function.

    Published: February 10th, 2009 by:
  • Dynamically Converting Text to an Image

    As CSS expands, so does web design as a whole, but where it still lacks (and most likely will always lack) is in the area of fonts. Depending on the user’s home computer and the actions he/she has taken on it, there are different fonts inherently available. In this article, however, we will talk about bypassing the user’s system and use the fonts you would like, via PHP and the GD library.

    Published: February 5th, 2009 by:
  • Editing Images – Resizing, Cropping, and more!

    We’ve seen the graphics PHP can create for you, but how extensive is PHP’s ability to edit preexisiting images? In this article, I will explore some common functions that image editing software provides, but I’ll only use PHP.  We’ll focus mainly on cropping, resizing, flipping, and adding some effects to photos.

    Published: January 29th, 2009 by:
  • Understanding Decision Structures

    Decision structures form the basis of all programming languages; just as they sound, these constructs move the program down a certain path depending on variables which are checked.  This gives a program functionality and the ability to handle different input and analyze the data within the script.

    Published: January 22nd, 2009 by:
  • Configuring PHP on Windows Systems

    Though not necessary, running PHP on your home machine can make development much quicker and easier. Without affecting the actual website, you can edit files and execute them locally, uploading all to the server when finished. This article will cover the installation of Apache and configuration of PHP on your local Windows machine.

    Published: January 15th, 2009 by:
  • Handling File Uploads

    There are very few websites in existence that do not allow, for whatever function, uploading files via the browser. Whether for forum avatars, a gallery script, or even a school project, websites across the World Wide Web employ a myriad of upload scripts, including the ever-popular MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. With this script and step-by-step […]

    Published: January 8th, 2009 by:
  • Very Basic Pie Chart

    Pie chart, circle graph, call it what you want, but these charts are loved by descriptive statisticians across the world for their instant appeal to the viewer’s eyes and inferential mind.  Though descriptive statistics can be deceiving, pie charts, created in this article with the GD library, easily describe the data in a very literal […]

    Published: December 30th, 2008 by: