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CSS The Star Matrix Pre-loaded: Part 2

Monday, June 4th, 2007

After reading Paul’s article “CSS The Star Matrix Pre-loaded“, I wanted to contribute by writing a back-end solution to the CSS effect.

Before we get into this, you will need to have PHP 5 installed and MySQL 3.23 or higher. PHP 5 allows for greater implementation of OOP (Object Oriented Programming) than its predecessors.


OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective: The Database Class

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

For those just joining, it is suggested that you begin with OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective as this is Part 3 of a series.

This time I am going to talk about the Database class, as every project now-a-days typically stores their information in a database. A good database class can save you time and memory in retrieving results. It should be able to cache previous queries, to recall them later, and it should clear out the results from memory when they are no longer needed.


OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective: The Error Class

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

For those just joining, it is suggested that you begin with OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective as this is Part 2 of a series.

With that said, I am going to outline the base classes that I referred to in the first article. To start out I will talk about the Error class, as if you do not have a good error handling setup, your application is doomed from the beginning.


Sara Smith (ses5909) steps up to bat

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Something I think every blogger should do is introduce themselves; it gives the community a little more insight to you. Mark gave me a sweet introduction, but I wanted to share a little bit more and give you a preview of what you’re in store for with my posts.


Introducing Sara Smith – aka ses5909

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Search-This welcomes Sara Smith to the team. We are very happy to have Sara join the team. Anyone who follows her blog, i love code knows the warm and friendly writing style she uses; her writing feels like a conversation over coffee.

Having Sara join the team will most certainly benefit the Search-This readers. It’s nice to get the female perspective on things and Sara isn’t one to hold back her opinion. Just look at her new WordPress plugin simply titled “Ask Me” which allows users to forgo the typical “About Me” page of their blog and replace it with a “Ask Me” section that allows readers to get a more intimate view into the blogs author.

Enjoy Sara’s bio below:

User Name: ses5909

  • childhood ambition: so many but mainly an astronaut and a forensic investigator (I was addicted to serial killer books)
  • fondest memory: my kids being born
  • favorite music: I like rock/alternative mainly but am open to other music
  • retreat: kayaking in Monterey bay
  • proudest moment: I have lots. Im most proud when I see my kids. Sounds cliché I know, but its true. Kids really change your life
  • biggest challenge: staying focused
  • alarm clock: my dogs
  • perfect day: being outside and enjoying the fresh air with my best friend
  • first job: sold admittance to a softball field when I was 14
  • indulgence: ice cream
  • favorite movie: What about bob
  • inspiration: life

OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective

Monday, January 15th, 2007

I scoured the Internet for the past few days to see how many applications are actively writing their PHP code in an OOP (Object Oriented Programming) fashion and the results are surprising. I have found that many existing applications are not taking advantage of this ability that began its’ existence in PHP 4, which then spread its’ wings like an eagle and soared in PHP 5. I have been working on converting one of my largest projects in PHP from a style that is FAR from OOP to an architecture completely based on OOP and this experience has been very helpful and challenging and primarily based on my .NET experience with OOP.


Introducing Matt Wilkin – aka cpradio

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Long time users of Search-This will no doubt know cpradio. Matt pretty much grew up on Search-This. When he was just a young lad in high school he was administering the forums and helping people with all their web related needs.

Matt’s passion has always been as a coder. Now that Matt has graduated college and become a full time software engineer there’s not many languages he hasn’t worked with.

Look for Matt’s, or rather cpradio’s first article this Monday titled: “OOP in PHP from a .NET OOP Perspective” – should be a good read.

I can’t really welcome cpradio as a new member to the team, because he has always been part of the team. So just enjoy his bio below.

User Name: cpradio

  • childhood ambition: to be a software developer, seriously, it was…
  • fondest memory: looking at my old code and just realizing what an idiot I was back then
  • favorite music: anything but elevator music, seriously, how do you not fall asleep to elevator music?
  • retreat: hiking in the smokies
  • proudest moment: three weeks of hammering an application, countless thankful users
  • biggest challenge: writing quote engines for an insurance company and making it easy to maintain
  • alarm clock: 6:30 AM on a good day, 4:30 AM on implementation day (project going to production)
  • perfect day: my wife told me it was her wedding day, err… our wedding day. 😛
  • first job: PetsMart stocker/fork-lift driver
  • indulgence: hard drives, I have 10 (in one PC) equaling 1.8 TB but that is not enough
  • favorite movie: geez, I can’t just pick one, that would be unfair to the rest of them
  • inspiration: knowing knowledge has no limits other than a person’s refusal to continue learning
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