HitTail Review

By Josh Sherman
6 min read
reviews
blogging
writing

One of the hardest things for me now that I have been blogging consistently for a few months is coming up with new topics to blog about. After I got pretty caught up on my queue I decided that it was finally time to give HitTail a try. HitTail is […]

Password Hashing Techniques in PHP

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
development
php
security

This post started as part of yesterday’s post on encrypting passwords as a subsection labeled “Salt? Pepper? When did this become a cooking blog?” The fact is, I felt that the section was a bit long-winded and warranted a dedicated post. Without further ado let’s talk about some techniques for […]

Encrypting Passwords in PHP

By Josh Sherman
5 min read
development
php
security

Not all hashing functions are created equally, some are considered more secure than others and yet all of them are more secure than storing plaintext passwords. In this post I’m going to discuss some of the common PHP hashing functions that can be used as an alternative to storing plaintext […]

Specifying a User Agent when using file_get_contents() in PHP

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
php

I recently encountered a scenario where one of my site’s login system stopped working. The piece of code that stopped working was the third-party login that leveraged GitHub for the authentication. It was one of those “it worked yesterday” moments for sure. After some research, I discovered that GitHub had […]

LESS Icons for easy styling and customization

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
graphic design
css
less

Got a new project I wanted to share with everyone, it’s called icons.less (or LESS Icons) and it’s available for immediate forking and use over at GitHub. The project itself stemmed from my own desire to have a set of social icons that were easy to customize for different websites […]