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Difference between dates with PHP

Prior to PHP 5.3 the act of calculating the difference between two dates was a bit more manual than it is now. By manual, I mean there wasn’t a function that existed to aid in the process if by nothing else, the documentation itself. Let’s take a look at how […]

Why I still use and maintain my own PHP framework

I consider myself a PHP developer first and foremost. I don’t tout myself as a Pickles developer (my own framework) or a WordPress, Laravel, CakePHP, Django, Flask or Meteor developer even though I have working experience with all of them. At the end of the day those frameworks still require […]

Benchmarking PHP code

Have you ever asked yourself, “I wonder which of these blocks of code will run faster?” I know I have and I use a very basic template for setting up these benchmarking experiments. The gist of the script is to run through each block of code n times tracking the […]

How to generate the Fibonacci sequence with PHP

The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers that are derived from the previous numbers in the sequence. The sequence starts at zero and each subsequent number is sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence. There are a number of ways to accomplish this and the most common […]

Stop Accommodating Shortcomings

I came to a very liberating conclusion the other day. I need to stop fucking around with MySQL, or any other RDBMS, and fully embrace a NoSQL server as my primary data store. I’ve been a huge fan of Redis for quite some time but the fact that everything lives […]

How to connect to MongoDB using PHP

I’ve previously discussed installing the MongoDB module but have yet to touch on how to actually do anything past the install. The first thing to do is to connect to the MongoDB server. This can simply be done like this: $client = new MongoClient(); This will connect to the default […]

How to merge two sorted PHP arrays without array_merge() or sort()

I’ve had this question come up a few times in the past on interviews, how would you merge two sorted arrays and keep their sort order intact? The easy / PHP answer is to simply use array_merge() and then sort() the resulting array. Technically this works but the whole point […]

Visibility in PHP

Visibility of functions and properties is very important when you are attempting to lock down certain aspects of an object. In PHP there are three levels of visibility, public, private and protected. Let’s take a look at what each one means. Public Public is the easy one. It’s the default […]

Simple PHP i18n internationalization and localization class

As sites and system grow and scale, the need for internationalization and localization (i18n and L10n respectively) of content becomes a necessary task. There’s not much to it on the surface, you need to be able to serve up the same content in different languages. This includes abstracting out words […]

Debugging Invalid XML in PHP

SimpleXML with all of it’s faults is still a great way to interact with XML. Most of it’s shortcomings are related to debugging and how it handles invalid XML is no exception. Let’s take a look at what happens when we load an invalid XML string: $xml = " <?xml […]

Upgrade from PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Last week I posted a call to action to help sway Ondřej Surý into continuing to support Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with his amazing PPA for the latest and greatest PHP versions. Ondřej was kind enough to take the time to backport the PPA and without ado, here’s how to get […]

Call to Action: PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I’m going to take a break from posting code snippets and how-tos to draw attention to the fact that PHP 5.6 may not be coming to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS by way of Ondřej Surý’s amazing PPA. Yes, you can still compile PHP from source, but as you may already know, […]

Upgrade to PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

PHP 5.6 is finally here and if you’re on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS you’re stuck with an older version of PHP. If you want to take advantage of the new awesomeness, you can do so very easily thanks to a PPA. If you’ve never added a PPA before, you will want […]

Fizz Buzz in PHP

Fizz buzz is a fairly common screening question to help sniff out non-programmers during the interview process. The task is to print out numbers 1 through 100 but for multiples of 3 print out “Fizz” instead of the number and for multiples of 5 print “Buzz” instead. If the number […]

How to execute an HTTP POST using PHP cURL

I’ve been doing a lot of API integration recently and cURL ends up being exceptionally handy when you are POSTing to an endpoint. Fortunately using cURL in PHP is really easy: // Sets our destination URL $endpoint_url = 'https://somesite.com/path/to/endpoint'; // Creates our data array that we want to post to […]

Looping through a date range with PHP

Looping through a date range isn’t as simple as looping through an array with foreach but it doesn’t take much additional code to get the job done. To loop through a date range you will need to use a loop (I prefer a while loop) and increment the date by […]

Difference between break; and continue; in PHP

The topic of break and continue came up the other day and I thought it would make for a good blog post. You’re probably familiar with break moreso than continue because it is part of a switch statement’s syntax. Both break and continue can also be used inside of looping […]

PHP without fancy braces

PHP is a C-style language and thus uses fancy braces to wrap or hug control structures. PHP is also a language that is extremely flexible so you can also get by without using fancy braces. You will never get away from them entirely as functions and classes / class methods […]

Debugging SimpleXML Objects with PHP

SimpleXML is pretty much the de facto standard for dealing with XML in PHP. The biggest problem with SimpleXML is that it is a pseudo-object that you can’t print_r() or var_dump() to see what’s going on. I recently ran into a situation where it would have been super nice to […]

Parsing SOAP responses with PHP's SimpleXML

We recently discussed parsing XML with SimpleXML and since that writing I ran into a situation where I needed to parse a SOAP response. As it turns out, SOAP responses are a totally different beast when it comes to parsing them with SimpleXML. SOAP responses contain namespaces on some if […]

How to calculate Independence Day observances with PHP

On this 238th anniversary of the United States of America, I felt it appropriate to post an article on how to determine what day the July 4th National Holiday is observed on. There are two rules to the observances. First, if the holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed […]

How to parse XML with PHP's SimpleXML

Parsing XML in PHP couldn’t be easier thanks to the SimpleXML extension. SimpleXML allows you to read in an XML string, verify that it is in fact XML and can create an object that you can interact with by way of the node names in the XML.The SimpleXML extension also […]

Checking your IMAP email using PHP

I have an upcoming freelance project coming up that includes checking an IMAP email account as well as working with XML in PHP. Let’s talk about connecting to an IMAP account in PHP, don’t worry, I’ll discuss parsing XML next week ;) For the sake of example, we’re going to […]

How to calculate Mother's Day and Father's Day with PHP

A little late on the Mother’s Day part, but since today is Father’s Day, I figured it would be fun to discuss how to obtain the dates for these moving holidays. To do so, all we need to use is use strtotime and tell it when the holiday will occur […]

How to pipeline with phpredis

Have you ever run into a scenario where you have to loop through a set of data and perform database queries for each iteration? Obviously we shouldn’t run them one by one, so we end up using a TRANSACTION or even just building out one large query in the case […]