Archive for the "PHP" Tag

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Posted On: 2007 / 06 / 17

This contact form uses a clock captcha, I thought it was a rather fun idea, and anyway a lot less annoying than those barely readable random strings so many sites use. Source code for this clock captcha can be found here (in German, but the PHP code is clean and easily understandable:)[...] → Read more

Today I felt like tidying a bit Planet WordPress, an unofficial aggregation of feeds about WordPress I've been maintaining for about 2 years now. The thing was fetching about 80 feeds, of which about a half were… dead, missing in action, or just inactive. It quickly appeared to me than manually reviewing 80 feeds would […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2007 / 05 / 03

A few days ago, Project Honey Pot introduced a new service : http:BL, a blacklist of all the suspicious IPs they are gathering through all the honey pots, and an API allowing anyone to use this blacklist. Their API is very easy to use, and I believe a number of projects (hint) should use it […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 06 / 09

Did you know it ? PHP GD's imagecolorallocate() can only allocate 255 colors in a palette based image created by imagecreate() (no such limitation when you use function imagecreatetruecolors() by the way). This sounds pretty stupid as well as rather undocumented, but anyway, here is a new version of my GD Gradient Fill PHP class, […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 06 / 01

I thought, and had been told, that using constants instead of variables in PHP was mostly a matter of speed : at run time, the engine replaces every occurrence of a constant with its hard-coded value, making code presumably faster than using variables that must be evaluated each time they are encountered. Or something like […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 05 / 30

Create your own complex functions in your wiki.[...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 05 / 23

PHP5 Benchmarks: for vs while, count vs sizeof, md5 vs sha1 and other speed comparisons like these for those who really need an extra millisecond of optimisation. I like this.[...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 05 / 16

Basically, a plugin for WordPress creates a PHP function (called a filter or an action) which is triggered when a particular event (called a hook) occurs. When several filters are supposed to be triggered by the same hook, you can define their priority. When you're writing a plugin and you're facing unexpected behavior, it may […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 05 / 12

In my neverending amateur journey through the wonders of coding, here is something I've learnt in PHP today : how to conveniently store a set of flags into one value, with bitmask comparisons made easy thanks to PHP bitwise operators. Sounds greek to you ? Read on, it's this kind of things that are piece […][...] → Read more

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Posted On: 2006 / 05 / 05

While playing a bit with Xdebug (a profiling tool for PHP), I've come across something I didn't know and that I frankly found a bit odd : how to use output buffering (PHP function ob_start()) to speed up some stuff. In a few words, just so you know if this is obvious noob stuff for […][...] → Read more