WordPress Plugin Development using Docker

Reading Time: 9 minutes In this tutorial we will create a docker environment for dev and then go through how to get started building a plugin.  I want the ability to let my readers submit article ideas and even vote on each other’s ideas so I have some good starting points for what you want to read about.  Unfortunately such a plugin exists, but only for older versions of WordPress (and for security purposes we should all be upgrading constantly, right?!).

Creating A React Native App for iOS

Reading Time: 10 minutes React Native is a great JavaScript framework for creating cross-platform, native apps. With one single codebase you can support both Android and iOS. A fellow PHP developer created React and it’s sidekick React Native to help make better front-end software, so let’s look at how to create a React Native application, focusing on iOS (but that is completely possible to run on Android as well)!

Implementing Abstract Classes and Interfaces with Traits

Reading Time: 6 minutes There are some very helpful ways to organize classes and objects in PHP. Interfaces, Traits, and Abstract Classes can work together to make code that follows the rules of abstraction. Using these OOP features in PHP allows us to create code that is easy to extend and maintain, saving time and money down the road.  Let’s look at what these structures are as well as how and when abstract classes, traits, and interfaces can be useful in Object Oriented PHP.

Storing Passwords the Right Way

Reading Time: 5 minutes How should passwords be stored? The short answer is: DON’T! I see countless posts on reddit and around the web from people who are trying to figure out how to use PHP’s “new” password functions.  These new functions are awesome in that they have finally made it so that those who are not security specialists can start managing passwords the right way.  PHP’s password functions do things the right way and give us a means by which to ensure our sites can continue to stay secure.

Generators in the Real World

Reading Time: 4 minutes Generators are one of the coolest things in modern PHP! They were introduced in PHP v5.5 and expanded even more in PHP 7.  I’ve read a lot about concurrency and how many event loops utilize these generators to interrupt code to do a little bit of everything at (seemingly) the same time.  However, this is not the most useful point of generators in typical PHP applications.  Let’s take a look at a couple ways that Generators can make life easier in typical, synchronous, PHP applications.

Creating a Composer Library with PHPUnit and TDD

Reading Time: 6 minutes I recently decided to create a library that could handle asynchronous SQL queries and realized in the process that, while I am very comfortable using composer to install other people’s libraries I actually had no clue how to make and publish my own library!  I’m by far no expert on this, but let’s take a look at how I went about getting it set up and testing things.

Recursive Code to Parse Recursive Form Data

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recursive code can be very confusing and frustrating at first, but is a necessity if you are trying to accomplish certain tasks in an expandable, decoupled way.  I recently needed to make a function that could build a multi-dimensional array from a form.  The problem is that the depth of the array is completely fluid as the form is made by nested “rules” which play off each other, allowing the user to build a very complex rule set.  Without going into the details of of the proprietary code for my company, let’s take a look at the technique I chose and …

Getting Advanced with Variables

Reading Time: 5 minutes Variables are pretty straightforward in PHP. Anything that starts with a $ is a variable.  However, there are some things about them that can be somewhat confusing.  Let’s do an overview of Variables in PHP. Type Juggling In PHP, variables will automatically convert to whatever type is needed.  Most of these transformations are very natural and it allows programmers to spend the majority of time working on the application logic.  However, every now and then some of the automatic conversions can get you in trouble if you’re not prepared. For example, if you try to multiply an integer and a …

WebSockets and Ratchet

Reading Time: 9 minutes WebSockets have been around for quite some time, but are recently gaining a lot of popularity due to their ability to initiate messages from the server to the user, allowing the website to update on the fly! In this article I’ll be taking a look at what WebSockets are and how you can implement them using asynchronous PHP and Ratchet.