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1answer
118 views

Progress in PHP web application design [closed]

I have created an easy database-driven web application (with PHP+MySQL). It's written procedurally with a few controllers (index.php) in a few directories and a few template files and one stylesheet. ...
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0answers
39 views

Clearly defining an Implementation detail [duplicate]

In what way could I, when designing my API, framework or whatever decide what is and what is not an implementation detail? What questions do I ask in order to correctly answer: "Is that something my ...
1
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1answer
88 views

Is routing a site with RESTful not the best when you have very long URLs?

I've read a lot about RESTful, but I have always had a hard time figuring out how I'd use it with a very long query string. This is an in-house project, and it won't always have a simple /someAction ...
4
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2answers
134 views

Strategy to use two different measurement systems in software

I have an application that needs to accept and output values in both US Custom Units and Metric system. Right now the conversion and input and output is a mess. You can only enter in US system, but ...
0
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1answer
114 views

Ensuring non conflicting components in a modular system

So lets say we are creating a simple "modular system" framework. The bare bones might be the user management. But we want things like the Page Manager, the Blog, the Image Gallery to all be ...
0
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1answer
55 views

Automating form error handling

I'm not sure if I'm being clever or making things more difficult. I'm working within a custom MVC framework, and within some of my "views" which contain forms I'm preserving input and styling errors ...
1
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3answers
338 views

PHP Code base design: Single “queries.php” file, or spread queries across different php files/classes?

When I create PHP projects, is it better to put all database (e.g. MySql) queries in a single file (i.e. "queries.php")? Or is it better to place the respective queries in any "model" classes (i.e. ...
0
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2answers
168 views

Is it better to use already build plugins/extensions or code your own in programming projects [duplicate]

I am building a web app in PHP and Symfony. Basically if we search there are plugins / extensions / bundles for almost 60% of stuff. The advantage of using them is that you can easily get your ...
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2answers
173 views

Minimize touching the already-working code when a radical change is required

I have a code that highly relies on an Array structure like the following: $array['customer'][$customer_id]['details'][..]; // it goes to about 10 levels deep However, after almost two years ...
2
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2answers
122 views

Handling login errors with User Class

We have a User class which handles all things related to users within a Content Management System. As you'd expect, the class contains a function login(). This function accepts three arguments: ...
2
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2answers
811 views

Front controller in PHP

When you are reading about web application development, "front controller" and "single point of entry" are frequent words you are confronted with. To my understanding, the point is to provide a single ...
2
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1answer
120 views

What design route should I take?

So I've taken on a project at work that I'm having a hard time attacking, and I'd love some feedback and suggestions. I work for an online retail store where we have an old, +7k-line script that we ...
0
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1answer
294 views

Should the helper function in class be defined before the usage or after

I need to do the code review of fellow members. One of the member always defined the helper functions at the bottom and use them at top e,g class Sample { public function SendFile(){ file = ...
3
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1answer
272 views

Where should the database and mail parameters be stored in a Symfony2 app?

In the default folder structure for a Symfony2 project the database and mail server credentials are stored in parameters.yml file inside ProjectRoot/app/config/parameters.yml with these default ...
1
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2answers
388 views

Should I close database connections after use in PHP?

I wonder if I should close any unnecessary database connection inside of my PHP scripts. I am aware of the fact that database connections are closed implicitly when the block stops executing and ...
0
votes
1answer
9k views

Why would one prefer C# (ASP.NET MVC) or Java (JSP) instead of PHP for web applications/projects [closed]

I'm wondering, why would one (consider it not just a single developer, but a company) prefer C# or Java for web applications? What's their considerations regarding the question. I mean, a company, has ...
1
vote
1answer
171 views

How should I handle two crons that update the database?

I'm working on a Bitcoin-clone block explorer (specifically Mincoin) which has a block timer of about 1 minute. For those unfamiliar with Bitcoin, basically a new data structure called a block is ...
4
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3answers
345 views

Which of these OOP examples demonstrate proper OOP concepts?

I'm still trying to wrap my head around OOP. All of the following examples work, of course, but is there one (or possibly another) that best exemplifies OOP concepts? /** * For the following ...
5
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2answers
805 views

PHP OOP: Should every object contain all the data?

I'm trying to learn PHP OOP "properly", and I was wondering, should the constructor grab all the information in the database and store it in the object? To use an example I'm trying to create using ...
0
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2answers
6k views

Simple real-world PHP OOP example?

I'm trying to learn PHP OOP, but when I've followed tutorials, all the examples seem to involve things like: class Human { $_sex; public function setSex($sex) { $this->_sex = ...
3
votes
3answers
622 views

Algorithm for tracking progress of controller method running in background

I am using Codeigniter framework for PHP on Windows platform. My problem is I am trying to track progress of a controller method running in background. The controller extracts data from the ...
6
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4answers
388 views

Applying DRY to an inheritance hierarchy

I'm working on refactoring a legacy application where I implemented the State pattern successfully as shown in the following diagram: As you see there is a common behavior between the 3 states, so ...
0
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3answers
159 views

What will be the better way to access information from another object

I have a page Object, which has Paragraph and Image object Collections And each paragraph has only image_id(s) that are assigned to a paragraph. All other information about image is stored in ...
0
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2answers
235 views

php - auto populate the model member variable from database table

I am stuck with a very old large website which I need to do some modifications. I can't use or integrate a new MVC framework due to current site is outdated with some custom coding done long time ago. ...
2
votes
1answer
449 views

DB Schema for packaging products / services together under a single pric / Offer

I'm trying to 'conceive' the business logic of this website that have many activities, that the users can build their "combo" and get discounts depending on their choices and how long they are willing ...
3
votes
4answers
561 views

Help parsing long (3.5mil lines) text file, line by line and storing data, need a strategy

This is a question about solving a particular problem I am struggling with, I am parsing a long list of text data, line by line for a business app in PHP (cron script on the CLI). The file follows ...
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1answer
183 views

What type of pattern would be used in this case [closed]

I want to know how to tackle this type of scenario. We are building a person's background, from scratch, and I want to know, conceptually, how to proceed with a secure object pattern in both design ...
4
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3answers
524 views

What is the best practice, point of view of well experienced developers [closed]

My manager pushes me to use his self defined best practices. All of these practices are based on is own assumptions. I disagree with them and I would like to have some feedback of well experienced ...
6
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1answer
144 views

Is it possible to build a single game to run in Facebook & Google+?

I was asked by my customer to build a Facebook game. The game would be something similar to Mafiawars.com where the game is hosted on a server and run through a frame on Facebook. The thing is after ...
5
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3answers
4k views

How to handle monetary values in PHP and MySql?

I've inherited a huge pile of legacy code written in PHP on top of a MySQL database. The thing I noticed is that the application uses doubles for storage and manipulation of data. Now I came across ...
2
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4answers
399 views

Would Using a PHP Framework Be Beneficial in My Context?

I've just started work at a small start-up company who mainly uses PHP to develop their front-end apps. I had no prior PHP experience before joining, and this has led to my apps becoming large pieces ...
7
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3answers
497 views

Integrating with a payment provider; Proper and robust OOP approach

History We are currently using a so called redirect model for our online payments (where you send the payer to a payment gateway, where he inputs his payment details - the gateway will then return ...
4
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4answers
1k views

Best Method of function parameter validation

I've been dabbling with the idea of creating my own CMS for the experience and because it would be fun to run my website off my own code base. One of the decisions I keep coming back to is how best ...
6
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2answers
397 views

How to use DI and DI containers

I am building a small PHP mvc framework (yes, yet another one), mostly for learning purposes, and I am trying to do it the right way, so I'd like to use a DI container, but I am not asking which one ...
3
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1answer
114 views

How should I write new code when the old codebase and the environment uses lots of globals in PHP

I'm working in the Wordpress environment which itself heavily relies on globals and the codebase I'm maintaining introduces some more. I want this to change and so I'm trying to think how should I ...
1
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4answers
417 views

Where should I insert data into the database?

I am making a pretty standard PHP sign up form that will validate the data the user entered and then redirect to a page with a success message. I would like to store this data in a database. Should I ...
6
votes
6answers
2k views

Best way to parse a file

I'm trying to find a better solution for making a parser to some of the famous file formats out there such as: EDIFACT and TRADACOMS. If you aren't familiar with these standards then check out this ...
7
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4answers
848 views

Design pattern for handling a response

Most of the time when I'm writing some code that handles the response for a certain function call I get the following code structure: example: This is a function that will handle the authentication ...
2
votes
2answers
180 views

optimizing webapp workflow

I have a debug and a live server running a LAMP setup with some python scripts. By now I'm working with eclipse and Expandrive (via SSH) on the debug server. Whenever I want to release new code on the ...
8
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3answers
10k views

PHP web application architecture/design [closed]

I've been thrown head-first into a new job developing web applications in PHP. I'm by no means new to PHP, but I haven't developed large-scale applications before. I'm wondering how to structure my ...
1
vote
3answers
259 views

Designing my password class(es). How to split it up?

I've inherited a custom made authentication system that needs some refactoring. I'm not quite sure what the best way to split it up the password section and could use some help. The password ...
1
vote
1answer
217 views

What's the best way to design a data and php model for a multi-account system?

I'm doing some high-level sketching of a system that will require users to register, when they do they get an account and can invite others to that account. To be clear, an account would be similar ...
2
votes
2answers
445 views

how to write a scalable/flexible php system? [closed]

I am trying to write a joomla type system in PHP to improve my coding/programming skills i need guidelines/rules of thumb to do that. what i basically want to do is create a index.php file which ...
27
votes
10answers
4k views

What is good (neat) architecture in programming?

When I build a simple website, e.g. a contact book where I can add, delete and update contacts, I create an index.php file where a user, if he's not logged in, is requested to enter a password and if ...
1
vote
4answers
188 views

Escaping strings in database layer

Can escaping functions (e.g. mysql_real_esacpe_string ) be moved down to the database layer where we would loop through all parameters passed for all queries and escape all strings. Would that be a ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

How should I design a PHP class autoloader?

I have a fairly simple folder structure where the main classes are in a folder, and any classes used by those classes are in a subfolder with the same name as that class. /exampleClass.php ...
3
votes
3answers
216 views

Web design standards

While designing web pages using php, are there standards that should be followed? For example suppose there are two pages. First page looks like this: <body> <div> <?php include ...