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What does comma signify in a function definition?

From PHP manual: array array_change_key_case ( array $array [, int $case = CASE_LOWER ] ) What does comma signify in a function definition?
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What's the difference between a Factory method and Entity Translator

The entity translator provides a function that takes one or more data contract classes as parameters and returns a specific business entity. Within the implementation of the function, a new ...
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Accessing database from static and non-static methods

I'm currently building a REST API in PHP & MySQL, and now I'm stuck at how I should structure the classes and the database connection. Let's say I have a table in my database for movies. How ...
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Relationship between objects

I got the models Post and Category. A Post is assigned to a Category. A Category has many Posts. They should be stored in a database. I implemented the following classes for it: Models/Post.php: ...
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Application requires specific PHP version, but code to check if version is adequate cannot run if version is not adequate (chicken and egg problem)

A framework I'm writing (for learning) requires a specific PHP version to run, so I'm implementing a "PHP version check" to ensure the running PHP version is the minimum required for the framework. ...
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How to use SOLID principles in this example

I have reading about SOLID principles last week and decided to try to solve real world problem by using them. So I got the problem of real world ecommerce site managing totals. Problem Statement: ...
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Best practices to prevent DoS attack, PHP running bash script on apache server

I have a PHP page the sole purpose of which is to spawn a bash script to run some background code (10-15 seconds run time), and then forward to a second page. The second page waits for the background ...
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Algorithm to maintain a blog sign up page

I have a functional sign up page for a blog that updates a database with a users name, email, profile picture and a short bio. The General information page and the profile picture upload/bio page are ...
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Cookie name security

Is it a security hole to name each session with the username of the user currently logged in? example: //Alice has login sessions_name('Alice'); sessions_start(); //Alice has login //When Bob Logs ...
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What is a good Design Pattern for a bundle of methods that comprises an algorithm?

This is a Design question relating to finding out a good OO design pattern or design structure or class combination that can house an algorithm that processes user selection to produce product ...
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Utilizing Python Slate for pdf text extraction from PHP

I want to use Python Slate module for PDF text extraction, and I have my code up and running for this. What I would like to know here is how to link my existing PHP MVC to utilize/make a request to ...
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How can I keep browser URL secret when editing data?

Suppose, There is a user list. <a href="user/5">Edit</a> <a href="user/6">Edit</a> When a system user clicked to edit a user info. Then it goes to url to browser like as ...
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How to prevent multiple form submissions when user reloads the page

I'm currently working on a project which requires that we integration a 3rd party SOAP API to handle a number of basic CRUD type operations. Our current implementation allows us to leveraging the ...
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DTOs vs Domain Models and invoking Command Handlers directly

I was just hoping someone might be able to answer a few questions I have regarding the proper design of DTOs and Domain Models. I'm currently working on a project which involves leveraging a SOAP API. ...
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Implementing SEO for a Zend Framework/PHP/Angular.js application

A team has implemented a web application using MySql, PHP with the Zend framework and Angular.js on the client side. I am in charge of implementing the SEO for this application. I understand I have ...
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How to use DataMapper pattern methods, when loading data from database?

How do I use DataMapper Pattern? I can use it as a glorified Database Access Object, aka TableGateway (loading a single class from a single database table), or I can use it more to drive business ...
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PHP filesystem best practice

I'm writing a PHP script which communicates with another program via files. I wonder if there is some policy or standard on where to put such files? I assume choosing a path like C:\foo\bar\ isn't the ...
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Where should PDOExceptions be dealt with?

I wrote a database wrapper class to help with queries and I'm trying to figure the best way to implement try-catch blocks. In my database class, I have a helper function; public function ...
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Can I resolve an issue with SRP, SOC that prevents object initialization via constructor?

In OOP, I can populate (initialize) an object using constructor injection at object creation time, or setter injection, after creation time. I like the idea of populating object at creation time via ...
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Why is SRP using the class construct to contain a responsibility opposed to using any other OOP entity?

SRP states ... There should never be more than one reason for a class to change. But why a class? Why not use granularity of a function/method? What instead of separating my functionality into ...
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Is it safe to only use intval to sanitize user input for a database select?

Is it safe to only use intval to sanitize the user input for a database select, as in the following example? $id = intval($_GET['id']); $query = "SELECT * FROM table WHERE id='$id'";
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Is automatically generating passwords during registration a good idea?

I'm developing a registration system for a project I'm working on. Since users tend not to sign up if the process is too long, I've thought to require (at least initially) just their email, where I ...
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Why different languages have different syntax? [duplicate]

Different programming language always/most of the time use different syntax. For example take PHP, Java and Python. In Php & Java semicolons are compulsory at the end of the line, yet Python ...
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Does it break SRP to have concerns of data handling and object mapping inside a single class, as part of the DataMapper pattern?

Summary I want to look into separating the concern of "creating a populated object from database", to use inside my application. DataMapper pattern seems to be doing just that for me. DataMapper ...
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What's special about “non-blocking” node.js?

In the short chapter, What is Node by McLaughlin, he writes: "Node has no blocks, no threads competing for the same resource (Node is happy to just let things happen however they happen), ...
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What are PHP Worker (with functional example)

I was handed a PHP Project to maintain and after going through the code, I think some tasks can be off-loaded to increase efficiency and create some compartmentalization. Our app runs on Heroku and I ...
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BCMath vs MySQL: performance

Scenario I am working on a web application that handles financial transactions, and my code will need to be reusable for everything from consumer carts to manufacturer/distributor shipments. The ...
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PHP Refactoring advice

I'm working on a Soccer management game. Project is fairly new and small and I'm new to PHP. The project was starting to get a bit messy so I've been looking into refactoring. The first thing I've ...
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php - design: database operations

I am working on a control-panel for a VoIP program and I've been working on it for a while. It started off as a small project that I just did because it was fun, but over time I added more and more ...
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What can I use to distinguish a user chosen name from other identical names [closed]

I am writing a dating/social website using php and mysql. We want the users to select a name for themselves, but we don't want to make it unique. It is not going to be used for searching. It is ...
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PHP: Injecting the same database connection into multiple objects

Suppose that there are two classes that define objects of vastly different function such that in the datastore, the information they require is divided into two separate databases. For example, the ...
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Should migrations modify data?

Imagine you have a table that has 5 columns, and you need to split this into two tables, because in your iterative process, your application has increased in complexity. Should migrations change the ...
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Making a safe PHP login system [duplicate]

I am making a php website that requires user login. It has a remember me function. I would like to ask if the following approach is safe ? User logs in with correct username and pass (and remember ...
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The correct way to use Sessions (PHP)?

I am making a website that requires logins, and would like to know what a good approach is. Right now, I am thinking of the following: User sends username and password to server, where it is ...
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What might be a good way to get hands on experience with Object Oriented PHP [closed]

I am a Computer Science student. I took a course on OOP, and I understand the concepts (classes, extending, encapsulation, etc). I'm also a web developer, have been doing it for about three years; ...
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Should I check parameter before using it in methods? [duplicate]

I'm going to build some public PHP packages, Following standards is a priority for me. PHP lets users call methods even if they don't pass required parameters to it. My question. Should I check ...
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Why should PHP developer use/learn VI editor? [closed]

Why should PHP developer use/learn VI editor ? I mean there are 10 most amazing editors like PHPStorm, Netbeans which increases developers productivity. Lets just consider PHPStorm. I never got ...
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Is it safe to directly access superglobals with isset()?

I understand that one should always try to avoid direct access to superglobals to put values from superglobals into variables, eg.: $name = filter_input(INPUT_POST, 'name'); //instead of $name = ...
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How does the Hip hop virtual machine (HHVM) theoretically improve PHP runtime performance?

From a high level, how does Facebook, et. al use to improve PHP performance with the Hip Hop Virtual Machine? How does it differ from executing code using the traditional zend engine? Is it because ...
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How to write proper documentation for references in a docblock? [closed]

I am adding documentation to PHP code using the phpDocs tool: /** * This is a summary * * This is a description * * @use This function is called here and here */ function doSomething(){ } I am ...
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Uploading Named Binary Tag files(NBT) via PHP - a bit scared security wise

I'll cut right to the chase. I'm building an application that deals with NBT files(named binary tag). They are being uploaded via the usual PHP methods. I haven't dealt much with uploading files in ...
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Is an application supposed to recover from a exception thrown in PHP?

What if the programmer uses Exceptions for debugging? Would it be better in that case to just report the failure and immediately interrupt the script since ideally all bugs should be fixed radically? ...
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Count amount of points for XY options (in poll) where options dont have equal amount of points

I have a code where I want to avoid using a for/each loop to count the amount of points options in poll have together. Reason is, every option has different ammount of points and I want to get number ...
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Tomcat & Apache(PHP) HTTPD - integration limitations

I started developing an application using PHP/HTML/CSS/JQuery/SQL and after a few months of development I discovered that some automation would be required. The level of automation that is required ...
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Multiple MySQL update calls per second, can some of them be “missed”?

I have simple question, I think its not that big of a deal, but I'd still like to ask it as its boggling my mind for past 2 days a lot. What if I have a poll where instead of inserting answers to ...
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Symfony 2 Multi tenancy architecture, data loaded form front controller/kernel based on subdomain

Hello fellow programmers, (a bit of background)I'm building a Symfony 2 application for university Student accommodation, when our clients from the university side register with their details a ...
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Auto-save user input - the smartest way?

I'm developing a social network website and I'm working with php/mysql/jquery and I want users to have the most user-friendly website experience. That's why I try to avoid a save (submit) button at ...
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What is the value of encoders with decoders currently present

Can you tell me the value of using PHP encoder (ioncube, phpshield) with currently present service like decry.pt (http://www.decry.pt/) that can easily decode source codes. I have tried decry.pt's ...
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Lesser of two evils regarding return types

I'm implementing a system in PHP where values are represented with objects that implement an Amount interface. I'm building two different implementations of this interface, one using a simple integer ...
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PHP MVC how to access current user?

What is the best way to tell if a user is already logged in when accessing the page? I have seen many people talk about a Recognition service that will validate a user trying to login, but what about ...