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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 ...
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PHP Multi-Page / Session Question

I created index.php that basically looks up all the individual php files (articles) in a few subfolders and prints them out. Since the quantity of articles is over 30 and growing, I implemented a ...
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Is an NPath complexity of over sixteen octillion realistic? Or have I broken the tool?

I have just measured a large chunk of PHP code (1153 lines) using PHPMD (http://phpmd.org/) and it tells me the code has an NPath complexity of 16244818757303403077832757824. That looks like a ...
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Generic PHP web interface for handling concurrent updates optimistically

I'm looking in to writing a new PHP based CMS which handles concurrent edits optimistically like source version control rather than pessimistic locking like Wordpress. I want to be able to write some ...
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Are mocks in unit tests dangerous in dynamic languages?

I've started relying heavily on a mocking framework in php for my unit tests. My concern is that with a dynamic language, there is no way of enforcing a return type. When mocking, you have to ensure ...
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PHP and Subversion workflow [duplicate]

I'm working on a project in a small team at the moment working on a webapp. We originally had 3 on the team with a lead dev and now we've grown to 7 and a lead dev. At the moment our workflow is ...
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How bad is it that my index.php in a Zend Framework MVC application mixes definitions and side effects?

I'm introducing some more coding quality standards and checks via a new project - in particular, the PHP-FIG recommendations. This project using Zend Framework 2, and I have a fairly simple entry ...
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Development and testing PHP script that gets variables from external server

I have a web app that sends users to an offsite payment server to complete a transaction, and I'm working on the PHP page that users are returned to upon completion of the transaction. The script uses ...
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MVC, pagination, and massive search criteria

I am currently working on a project that has a fairly large search form - the form is 30 or fields or more. Now I can of course map this out for routing by having my application pull the parameters ...
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Class Interfaces with Multiple Classes and Dependency Injection

NOTE ON QUESTION TITLE: I did not really even know how to phrase the title so if someone can edit and make it more articulate I would really appreciate it. QUESTION: Basically, what I'm trying to do ...
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PHP - How to structure this application

Sorry if the title is leading.. I'm looking for advice for the following system I am implementing: The system is to provide quotes for customers, this is then exported to PDF and emailed to the ...
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Social network notification system

Background I am working on an app for a client that includes some social networking features. I was originally developing the mobile front-end, but circumstances have left me in charge of developing ...
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Android, PHP session and JSON object retrieval

I am working on an app in android studio.. it currently has a login and registration system that are linked to a database and both work perfectly. I am now trying to carry over the user id value ...
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Java front-end, PHP/MySQL back end methodology

I have been basically out of the programming world for about 10 years, with only a bit of dabbling here and there with small Java utilities and one large Access database I wrote for someone, and some ...
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Is Perl used for web development? [closed]

I am a web developer. I have been using php for many years and I also know lots of other programming languages so I wanted to try making websites using them. I know Perl and want to make a website ...
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Executing a script continuously

I'm currently working on a PHP script that receives emails sent to a specific address and replies according to their content. It's working great, but now I need it to be executed every 10 seconds. ...
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Should URL params and request params be stored in the Request object

Is it acceptable if GET parameters don't reside in the Request object, but in the URL? I am writing a small library in PHP, which is to represent the Request/Response as different entities and ...
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Extended usage of an exception

I'm in the process of building a routing system for learning purposes and have encountered an issue which I think is a bit in the grey area of best practices. Can you guys help me decide if this is ...
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Edit files on multiple domains on Mambo CMS

I have multiple domains on same web server, all running on Mambo CMS. Each site uses same template and has roughly same site structure. I need to edit the same page on each website - is there a ...
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using node.js server with mysql-module and PHP for a penny-auction website? [closed]

I'm building a penny-auction platform like DealDash and just read into the WebSocket and node.js topic. I used PHP, MySQL and Ajax to build the website. I'm nearly finished and just have to implement ...
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DI container with multiple instances of same object

I'm looking for idea to make a DI container that can store multiple instances of the same object. Usually, a DI container should store either a single instance of the object, or create new object each ...
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Upgrade object in PHP

I cannot find information on this anywhere so I assume it doesn't exist. It makes much sense for me for such functionality to exist and I want to ask whether it actually does and I am wrong in my ...
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DRY principles vs local-only variable scope in functions (PHP motivated question)

I'm new to programming and in particular new to PHP. I often find that DRY is directly opposed to the principle of keeping variables local in PHP functions. Sometimes I think that it's easier to ...
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Best OOP practice for object vs dataservice [duplicate]

I am working on a new project and am curious as to how I should go about doing something properly. Lets say I have a table called "leads" in my database. This clearly means that a single "lead" would ...
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How to avoid big class complexity while keeping encapsulation?

I'm developing a PHP library to work with big numbers (at this moment only with a "Decimal" class, but I want to add new classes, to handle Integers, Rationals, and Complex numbers). In any case, the ...
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What is an initial skeleton of the website called? A Framework? [closed]

I am building a website but I am wondering can I call the initial set of pages a framework? Say I have a project to build a website for a school. Before I start implementing the requirements I have ...
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Should HTTP Request/Response objects be immutable?

I think it's safe to say that most web applications are based on the request/response paradigm. PHP has never had a formal abstraction of these objects. One group is trying to change this: ...
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What is Black Box Testing? Are Functional and Usability Testing its types?

I am writing about testing and I am confused about the following: What exactly is Black-Box testing? Are functional testing and Usability testing two different types of testing and are they types of ...
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PHP Composer vendors licensing

I'm using a composer as a dependency manager for my PHP project. Composer operates as a library, which uses packagist as a software repository to fetch third-party dependencies. I'm interested, ...
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PHP: is read file at every page load too heavy?

In F3 Framework Controller I wrote a function checking whether MySql data are saved in a file, otherwise loading a form to ask users for that data (similar to Wordpress Installation). This function ...