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gnu lesser general public license question [closed]

I have a question about Thingiviews license. I have a site that has to do with 3D Printing, it is not done yet but I was wondering if I would be able to use it on my site, The big reason I am asking ...
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User Generated Content and Hotlink Protection

I have a website that allows for users to paste content (like snippets of code, etc) for sharing. Like Pastebin and Github, I also have a "raw" link that will display the raw contents of those posts. ...
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Class/Object with different sets of configurations, singletons etc (PHP)

I want to produce maintainable code for configuring one or multiple classes differently depending whether in a production or development environment. For example, making a Paypal class/object that ...
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How can I handle Bots in a site that creates a database item every page

I have an eCommerce platform that creates a basket as soon as the user lands on the site if they don't already have one (from session or cookies). It then stores the basket information in session and ...
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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 ...
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Is it good practice to declare and set properties in abstract classes?

I am using PHP and designing some abstract classes. I can declare properties with constant values within my abstract class and access/overwrite them from any class which extends this without re ...
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Visitor only applicable when using the Composite pattern?

For a long time I've tried to get my head wrapped around the visitor pattern, and somehow this thing keeps being rather fuzzy to me. I'm currently under the impression it is only useful to apply ...
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True/false on the left or the right? [duplicate]

I have heard that generally, an expression like: if (true === $variable) is faster than: if ($variable === true) My question is about the performance, not the readability. Questions such as this ...
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Implementing a strategy pattern with dependency injection

Okay, so the goal here is to implement a strategy pattern that can be tested using any sort of automated testing tool. I've been struggling with this problem conceptually for a few weeks now and I ...
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DDD - Business rule that depends on a service

I got confused about if a domain is required to access an external service in some state of it's life cycle. The business rule is this : If an Employee is accepting a JobSeeker's JobApplication, ...
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Use a global variable, a singleton, or something else

Preface: I am working in PHP (Abandon hope all ye who enter here). Background: There exists a large set of global functions in PHP, a number of which are miscellaneous system calls, like sleep (and ...
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New User Registration Logic [closed]

I am writing up a user registration application in PHP as part of my learning process. I have written up the general rules my code should follow. Please let me know what you guys think of it. Have ...
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How to inherit from two parent classes [closed]

I have many classes with many relationship I draw Uml that relation between them: Is this relation true and how to implement this?
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Loosely compare user input with database record [closed]

I have a database table with 3 columns; id, question and answer. On the front-end, I have a PHP application that shows questions to the user. The application would then compare the user input with the ...
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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 ...
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API Client Design

I'm designing a client to the Tomtom WEBFLEET.connect API in PHP. (You can read more about the API through the full documentation here: ...
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Separating php and html code [closed]

What is the industrial practice on how to separate html and php code in a web project? Using echos to generate html is considered bad but what is the standard way to achieve the sought separation? ...
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Is a PHP array an example of a dynamic data structure?

I did my homework, and it says that dynamic data structures are "data structures that change in size as a program needs it to by allocating and de-allocating memory from the heap". So I was ...
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Securing PHP source code from illegal copy [closed]

my IT boss asks what is the best way to secure the PHP source code against illegal copy of the code once it is deployed to clients. Is there a PHP compiler that will make the final codes unreadable? ...
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PHP coding practice [closed]

I'm a self taught PHP programmer. Because I have no formal training in PHP, I often find my coding style to be considerably different than example code I find on the Internet. I've slowly started ...
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testing: which code layers should I aim to test?

Say I have this code: Design { public function load() { $this->loadProduct(); $this->loadService(); ... } public function loadProduct() { ...
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Best practice for storing information from a php script for future use

My employer uses forms to help people search for products. The product lists can change from time to time and the forms need to be updated again. The product information can be accessed through a ...
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Is Object Oriented Design necessary when building Symfony web apps? [closed]

I am primarily a software developer, and as such, I do a lot of reading on the subject of Object Oriented Design; the 5 SOLID principles, design patterns, composition over inheritance etc. I ...
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How should one handle accessing a 'local' API?

I'm currently writing a project that is using a few separate virtual machines for the database, API and front-end website (currently 1 of each). I'm writing my code in PHP, and all of these virtual ...
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Should a stored proc try to do more, in the attempt to avoid php mysql back and forth overhead

I have a REST architecture, running PHP on the server side which store and query a Mysql database. I am re-evaluating one architecture design decision: DECISION to re-evaluate: In an attempt to ...
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Is there a Pattern or a Refactoring Method to pull data-loading out of existing Class

I am refactoring legacy codebase. Part of it is a loadProduct() function inside a larger "everything" class. loadProduct() loads data from a database. I want to move this loading-data part out of ...
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Authentication with If/Else

For keeping the "Administration Panel" secure to those who are logged in, for my web application, is the best practice to use an If/Else Statement? if($_SESSION['logged_in'] == true) { include ...
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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. ...
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Building a webservice with mvc [closed]

I'am planning my website over here based on MVC. And I am thinking about a webservice (who knows, maybe one day I'll create an android app or something). The site and the webservice will behave ...
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mysql, store a single piece of data per row

I am preparing to write a database system using PHP and MYSQL which will store every piece of info sent to it as an individual row. Each row will store several piece of meta data (time stamp, who ...
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OOP what is meant by object-to-object communication

I've been reading in basic concepts of OOP,as i'm trying to make this shift from transactional scripts to more oop manner in php, and i often come across this definition : An object stores its ...
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Examples of designing a database that handles point tracking?

I'm attempting to expand my knowledge of how database designs and concepts work. I'm working on a hobby web/mobile app for practice that will challenge me. However, I am running into an issue. What ...
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How can I deal with a slow API in PHP?

I'm writing a public web app to get stock data from a magento store. I've accessed the data, but it turns out that i have to query each product individually for stock data. With thousands of items ...
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Slight extension for SQL prepared statements syntax. Need advice

In my database abstraction library I am extending SQL prepared statements syntax to hint a parser with expected literal type. I take it as a very essential improvement, my reasoning you can read here. ...
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I'm thinking to CSRF protect all public AJAX requests that return JSON, but I have some concerns

I'm thinking to CSRF protect all public AJAX requests that return JSON, because what's to prevent another site from spoofing the AJAX header and using the JSON as if it were a public API? I think CSRF ...
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Best design pattern for library with data model

I am refactoring an old Codeigniter library to be php framework agnostic. There are these core parts: the connection object - this will come from the "user"; ie, the framework's connection, or their ...
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Customizing configuration for PHP will Laravel 4 IoC be useful?

This topic has been discussed in this post: Customizing configuration with Dependency Injection However - I couldn't find one for PHP syntax and since one of the answers was to use a specific ASP.net ...
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Avoid code repetition in CRUD operations

I'm developing a PHP application and I find myself doing basically the same code for, say, creating an object based on a form filled by the user. The objects are of different classes, but the process ...
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Design for creating a menu based on user type

Problem I am building a PHP application which has a main menu, which in turn contains various "sections" or "subheadings" with various links. There are several user types such as SuperAdmin, Admin, ...
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Testing the Consumers of Subclassed Data Structures

PHP's SplQueue does not include a clear() or reset() function to wipe data out of the data structure. My application requires that functionality. This leaves two options: A) Create a subclass of ...
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Web design pattern

I am building a small website, in PHP and I am using MVC design pattern for the UI. In the future I will need to add mobile support for my website. It will be in the sub domain "m" like everyone. All ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of PHP/Ruby [closed]

I've been a front-end developer for about two years now, and I'm attempting to break into the server side of things. Ideally I'd like to work for a startup social network on the back-end side so I ...
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Online and offline point of sales application [closed]

I am going to develop a simple Point of Sales system. Mainly all the data will be stored in a central db (mysql server). All the application are going to be winforms. Together each local client will ...
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Branch twice for unique condition

Consider an application that displays only Foobars belonging to themselves to normal users, and all Foobars to admins: -- Normal users: SELECT * FROM Foobar WHERE user_id=:user_id; -- Admins: SELECT ...
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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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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 ...
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Does it make sense to break fluid interface if a bad argument is passed?

If I chain some setters together and one of them does not return $this, then I will get a fatal error. But maybe that is a good thing. $object = new object(); ...
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Method to store some site content data, allowing reusability

(Don't believe this is a "best practice" question as I believe there will be a single better choice). I need to choose a data storage option to store specific site data to allow easy management and ...
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How to annotate method signature changes?

I'm developing a mini framework and I want to perform changes to existing methods. I know in order to deprecate a method I can use the @deprecated annotation. However, what annotation should I use to ...
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Mail Server Caching

I'm currently working on a web mail client. When a user logs in, I'm fetching all the mails from the INBOX from the beginning of time. As expected this is pretty darn slow. I'm planning to implement ...