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Is it a good idea to modify the array keys in foreach

Some times I need to modify an array key for example something like: $temp = array(); foreach($arrayIWantToModify as $key => $value) { if($value % 2) == 0) { $temp['odd_' . $key] = ...
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Designing a ticketing system where the User and Administrator have similar but different functionality

I am designing a simple ticketing system in Laravel 4. The system will simply allow a User to create a ticket, and an Administrator to answer it. The User will be able to: View a list of his ...
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DRY principle in good practices?

I am trying to follow the DRY principle in my programming as hard as I can. Recently I have been learning design patterns in OOP and I have ended up repeating myself quite a bunch. I have created a ...
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Should domain model be intelligent or there must be services, which operate it?

I'm building a web-app for a licensing service. My domain models are Licenses, and they can be of two types at the moment: server and client license. They are almost same, except server license has ...
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Cross-language Test-Driven Development

The short question: How do you follow Test-Driven Development on a project that spans multiple languages? Specifically, I'm writing a web application that uses JavaScript and PHP, and I want to ...
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matching usernames with their password

We are working on a simple login/registration form. Our login script checks to see if the username and password exist in the same row of the database. If it does exist, we bring the user to a welcome ...
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For DI, where to create dependencies (new objects) specifically within framework code?

Basic requirement I'm making a framework for learning purposes (and likely usage on personal sites). I'm using dependency injection in classes and I'm trying to design where would be a good place ...
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Is there a need to keep tests for simple (self-contained) functions?

Consider this: public function polynominal($a, $b, $c, $d) { return $a * pow($x, 3) + $b * pow($x, 2) + $c * $x + $d; } Suppose you write various tests for the above function and prove to ...
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Persisting Large/Complex Entities with the Command Pattern — Am I doing it right?

I am in the process of designing and building a large-scale inventory management software-as-a-service that will, hopefully, live a long and fruitful life. Therefore I am exerting a lot of effort ...
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Purpose of encrypted product ID/key in shopping carts

I'm a newbie for PHP ecommerce applications. For my academic activities, I need to complete a shopping cart system with basic shopping cart functions. I have studied several apps which are already ...
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How safe is returning a password from a function? [duplicate]

Is returning sensitive data like a password from a function safe, and what attack vectors exist? (Personally, it is regarding PHP, but is a general question.) function returnDBPass(){ ...
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Best practice: Web service to issue sequence numbers

We have several disparate systems. These systems assign ORDER numbers. Basically, these are sequential numbers. They are NOT database ID numbers. These order numbers are like "A01457" or "Z4T456", ...
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Authenticate Joomla user from an external app based on Node.js, Javascript and MongoDB

I have an iOS App which currently pulls in all the data from the MongoDB using a Node.js server. Currently my API / my node server handles all the data manipulation the iOS app/Swift only displays the ...
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Should I use autoloaders in modules?

Lets say I'm running a PHP app like Magento, PrestaShop. Now these system have their own complex autoloaders to load controllers based on routes, required classes, models, etc. Most of the time as a ...
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How do front-end developers test pages when the files they are handed are PHP views? [closed]

Someone who has a PHP project invited me to do the front-end work on his site. I don't know PHP, I've only ever worked with HTML/CSS/JS files. I cloned the project files from GitHub, and all of the ...
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Why are scriptlets considered bad practice in JSPs when much more popular languages such as PHP seem not have any problem with them? [duplicate]

Why is doing <% if(blahblah) { //do something } %> in a JSP considered to be bad practice when noone who writes PHP seems to have any problem with doing essentially the ...
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Handle multiple data writings per second

I am planning a website with an html/javascript frontend input and a php backend. The user has to input data which will be saved in a database. Now I want to inform the other users of my site ...
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Should I Include PHP code in HTML or HTML in PHP?

What is the best practice, to write my PHP code inside my HTML code or HTML inside PHP? PHP inside HMTL: <p class="lead">Welcome to the <?= COMPANY_NAME ?> website.</p> HTML ...
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sort multidimensional array recursively - is this reasonable

In a nutshell, I needed to traverse any number of dimensions of a multidimensional array (or not) and I wanted the process to be as predictable as possible (in order to proliferate the pattern ...
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Developing an application where a chunk of the code is used by both the app the tests

I'm developing a web app in PHP where part of the code I'm developing for it will also be used in the tests. I'm not sure how to handle this. That code in question is an abstraction to communicate ...
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How does consistent hashing work in PHP memcached module?

What is the consistent-hash algorithm used by PHP's memcached module? What are its settings (that is, how many times does it add a server on the ring?) Is the consistent-hash array (continuum ring) ...
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Is it bad to store data in JSON form or should I use mySQL? [closed]

I've been building an application and the whole thing is built around a simple data storage system. Create an array. Convert it into JSON. Add <?php die() at the beginning to prevent access. ...
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Abstract/encapsulating session superglobal usage inside common accessor class

I am in the process of removing direct dependencies from an existing project. I have now come to removing the direct use of $_SESSION inside scripts. This is to make the same scripts available for an ...
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Deploy PHP application on customer server independent of the envirorment

Our company has developed a PHP(CakePHP) "Cloud" application that is running on our servers, now we have some customers that would like to use our service and make integrations to their local systems. ...
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PHP MVC concept large controller

I have custom MVC framework in PHP and my controller file has about 5000 lines. The question is, is it a big concept flaw? It is structured code with kiss method and quite maintainable. Are there ...
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Using PHP without mixing presentation logic

I'm conceptually designing a website / application and trying to come up with the correct separation of concerns. The basic technologies I'm settling on are: MySQL, PHP (Laravel), HTML/JS (jQuery). ...
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Optimizing instant notifications

Scenario To deliver instant notifications to the client, I'm sending an AJAX request to a PHP page that checks if there are new notifications: if there are, it outputs them, otherwise it sleeps for ...
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composer is self-described as inspired by npm, so why does it handle sub-dependencies differently? [closed]

As I'm sure anyone reading this knows, the default behavior for npm is to install sub-dependencies within their respective sub-dependency directories themselves (in a new node_modules directory). The ...
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Controller technique with request data in session

I am trying to find out the best possible way to save the POST data in session and making it available in different page requests. For example at website's homepage I have a Search form with ...
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Less PHP request to REST API

I had an argument with my PHP developer today who tried to convince me that REST API has to provide all the request from PHP since a server is faster than client devices such as desktop. As I am a ...
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PHP mysql checking for relational equivalence

Suppose I have a users table and in that users table I have a role_id. In my roles table I have: users - id - role_id roles - id - name roles id | name 1 | admin 2 | normal Now ...
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Class member access on instantiation without variable

With a new feature in PHP 5.4, we can access a class member on the same line as instantiating the class. e.g. // Instead of $obj = new myClass(); $obj->myMethod(); // PHP 5.4 allows $obj = ...
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Handling insertion to database with Repository pattern

I have a design question for working with databases in object-oriented PHP. I have a table in my database called products. Then I have 2 classes for this table in my PHP project. ...
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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 ...