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What should be the structure of a person to person store database?

I am going to create a person to person store with Laravel, a website where its users can share and sell their product or their mobile, TV, Computer, Shoes, Shirts, Books, Cars, Bags, Animal, etc. I ...
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Can a class method be accessed both in an instance and statically?

I am relatively new to class design and I have a task that I'm not sure how best to complete, or whether my idea in general is a code smell. I'm developing a RPG where people can own monsters, so ...
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Should I use a large if statement inside a view or create a different view entirely?

I'm using the MVC architecture Laravel 4.2 to create a relatively complex web application. This application consists of a website which is very heavily based on whether an event has occurred or will ...
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Documentation of interfaces

I know how to document a function: /** * Prints a greet message to the web page */ function greet() { echo "Hi!"; } Or describe the usage of a variable: /** * @type string $name The user's ...
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Laravel relationships and database schema

I am playing around with Laravel and came across something in the documentation for defining 1 to 1 relationships between tables that I would like to get feedback on. The example in the docs is ...
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How to pass user credentials to dovecot without storing it in the API

I have developed an interface to dovecot IMAP server using 'PHP IMAP' library. I wanted this interface to be standalone and thus it might have deployed outside the mail server. I used to test the code ...
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What is the best way to create REST API error response model and error codes system?

My REST implementation will return errors in JSON with next structure: { "http_response":400, "dev_message":"There is a problem", "message_for_user":"Bad request", ...
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Best approach to develop / distribute proprietary module

I've been brainstorming for a while regarding the best approach to distribute closed-source modules. I'd like to mention that I have found similar question(s) on SE sites but don't think this is ...
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Setting and getting values from a x-y graph

I have a bunch of x-y graphs given to me and I need to be able to transform them into some kind of data structure from which I will be able to get Y with X value. The problem is, though that I have 4, ...
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Scoping template variables in “has-a” (compositional) relationships

I'm developing a new templating language for PHP, and one of the features is an object-oriented approach to nested child templates. For example, I can declare an object of type HtmlBuilder like this: ...
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Why does PHP allow sending mail from any address

I'm sorry if this has been asked but I'm not quite sure how to search for it. I'm having a bit of trouble understanding how mail() works in PHP. The way I see it, using that function, I can send ...
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Possible to refactor these methods that contain the same logical flow?

I have many methods in many repositories that have the same logical flow: Retrieve value from Cache Check value If no value, fetch from Database Update Cache Return value Is there a way to ...
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The correct manner in implementing an email notification system

I'm looking to build an email notification system using codeigniter. Now the system in question is one of a 2nd hand online store. For example say person A would like a chair. When they search the ...
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Do I need Bower for front end dependencies when I am already using composer?

I use composer for PHP dependencies. I was under the impression that for front end dependencies I should use Bower. So, I installed Bower and loaded my FE dependencies (Bootstrap, jQuery) using that. ...
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Best practice for using namespaces in my PHP libraries

I've been using a tiny and neat caching library on my projects, but I realize that "Cache" is a very generic name and it's easy to get a collision when using it in large projects. Also, I would like ...
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PHP MySql - Statistical Reporting - Best Approach to query appointment system time utilization

I have built an appointments system for various medical practices. Practice schedule appointments - I am looking to provide analysis on the amount of time that has been utilised by the practice. I ...
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Should we refactor our existing codebase to use functional programming, especially streams? [closed]

We have a large project written in PHP. It almost exclusively uses imperative operations, as in example 1. Should we refactor our existing code to use functional operations? Do you think that the code ...
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PHP package management with/without Composer

I noticed that many (large) PHP applications use Composer for managing the dependencies. I'm currently trying to figure out if I should switch to Composer (at the moment I'm simply keeping my ...
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Recommend an approach to decouple Product and Access code constructs, in order to simplify Product testing

I have some code that tightly couples Product specific code and Product-Access code. I am not sure how to untangle it. So for example, for testing Product, I have to mock up Access objects. And ...
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Continuous Integration for different languages [closed]

So, I understand Continuous Integration in theory, and have used Beanstalk. However, I've been charged with creating the process at my current PHP shop. My hope was maybe PHPCI, since it looked ...
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C# static practices coming from dynamic background

I have been dappling in C# after coming from several years in PHP. I don't find the language particularly difficult, although there are considerably more constructs for me to get used to. My question ...
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Managing customer-specific modules in a composer/PHP-based SaaS

I'm developing a business-to-business SaaS. I expect that most of my customers will be able to use my mainline product, and I intend to deploy it in an independent instance for each customer. Some ...
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Using Prolog to implement authorization rules

I'm working on a user management "pseudoframework" in PHP, and I'm trying to implement fine-grained rule-based authorization. I'm using a combination of SQL and condition-checking functions written ...
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Querying all data vs required data [duplicate]

If I have a MySQL database that has a table that contains user data, would it be better to load all of the data from the table when loading a page that requires a users data (only one users data is ...
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Class design - should methods call other methods?

I'm writing a very basic custom class for coupons and I've come up with a basic layout for the class, which consists of a number of small methods as I generally understand is a best practice. What ...
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PHP MVC as backend for iOS app

So, essentially, the question is, to develop a PHP back-end to an iOS application, would you implement an MVC architecture on the PHP side? Or no, since the client side (iOS) already has an MVC ...
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How to organize conversion logic for strategy pattern?

I have a Color class. It has a property model which is a class that implements ColorModel interface, this property could be a RGB, Hex or HSL classes which implementing ColorModel interface. // ...
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Features of a routing system

I have been tinkering with the idea of creating a routing system as a learning experience and not for some production purpose. I have trying to decide what features are a must have and what features ...
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Serving a Website as only Cached HTML Pages

Lets say that I want to develop a website where all pages will be dynamically generated and 'printed' into static HTML files. I will then serve these HTML files from a container (such as an Amazon ...
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PHP conditional test func call against two values

I was wondering if there's a one liner for PHP that would allow me test multiple values against a function call. As example, say I want to test if foo() returns either 1 or 2, (in pseudo code) if( ...
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Sharing constructor code between classes that do not inherit from each other

There is a PHP library of classes (generated from a WSDL) that cannot be changed. These look like the below for simplicity. class System extends \SoapClient { public function __construct(array ...
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PHP vs ROR for AJAX and responsive design [closed]

I'm in the planning phase of making a website for calculating various mathematical problems, as a school/sparetime project with a couple of friends. We're gonna start off with implementing a "right ...
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Front-end or Back-end Implementation of API? [closed]

Lets say I want to implement an API from an external website, for example like Dribbble or Last.fm. I'm fairly new to this new generation of front-end MVC's (angular, etc), and most example's I've ...
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Is generating a large random number more unique than generating each digit in that number?

I'm using a PRNG (PHP's default rand() implementation) to generate unique 16 digit numbers. Does it make sense to generate digits one by one, or the number at once? I'm using PHP.
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How to avoid switches? [duplicate]

I use Laravel as a PHP framework, although the question is not exactly about laravel, more about structuring controller methods. I have a route to orders page. Depending on the user role I need to ...
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How to choose between different ways to write some code?

I would like to validate point in a two-dimensional rectangular Cartesian coordinate. I found following regular expression solution on stackoverflow ^(\-?\d+(\.\d+)?),\s*(\-?\d+(\.\d+)?)$ . Another ...
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Help Improve DB model/strategy, for use in refactoring SQL-ridden legacy code

Question: Which design pattern do I use to help me refactor legacy SQL code into separate classes? Goal Bring in concepts of data separation and database separation and also latest modern ...
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Patterns for subclass constructors that vary the parent class constructor slightly

So, my problem is in the context of an MVC-style approach. The code here is PHP, but I'm hoping this is a design issue independent of it. abstract class Controller { private $domain; private ...
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How to determine which service to call

I have modeled my application using multiple 'user' domain objects. Candidate Recruiter Administrator Each entity extends from an AbstractUser implementing UserInterface. interface UserInterface ...
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PHP Source Code Encryption Concept

Scenario: I'm looking to protect my software that is written in PHP. The nature of PHP is that it is delivered as plain text and therefore cannot be protected by itself. I don't want to install libs ...
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Why is PHP so hated? [closed]

Lately I've been coming across several jokes and comics about how apparently awful PHP is. As a complete ignorant of the language, why is this? Is it my own perception or is this the overall general ...
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How to design large applications with little planning experience [closed]

I understand there is plenty of information on the internet about planning and implementing said solid plan in building a large software application, but I was hoping to get something a little more ...
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Notify about starting event

I am having quite a hard time figuring out how to solve this problem. Basically I have a mini social network with notifications and events. I want to add such functionality where 1 day before an event ...
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How to move php documentation closer to standards?

I have an large php project. I used to document it with NaturalDocs, but I didn't include the documentation generation in the build process for a long time ( years ). I recently started using ...
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Should we use data object (or the data transfer object) for sharing data between these three classes?

I found an article by Martin Fowler that has made me doubt my design choices, particularly about data objects. Martin Fowler has written an article about what he thinks is a code smell. In this ...
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How can I avoid the “global $dbh” anti-pattern?

This is what most of my database-related library code looks like: lib.php <?php $dbh = new PDO(...); function doSomeDatabaseThing() { global $dbh; return $dbh->doStuff(); } function ...
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Automatically verifying INSERTs when building a PHP(5.3.3) application

I am building a form in PHP. I would like to automatically verify that INSERT queries are successful, and populate data correctly, as opposed to running queries in Workbench or MySQL with every code ...
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Using PHP or C++ for in real world electronic devices

I want to use my programing skills to make my day-to-day life easier, to do this I want to be able to program in my appliances like alarm clock or microwave or refrigerator, air conditioner etc, wish ...
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Parameters Stored as Sessions - Pros / Cons?

Some background on my system: I have 1 query with multiple pages. There are filtering parameters on the left of the page which $_POSTs on submission. The posted parameters will change the query at ...
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Good way to count unique anonymous visitors of articles

I'm building a website with articles, and I'd like to count unique-per-day visits for each article. The idea to use cookies suggests itself, but I simply can't set a cookie for each and every article ...