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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 represents the Request/Response as different entities and at ...
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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 ...
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Selecting between multiple actions in PHP

I have been programming for a number of years now and in PHP for about 4 of those years. I have always wondered what is the best approach when it comes your program deciding what action to take based ...
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Hidden dependencies - why not?

Hidden dependencies: function __construct($dep_registry){ $this->db = $dep_registry->get('db'); $this->request = $dep_registry->get('request'); ... } Not so hidden: function ...
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Using exceptions as regular objects [duplicate]

I have views that handle different errors in my application. For example error 404, 403 and such, giving my errors a more user-friendly presentation. By assumption, they get passed in an exception, so ...
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Test logic with external data [duplicate]

I have a site programmed in PHP where I make more call to external server that return me big xml of data. For each record of the xml I have to make other external call to get other data. So my ...
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Multiple method calls in the constructor and dependency injection

I was asked to refactor some almost ureadable spaghetti code into object-oriented architecture. I have some doubts regarding a class that I designed. Here is the class' skeleton: require_once ...
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How to store data in memory(RAM) using php without using Memcache/Redis or any other software? [closed]

I want to implement a cache system in PHP consisting of following features 1) It should be able to store any(large or small) amount of data as long as the memory serves.(key value pair i.e. get & ...
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Are there too many parameters in this constructor? [duplicate]

Check this out: public function __construct( \Magento\Framework\Model\Context $context, \Magento\Framework\View\DesignInterface $design, \Magento\Framework\Registry $registry, ...
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Better way of manipulating large objects

I am doing a lot of work with SOAP Api in PHP and the objects that are returned are quite big. I am then updating the objects from local db changes and pushing them back. So more often than not I ...
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Is this a race condition?

I have a friend arguing this is a race condition, but I'm struggling to understand how. This is for a web application using PHP and MySQL where users can login and create tickets, these tickets have ...
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PHP OOP: value property is guaranteed different?

Imagine this code: class Test { public $result; public function makeSum($a,$b) { $sum = $a+$b; $this->result = $sum; } } In a webserver. At same exact moment, ...
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning? [closed]

I was recently sent a code test by a potential employer to complete on my own time. The first question has to do with identifying whether a given zoning code falls within a range of codes. I'm not ...
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Can i write html on one line only in my php code?

i need to embed a html 301 redirect in my php code and i wanted to save chars in my html. Can i write HTML on one line since it is parsed? Is there anything against this practice? ?> <!DOCTYPE ...
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Are there any strong reasons to use DI for sub-classes that are known to be tightly coupled to their parent containers?

I have Product classes for Products A through Z. And each Product class has its own set of product-specific subclasses, which I'd say are tightly coupled to them, like so: //specific product class ...
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php Database operations in separate files?

I have a single page application. Select boxes need to be filled with select queries from the database. How do I structure the application? Currently I have a file add_details.php. It contains a ...
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Should I extend an interface or keep it independent?

I'm trying to decide whether to extend a base interface with additional methods or create several independent interfaces. I have a Task interface that looks like this interface Task { public ...
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Laravel using models

I started working with Laravel about a month ago and I started by reading the documentation etc. Now I'm working on a project in Laravel 4.2 and I skipped some parts of the full documentation. In my ...
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keeping of all javascript functions in one place [duplicate]

In php website I am using different javascript functions in different pages for example page a calls functions 1,2,3 and page b calls functions 2, 4, 6 and page c calls functions 3, 6 can I place ...