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I'm a professional PHP programmer with almost a decade of professional experience and considerably more as a hobbyist programmer. I've also had some exposure to Java, Object Pascal and am interested in learning objective C

I've started work on a PHP framework, though it's still at a very early stage and not yet really useful. The current source is available on GitHub.

I've also begun development of a CSS3 elastic grid for use on my own projects and had published that on GitHub as well.


Feb
17
comment How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
Clean Code is a decent book, but it should not be treated as gospel. You have to apply common sense and decide for yourself what works. I disagree with the advice on comments, because programming languages are geared towards expressing the how of a problem with scant regard to the why. I was writing code for Google Shopping that appends a country code to the product SKU. It's obvious what the code is doing, but unless you know that you can only use the same product code once, even in different markets, you wouldn't know why I was doing this. The comment I added clarifies it.
Jan
15
awarded  Revival
Dec
9
comment How can I give my client “full access” to their PHP application's MySQL database?
I have to say that from the sound of it the client doesn't really know what they want, or if they do they don't know how to articulate it to you. I think you need a good long sit down with them to find out what it is they think "full access" and "data mining" really mean.
Nov
28
answered Is there a way to develop desktop software using PHP?
Nov
28
answered should I extend or create instance of the class
Nov
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
9
revised Is it a common practice to minimize JavaScript usage when building a website?
Fixing bad grammar and other mistakes introduced by another editor
Sep
23
comment Pointers in C vs No pointers in PHP
LOL @language snobbery.
Sep
4
answered How can a non-technical person learn to write a spec for small projects?
Sep
3
comment What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase?
Given the state of things here, I don't think I can depend on any management support at all, so the choice I think boils down to standing on the deck and playing on as the ship sinks or making a run for the lifeboats. Whilst I don't want to screw other peoples' lives up I've decided to put number one first and make a run for the boats. Thanks for the advice
Sep
3
accepted What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase?
Sep
3
comment What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase?
@gnat there is some useful stuff in there, but I think my situation is different enough that it warrants its own question. For a start I'm going to be left with virtually no help if the worst case transpires!
Sep
3
revised What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase?
added 456 characters in body; edited title
Sep
3
asked What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase?
Sep
3
answered Learning Zend Framework 1 or 2?
Aug
29
revised Should I pass an object into a constructor, or instantiate in class?
added 2 characters in body
Aug
29
answered Should I pass an object into a constructor, or instantiate in class?
Aug
29
answered Is it a common practice to minimize JavaScript usage when building a website?
Aug
29
comment Is it a common practice to minimize JavaScript usage when building a website?
If a site isn't usable without javascript then it can't be effectively crawled by Google, and it may or may not be usable in a RESTful context. Even Facebook is at least minimally usable without javascript
Aug
27
comment Is it acceptable for projects to go over budget?
@HLGEM That's why you use "Scotty" estimates. Like Scotty from Star Trek, you always overestimate how long something is going to take/how much it's going to cost so there's room for the client to try and talk the time/money budget down. If you tell them what you think it will actually take and they demand less, you're stuck.