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is_null vs empty vs isset... One lesson all PHP coders should learn

Daniel Gheorghe Difficulty: 25 / 50
empty tin can

PHP has a lot of ways of dealing with variable checking. There are functions that check each type like is_array, is_object or is_bool and there are functions that can be used to check multiple conditions at once. Today we will be dealing with the differences between is_null(), empty() and isset(). First let's explain what each one does.

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Simple Ajax Upload with Drag and Drop

Daniel Gheorghe Difficulty: 50 / 50
stacked files

Today I will show you how to develop an Ajax upload script that works with drag and drop. For this project I am using plain JavaScript and I have no fallback mechanism for browsers that don't support these features... so you will have to deal with that yourselves.

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3 useful MySQL tricks for every web developer

Daniel Gheorghe Difficulty: 35 / 50
mysql dolphin

This article was originally written in 2010. This is an updated version on how to do simple Ajax requests using jQuery

Ajax is a very nice tool for web developers. It helps you interact with the visitor without reloading the page. Searching the internet you will find various Ajax code samples that are simply too complicated and some are too specific. I added some comments that will better explain what the code does and how it can be tweaked.

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How to save your PSD paths or shapes as SVG files

Daniel Gheorghe Difficulty: 10 / 50
coloured pencils

SVG or scalable vector graphic files are the new standard for displaying icons or logos in web design.

For those of you who don't know an SVG is basically an XML file that contains coordinates for the different paths and shapes your images have.

A big advantage for using SVG's is that they display perfectly when scaling and they look exquisite on retina displays.

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Handling PHP errors with "Class"

Daniel Gheorghe Difficulty: 35 / 50
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Debugging a PHP application by relying exclusively on the internal error reporting mechanism that PHP provides is literally like searching for a needle in a haystack. While PHP extensions like Xdebug can help a lot when it comes to killing all those pesky bugs. For those of you who don't want or can't use Xdebug, I wrote a class that enhances the standard error reporting in PHP.

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