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How to structure your MySQL database tables for storing custom fields

August 6, 2014 Difficulty: 25 / 50
chain links

In this tutorial you will learn a little bit about how to store an unknown number of parameters linked to an object in your MySQL tables.

Here's a possible scenario that will help you better understand how this works:

We're assuming that a script imports data about users in a system and the only "known" elements are the userid and username from a table called user. All the other "attributes" that a userid may have are unknown (ex: One user could have gender and hair color, while another could have gender, age, and favorite pet).

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Still running PHP on Windows XP or Windows 2003 ? Make the switch today

August 3, 2014

This article is meant as a heads up for all those who are running PHP on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

As of PHP 5.5 The PHP Group has dropped support for the above mentioned operating systems. Although I don't see why anyone would run PHP on a Windows machine, I know that there are a lot of servers out there that function with these technologies.

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Create a tar ball of your recent github commits with PHP

July 31, 2014 Difficulty: 35 / 50

In this tutorial I will show you how to use the "git log" command to create a list of files that have been modified in the last X number of git commits and pack them into a tar ball. This can be very useful for cases when you want to send code updates to a client but you don't have access to their server and they don't want to pull the changes from Github.

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Positioning divs side by side with CSS

July 25, 2014 Difficulty: 15 / 50
aligned benches in a park

In this tutorial I will show you the easiest method of positioning HTML divs side by side thus generating a multi-column layout with ease. The only downside for this code is that it doesn't work on IE7, because it doesn't know how to interpret the 'box-sizing' CSS rule.

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4 different ways of changing the appearance of multiple matched elements with JavaScript or jQuery - Demo and Performance Benchmark

July 24, 2014 Difficulty: 25 / 50
the right tool for each job

Recently I have been doing some front-end development for one of my California based clients. Among other things, I had to apply a few performance tweaks to the existing code and I thought it would be a good idea to write an article on the topic. When coding there is no single solution to solve all problems it's more a matter of choosing the right tool for the right job.

The client had over one hundred product containers on the same page and he wanted to change the appearance of all containers except the one the visitor was hovering on.

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