PHP

4 Things Making Life Easier for PHP Developers

PHP Computer Code
Though some developers have walked away from PHP and aren’t looking back, InfoWorld’s Serdar Yegulalp notes that the last several years have seen changes that make the PHP world a more pleasant place to be. He thinks these four are the most important: Click here to see PHP-related jobs. Package Management Rather than depend on the notably difficult PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for package management, you can now use Composer, which tracks packages on a project-by-project basis, making… continue…

Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python Top RedMonk List of Language Rankings

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 2.54.19 PM
RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, has issued its latest programming-language rankings, and the list should come with no surprises to seasoned programmers and developers: Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++/Ruby, and CSS all top the list of most-used languages. Any language “observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow” can end up in RedMonk’s rankings, according to the firm’s blog posting. “No claims are made here that these rankings are representative of general usage more broadly. They are nothing more or less… continue…

PHP vs. .NET: Which Should You Learn?

shutterstock_127502615
If you’re a software developer, there simply isn’t enough time in the world to learn every single technology, language and platform you might need for work, or to land a better job; at some point, you’re going to have to decide in what direction you want to expand your knowledge base. The choices you make in that regard will have a huge impact on your life. If you devote too much time to learning a technology that’s on the verge… continue…

How to Get Hired by E-Commerce Leader Wayfair

Posted In Looking in Tech
Landing@ Wayfair
Founded in 2002, Wayfair is a Boston-headquartered, multinational e-commerce company that sells everything from home furnishings to luggage, toys and pet items from over 11,000 brands. It currently employs more than 1,500 people in eight global locations including New York, London, Berlin and Sydney. Wayfair has nearly 300 employees working across its technology organization, and is hiring across the board for software engineering and systems. Kevin Murray, the company’s director of talent acquisition, says his most critical needs are for… continue…

How to Build Your Job Credentials With Code

Posted In Looking in Tech
Good Code
The mark of a great programmer is well-written code, but it’s not always easy to showcase the quality of your work. As a contract programmer, I’ve started to bring printed examples of my code to interviews. I make sure that I know every line of whatever I bring and can explain what it does. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (from 1981), but being able to show that I write good code is much more effective for landing… continue…

What It’s Like to Work at StumbleUpon

Posted In Looking in Tech
StumbleUpon Logo
StumbleUpon has the best of both worlds – the agility of a startup and the stability of a 12-year-old company. At least that’s how its vice president of engineering, Paul Antaki, sees it. The San Francisco-based company offers up Web pages, videos and photos based on subscribers’ self-selected likes and dislikes. It’s powered by a lean but growing crew of approximately 90 people, of which half work in technology. The site relies heavily on Hadoop, R, Raku and Octave, and… continue…

Working With CodeIgniter’s Controller

Getting Started with CodeIgniter
Let’s face it, the app we’ve been building isn’t much good without the ability to dynamically add tasks instead of having to pull up a database editor so we can insert them ourselves. Today, we’ll discuss how to create this. But before we do, we have to add a categories drop-down list that pulls its data from the database. That’s extremely easy to do in CodeIgniter. First, let’s add some tasks. Open up your database editor of PHPMyAdmin (or whatever… continue…

Add CSS, Database Tables to Your CodeIgniter App

Getting Started with CodeIgniter
In my last installment, we set up a framework so we could begin building the app we’ll dig into today. Before we go any further, however, we need to do two more things. See All of Scott’s CodeIgniter Stories. First, our app has no styling. Here’s some basic CSS so we have something that’s at least a little more attractive: This isn’t a CSS tutorial, so I won’t go over the code in depth. It’s fairly straightforward, anyway. All I’ve… continue…

How to Build a To-Do App with CodeIgniter

Getting Started with CodeIgniter
Now that I’ve introduced you to the framework, it’s time to get started on our project.  We’re going to be creating a to-do app, step-by step, over the course of the next few tutorials. Today, we’re going to do the initial configuration and I’m going to introduce you to a helper, specifically the form helper. This is something you’ll always want to include in your autoload file because it is going to be called all the time. What good is… continue…

How to Build a To-Do App with CodeIgniter

Getting Started with CodeIgniter
Now that I’ve introduced you to the framework, it’s time to get started on our project.  We’re going to be creating a to-do app, step-by step, over the course of the next few tutorials. Today, we’re going to do the initial configuration and I’m going to introduce you to a helper, specifically the form helper. This is something you’ll always want to include in your autoload file because it is going to be called all the time. What good is… continue…