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A Review of Two Python Books

In today's blog post I am going to review two books on Python. I decided to do two because both of these books are essentially reference books from the Developer's Library series by Addison Wesley publishing. The first book I will be reviewing is titled "Python Essential Reference, Fourth Edition" by David M. Beazley. It is a bit of an oldie (2009) but I think is a great reference book ...

The Dangers of JavaScript Frameworks, Libraries and Plugins

The recent explosion of JavaScript frameworks and libraries in web development has been undeniable. I can think of 10 libraries right off the top of my head and I have seen a site that lists 34 libraries just for visualizations. I am happy to see such a diverse ecosystem of easy to use tools sprouting up in the web development community. Certainly some of them make development a heck of ...

Can Tools Make Coding Too Easy?

I caught a wonderful article on Dzone today by Jonas Gauffin titled "How Resharper rocks my average work day". In this article Jonas talks about a tool he uses regularly called "Resharper" that makes common tasks a bit more automated when coding in C#. This article reminded me that we are continuously developing better and better tools that help us write code. But is there a point where we are ...

My Love / Hate Relationship with PHP Traits

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to traditional software design principles. I do believe they lead to outstanding software products when they are followed correctly. This isn't to say I am not flexible when it comes to new ideas to improve traditional rules. When I saw the introduction of PHP traits in 5.4.0 I was eager to learn all about ...

Creating the Sense of Time in PHP Games

One common obstacle facing many first-time PHP game developers is the concept of how time passes in their web-based game. With desktop / mobile applications, time can continuously run via a timer mechanism because it is always running on the device. PHP works in the disconnected world of the Internet. When a request comes into the server, it fires off the request to the PHP program for parsing, parses ...

Populating Multiple Drop-downs Dynamically

First off I want to say that there are multiple ways of doing something like this. Below is two ways (and I mention a third) to dynamically populate one drop down using the selection of another drop down (aka chaining drop-downs). One way we will see uses a pure JavaScript implementation and another is using a combination of JavaScript and a server-side language (here we are demonstrating PHP). After we ...