Book Review: PHP 5 in Practice

PHP 5 in Practice is a PHP recipe book from Elliott White III and Jonathan D. Eisenhamer. Its most recent printing was in 2007 and is part of the "Developer's Library" series from Sams Publishing. At 456 pages in length, this book is a bit shorter than some of the other books I have reviewed over the past several months. I have become a big fan of the Developer's Library ...

Is Fragmentation of Standards Opening Us Up for Further Exploits?

I was perusing through the latest Java news today when I stumbled across an article talking about how Oracle is changing their update / critical patch versioning number scheme to address confusion experienced by industry experts and from within the company itself. Of course the problem is that this change created even more confusion. It got me thinking about how the tech world today seems to be experiencing more and ...

Questions Programmers Should Ask Their Interviewers

I have read a lot of blog posts talking about answering certain types of interview questions in technical interviews. Being that I have had a few interviews myself during the course of my career, I have become somewhat a pro at them. I have to say that many programmers just don't realize that going for a job, and being in an interview, is just as much about you interviewing the ...

The Basics of Passing Values From JavaScript to PHP and Back

One of the common questions I often run into from new programmers to JavaScript or PHP is how to pass values back and forth between the two. The quagmire is that JavaScript is a client side language (most of the time) and PHP is a server-side language. Once you know how the process works when someone submits some data on the front end, and how it is manipulated and returned ...

Demo of Twitter Application-Only OAuth Authentication Using Java

I found that there was little in the way of examples using Application-Only OAuth for Twitter using Java. So I thought I would put together the basics for those looking for the same thing. This demo example below shows you how to acquire a bearer token and then using that token to issue requests to Twitter's REST API version 1.1. However, only endpoints that don't need to have a user ...

Some Beginner Tips for Better Software Development

So you are new to programming and you want some quick and easy tips for making better software. Sure there are ton of sites out there talking about all these subjects on code structure and best practices, but which ones can give you some immediate bang for your buck? Which ones should you follow right out of the gate to get off to a great start? We have compiled 6 ...