Posts Tagged "General Discussion"

Creating Enumerations in PHP

If you are experienced in any of the major programming languages (.NET, Java, Python etc.) you are probably familiar with the idea of "Enums" or "Enumerations". These are used to help increase readability by assigning readable names to a collection of static values. It is much easier to read "Color.Red" than seeing "#FF0000" or "1". To expand on this idea imagine writing an if statement where you would compare a ...

Minimalism in Code

You may have heard of minimalism before in all sorts of disciplines and philosophies of life. Some of you might have heard of it as living without many possessions or perhaps in computing to refer to using as least amount of hardware and software resources as possible. I would like to take a small spin on perspective of applying this philosophy of life and apply it to writing code. While ...

NULL is Legit When Used Correctly

I was doing some research on a topic about compulsory parameters to constuctors for a project I was doing when I came across a topic about the use of NULL as a return value. Don't ask me how I stumble into these things. As you can imagine, as with everything in software engineering circles, there was a raging debate about whether or not NULL (or its equivalents like None in ...

WordPress in the Enterprise – Establishing Services

To continue our theme of making WordPress your next enterprise deployment (Check out our two previous articles... WordPress In The Enterprise – Building In A Class Library and WordPress In The Enterprise – The Functions File) we will talk about how we can go about organizing your code so that it can have "bolt on services". WordPress has a ton of extensibility capabilities which make it ideal for plugins and ...

Rolling Dice in Java, C# and PHP

Some of the very first programs we are introduced to in programming is the idea of random numbers. This is often introduced using the idea of the die or dice. We have all seen them and have probably even thrown a set of dice at some point in our life. A die is pretty much a representation of a random number generator with a fixed range of values. The traditional ...

Stubbing Out Functions, Do You Do It?

If have ever taken a beginner programming class in school you were probably introduced to the idea of stubbing out functions. If not, let me quickly tell you what stubbing is. It is the process of identifying tasks in your design and setting up functions to handle those tasks. We define just the function signature (name, parameters and body) without writing the code statements in them. Once we identify all ...