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178. Why is it better to develop in PHP with classes (OOP)?

Posted on: 2012-03-21

Some developers code their PHP projects writing classes of objects.

Others also write classes but do it just because they see others doing it without being able to explain why classes are a good thing.

Others do not write classes but reuse other people code written in the form of classes.

Others completely refuse to write or reuse other developer classes because they do not see much point in doing it.

Read this article to learn why it is better to develop your PHP projects based on object classes.

You may also learn how to convert your global code based classes into properly written classes that you can reuse in multiple projects besides other benefits of using Object Oriented Programming in PHP.


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167. The Easy Way of Running Your MySQL Applications in the Cloud

Posted on: 2011-12-07

More and more sites are moving to cloud hosting services to assure a smooth growth path, as the sites require more servers to handle the audience growth.

As a developer, you want to ensure that your database is running smoothly in the cloud, but you do not want to be bogged down by tedious operations and everything else that goes into it, like the manual configuration, optimization, maintenance and development.

Read this article to learn how to connect your PHP app to a cloud database solution to simplify the way you run your database.


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162. Using PHP-GTK to serve Web Applications to HTML 5 Browsers

Posted on: 2011-10-27

Yes, you read it right, GTK+, the Gnome Toolkit library, normally used to create desktop applications, can now be used to serve the same applications via the Web to a browser that supports HTML 5 canvas objects.

PHP-GTK is a PHP extension that uses the GTK+ library to build PHP desktop applications. So it can eventually benefit for this GTK library enhancements to build PHP-GTK based applications that can be served over the Web to HTML 5 browsers.

Read this article to learn more about GTK+ 3 HTML 5 canvas backend and how it could be used to run remote PHP-GTK applications that can be accessed over the Web.


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158. MODX: A CMS Framework Designed with PHP Developers in Mind

Posted on: 2011-09-22

If you have ever wrestled with trying to create a custom Web site using a CMS that made you jump through hoops to get the desired output, you should definitely check out MODX, a CMS framework designed from the ground up with Object Oriented Programming PHP developers in mind.

Read this article to learn more about MODX CMS framework and how you can easily use it to build your own content management system customized to your needs.


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135. Accelerate Web Pages Automatically using Google Mod_PageSpeed: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques Part 4

Posted on: 2010-11-17

After several months of development, Google announces a stable release of mod_pagespeed, an Apache 2 Web server module that can automatically optimize the Web pages that are served by Apache without any changes to the actual scripts that generate those Web pages.

This article explains in more detail what is mod_pagespeedup and how you can use it to improve the speed of serving your site Web pages.


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133. Accelerate scripts running multiple tasks in parallel using asynchronous programming: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 3

Posted on: 2010-10-28

Asynchronous programming allows developers to write faster code by running multiple parallel tasks at the same time.

This contrasts with the traditional synchronous programming on which programs perform a task and do nothing else besides waiting for the task to finish before proceeding to the next task.

This article explains better what is asynchronous programming and how you can implement it in PHP to develop code that executes tasks much faster.


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132. Accelerate Page Accesses Throttling Background Tasks: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 2

Posted on: 2010-10-25

Web server machines usually do many other things besides serving Web pages. Often they have background tasks running that may slow down significantly the Web server processes that deliver the pages to the site users.

This article is the second part of the Unusual Site Speedup series that focus on what to do to make sure that Web server processes run as fast as possible by slowing down background tasks that may be taking too much machine resources.


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131. Accelerate Page Loading: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 1

Posted on: 2010-10-21

In the latest weeks, several measures have been implemented to provide dramatic improvements to the speed of this site.

This article is the first of several that describe those measures and how you can also apply to your sites too.

On the first part it is described how to make Web pages load much faster when there is heavy content slowing down the page loading, such as advertising or widgets retrieved from other sites.


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119. Neural Networks in PHP

Posted on: 2010-03-09

Neural networks allow emulating the behavior of a brain in software applications. Neural Networks have always had a too steep learning curve to venture towards, especially in a Web environment.

Neural Mesh is an open source, pure PHP code based Neural Network manager and framework that makes it easier to work with Neural Networks.

This article explains how to easily implement Neural Mesh to develop Neural Network applications in PHP.


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118. Developing scalable PHP applications using MongoDB

Posted on: 2010-03-01

Nowadays there is a new kind of databases that is getting very popular, specially for Web development, including the PHP world, which are the NoSQL databases.

This article focus specifically on MongoDB, despite there are several other NoSQL database implementations.


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