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296. Controlling Autonomous Hardware Devices Using PHP Software Agents

Posted on: 2015-07-13

Some hardware devices can perform useful actions autonomously by the means of software agents, like for instance monitoring objects in the space around an unmanned vehicle (robot).

Read this article to learn how to implement PHP software agents that can process actions using sequences of actions defined in JSON.


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295. How to Use Vagrant to Improve Your Web Development Process

Posted on: 2015-07-08

A great part of the production Web sites are hosted on Linux based systems. However the vast majority of the Web developers run Windows or Mac OS X on their development machines.

Vagrant is an application that creates and configures virtual development environments. It can be used as a simpler wrapper solution around virtualization software such as VirtualBox, VMware, KVM and Linux Containers (LXC), and around configuration management software such as Ansible, Chef, Salt and Puppet.

Read this article learn how to use Vagrant to easily setup your Web applications development environment in a way that it is as close as possible to the Linux based environment that you have on your production server.


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292. Tapping Into the Untapped User Experience: Combining User Analytics and Feedback In One Essential Tool

Posted on: 2015-06-24

With the speed at which technology is changing and advancing, it is disappointing that as developers and designers we still canít get the big picture of our siteís user experience.

On the one hand, there are many great Web analytics tools out there today that measure user behavior. There are also many popular customer feedback tools that help to understand the voice of the customer. But fusing these two disparate pieces of information into one concise tool is a largely untapped area in our industry.

As a developer, more tools means more headaches and more overhead. As a designer, you need several key data points to create better sites and solutions around your users, but this data can be hard to find and take action on when you need to use a handful of independent tools and draw insights from them yourself.

Read this article to learn about a powerful new approach to understanding the whole user experience and how to improve it with Hotjar, an all-in-one analytics and feedback tool.


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290. Simplify Your PHP Applications Testing Using LXC in Your Development Environment

Posted on: 2015-06-18

LXC is a lightweight virtualization technology that runs on top of Linux to create application testing environments without having to install full virtual machines.

Read this article to learn how to setup LXC to test your PHP applications on your development environment without waste of resources of your machine and with great control of the software you use to test your PHP software with all other software packages and tools you need just like if you were running them on your production enviroment.


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287. PHP Integration with Embedded Hardware Device Sensors

Posted on: 2015-06-09

Nowadays it is common to find embedded hardware devices, based on Raspberry Pi for instance, that are accessible via a network, run Linux and come with Apache and PHP installed on the device.

Read this article to learn how you can use PHP on those devices to connect to sensors by the means sensor and actuator executable programs.


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286. Leaflet Map Search using AJAX requests to a PHP and MySQL Mapping Application

Posted on: 2015-06-04

Leaflet is a great JavaScript library that we can use build a Google Maps alternative with PHP and MySQL as we have seen in a previous article.

Read this article to learn how to improve your Leaflet map application by implementing a search engine on your maps pages using AJAX requests.


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285. Class Abstraction in PHP

Posted on: 2015-06-01

When you are ready to share your code for other class developers to use, you will need to control how that code is used and provide some way to enable updates.

Read this tutorial to learn how to use class abstraction with closely related objects to provide greater control over your PHP code, so it facilitates future updates.


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284. Create a Google Maps alternative with PHP and MySQL using the Leaflet library

Posted on: 2015-05-27

Leaflet is a JavaScript library that became popular for creating mobile friendly Web maps applications. It does not depend on Google, so you do not need to pay fees as you may need to when you use Google Maps.

Read this tutorial to learn how to use Leaflet library with PHP and MySQL to create an alternative to Google Maps and implement it on your site.


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283. PHP Multi-Factor Authentication for Web Development

Posted on: 2015-05-25

When we need to provide our users access only to certain information, or limit access to features for authorized users only, we need to use user authentication.

We can never be 100% certain users are who they claim to be. However we can get close using multiple authentication factors.

Read this article to learn more about multi-factor authentication and when we should use them or not.


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282. Extending PHP Classes and the Object Model

Posted on: 2015-05-20

Nowadays many PHP developers use Object Oriented Programming (OOP). However not every PHP developer really understands why that is a good thing.

Some use OOP just because they see others using it, without knowing very well its benefits nor how to create a consistent object model that addresses the needs of their applications.

Read this article to learn how objects can represent the real world through classes and how you can create an object model for your PHP application.


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