Posted (Updated ) in PHP

In Kohana 2, html::script() and html::stylesheet() accepted an array or string as their first arguments. This allowed you to easily add multiple scripts and styles simultaneously without needing to write several lines of redundant code. Kohana 3 has removed this useful ability so I thought I’d write a very quick extension to add the feature back in. The following script adds HTML::scripts() and HTML::styles() (As Kohana 3 slightly renamed their functions to HTML::script() and HTML::style() respectively).

Simply add the following file html.php to your /classes directory:

<?php defined('SYSPATH') or die('No direct script access.');
 
class HTML extends Kohana_HTML {
	public static function scripts(array $scripts, $attributes=array(), $index = FALSE)
	{
		$response = '';
 
		//Data sanitisation
		$index = $index ? TRUE : false;
		if ( !is_array($attributes) ) $attributes = array();
 
		foreach ( $scripts as $script )
			$response .= html::script($script, $attributes, $index);
 
		return $response;
	}
 
	public static function styles(array $styles, $attributes=array(), $index = FALSE)
	{
		$response = '';
 
		//Data sanitisation
		$index = $index ? TRUE : false;
		if ( !is_array($attributes) ) $attributes = array();
 
		foreach ( $styles as $style )
			$response .= html::style($style, $attributes, $index);
 
		return $response;
	}
}

Download: html.php

Usage:

<?php
echo HTML::styles(array(
	'assets/css/reset',
	'assets/css/styles',
 )
echo HTML::scripts(array(
	'assets/js/jquery',
	'assets/js/jquery.ui.all',
 )
?>

Note: Both functions accept the latter 2 parameters available in Kohana 3 HTML::scripts() and HTML::styles(). If used, these arguments will be applied to every element in the first arguments array.

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Posted (Updated ) in Database, PHP

It’s probably become apparent by now that I like Doctrine. It’s quick, it’s easy and it works with everything. So here’s a Doctrine driver for the Kohana Auth module, allowing you to use Doctrine instead of Kohanas integrated ORM.

Download: Kohana Auth Doctrine Driver 1.03 here

Installation instructions:
Unzip the module to your /modules folder.
Enable the module by adding

'auth_doctrine' => MODPATH.'auth_doctrine',  // Doctrine driver for Auth module

to the modules array in the following file:
Kohana 3:/bootstrap.php
Kohana 2: /config/config.php

UPDATE Jul 15 2010: Fixed incorrect user login bug. Please redownload
UPDATE Dec 22 2010: Fixed ‘remember’ session bug.
UPDATE Jan 3 2011: Fixed bug if calling Auth::instance()->logged_in(‘role_name’). Thanks to freenode #doctrine user SirFunk for this one – good catch!
Update Feb 21 2011: New module at a new home! See here for details

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Posted (Updated ) in Database, PHP

Update Feb 21 2011: New module at a new home! See here for details

Upon the release of Kohana 3, one of the first things I wanted to do was install Doctrine. The following is a short tutorial on how to do; and keeping with Kohanas modular style, it will be placed in its own reusable module. Time to begin.

Create the following files/folder:
/modules/doctrine
/modules/doctrine/init.php
/modules/doctrine/classes
/modules/doctrine/classes/doctrine

Inside /modules/doctrine/classes/doctrine drop the official latest build (see here) of Doctrine such that Doctrines CHANGELOG, COPYRIGHT etc files etc are inside.

Enter the following into init.php. Note – this may not be the optimal bootstrap file – feel free to tweak to your hearts content.

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Posted (Updated ) in Uncategorized

Here’s another little gem for you HTML5 fans out there – link prefetching. Adding the following into a HTML meta or link tag will result in the target being loaded in the background after your current page.

<link rel="prefetch" href="/images/big.jpeg">
or
<link rel="next" href="2.html">
or
<meta http-equiv="Link" content="/images/big.jpeg" rel=prefetch">

Both ‘prefetch’ and ‘next’ are accepted.

Here are a few advantages of using this method:

  • It’s HTML compliant
  • It’ll dramatically speed up the resulting page/file if successfully prefetched
  • It doesn’t slow current page load
  • No same-origin restriction – any domain is accepted

There are several limitations to this method that should be noted:

  • Firefox only (for now)
  • Only HTTP protocol is accepted
  • No URLs with querystrings accepted

To learn more about link prefetching check out the Link Prefetching FAQ at Mozilla Developer Center

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Posted (Updated ) in Database, PHP

When it comes to online shopping carts, LemonStand is the hot new thing. Still in beta, this piece of software boasts a surprisingly large feature set and high level of customization options usually only seen in much larger CMS’s. The one narking issue I’ve had with it so far is its choice of URL separator – preferring underscores over dashes. After speaking to the very polite and friendly developer behind LemonStand, a solution was quickly devised.

To convert the default URL separator in LemonStand from underscores to dashes simply add the following line of code to your config/config.php file.

$CONFIG['URL_SEPARATOR'] = '-';

Update 3 Jun 2010: I’ve received word from the author behind LemonStand that he’ll be publishing an update later today changing the default URL separator from underscores to dashes. The change will not affect any existing installations and only apply to new installations. For developers wishing to change the default separator on new pages on existing installations, the fix above still applies. This is great news that I’m sure many developers out there will be pleased with.

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Posted (Updated ) in Uncategorized

Let me preface this post by stating that I have the design talent of the average developer – that is to say: none. So when I decided to start learning about CSS3 @font-face I thought I was going to be in for a night of pain; boy was I right.

The post headings on site are rendered in the Museo font using Cufon. Cufon is an amazing piece of JavaScript that allows you to embed fonts into webpages making them visible in all browsers. It works as advertised, however it has a habit of causing pains for visitors on slower connections. For this site, the cufon script is 17.8KB and Museo font package is an added 190.4KB – a hefty download. At this point, the developer in me would declare the benefits not to be worth the drawbacks and scrap it all together. Luckily for all of you though, I’m constantly surrounded by talented designers, namely That Stevens Guy and begrudgingly blindly follow what they tell me to do in that department. So cufon has stayed. Is there a better solution though? Meet @font-face.

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Posted (Updated ) in Javascript

Recently while randomly browsing I came across a method of displaying multiple tabs using only HTML and CSS (see here for the explanation or here for an amazing demo). This presented an interesting concept – tabs with no JavaScript. There are quite a few drawbacks but in the right conditions this could be a good addition to your site.

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Posted (Updated ) in Javascript, PHP

Earlier tonight I wanted to remove the ancient version of JQuery automatically loaded on the WordPress front end and replace it with the much speedier latest version (currently 1.4.2). This turned out to be more difficult than planned, however after a bit of scrounging I found the solution; add the following code to your template’s functions.php file:

if( !is_admin() )
{
	wp_deregister_script('jquery');
	//Add latest JQuery back into header. Comment this line out to remove JQuery alltogether
	wp_register_script('jquery', ("http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"), false, '1.4.2');
	wp_enqueue_script('jquery');
}

Enjoy your blazingly fast JavaScript experience 🙂

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Posted (Updated ) in Javascript, PHP

UPDATE 15 Feb 2012: This post is woefully out of date. See my new PHP WebSocket Chat Application 2.0 post for a working tutorial compatible with the latest WebSocket spec as of Feb 15, 2012.

Today I’ll be doing an in-depth tutorial on how to create a simple, real-time chat application with HTML5 web sockets.

Disclaimer: Due to the relative infancy of web socket technology, this tutorial will currently only work on Google Chrome and the spec isn’t finalized yet so it may break in the future (specifically during the handshake phase).

UPDATE Nov 14, 2010: Since the writing of this post, the handshake spec has changed in such a way that browsers requiring the new spec will return the error code INVALID_STATE_ERR upon connection. I checked the PHPWebSocket page for an updated version but it looks like the developer hasn’t released one yet so instead I now recommend using Bohuco’s excellent websocket script instead.

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Posted (Updated ) in Linux, PHP

This tutorial will show *nix users how to get a nice notification displaying on their screen when people visit their site using a PHP and a Python script. This isn’t practical for sites with large numbers of visitors but it’s great for people running small sites on their local machines.

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