Do you really need that powerful cms for simple projects?

Last month I took over support of one project that inspired this post. It is a website with couple static pages, news and galleries that was created with Joomla. The problem was that site owners could not support it. They are not computer savvy and the internal structure of admin panel is way too complex […]

Programmer mindset: 5 traits of programmers that have a chance to become good ones

Sometime we get a new inexperienced guy in a company as a programmer. Typically, we test them beforehand; however they are rarely perfect when started. Sometimes they are very new to programming or have bad habits from previous programming jobs. Thus it is my goal to help them to improve. And sometimes it gets really […]

7 tips on web programming code analysis

Quite often I am hired to perform modifications in other web projects done by someone else.  This might be an unmaintained website bought ages ago, or when programmers mess up. It is tough to analyze your own code after couple of years from creation. It is much harder to analyze code of someone else. There […]

How to make really unsafe session management (that is still used today)

Today I want to talk about really unproductive topic – that is how to code poorly. Or, more exactly, I am going to pick on my unfavorite  piece of social site again, that is Boonex. We will talk about how one should not implement user sessions and how to do it better. Boonex uses unencrypted […]

5 things to look at when comparing php frameworks

I had read a post at sitepoints about 16 php 5 frameworks. I will not argue the fact that frameworks are good and you should use one. What saddens me is that the key points of comparison are omitted in the post. So, how to compare different php 5 frameworks? Let us see. 1. Paradigms […]

Specifications – you need them for web project as well

My blog post is inspired by a meeting where I had a role of mediator between web developing company and customer. The issues were quite simple and common: increasing costs due to neglected specifications and some badly described features. Customer and web development company are in the same boat, although this fact is often forgotten […]

Top tricks for reducing server loads on image-heavy site

For 4 years I work on some image heavy projects. I started clueless. Now, when I look at first works they are not so good, though I have seen far worse implementations of such sites. Such sites have quite a lot common bottlenecks that can be solved using some of the “design patters”. The top […]

Boonex – bad programming example

Boonex is an assembly of social site php scripts including chats, forum and the site itself. As we work on several social sites this year, we have chosen boonex as starting platform to build things upon and kinda regret it now. I wrote a post about newscloud a year ago and about pligg. Well, Boonex is […]