PHP, PEAR, & Zend Framework coding standards

I’m all for standardization and standardizing procedures for long-term efficiency. However, up until now, where there were no “official” standards for something, I would make up my own or imitate what I thought was the nicest. One place where I’ve done just this was with regards to my coding styles for PHP – I had…

Implementing PHP Iterators – The Beginning

One of the new features that came with PHP 5 is the ability to implement Iterators. Implementing one of your objects as an iterator essentially allows you to treat it as a standard array. By default, without adding any additional code, you can enable iteration over a regular objects variable members. So, for example, if…

Mediawiki 1.6 (& 1.6.1) released

Mediawiki 1.6 has been released! Why is this so important? Why, because both HidayahWiki & Encyclopedia Islam are powered by it! Oh, and I think there is this other site that uses it too…

Fedora Core 5 installed

Well, bliss might be too strong of a word, but running FC5 on my PC is really enjoyable. If only for the new Gnome interface, it would be worth it, but FC5 (and Linux, generally) really is a pleasant experience, though definitely not recommended for mainstream computers users yet without getting a system fully prepped.

Subversion externals property

I discovered this obscure Subversion feature called externals which is just fascinating. Here’s the documentation for it. I’ll save a more detailed description of Subversion for when I discuss version-control systems in greater detail.

Eclipse PHP IDE

Via my MySQL news feed subscription, this post caught my eye. It seems that MySQL AB is joining the Eclipse foundation. However, my attention was quickly drawn to point made in passing reference – there is a formal proposal for an Eclipse PHP IDE Project!

A Twisted Turing Test

While reading blog posts while I should have been working, I came across something that, to me, was funnier than anything I’ve read for the past 2 or 3 months, mostly because of my own experiences.

Zend Framework

My supervisor brought to my attention the Zend Framework – an interesting PHP-powered answer to Ruby-on-Rails.  The Zend Framework seems to espouse the MVC design pattern.  It looks really interesting & is worth another look here shortly.  I’ll follow-up & let you know what I find out.

MyDNS – MySQL (or PgSQL)-powered DNS server

I came across a review for MyDNS – a database-driven DNS server – over on Linux.com.  I’m going to try it out, since it comes with some nice features such as a web-based management page as well as the ability to hand-modify the database records.  Coupled with the fact that it should scale well, this…

Social networking & online projects

While browsing around at work today, I came across an interesting post on Bradley Horowitz’s blog describing his take on the relative distribution on the “phases of value creation”. I found this post via another post on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog, which I linked to from the links listed at the Google Blog. Rather appropriate for…

GNOME 2.14 & AIGLX

Gnome.org has a brief summary of the new features coming up with their version 2.14 release of the Gnome Desktop Environment (read more about Gnome itself here). I love the new features they have coming up for it, and I am consistently impressed at how clean & elegant-looking its interface is. I just recently installed…

Upcoming tutorials

There are a plethora of articles about which I would like to write, and I will easily get caught-up and overwhelmed if I don’t at least make some kind of a plan. So, I’m going to write-up a short list of tutorials I plan to be writing soon with the hopes that it will help…

XML Applications

I’m very pro-XML, so I wanted to compile a simple list of interesting applications of XML that can be useful. This is all part of my perpetual grand-unification CMS that I always say I’m working on. Amongst other things, it will leverage as much XML as possible, since its core rendering will be using PHP’s…

Now taking tutorial requests

One of the goals of HidayahTech is to share what little technical knowledge I have with my visitors in the form of easy-to-follow & comprehensive tutorials. So, if you’d like to request a tutorial, please leave a comment to this post with the nature of your request. I’ll start you off with some options: PHP…

Welcome to HidayahTech

After a rough start (still working on the Tawheed Collective), I’ve decided that it’s okay to have two blogs.  The focus of HidayahTech, if you haven’t gathered from the name, is on technology – but there will also be spatterings of science, and general posts as well. Now that I’ve got it looking the way…