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Painless Data Traversal with PHP FilterIterators

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

There’s load of ways to traverse data, especially in PHP where there are a variety of loops available; including while, do while, for and foreach. These are fine for normal structures, such as scalar and associative arrays. But what if you want to get a bit more fancy? Enter the FilterIterator

Make Freelance Business Administration Easy - Use FreeAgent

Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Whether you’re a casual freelance php developer or running a professional freelance business, you’ll know just how much work can be involved. Not only do you have applications to design, develop and support. But you’ve also got business functions such as marketing, advertising, finances and networking as well. In this post we show you a tool to massively reduce your workload - FreeAgent.

Shifting Direction (Slightly)

Mon, Oct 15, 2012

So many of us are great technically, but find the prospect of running a freelance business anything from difficult to down right scary. So we’re aiming for Malt Blue to become a key resource for Starting, Building and Growing a Successful PHP Freelance Business.

Ship-It - Even if it Sucks!

Thu, Aug 23, 2012

Whether it’s The Cloud, Mobile Development, HTML5, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Search, Big Data, Queuing or more, we know there’s a wealth of possibility of what we can do. But we then seem to combine that with a misplaced, seemingly schizophrenic, need to be able to do it all and then not ship it until it’s perfect Today we discuss the Ship-It! attitude

How to Use the Zend Form ViewScript Decorator In All Modules

Wed, Aug 8, 2012

If you’ve been using Zend Forms for any length of time, you’ll know just how flexible and configurable they are. There’s not much that you can’t do with them, But it’s not always easy and there are catches. Today we look at ensuring that module-based Zend Forms using the ViewScript decorator can always be initialised no matter what.

How PostgreSQL Check Constraints Reduce Your Development Time

Wed, Aug 1, 2012

In the comments around the last post here on Malt Blue, why Kohana is an excellent alternative to the Zend Framework, which received quite a bit of attention socially as well, there was a bit of attention focused on the database layer. Specifically: Lubos said: Very similar to Kohana is Yii, however it offers significantly more robust functionalities - ORM based on PDO supports 5 RDBMS, web2 widgets based on JQuery UI, built-in support for integration with 3rd party libraries.

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