Archive for PHP

Two Years at Quizlet

The last two years (2010-2011) I spent working at Quizlet were an incredible learning experience.

Like I did in Jan 2010, I wanted to reflect on some of the technologies I learned and things I did over the last 2 years…

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New Job with Startup: Old School Industries

I just accepted a full-time position at a small startup in San Francisco as a lead Developer and Product Manager.  The company is called Old School Industries LLC and is a combination of two businesses: Quizlet and Collectors Weekly.

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Book Review: “jQuery 1.3 with PHP”

I was given another book to review, called “jQuery 1.3 with PHP”, so here it is.  The book is aimed at beginners or intermediate developers wanting to learn how to “enhance your PHP applications by increasing their responsiveness through jQuery and its plugins“.

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ExpressionEngine: “Freo Add-on Installer” makes installing add-ons a breeze

I wrote my first module for ExpressionEngine, called “Freo Add-on Installer”, with the aim of saving EE developers a lot of time.  Here’s what it’s all about.

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Magento eCommerce – First Thoughts & Tips

Magento is an incredible open-source PHP eCommerce platform built around the idea of flexibility, and has been gaining a huge amount of traction over the last 18 months.  Unlike “old” open-source solutions such as osCommerce, Magento was architected very carefully using OOP principles and MVC so that the entire system can be customized (both visually and functionally) without having to modify core application files.  This ensures that future updates aren’t a pain, and that multiple extensions can live peacefully together.
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Now I’m a PHP5 Zend Certified Engineer

I had a few goals for this summer away from school.  I wanted to go to some tech conferences, check out more startups and web companies in both Silicon Valley and closer to home in Florida, and continue with my freelance development work.  I also decided I wanted to take the Zend PHP 5 Certification test to learn more, see what I know, and to separate myself from every other kid who thinks they know PHP.

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