Alex's interest in programming began at about age 9 when he started entering hundreds of lines of BASIC into his family's Radio Shack Color Computer 2 only to see it crash because it used up the available 16K of memory! Fast-forward to 2003 when he stumbled upon Kevin Yank's Build Your Own Database Driven Website using PHP & MySQL. Ever since then, Alex has been hooked on PHP and SitePoint's books. When he isn't busy coding, he can be found spending time with his wife, Angie, and their son, Daniel.
Abstracting Shipping APIs
You have an account with a shipping service and you’ve checked out their API, but it looks pretty complex. And If you hard code your site to use the API, you’ll be up for a lot of work if you change shippers. This article focuses on how build a plugin-based library for different shippers (such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS) so you can access arbitrary services with only negligible, if any, code changes to your application.
Building Your Own URL Shortener
Most of us are familiar with seeing URLs like bit.ly or t.co on our Twitter or Facebook feeds. These are examples of shortened URLs, which are a short alias or pointer to a longer page link. In this article you’ll learn how to build a fully functional URL shortener for your website in PHP.