Timothy Boronczyk is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he lives with no wife and no cats. He has a degree in Software Application Programming, is a Zend Certified Engineer, and a Certified Scrum Master. By day, Timothy works as a developer at ShoreGroup, Inc. By night, he freelances as a writer and editor. Timothy enjoys spending what little spare time he has left visiting friends, dabbling with Esperanto, and sleeping with his feet off the end of his bed.
New Years Resolution: Write for PHPMaster
The start of the new year is often a time for resolutions, like eat healthy and lose weight, learn to play a musical instrument, learn a foreign language, etc. This year, why not make a practical resolution: write for PHPMaster!
Spooky Scary PHP
Break out the candy corn and apple cider; it’s that time of year again! The rest of the world may not celebrate Halloween as hog wild as in America, but I thought it’d be fun to share some spooky PHP stuff to mark the holiday. See some scary (but logical) behavior found in PHP itself, and spooky (and possibly quite illogical) ways in which some have twisted PHP to do their bidding.
Compile PHP on Windows
Those working in a Windows environment are more likely to download and install PHP from precompiled packages rather than compile from source. Compiling can be a frustrating task, especially on Windows! But hopefully this article will be your first step in overcoming many of the obstacles. Learn how to ensure your build environment is set up correctly, compile PHP, and both static and dynamic PHP extensions.
Access the Windows Registry with PHP
The Windows Registry is a hierarchically structured database in which the Windows operating system and other applications store important configuration information. All sorts of data is stored in the registry: user profiles, file-type associations, hardware information, serial numbers, and more. Learn how your Windows-based PHP applications can access the Windows registry with functions made available from the win32std PHP extension.
5 Inspiring (and Useful) PHP Snippets
“X PHP Snippets” articles abound on the Internet, so why another one? Let’s face it… the PHP code in them are generally lame at best. Instead, this list presents five snippets you’ll no doubt find interesting and useful. The creativity in these samples are sure to inspire you to write better and more creative code in your own day-to-day endeavors.
Multi-Factor Authentication with PHP and Twilio
The proliferation of affordable mobile devices and IP-Telephony has added additional channels for interacting with users, and in this article you’ll learn how to leverage these channels by implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA for short) using PHP and the cloud communications service Twilio.
REST – Can You do More than Spell It? Part 2
This installment in the four-part series focuses on the server-side. You’ll learn how to shift your thinking from the action-focused mindset that’s prevalent in web development today to a more RESTful, resource oriented, approach, and see one way to structure your code and route URI requests in PHP.
Image Watermarks with Imagick
Need to protect your image files with watermarks? This article shares a few pointers on what makes an effective watermark, and then how you can use the Imagick extension to easily add a watermark to any image.
Installing Ruby with RVM on Ubuntu
You’ve probably noticed a few articles as of late on SitePoint and its properties discuss Heroku and their offerings; they’re definitely shaking things up in the cloud services arena! In fact, I recently wrote an article myself discussing Heroku’s database-as-a-service offering, Heroku Postgres. But as a PHP developer of close to 10 years now, I […]
Hosted PostgreSQL with Heroku
You can avoid most of the installation, configuration, and maintenance hassles associated with PostgreSQL by using cloud-hosted database service Heroku Postgres. Tim Boronczyk shows you how easy it is to interact with the database from PHP.