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Getting started with Docker (Part 1)

If you are like me then your PC is probably based on Windows. Like or not, Windows is the most popular operating system, it has a very large ecosystem of applications and games and…

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Difference between self and $this

The difference between self and $this is kinda thin but can be easily illustrated with the proper example. Basically self is used to reference the current class name within a class, where as $this refers to the current object instance.

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MySql query to dynamically convert rows to columns

In some cases pivoting a table is not desired, instead we need to convert rows to columns and append them to the result set without “grouping” them against a specific value. In some cases we simply need to append a column, or columns, for each row and name the new columns something arbitrary like data1, data2, data3, etc.

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How to use AJAX to show progress of a PHP script without polling

A lot of times we want to provide some sort of feedback to the user, while executing a task that usually takes a lot of time in the server. However it is not always desirable to utilize a technique like polling. Instead we can use either one of these two methods in order to update the DOM and let the user know what is going on.

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4+1 CSS3 animation libraries!

The main purpose of CSS is to separate content from presentation. Therefore having a bunch of JavaScript execute complex code in order to animate an on screen element is less than ideal. Plus animations through JavaScript occasionally need non semantic HTML to be inserted in order to make everything happen. This is exactly why CSS3 animations are awesome.

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5 effective techniques for encouraging website investment

Paul Boag, in yet another amazing blog post, talks about the need to convince customers that websites require ongoing investment and even provides us with five very smart arguments to help us with this. The fact that websites need constant care and development, is something that is pretty obvious for all web professionals but unfortunately, most clients fail to understand this.

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Vindinium – An AI online contest

Vindinium is an ongoing programming challenge that revolves around Artificial Intelligence. Your task is to write a script, in your favorite programming language, which will decide how your hero will behave in the field. Your program will then fight with other users for a predetermined number of turns over who can gather more gold.

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When to use each CSS Measurement

One of the most fundamentals things in CSS that is often overlooked but every web designer should know about, is when to use each CSS Measurement. The most popular CSS Measurement Units are px (pixels), % (percentages), em (relative to document font size) and pt (points). In this article we are going to review each unit and determine when they should be used

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Laravel artisan serve in PhpStorm

I recently started looking into the Laravel framework and I have to admit that it is leaps and bounds ahead from my current favorite framework, Codeigniter. It is so much more elegant in every aspect and takes full advantage of several new PHP features. This article is about the built-in web server which is utilized through the artisan serve command tool and how to integrate it with PhpStorm

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CodeLobster PHP Edition Review

I couple of months ago I was asked to checkout an IDE for PHP development called CodeLobster. It looked very promising and came with a lot of features. I have been using the professional free to try version for some time now and I have to say that overall it’s pretty good.