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Magento mobile theme – imobile

Magento meets jQuery mobile (ver 1.1.0), before we start please note this is only experiment, use this theme on your own, this is not (yet) production ready. In a nutshell we have “package” under which we place all edited files. For start we use magento iphone theme and then add some “extra stuff”.

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Android ksoap2 and Magento v2 API

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When trying to access Magento SOAP web services v2 from Android, after some searching on web, I found that ksoap2-android project could be useful to implement SOAP client in android project. (Ksoap2-android is lightweight and efficient SOAP client library for android platform).
Next step was to figure-out how to use it.
After some additional investigation, I found that it is pretty simple to use, when you get used to it once.

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Using Core Plot in iPhone/iPad app

Core Plot is a plotting framework for iOS and OS X. You can download the latest zip file from here. I’m using CorePlot_1.0. After unzipping it go to CorePlot_1.0/Binaries/iOS, there you can find CorePlotHeaders folder and libCorePlot-CocoaTouch.a, add them to your project. Add QuartzCore.framework, go to Build Settings and add -ObjC -all_load to Other Linker Flags.

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How to add a property via class category?

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to extend class with additional property but for some organizational reason you didn’t want to change default source class file? For example, when you add Xcode sub-project which you want to keep untouched and up-to date with it’s version control, but still you want to make certain default implementation changes in sub-project.

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Consuming SOAP web services in iOS

In past few years I’ve been working on variety of different applications but never on one that includes consuming web services such as SOAP. That’s mostly because SOAP is considered outdated comparing to REST today – totally wrong assumption (comparing apples and oranges).

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Installing & setting up PHPUnit manually without PEAR

If there is one thing I hate in PHP world then that’s PEAR. With full respect to it, but it simply does not work for me. I usually jump around from Linux, Windows, OSX on a monthly basis and honestly I have never had it work out of the box. There where always some installation issues with PEAR itself then with the packages. Experience I’m describing here is completely subjective so please do not look at it as me trashing the PEAR. If it works for you, then great. If not, then here is s little HowTo on installing the PHPUnit manually without PEAR.

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Android – using Broadcast receiver from Activity

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Let’s play a little with BroadcastReceiver: we will try to send a message from Android service we made to Activity and log that message.

Let’s use our Android service tutorial project from one of my earlier articles.

First of all we need to define private variable in our Activity:

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Android global variables

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Sometimes we need to define global variables accesible from inside our android application to hold some shared values.
Simplest way to implement this is to subclass Android.app.Application class and define static variables that will hold our data.

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Symfony2 – remember me cookies

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When developing web services for mobile devices to handle user log-in, I had to make it persistent somehow, so the user should not log-in each time when starts mobile application, but I rather wanted log in to be permanent somehow while user does not log-out manually.

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Symfony2 DBAL QueryBuilder

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Sometimes, when we have some relatively complex queries to write, it’s so long and inflexible statement that it’s pretty hard to understand few days after we wrote it, or we have to add some dynamic parameters or conditions that writing plain DBAL statement could be real nightmare …

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Symfony2 DBAL array parameters

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Few days ago I had to use DBAL statement that will execute SQL IN(somearray) statement.

Considering that I used Doctrine DBAL in this part of code, I had to find the proper way of doing it.
I wrote some basic things about using Doctrine DBAL inside Symfony2 project, but I didn’t ever need this one before until now …

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Using custom php.ini file with php CLI

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Considering that I have never been real Linux user before, there was few things that I had to learn to successfully handle my code on server through SSH.

One of these things is forcing php CLI to use my custom php.ini file on server.

Let me start this story from beginning …

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