Dev Talk

Building a wordpress theme without the heavy lifting (Part I)

This article will cover the converting of a static web site design into WordPress without, as the title says, lifting heavy loads.

Is it possible? Well yes, if you’ve got the moves, the tools and know what you’re doing and you have Branko, Ivan and Tomislav at your side to help when you get stuck in that coding jungle :p.

This article is targeting wordpress users that are comfortable with HTML&CSS and have a need to convert their static sites into a dynamic CMS.

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Online and real time text editing that works!

What is etherpad? It’s an real-time collaborative text editing online application.

As they state on their site “Etherpad” is a “Really real-time collaboration”. That means no delay between writing or editing your shared document. It has built in versioning, chat and requires no registration for anyone in the free version.

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Running IE6, IE7 and IE8 standalone

If you are looking for an easy solution for running multiple IEs (IE6 standalone, IE7 standalone and IE8 standalone.) or any other popular browsers versions side by side AND all of that right from your browser, check out the Xenocode’s page or read on before jumping off.

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Zend_Auth Database Table Authentification

Zend Framework comes with interesting and useful components when it comes to authentication and authorization of users. Zend_Auth is one such component whose task is to handle authentication.

I made a little screencast on topic of Zend_Auth database table authentication. Screencast is video only, plus some visual pointers, no audio. Hope some of you find it useful as starting point.

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Zend Core – PHP LAMP/WAMP stack overview

For all those in open source web application development, like myself, LAMP/WAMP is well known term, especially if your development is based on PHP. Imagine WAMP with commercial support available and you what to you get? You get Zend Core. I don’t mean to be harsh neither to WAMP or Zend Core with statements like these. I’m simply trying to explain as short as possible, to those interested in Zend Core what it actually is.

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Zend authentication component (Zend_Auth), database storage class

I love Zend Framework. Sometimes it can really be overhead but most of the time it’s really nice working in well organized, documented framework. One of the components I use relatively often iz Zend_Auth component. Zend Framework documentation is quite rich so I wont get into explaining how to use Zend_Auth. There is one thing that bothered me in Zend_Auth, and that’s persistent storage. Zend_Auth (in the latest version 1.7.6, as of time of this writing) supports only Session state as it’s storage. What I needed is full database session storage.

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connect2MAGE | WordPress plugin for easy Magento database connection

Hi everyone. I wrote this little plugin while working on one of our projects. If you know your way around WordPress then you know what $wpdb variable stands for. Imagine the following scenario. You have WordPress installation on one database, Magento on another. You know your way around SQL. You can always make new object based on WPDB class inside your template files giving it database access parameters, or you can use this plugin and use $MAGEDB the same way you use $wpdb.

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WordPress and Magento integration – One way to go

Lot of us in Magento related development have an issue of connecting their Magento with other CMS solutions out there. Lot of our clients like and want WordPress alongside Magento. WordPress is a great platform when it comes to publishing and managing articles. Not to mention the SEO stuff. One of the biggest issue with integrating two systems in PHP is the lack of the namespaces. This leads to function name redeclaration issues and so on. Integrating something into something is such a loosely term, depending on level of integrations… If you ask me 🙂

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WordPress FirePHP plugin

While tracing some code in WordPress i got tired of var_dumps, so i quickly coded FirePHP plugin. All it does is include FirePHP and forces WordPress to load it before other plugins, so that you can use it in plugin development.

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TeraFlex PLUS, another Magento + WordPress duo

After we launched TeraFlex Suspensions website few months ago, we created a new similar website for Teraflex PLUS. Although the name is similar, this is not the same company. The primary goal of this site is to help Jeep owners to upgrade their pets with parts and accessories for any type of adventure. The secondary goal is to create a Jeep enthusiast community in Utah, USA and surroundings. The site is powered by WordPress and Magento combination.

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Launching application via URL scheme

Here I will try to explain how to make your application launch another application on the system. There will be a minimal code written for these feature like everything else in Objective C and Cocoa Touch framework. Application that have support for URL’s can be launched with a call to the UIApplication’s openURL:.

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MoSCoW Prioritization

Every project needs to be planned and successful planning is half of the work. One scope of planning process is the prioritisation of the requested features. Sometimes the clients ask us if it is possible to develop some request of theirs. Of course it is possible, it is just a matter of time and budget. When the client has many feature requests and many ideas for its project, it is important to include prioritization in planning process. One of the good methods is to use a set of words that have meaning such as the MoSCoW method. This method can require that clients make some hard choices.

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