Author Archives: yirmi

Optimizing High Traffic Massive Data Websites

The big dilemma in web development is that, on the one hand, web pages are expected to do more and more, while on the other hand, are expected to load instantaneously.  A web page that takes longer than 2 seconds … Continue reading

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Oy Vey Debugging – Fixing PHP Web applications without a debugger

While it is much easier and more efficient to use a debugger such as x-debug to debug your PHP web application, there may be some difficulties on the server stopping one from implementing x-debug.  In this case, we are forced … Continue reading

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Using Google to look up Web Development Solutions

Rav Nachman said, “Saying I don’t know is negligent.” (Talmud Baba Metzia 35a) In the age of Google, Rav Nachman’s statement can be extended way beyond its original meaning.  What do you mean, “I don’t know”?  You will be told … Continue reading

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PHP/AJAX Shipping Calculator for UPS: getting a list of the available shipping services between locations

PHP/AJAX Shipping Calculator for UPS: getting a list of the available shipping services between locations There are already guides available for building a general UPS shipping calculator form, and with a little knowledge of PHP, one can modify the sample … Continue reading

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Developing multilingual websites using PHP, part 3 – Right-to-Left vs. Left-to-Right

The problem     When developing a website for Hebrew and other languages, there is an additional issue to deal with.  If all the languages are left-to-right, then it is straightforward to use the same template or design with all … Continue reading

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Developing multilingual websites using PHP, part 2 – database connection character sets for MySQL

The problem     Ok.  I did everything it said in the previous article, and both my database and my site are working in UTF-8.  Still, anything in Hebrew I enter into PHPMyAdmin comes up as question marks on my … Continue reading

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Developing multilingual websites using PHP, part 1

In today’s World Wide Web, people expect to read websites in their own language.  Many Israeli websites now appear in Hebrew for Israelis, in English for the international community, and in other languages, such as Russian or Arabic.  To make … Continue reading

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Using free scripts to develop websites

Using free scripts to develop websites It’s all about “keeping up with the Jones’s” on the Internet.  If Jones’s website has draggable, flashing, flying boxes, Smith feels his site also has to have them.  For me, as a developer, this … Continue reading

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How does your website look on the other guy’s computer?

One major challenge for web developers is to have the site look just right on the various web browsers.  While there are official standards how all the browsers are supposed to interpret HTML and CSS, in practice, each browser has … Continue reading

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