More Articles and Tutorials

12th April 2014 | Tags:

I’ve had a few more arti­cles and tuto­ri­als pub­lished in the past few days, with a num­ber to come later this month. Here’s a quick run-​down of the arti­cles I’ve had pub­lished in the past cou­ple of weeks.

Abstract File Sys­tems with Fly­sys­tem, Sitepoint

An intro­duc­tion to Fly­sys­tem, a PHP library which pro­vides devel­op­ers with a layer of abstrac­tion over file stor­age sys­tems includ­ing stan­dard local files, online ser­vices such as Drop­box and Cloud Files and remote stor­age mech­a­nisms such as FTP.

Intro­duc­tion to Jade­PHP, Sitepoint

Jade is a tem­plat­ing lan­guage often found in the JavaScript world. Heav­ily influ­enced by Haml, it pro­vides an extremely con­cise way of defin­ing your XML-​based markup. Jade­PHP brings it to PHP, and in this arti­cle I take it for a test-​drive.

Get­ting Started with Assetic, Sitepoint

Assetic is an asset man­age­ment pack­age for PHP. It helps organ­ise sta­tic assets — such as stylesheets, javascript and images — and per­form actions on them such as com­pi­la­tion, com­pres­sion and con­cate­na­tion. In this arti­cle, I give a run­down of how to use it.

Com­ing Up

Here’s a sneak pre­view of what’s com­ing up.

I’ve writ­ten a huge four-​part tuto­r­ial on using Apache SOLR along with Solar­ium, a PHP library which allows you to use SOLR as if it were a native search imple­men­ta­tion. It’s due some­time around the end of April.

Kirby is a very sim­ple, file-​based CMS writ­ten in PHP. I’ve writ­ten a com­pre­hen­sive review of it, which will be pub­lished in the next cou­ple of weeks.

I’ve also writ­ten exten­sively on Piwik which is a self-​hosted, open-​sourced alter­na­tive to Google Ana­lyt­ics. If you’ve been con­cerned recently with Google and pri­vacy, or sim­ply want to take con­trol of your ana­lyt­ics data, then it’s well worth a look.

I’ve also been doing some writ­ing about Node, which I’ve been work­ing with a lot lately. One upcom­ing arti­cle is about using JSON web tokens to secure an appli­ca­tion, using exam­ples writ­ten in Node with Express and Back­bone for the server-​side and client-​side com­po­nents respec­tively. I’ve also writ­ten an arti­cle on using streams in Node. Both arti­cles should be pub­lished in the next few weeks.

Finally, I’ve also writ­ten a thor­ough review of Brack­ets, which is an open-​sourced edi­tor orig­i­nally by Adobe.

Keep an eye out for these if they’re of any inter­est — I’ll be con­tin­u­ally updat­ing this page with the details.

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