Monthly Archives: March 2009

PHP Parse_Str() Function

If you’ve ever worked with WordPress’s “template tag” functions, you may have noticed that some of them take arguments in a strange way. Instead of passing arguments like function($1, $2), they are handled much a URL query string, like function('exclude=this&order=asc'). This enables you to pick and choose what arguments you want to specify, and the order in which you do so.

How is that done? I wondered about that myself for quite some time, but was too lazy to open the source code and see for myself. Recently I came across the PHP function that makes it possible: Parse_Str().

Take this code snippet for example:

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BlogBuzz March 21, 2009

cURL From the Console

cURL is often used on the server end to pull web pages and RSS feeds for parsing, or for interacting with APIs. It’s a nifty tool, and one that I use quite frequently. cURL also can be used, in a command line environment, to…

Once Again, “Old Media” Gets Web Advertising Wrong…

The Online Publishers Association is calling for new, more intrusive ad formats to combat banner-blindness. “A large-scale intrusive format is absolutely necessary in today’s market,” said Adam Kleinberg, chief executive of Traction, a San Francisco ad agency. “With the economy and the move to…

Browser Extensions: A Call For Standardization

I use Firefox as my main browser, and have since it was released pretty much. Over that time I have become dependent on a variety of extensions. ColorZilla, Web Developer, Firebug, StumbleUpon, etc.. I use them daily, and a browser without them would feel…incomplete…

GoCodes 1.3.0 Released

Version 1.3.0 of the GoCodes redirection plugin has been released. Several long-awaited improvements have been made. .htaccess editing is no longer required. As long as you are using “pretty permalinks” instead of the default ?p=123 type thing you can just drop the GoCodes plugin…

BurnURL: Social URL Shortening

Since TinyURL made the concept of URL-shortening huge, and since Twitter has made it more important than ever, there have been a lot of sites springing up and offering similar services. There’s the ultra-tiny is.gd, the statistic-centric TweetBurner, and a smattering of other TinyURL…

How Much Longer Will IE Last?

Internet Explorer is notorious for it’s laughable support for W3C standards. Look around in the web design community and you’ll find that a lot of designers do not like the browser one bit, as a result of having to find workarounds so a page…

PHP Filter_Var() – Sanitize Common Data Input

Filter_Var() is a PHP function intended to help validate and sanitize certain types of data. It can verify that an email address is in a correct format, remove harmful characters and tags, etc.. I discovered this interesting feature through Sanitize and Validate Data with…

BlogBuzz March 14, 2009

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