Web Development

Propel ORM for PHP

For the last couple of weeks I’ve have been working with Propel ORM for PHP and have really enjoyed using it. Coming from Perl I’m spoiled because it has DBIx::Class which is my ORM by choice and makes fetching data from your SQL database including relational data a breeze. Propel does a really nice job with this …

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Google Tag Manager

Today I learned of the existence Google Tag Manager. With Google Tag Manager it becomes easier to place tags of any kind such as Google Analytics or any other tracking tag on your website and even on specific pages. All you’ve got to do is include the Google Tag Manager Javascript, setup your tags and …

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I’m now a freelance developer

To my surprise I hadn’t even announced here that I have recently started freelancing! As of August the 1st I now operate under the name Kras IT and am available as a freelance developer. Since it’s now the 1st of September this means I’m already in business for a month now which has been exciting. …

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How to catch and test sent e-mails in your app

A nice gem (literally, it’s a Ruby program) I stumbled upon yesterday is called MailCatcher. Using MailCatcher you can catch all the mail that’s being sent by the app you’re developing and (re)view their contents. MailCatcher makes this possible by running (or rather being) a simple SMTP server. All you’ve got to do is direct your …

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Create a PDF document out of an HTML page

Perl has several modules on CPAN for creating and manipulating PDF files. Just a single search on PDF results in over 500 modules that have something to do with PDF files. The most useful (or rather essential for PDF processing) are PDF::API2 and CAM::PDF. The former lends itself best for creating PDF’s and the latter …

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