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User Interface Usability Checklist Part 2
So you made it through part 1 of the usability check list, how about part 2? 21. Poor Label Alignment If you have been through design 101 you have probably heard of the wonderful acronym for the basic principles of design, C.R.A.P. This of course stands for...
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Procedural VS Object Oriented
What is the correct way to write code? If you have worked with PHP long enough you may well have come across the website  PHP The Right Way . This website is dedicated to helping developers learn the industry best practices. Interestingly another site appea...
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CORNING GORILLA GLASS 5 what does up to 80% mean for the Note 7.
To quote Corning "Introducing Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a new glass solution that raises the bar for protection against drops higher than ever, surviving 1.6-meter, shoulder-height drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time." They then go on to sa...
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Black and Blue or Gold and White - The emperors new clothes
I was in the office when I received a message saying, what colour is this dress? Now I could see the glare in the top right so I though this photo was not taken under the best lighting conditions and so it would be difficult to be certain of the exact hue, ...
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Hypotheses are for testing, but assumption is the mother of disaster
If I were to ask what is the most important element to being a good programmer I would say the ability to avoid making assumptions and instead make hypotheses that can be tested. Knowing you are right because you have data to back it up will allow projects ...
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User Interface Usability Checklist Part 1
User interfaces are changing quickly, and it can be default to keep up with new designs and trends. The smaller the team the more corners are cut to try and get the product to market. Lots of people advocate the creating and releasing the minimum viable pro...
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Why should you use PDO?
I was recently asked if I could think of any good questions to ask a PHP programmer in an interview. Obviously this got me curious as to what Google might return for this query. I noticed that a few people recommended asking questions in relation to PDO. Al...
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More weird adventures in Cache SQL
Well made a new interesting discovery today. Combining TOP with ORDER BY can severely slow down a query. I was looking into a slow query which was taking around 10 seconds to return 69 results. It was getting the "TOP 100" from a specific date range and the...
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