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Stop Using Images That You Find On The Web

I have been sharing with people not to use images you find on the web for your website or e-mail (once I learned that myself).  Images are property and they belong to someone.  If you use them without the owner’s permission, you are going to get into trouble.  Well, I recently bumped into someone who […]

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Making It Work

We used to live in an apartment with one bathroom for the four of us.  The toilet had one of those floating ball things on a coat hanger to tell it when it was full.  I am not very handy.  We had paid the super three times to come and fix it and still it ran all […]

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My Sequel – MySQL

MySQL is a relational database management system.   You can use it to store and retrieve information.  This information could be your inventory for your store, usernames/passwords for your site, or even your site itself.  Your database can have several tables and each table can have rows of data.  You need to set up the structure […]

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Poster Post

My wife is a musician and I often find myself learning new stuff in an effort to support her career.  She recently had a concert and was asked for a poster for the event, if she had one.  So, I had a new project.  I needed to create a poster.  I had already splurged for […]

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Knowledge of Font – Part 2

Why not use an image?  If you put the text into an image and make the image background the same as your site background, you can use any font on your system and not have to worry whether the user has it on their system or not.  There are several reasons why this is usually […]

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Knowledge of Font – Part 1

A font refers to the typeface that is used to display text.  For CSS, there are 5 major groupings of these: serif (letters have brackets on their ends), sans-serif (no brackets), monospace (each letter takes up the same amount of space, programming code is often displayed this way), script (like cursive handwriting), and fantasy (usually […]

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Alert The Media

Responsive web design is quite popular now.  It is nice for your users to have your site optimized for their device.  This user satisfaction can pay off in terms of sales or conversions (registrations, newsletter sign-ups, etc).  The key to this process is the media query.  Using CSS, you can present your site differently to […]

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I Object – Part 2

I was thinking of writing a little tutorial on PHP objects but there is an excellent one available at Nettuts.  As a brief example though, PHP is frequently used to connect to a MySQL database.  In the past, I would have used code such as this example also from Nettuts: mysql_connect(‘localhost’, ‘username’, ‘password’) or die(‘Could […]

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I Object – Part 1

I object to Object Oriented Programming(OOP).  When I started out, I learned BASIC.  It is amazing how a little command like GOTO can turn a couple hundred lines of code into nearly impossible to debug spaghetti.  This was procedural code.  It starts at the top and runs down to the bottom.  GOTO allowed you to jump from […]

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Automating Digital Downloads

My wife’s website Sue Horowitz Modern Jewish Music sells sheet music as PDFs.  These are being sold by simple hosted PayPal buttons.  Sometimes we go away so I thought it would be nice to automate the process.  After searching for a bit, I found a very helpful PHP script here emanueleferonato.com.  This script allows you […]

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