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Useful PHP Composer functions

Posted: Sunday 30th August, 2015 - 9:43pm
Author: James Griffiths

Thanks, in recent years, to the introduction of Composer managing package dependencies for PHP has become much easier, quicker and far less stressful. The following are some Composer essentials that all PHP developers should be familiar with...

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Creating plugins for PyroCMS

Posted: Saturday 11th January, 2014 - 10:02pm
Author: James Griffiths

If you're looking to add a powerful and flexible CMS to your development arsenal you could do no worse than choose PyroCMS.

One of the great features about PyroCMS is that it makes plug-in development easy, thanks to its underlying MVC architecture (courtesy of, at the time of writing, the Codeigniter framework). If you've been unfortunate to have any experience of writing plugins for Wordpress (and having to deal with the god awful spaghetti code mess that is part and parcel of the Wordpress approach to custom development) then you're in for a real treat with PyroCMS.

In this tutorial we're going to take you through the process of creating a Twitter plug-in.

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What's happening with Codeigniter?

What's happening with Codeigniter?

Posted: Tuesday 3rd December, 2013 - 9:10pm
Author: James Griffiths

We've been developing with Codeigniter for the past 3 and a half years but given Ellis Lab's recent announcement a lot of people are asking the same question: what's the future of the framework? Despite understanding, and agreeing with, the reasoning behind Ellis Lab's decision there are many others questioning the wisdom of 'abandoning' one of the most popular and widely used PHP frameworks. Given its adoption rate amongst the PHP development community some are viewing this decision as suicidal for the future of Codeigniter.

Many developers are predicting its demise, stating quite vocally that Codeigniter is finished, and have started abandoning the framework altogether in favour of alternatives such as Laravel. We have to ask though - is all of this speculation accurate or even fair?

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Solving PyroCMS loading issues with PHP 5.3

Solving PyroCMS loading issues with PHP 5.3

Posted: Tuesday 3rd December, 2013 - 8:36pm
Author: James Griffiths

We've recently started using PyroCMS for some of our projects and have been really impressed with the power, flexibility and intuitiveness of the platform (particularly compared with more widely used alternatives such as WordPress). It's safe to say that it's a CMS that we plan to continue working with for a long time to come although, in our experience, remote deployment can be a major pain to contend with...

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Configuring Laravel 4 htaccess rules on a remote host

Configuring Laravel 4 htaccess rules on a remote host

Posted: Friday 1st November, 2013 - 1:59pm
Author: James Griffiths

We've recently been developing with Laravel 4 and hit some issues with getting the apache mod_rewrite rules to work when transferring a website from our local development server to the remote server.

After many headaches and roadbumps along the way here's how we resolved that issue...

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