Category Archives: Web Development

Easiest way to get Lat/Long GPS coordinates from Google Maps API with PHP

So I built a properties rental website and they wanted to show a marker on a google map for where the property was. Well before I could start plotting markers I needed to get the coordinates from the supplied address. Easy! Below is a handy function with simple usage. You’ll need to go and sign

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Contact Form Hijacking – How to secure your PHP contact forms from header injection

When coding contact forms in PHP, most people don’t realize that unless they’ve taken the necessary measures, it will probably be vulnerable to header injections. This basically means that the attacker can put his own To and From into the email headers using the textarea or inputs in the contact form. Why do people do

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jQuery HTML5 Placeholder Input Fallback (for browsers that do not support the placeholder attribute)

Hey, placeholder is a really useful HTML5 feature but unfortunately not all browsers support it. So here is a small jQuery script that will replicate placeholder functionality for older browsers. Read more for the code.

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My pastebin site is back online

After 2 years of the site being offline and the code hidden away on an old development machine, I decided to dig it up and put it online again. You can paste code at: http://paste.atomiku.com/. It has Private/Public Posts, Syntax Highlighting for almost every language and the ability to set an expiry time. Enjoy.

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PHP function for Resizing and/or Cropping images with GD

There are a number of classes or functions available on the internet for resizing or cropping images, but none of them suited me for one reason or another… so here is my function. It supports JPG, PNG and GIF. It can resize an image by width, or create a cropped fixed size image. This will

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Brilliant HTML/CSS3 form, input and validation styles

Below are a few excellent form designs I stumbled across while looking for inspiration. I will be adding more here as I stumble across them. Where possible, there are links to the tutorials or articles – the rest are just screenshots. WebTuts A great article / tutorial on how to design and develop a form

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TinyMCE: Simple config AND stripping formatting upon paste

Just a quick post to share my configuration options to get TinyMCE looking simple as possible for those times you don’t need 4 whole toolbars worth of buttons. This will also strip all formatting when there is content/images trying to be pasted into the text area. If you don’t care about stripping formatting, then only

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TinyMCE: Remove ‘path’ from status bar, Disable resizing, or remove the status bar completely

While working on a project, I have been playing with TinyMCE’s configuration options to suit my needs. I was looking to disable the status bar from showing as I was going for a simplistic set up. Providing you’re using the advanced theme in TinyMCE you will have these options available to you:

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From web developer to designer…

A great developer, but not so much a designer. It seems that over the years working as a web developer all my my focus went into just that… developing. I read online though that there are many people who work exclusively as developers and never design a PSD in their life. One of the pitfalls

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Great WordPress Plugins

WordPress is certainly one of the most feature rich and user friendly publishing platforms available today. At the same time it is loved for its openness, extendability and great open source community. WordPress is today used in serious projects and on large commercial websites besides the millions of hard working bloggers sharing their valuable knowledge.

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