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    Internet Explorer ignoring cookies…why?

    Published August 26th, 2016

    Wow, five years since my last post? Anyway… A short post, although it took me a couple of hours to solve this one… While working on a local development version of a web site project, I found that for some reason I was unable to log in to my CMS when testing with Internet Explorer. For the life […]

    Using .htaccess to suspend an entire site while still working on it

    Published March 3rd, 2011

    Sometimes, when you’re working on a web site, you need to make some changes that could cause problems if there is someone else using the site at the time. The obvious solution is to suspend the site — e.g. put up a ‘this site is down for maintenance’ page — but how do you do […]

    FireQuery: a Firebug add-on for jQuery

    Published February 4th, 2011

    If you work with jQuery, then I don’t think I need to explain why a plugin that shows you any jQuery-related properties of a DOM element would be useful — so go on and get it here. Of course you’ll need to have installed Firebug first (which you should have anyway, duh).

    Generating PDFs in PHP

    Published December 2nd, 2010

    For several recent projects I’ve been called upon to produce output in PDF format. For a PHP coder the difficulty lies not in the task itself, but in choosing which of the numerous PDF generation libraries to use. I’ve tried several over the past 18 months or so, including FPDF and TCPDF. TCPDF is a direct […]

    On redirects, spiders and security

    Published July 13th, 2010

    Recently I’ve been working with an agency that has its own simple PHP web site framework. During the course of working with them, a problem arose: pages were disappearing, apparently without human involvement. With some detective work they had discovered that somehow the ‘secure’ CMS part of the site — where the client can log […]

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