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NULL Is Legit When Used Correctly

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I was doing some research on a topic about compulsory parameters to constuctors for a project I was doing when I came across a topic about the use of NULL as a return value. Don't ask me how I stumble into these things. As you can imagine, as with everything in software engineering circles, there was a raging debate about whether or not NULL...
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WordPress In The Enterprise - Establishing Services

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To continue our theme of making WordPress your next enterprise deployment (Check out our two previous articles... WordPress In The Enterprise Building In A Class Library and WordPress In The Enterprise The Functions File...
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WordPress In The Enterprise - The Functions File

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We covered the topic of linking your company's proprietary code library...
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WordPress In The Enterprise - Building In A Class Library

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When you think of WordPress you might think of a lone blogger blogging about what they ate for lunch. But that is just not true anymore. With nearly 31% of the web under its control, WordPress has gained a lot of popularity due to its easy setup and extensibility. It has become a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that even an enterprise can...
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Top 10 Tips for PHP Programmers

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I thought that it was time for me to give a few helpful tips to those PHP wizards out there on how to write better scripts. I wanted to provide some tips that are a bit different than what you may have read on other blogs or seen in other articles on the subject. While some of these tips are universal (and thus you may have seen already), I am...
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A Brief Overview of Honey Pot Form Fields

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What is a honey pot field?...
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Stubbing Out Functions, Do You Do It?

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If have ever taken a beginner programming class in school you were probably introduced to the idea of stubbing out functions. If not, let me quickly tell you what stubbing is. It is the process of identifying tasks in your design and setting up functions to handle those tasks. We define just the function signature (name, parameters and body)...
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8 Tips to a Better API Design

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We have all seen the numerous articles and tutorials related to great REST API design on the web...
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ASP.NET Variables Won't Hold Their Values

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When it comes to working with ASP.NET most developers who have done standard desktop development always run into the problem of their class variables not retaining their values. You create a variable at the class/page level and expect that when you click a button or change a server control on the page that those variables will be there when its...
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The Main Method Is a Conductor, Not a Member of the Orchestra

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As many of you already know, I am a regular mentor on Dream.In.Code. With that I see common mistakes and design issues more than most people will probably ever seen in their full career. One design issue I would like to talk about today is the role of the main method and why it should be treated more like the conductor of an orchestra than 10...

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