How I Got All A's on webpagetest.org

2 minute read I heard about webpagetest.org during my most recent WordCamp. It’s a service for analyzing your website’s performance. From what I can tell, it’s completely supported by sponsors, so it’s free to use. I ran my WordPress meetup’s site (which, obviously, runs on WordPress) through its analysis, and initially got C grades or so. Not fabulous. […]

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How to Make Horrible Software Comparisons

3 minute read Software comparison articles can be helpful, but most are horrible. They should educate, compare, and recommend. But usually, they’re just filler words that convey no actual meaning. Here are some common mistakes of horrible software comparisons… Universally Picking a Winner It’s ridiculous to pick a universal winner. Eg, if you’re comparing Event Espresso to EventBrite, […]

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URL Validation in WordPress

3 minute read If your WordPress website/theme/plugin allows users to submit URLs, and you’re not sanitizing them properly, you could have a whole host of security problems. On the flipside, if you’re removing too much, you might not be allowing valid URLs either. This issue is pretty complex, and there’s quite a bit of confusion surrounding it, but […]

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Let's Decentralize Git Again

2 minute read Doesn’t anybody else find it strange nearly all open source code is distributed on a closed-source website, GitHub, owned by Microsoft? That’s a bit like all the world’s charitable organizations being ran by a for-profit mega corporation. As I understand it, Git’s big differentiating feature from Subversion, the big version-control system that preceded it, was […]

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Which Way Do Your Slashes Face in PHP?

4 minute read When writing out filepaths and URLs, should you use forward slashes / or backslashes \? Windows expects one, whereas Unix-style operating systems (Linux and Mac OSs, primarily) expect another. PHP has two built-in solutions, but both have problems, especially if you’re working with WordPress. Backstory At work, I’ve recently had some trouble getting my linux […]

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Penpals Explanation of PHP/cURL/openSSL/TLS/SSL/PayPal Handshake Issues

5 minute read Today I spent a few hours wrapping my head around an issue where some websites weren’t able to connect properly to PayPal.com. I found it pretty tricky to understand because it involved quite a few technologies and programs: PHP: a programming language, and a program to interpret lines of code written in that programming language […]

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Troubleshooting iPhone App Communication with Fiddler

2 minute read While troubleshooting an iPhone app, it’s sometimes helpful to see exactly what HTTP requests its sending. Enabling Fiddler to View iPhone HTTP Traffic I managed to do that with Fiddler by following these steps: https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/tutorials/using-fiddler-with-an-iphone-ipad I found my laptop’s IP by doing this: Click on the Start menu and type cmd. When you see the […]

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Line Ending Troubles with Git, a Virtual Machine, and Windows

4 minute read This is some technical stuff I learned today using Git, VVV with a Linux virtual machine, and Windows. I recently started getting these annoying messages again whenever I’d commit anything using Git: warning: LF will be replaced by CRLF in payment_methods/Paypal_Standard/help_tabs/payment_methods_overview_paypalstandard.help_tab.php. The file will have its original line endings in your working directory. I had […]

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