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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

The Developer's Balancing Act

Walking the thin line between speed and accuracy... The developer life is not an easy one. Most would think the life of a developer is relatively safe and holds very little in the way of danger. I submit this is simply not the case. The daily routine of a developer involves a complex and oftentimes difficult routine which most will never see or understand. Quite similar to a tightrope walk. 
Published in 2014 July
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Why the Poor Old Singleton was Banned

The once very popular Singleton design pattern has become an anti-pattern. From hero to outcast. Like a sportsman who was caught doping. What happened?
Published in 2014 July
Last month the magazine editors asked me to stop writing the series of articles for non-technologists because they determined that the objective had been achieved. I undertook the following article considering a more techy audience. After talking to the Spanish magazine team about writing articles that facilitate developers’ access to classes which allow us to build on Joomla using Joomla, the idea for this article arose. So I will try to write for those programmers who already have some knowledge ... although perhaps not yet the depth of knowledge that they want, all that Joomla offers to make your work more comfortable.
Published in 2014 June
Of all the Joomla Extension types available, plugins are the simplest to implement, but can be the most powerful with regards to customising your Joomla! website. Built into Joomla! are a number of events that trigger the execution of plugins, which essentially allow us to highjack the standard Joomla! code or output and insert our own code.
Published in 2014 May
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Joomla JavaScript Dependency Management

In Joomla, JavaScript usage has been increasing over the past few years. Now it is becoming a required need to have a proper JavaScript dependency handling mechanism to maintain its JavaScript Code.
Published in 2014 May
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Practical Development 3: Project

Third in a series of articles on practical development. The advantages of dealing with your Project through an in Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as PHP Storm. Consult previous articles in this series.
Published in 2014 April
The second in a series of articles on practical development, dealing with your working environment in developing for Joomla! Consult last month's introduction for what to expect.
Published in 2014 March
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Practical Development

Whether you are writing PHP code or styling a website with cascading style sheets (CSS), there are a range of tools which can make your life much easier and allow you to focus on writing good quality code quickly and efficiently. This "practical development" series of articles will focus on using PhpStorm as a development environment and will consider seven topics.
Published in 2014 February
I'm a parent. That tends to sound a bit like a confession. But most people who know me also know that I love kids. I have three children right now, and hope to add more in the near future. I've learned many things from being a parent. I learned there is a strange phenomenon with children where they cannot hear something they are told unless I tell them multiple times. It's interesting because it doesn't seem to be all the time, only certain times, and usually only those times when they need to do something they don't particularly want to do. And I really get tired of repeating myself. It gets quite annoying after a while.
Published in 2014 January
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Review: Component Creator for Joomla!

This is about a tool which has gained a lot of attention in the Joomla community over the last few months.
Published in 2014 January
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