Blog posts tagged "programming" – Posts 1..5 of 16 posts found:

2013-11-13: Making use of Magento's cache

Posted at 2013-11-13 01:07:28 by SHD

Popular open source e-commerce solution Magento can be quite slow, but there are ways of improving its performance. Caching is one very effective way and Magento supports various caching backends out of the box, including Memcached. If you write your own Magento extensions, be they plugins or templates, you might benefit from using the cache for things that might otherwise tie up a lot of resources to recompute. This is quite easy to do, but information on caching is surprisingly rare. So how do you do it?

2013-04-12: Speed up Magento with Memcached

Posted at 2013-04-12 16:49:25 by SHD

Magento is a highly flexible, open source e-commerce solution. Unfortunately, it can also be dog-slow, especially on servers with modest hardware specifications. Throwing extra hardware at the problem is not a great solution. There is a lot of tweaking that can be done, though. Very significant speedups may be realised through the use of Memcached. Magento supports this out of the box, but it is not enabled by default. Here's how to set that up.

2011-01-31: Preserving the MSN Protocol Wiki

Posted at 2011-01-31 13:13:04 by SHD

The MSN Protocol Wiki (MSNPiki), initiated by Matthias Braekevelt was the most extensive source of information on the MSN Protocol found on the web. There had not been any recent updates and the domain was allowed to expire. I think the information in the Wiki, though of interest to only a limited number of people, is too valuable to just disappear. Therefore I am pleased to announce that, with Matthias' permission, I have assumed ownership of the domain and preserved the Wiki at its old URL so the resource remains available, intact.

2010-03-11: CSS eye-candy in mobile browsers, a comparison

Posted at 2010-03-11 18:22:33 by SHD

My current job involves a lot of web development for mobile phones. Compared to the WAP phones of 10 years ago, present day phones are like supercomputers, with browsers almost as capable as those on the desktop. The major challenge posed by designing for these devices is making sure that mobile web sites are lightweight in terms of bandwidth, easily viewable on a small screen and that the site can be navigated easily with both the four-way directional key as well as with a touchscreen. With mobile browsers catching up to desktop web browsers, I figured it would be a good time to take a look at some of the eye-candy effects that are possible with CSS2 and see what the support for these effects is across the mobile browsers.

2010-02-15: array_slice is not confused about negative length

Posted at 2010-02-15 13:32:18 by SHD

I enjoy reading the amusingly named www.phpwtf.org on the rare occasions that they add a new post. A recent post complains about negative lengths when using array_slice (actually confusing it with array_splice at one point). Unfortunately, a technical issue means the site doesn't currently accept comments, so I'll simply make a blog post out of my comment there. The info may still be useful to other PHP programmers.