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So I finally get to play the lead…

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…the Lead Developer that is.

So to get anyone that is reading this up to speed, I’ve been hired on as a the technical guru for a local startup company, the end of a trip that began soon after moving back to Ontario in early May. Long story short, a friend of a friend mentioned that a startup company near where he lived was having a hell of a time finding folks that wanted to work with them. Normally that sort of thing either says “they pay worth shit”, or “it’s a cesspool of drama and chaos”, but since it was in my 1B preferred location (1A being where I was exiled from, 1C requiring a green card), I figure “what the hey?”. Three months, two interviews, learning they’re hiring problems wee because they’re located in the “Here be Dragons” part of Ontario, and one job offer later, I’m the guy that would be taking their web application to the next level.

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Stock data APIs, or proof that there’s always something to improve upon

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Over the last few days, I’ve been working on a little side project, mainly to get familiar with some things that you’d find on a job advertisement.  PHP frameworks, Javascript, API development, the usual types of things. One of the things that I wanted to do is to use some financial API’s to collect some basic stock data. Biographical information, a brief stock performance history, a week or two at the most. Nothing that would be either immensely detailed, nor useful for any sort of data mining purpose. Figured there had to be some free to use API’s out there that had the usual traffic restrictions, but were otherwise well documented and useable.

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A shoutout to Taha Paksu

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So after about three weeks that has felt like bad luck had taken up residence and wasn’t paying rent, I got some time to work on the ole blog again. And one of the first things that I wanted to do was to restore the album listing that I had in the previous version. So half empecting the multitude of errors and freakouts that it did a few weeks ago, I click on the activate link and….

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Using Debugging and Unit Testing tools with your PHP application: Conclusion

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So that’s the end of this document for how to update your system to handle the new way that we can develop applications. Hopefully you found it informative. Any changes please give me a shout at PHPUnitTutorial at creedscorner dot com.

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Using Debugging and Unit Testing tools with your PHP application: Selenium

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Currently we have it so that if you were doing only backend code development, you would be set. However in the web world that is PHP, being only a back end developer is a rare task. Sooner or later (usually sooner) you’re going to have to test front end code as well. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do tests on front end code as well? With that in mind, the folks at Selenium have developed a tool where you can have testing code developed for you! Let’s give it a whirl.

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