This is the website of Andy Carter a PHP and jQuery web developer in the Steel City. Working with CakePHP (and a bit of Textpattern and Drupal too).

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This is a brief introduction to Unit Testing with PHPUnit and is based on a lightening talk I gave at Sheffield PHP on the 18th January 2018. We’ll take a look at what unit testing and PHPUnit are, why we would use them and finally look at how we can start writing tests.

I regularly work on medium to large scale websites using both Laravel and CakePHP. A common part of the development process is building in some additional JavaScript functionality to improve the user experience. This can often be functionality that is only relevant to specific pages. For a example, on an ecommerce site the checkout process may consist of several steps each with functionality unique to that page; the basket step may need the ability to update quantities and totals whilst the payment screen may need to toggle fields depending on the card type.

Earlier this week I was helping a colleague write some vanilla JavaScript to prevent a form from being submitted multiple times by an overzealous button clicker. The solution needed to be some framework-free JavaScript code. Thankfully this is pretty simple to do, so I thought I’d share some of the options here.

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A Beginners Guide to Package Manager Bower and Using Gulp to Manage Components

Package managers like Composer for PHP and NPM for Node have become essential tools for simplifying a developer’s life. A package manager is a tool for keeping track of what you’ve installed, as well as installing and upgrading packages. They also check for dependencies and compatibility. Bower is a package manager for the web.

Calculate a Person's Age in PHP (Accounting for Leap Years)

I've seen a lot of code out there for calculating a person's age that makes the mistake of ignore leap years. If you ignore leap years then the age will be out by a day or more on or around the person's birthday which isn't what you want.

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