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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Showing Passwords on Log-In Screens

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Luke Wroblewski takes a look at the user experience of password input fields; why and how to show passwords.

Passwords have long been riddled with usability issues. Because of overly complex security requirements (a minimum number of characters, some punctuation, the birthdate of at least one French king) and difficult to use input fields, password entry often results in frustrated customers and lost business.

A little over a year ago I relaunched this site with a new look and an aim of blogging more. I feel I’ve done pretty well at achieving that aim and have posted significantly more content to the blog over the course of 2014. As a result visitor numbers have increased sevenfold.

Homepage of Street Art Sheffield.

Launched a little over a month ago, Street Art Sheffield is a personal project I’ve been working on this year. It’s a showcase for the fantastic street art found across Sheffield, the city I call home.

Textpattern
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One of the best features of the Textpattern CMS is its simple and lightweight core; however, as a result you’ll more than likely find yourself needing to install some plugins to get it working as you want. There are many plugins out there, but I want to share a few that in my opinion are essential to any Textpattern build.

5 Functions of the Console Object You Didn’t Know

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If you’re debugging JavaScript you’ve probably heard of and used console.log(), but there’s much more to the Console object. This article discusses 5 functions of the Console object that you may not have heard of, but you’ll want to start using from now.

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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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