Belt: A Handful Of Tools For PHP Developers

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Clean and well-documented source

Belt is a really handy, and relatively new tool set for PHP developers. It’s initial commit was only 9 days before the date this post was published.

However, it still looks very usable and rather mature. Code has been added at a pretty quick pace, there’s been 102 commits since Belt’s release on GitHub, a little over a week ago.

It’s release under the MIT license, so it’s compatible with the GPL and can safely used in WordPress themes and functions, if you want them included in the official repositories.

Basically, you just include belt and use it’s built in methods/functions to do certain things that would take a bit more work using straight PHP. For example, to get the maximun of an array of numbers, do this:

A value of 3 will be returned, because it’s the max value there.

And from the readme, a list of what Belt offers.

  • 60+ useful functions
  • ability to use the facade Belt or a dedicated component (e.g. BeltUtilities)
  • fully tested
  • source code is clean and documented

Seems like it offers some pretty useful functions, and it looks really easy to use. I’ve been looking for a solid PHP base to use and this may just be it. Anyone got any other suggestions? I’ve heard a lot about Skeleton for PHP.

Searching for “skeleton” on GitHub, then filtering for PHP, gives a LOT of results, over 1,000 results to be more precise. So, maybe I’ll browse there for a while before making a decision.

Any suggestions can be left in the comments.

Smashing Magazine Debut With WordPress 3.9

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Validation achievement unlocked!

I was invited to write an article at Smashing Magazine, detailing the new WordPress 3.9 release. Can’t really explain how excited I was when I got the email.

I’m truly thankful for the opportunity and am immensely humbled by their request.

Anyone who knows web development, design, or really anything related to the Internet at all has probably heard of Smashing Magazine.

The article was put together in a very small amount of time but was a blast to do. Daniel Pataki, the WordPress Editor at Smashing Magazine, was a pleasure to work with and has extreme patience (I asked him a LOT of questions). Thanks again for bearing with my sometimes dumb questions, Daniel.

The experience was awesome and I hope to continue writing articles for Smashing Magazine for a long time to come. I gave my editor a list of about 10-15 topics I’d like to cover, most of which have nothing to do with WordPress. Hopefully my ideas aren’t ALL crap, lol. :)

To read about WordPress 3.9 and what’s new, head over to the Smashing Magazine piece!

Poll: Which Language?

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Just an unscientific poll of Hacker News and Designer News users (mostly)

Choose your favorite 3:

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Results will always be publicly available. This is more of a practice simply to help me gauge where I should go from PHP and JavaScript. Golang is enticing and is currently what I’m leaning towards.

Hacker News thread, and Designer News thread.