Database Connection Mis-information

Whilst on my usual rounds on StackOverflow to help spread useful knowledge of computing and web development I came across the following comments on a thread: Um... mysql doesn't connect over http... nor to a directoryNeither should it be an url. Usually it's localhost or the IP address of the…

Check, test and check again

I noticed today as I was about to start a different article that my website was looking a bit, well, funny.  The layout was wrong, some of the colours were off, the whole thing was a mess.  Don't get me wrong, it's not at the forefront of design, and won't…

The importance of meaningful variable names

I was having my usual browse around Stack Overflow today (I really want that Fanatic badge) when I came across this question about fatal errors.  The coder in question was getting the following fatal error: Fatal error: Call to a member function Createuser() on stringThe code section in question was…

Developers are the destroyers of hardware

I've had a few discussions with some of my colleagues and friends in software development, and one of the things we all agree on is that there is nothing worse than a slow development environment.  A lot of us work with IDEs, some need to compile their code, some just…

Sensible SVN Structuring

SVN, or any other version control system for that matter, should always be used when developing code.  It doesn't matter if it's for a single person project, or a huge project involving hundreds of different developers.  Version control is essential. Recently I've been involved in changing the version control process…