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Getting to Know the New Nova Database Functions

Nova now comes with a new set of functions for use with databases based on Laravel. I’m getting to know this functionality by running through what's possible with a few practical examples. I’ve always like w3resources for presenting interesting challenges asking I query my database with raw mysql queries. Until now I have written these raw queries first in sequel pro and then using existing functionality in the style of SMVCF 2.2 (pre-nova) in models. Nova presents us with a new way to work.


31st May 2016 18:46:20 Database, NOVA, PHP by Kerry Owston

Building Forms With Nova Forms Helper

Nova Framework includes a forms helper, it can help you build forms quickly and efficiently once you understand how it works.

5th May 2016 10:20:44 NOVA by Kerry Owston

Filtering and pagination in Simple MVC Framework


Filtering and pagination work great together in Simple MVC Framework. This tutorial shows how to get started with the two features.


20th Mar 2016 19:47:34 PHP, SMVCF by Kerry Owston

Phone Gap Essentials

Phone Gap Build is a service that uses familiar front end languages like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to build mobile apps. I have been exploring the process of creating an App Using Phone Gap Build. I’ve been promising myself I will build an app so I will be giving this method a try to see what I can achive.

10th Nov 2015 21:26:20 Progress & Learning, Javascript by Kerry Owston

Javascript Basics 2 & 3

I have continued with learning about the basics of javascript by learning about handeling numbers and handeling if statements.

9th Sep 2015 12:37:23 Front End, Javascript by Kerry Owston

Javascript Basics 1 & 2

Following the treehouse course Javascript Basics

Have picked up a few things in stage 1 & 2 of this 5 part course. Here are some details of the things I have been learning.

7th Sep 2015 9:40:31 Front End, Javascript by Kerry Owston

Project Reborn

I have once again picked up the project my novel board with a more streamlined plan

My Novel Board is an application that will be available on desktop and mobile to aid fiction writers with the outlining of their projects.

31st Aug 2015 20:37:12 Projects by Kerry Owston

How I got started in PHP

PHP has been around for 20 years today. This is my story of how I got started to add to the many that are being shared worldwide to celebrate today.



8th Jun 2015 22:19:35 PHP by Kerry Owston

PHP Mailer

After completeing the PHP email task – sort of, I never did figure out attachments – the next stage is using PHP Mailer.

PHP is a library for sending email and is widely used as using standard PHP mail() can be an over complecated minefield when anything more advanced is required. Even just sending an image requires additional headers.

It’s better to use one of the librarys already available and not try to reinvent the wheel.

11th May 2015 10:16:02 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston

php email

Task of the day today is Email, I will be looking at how standard email is sent throught PHP and how html email can be sent too.

The basis of this is the mail() function so I will be looking at what parameters are required to make this work.

I will later be looking at how email is used in the SMVCF but this task is initialy to familiarise myself with sending email using raw php.

5th May 2015 16:25:54 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston