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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

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

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

Working with Sessions

Todays task is to look more closely into sessions and to understand what they do and how to work with them.

30th Apr 2015 9:59:01 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston

Working With Files in PHP

My Day 3 task is all about working with files in PHP.

I’m going to have to find at least 2 methods of reading, writting to and creating files in PHP and describe the proccess of this.

David couldn’t help his helpful self and hinted that tizag would be a good place to start my research.

28th Apr 2015 9:47:39 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston

Super Global Server

Todays task set by David Carr has been to look at the Super Global Server function, I am to learn more about this function and experiment with what can be done using this function.

I will put it into practice with my own thing.

It’s so awesome having a mentor like David Carr.

27th Apr 2015 14:36:47 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston

CORE PHP Preg_replace_callback

Today I’m looking at Preg_replace_callback and what I can do with this function. Firstly I will explain what it is and then I will demonstrate how it can be used.

I will then try to make use of this function in SMVCF V 2.1 or use with run PHP

24th Apr 2015 20:35:37 Progress & Learning, PHP by Kerry Owston


I wanted to know what an API was in more detail. I know API is an abbreviation of Applicaton Program Interface and I know they allow web sites to share information with other websites. For instance if I am playing a game an API for Facebook would allow me to post achivements in that game to facebook or invite my facebook freinds to the game.

What I didn’t really understand was how this happened. Having not been involved in the proccess of integrating an API’s in projects I’ve worked on I’ve not really had the chance to visualise this process the way I needed to.


6th Feb 2015 8:41:51 PHP by Kerry Owston