Reset Zend Server password on OpenShift

If you are using the Zend Zerver Installation on the OpenShift cloud and happen to forget your password, you may find yourself wondering where is located.

Hack WordPress Version Number

Recently when developing a plugin that examines available updates for WordPress, I needed to test situations where the WordPress Core is out of date.

End a Request with a Zend Framework 2 Controller Plugin

By default, Zend Framework 2 (ZF2) controller plugins cannot force the request to end. Typically, the controller action calls plugin methods and then does what it wishes with the returned value. However, there are some circumstances (such as user authentication), where you may want to end the request if certain conditions are met in the controller plugin.

Doctrine And ORM Designer

Edit: Shortly after positing this entry, Inventic contacted me with some responses. These are in italics.

I’ve been using Doctrine in conjunction with the Zend Framework for years. Although it is an excellent ORM, writing yaml by hand is a tedious and error-prone process. Furthermore, it can be difficult to visualize a large database from a series of text files, so I find myself maintaining a MySQL Workbench diagram in addition to the textual database representation.

Zend Framework Badword filtering with Cdyne

One of my recent PHP projects had the requirement to filter out inappropriate language from user submitted content. After thinking about the problem briefly, I decided that I didn’t want to be writing the filter myself but, rather, find a third party service that could filter my text for me. By doing this, I eliminated the need to create and maintain a bad-word list, as well as saved the CPU cycles required to actually preform the search-and-replacement (Although, arguably, remote API calls are more expensive anyways).

Build an API for any website with Web-Scraping

There are a lot of web-sites out there, with a lot of data on them. Sometimes you are building a killer web-app and you just have to have some data off a certain site. The problem is, that particular site doesn’t have an API that you can just plug into! Never fear, using some simple tools, combined with the Zend Framework you can create your own web-scraping (screen-scraping) API in no time.

Translink Zend Framework API

Translink is the local public transit provider for beautiful Vancouver, Canada. The system consists of Buses, Boats and Trains. Translink released an Iphone app some time ago that allows the lookup of bus information. Michael Weisman was kind enough to write about the “hidden” api that is used by the Iphone app to preform AJAX calls.

BC Lottery Corporation API

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has an unpublished API that they use to pull data down for the flash application on their home page. The Zext PHP API exposes functionality to query the most resent winning numbers from the BCLC website, as well as retrieve current jackpot estimates for the main lotteries in this province.