Author Archives: Neil Young

Generating a Leaderboard with Ranking for MySQL

Using MySQL derived queries to generate a fully functional leaderboard. Continue reading

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Track Social Widget Events Using Google Analytics

There is a time when you are building your website that will need to track a users social share activity. Whether it be a Google Analytics event or you just want to be able to increment a count in your database. Continue reading

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Retrieving a YouTube video id from Embed Code using Javascript and PHP

I have been working on a project and came across a feature in my website that would need to take YouTube embed code or even a url and extract the video id for storage in a database. Continue reading

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Sanitising variables to avoid XSS (Cross Site Scripting) attacks using PHP

Shows a developer how to handle their variables safely and securely using a helpful validation script. Continue reading

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Using the Amazon S3 Service and PHP

Takes you through how to manipulate and transfer image files to the Amazon S3 service without the need to write files to your server. Continue reading

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Book Chapter for Facebook Application Development : Learn By Video

It has been a crazy couple of months! In October I finally sorted myself out and have purchased my own property and I have also been working on some large scale projects including an international iPad optimised website for HBO! Continue reading

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Facebook’s New Timeline!

My view on Facebooks new timeline feature. What does it mean for peoples profile pages ? Continue reading

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Flash On The Beach 2011

I did not know what to expect when my name was drawn out of a hat to go to the popular flash conference based in sunny Brighton from the 11th September to the 14th September. I first thought, well I … Continue reading

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Two Way Encryption Using MySQL 5 & The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

Recently I was asked to implement two way encryption security for data that we gathered on a campaign, which we stored in a MySQL table running on one of our servers. Continue reading

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Emulating Facebook’s Dialogue Using Jquery UI Dialogues

When working on applications for Facebook one thing that I really wanted to be able to do is to have more control over the javascript dialogues to display our content to the user. Continue reading

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