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[LIVE Q&A] Do you believe in the myth of the full stack developer?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • Do you believe in the myth of the full stack developer?
  • How do I process checkboxes using PHP?
  • How do I use PDO in my web pages?

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When you said specialization: Does it mean you don’t believe in the myth of “Full-Stack” developer?

Not necessarily. It’s more about how it’s applied and then marketed then the languages you know. I build membership sites. That’s how I market myself. In that, I use most of the “stack”… I’d just never market my services using the words “full stack”.

Also, marketing yourself as a freelancer is much different than getting hired by a company. I would use “full stack” when looking to get hired because companies hiring developers DO know what that phrase means.

How can I make the file insert all the check-box values selected in my form as an array into one column?

First you have to set up your HTML correctly. Here’s a code example:

https://gist.github.com/johnmorris/8197182

Once you have this done then you would write your PHP script to handle the resulting array. You could serialize it. Depending on your application that might be sufficient.

But, if you want to be able to perform searches on these values then you’d actually store them in a separate table (a relationships table) and associate them with whatever object you’re creating with this form. Here’s a tutorial on that:

How do you use PDO in your web pages?

It’s probably best to just watch this tutorial:

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November 24, 2015

[Periscope] How do I create a multilingual website using PHP?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • How do I create a multi-lingual website using PHP? 
  • What about SEO is important to learn for developers? Who should I follow for SEO?
  • How do you create a site key for hashing passwords in PHP?

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November 17, 2015

[Periscope] Do I Need to Learn WordPress?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • What text editor do you use? Why?
  • Can I make my whole living as a web developer?
  • Where’s the source code?
  • Do I need to learn how to use a CMS, like WordPress?
  • What’s the right learning path to take?

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November 10, 2015

[Periscope] What WordPress Development Tutorial Should I Invest In?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • What WordPress development tutorial you should invest in?
  • The key to continually getting freelance clients
  • Sending emails with PHP’s built-in mail() function

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November 3, 2015

[Periscope] How to Search a Forum With MySQL and PHP

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • Is it a good idea to self teach myself and still pursue a career in web development?
  • Which front-end framework should I start with?
  • How do I create a good search for my forum with PHP and MySQL?
  • I don’t know where to start with web development!
  • I want to learn how to get new clients,

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October 27, 2015

[Periscope] How to Learn Object-Oriented Programming in PHP

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on:

  • There is so much to learn and it’s changing all the time, how do I know where to focus and what to choose to pursue?
  • How do I learn object-oriented programming?
  • How can one tell if I am good enough?
  • I’ve learned HTML and CSS, how do I make the transition into learn PHP, MySQL and Javascript?
  • I’m learning how to work with databases, what all do I need to learn?

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October 21, 2015