Category Archives: CodeIgniter

On Versioning Local Packages Like node_modules and sparks

A recent trend in package management is to install packages locally to an application. Composer for PHP is doing it by default, npm for node.js is doing it by default, and a few others are following along. You know who did that schnazz before both of them? GetSparks. Yep, the GetSparks team did it before […]

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Is Your WordPress Slow? Come See My Talk at Wordcamp NYC

I’ve always had a thing for the ops side of building apps — automating, optimizing, and building for scale (did it for iVillage and Yahoo among others). And let me tell you, a standard WordPress installation leaves plenty of optimization and scaling to think about. It’s not that the WordPress core itself is poorly written […]

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The Top 10 CodeIgniter Sparks of 2011

John Crepezzi and I launched GetSparks.org (the CodeIgniter package manager and repository) a little under a year ago, and the response we received from the community was overwhelmingly positive. The best part of GetSparks isn’t the site itself. It’s a moderately simple app that provides a vehicle for quickly dropping other developers’ code in your […]

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GetSparks.org Beta Released, Big Changes

Note: CodeIgniter Reactor 2.0.2 has a bug in it’s core Loader class that breaks package config file loading (and sparks, sadly). It’s recommended that you use 2.0.1 OR the latest at https://bitbucket.org/ellislab/codeigniter-reactor OR make the following change in your 2.0.2 installation: https://bitbucket.org/ellislab/codeigniter-reactor/changeset/c461483c8ca0 . The last option is the best. It took a month longer than […]

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CodeIgniter 2.0 Released, User-Contributed Notes Coming

In my initial post after joining the CodeIgniter Reactor team (over Thanksgiving weekend ’10), I went as far as to saying that you could hold me responsible for the quality of the CodeIgniter documentation. Here’s a universal truth: Documentation > magic. CodeIgniter 2.0 was released last week, with an announcement on the EllisLab news feed. […]

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CodeIgniter/PHP + IIS + MySQL + MSSQL: It Works!

There are a lot of people out there who call themselves “LAMP” developers — short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. That’s the standard configuration for production PHP applications. Recently, I ended up having to build a CodeIgniter application on Windows, IIS, Mysql+MS-SQL, and PHP. Sound like there are bound to be issues? You bet, and […]

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CodeIgniter Reactor? What’s Going On?

A couple of weeks ago, Derek Jones of EllisLabs announced that the CodeIgniter Core would officially be branched so a community-driven version of the framework could be created. This new branch will be called CodeIgniter Reactor. The plan, which was clarified today, is focused on allowing a select group of CI engineers to actively commit […]

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Flushing CodeIgniter’s URI-based Cache (Part I)

CodeIgniter’s output caching mechanism — at least in my opinion — has limited usefulness. It can be used to cache the final payload sent to the user for a given number of minutes. But sometimes clearing the cache for all pages or a specific page can be useful, especially if keeping the user from seeing […]

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Enable Site-Wide Profiling With CodeIgniter

A very cool part of CodeIgniter is its ability to give you the ‘profiling’ information for page loads. That is, if you add: $this->output->enable_profiler(true); In your controller before you load a view, CodeIgniter will give you information regarding how fast the page loaded, how many SQL queries executed, the content of each query, and the […]

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