Standardizing development environments with Vagrant
This is the first article of a series in which we'll explain our development process industrialisation. We'll describe how we went from a team of individuals doing things together but artisanally, to a more industrial and qualitative approach. This first topic talks about how we standardized our development environments with Vagrant.
This is a post I wrote for NOE interactive.Read the rest of this article on NOE's blog
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The FancyBox is one of the plugin that I like the most. It's so easy to use and renders really nicely, especially with images. It's a Mac like zooming tool that you can customize quite well and really looks amazing. Source and © Janis SkarnelisRead more
Even on some very famous websites and blogs based on the WordPress platform, such as Smashing Magazine or Webdesigner Depot for example, the comment forms are not checked prior to submission. Which means that if the user hits the submit button without actually filling any information, he is redirected to the famous error: "Error: please fill the required fields (name, email).".
Thanks to jQuery and its plugins, it is possible to change the way those forms are handled, in order to obtain slick effects, and an overall better user experience.
In this tutorial, we'll associate the validation plugin, and the form plugin, to get a contact form that is validated before submission, and submitted via ajax. Why don't you give it a try?
PayPal is a renowned payment platform that allows you to accept online payments on your site, by taking care of all the money transactions for you. This transparency really is an appreciated quality that allows developers to integrate checkout solutions on merchant sites, by completely outsourcing the banking operations to PayPal.
Another good thing for developers is that the PayPal API is very versatile. It can be very simple if your needs are simple, or it can be very well customized to meet some more advanced needs such as complete shopping carts handling. On the other hand, I sometimes find this API not really user friendly as it works with forms, which fields are not always very intuitive. In other words, depending on the form you are building, you get a different service from PayPal.
In order to get a friendlier and also more generic solution, I wrote a PayPal manager in PHP. This tutorial will show you how you can benefit from this PHP class to integrate PayPal checkouts faster and in a much simpler way.