Top 4 jQuery slideshow and gallery plugins

I recently came across 4 very nice jQuery plugins for slideshows and galleries. Actually, I found a lot more, but those are my favorites: Nivo Slider (slideshow) jqFancyTransitions (slideshow) jQuery Cycle Plugin (slideshow) Fancybox (gallery zoom) I...

No-MVC Zend Framework: Zend_Decorator and Zend_Validator

In the last article, we have already set some basic decorators for Zend_Form. The next one is a decorator for the label, appending an asterisk (*) to labels of required fields, and display error messages below the label instead of the field. In your "Form" subfolder,...

Google Maps Geocoding with JSON and PHP

When using maps on a website, Google is clearly the service to go with. If you are using JavaScript only, parsing a JSON response from Google shouldn´t be difficult, but how to use the response in PHP? In this article, I´ll describe how to use Zend Framework...

Converting a MySQL database to UTF-8

I just spent about 2 days to convert my old MySQL database from latin1 / latin1_general_ci to UTF-8 character encoding. There are about a gazillion pitfalls, especially when you work on old PHP code mixed with ZF code, on a live site of a client. The first tip is......

No-MVC Zend Framework: jQuery Ajax receiver / Part V

The jQuery JavaScript is up and running, but needs a PHP file to handle the Ajax data submitted by the rating script. This will be done with PHP in the receiver you defined in your JavaScript, named "rating.php" in the "public/includes" folder. It's important to put...

No-MVC Zend Framework: jQuery Star Rating code / Part IV

Now for the easy part: creating the page for our jQuery Star Rating plugin. It's going to be just a bit of HTML, JavaScript with Ajax components, and PHP. If you want to integrate the Star Rating in an existing page, you can just copy the relevant parts into any HTML...

No-MVC Zend Framework: Bootstrapping ZF / Part III

For this article, you should be familiar with at least the basics of Zend Framework, especially naming conventions. If not, check out the ZF site for beginners tutorials and/or Quickstart. If you don't want to use ZF at all, but still need the Star Rating with PHP and...

No-MVC Zend Framework: Installing ZF & jQuery / Part II

My tutorial of utilizing Zend Framework without MVC will be a jQuery rating controller, with ZF used to query the database, spit out the view (the actual stars), and handle rating changes thru Ajax, updating the DB. Though I prefer not to use ZF as an application, I...