Archive for July, 2010

WPE Arcade Script

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

WPE Arcade Script is a free PHP script with many nice features and an easy to use use install process.

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TreeView

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Package:
TreeView
Summary:
Display a collapsible tree of links
Groups:
HTML, PHP 5
Author:
Michael J. Fuhrman
Description:
This class can be used to display a collapsible tree of links.

It can generate HTML and Javascript to display a nested tree of folder that may contain entries with link to given URLs.


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Lightweight MVC

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Package:
Lightweight MVC
Summary:
Implements the MVC design pattern
Groups:
Design Patterns, Libraries, PHP 5
Author:
martin barker
Description:
This package implements the MVC design pattern.

It provides based model, view and controller class that should be derived to implement new applications.


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An AJAX Click to Appreciate Badge

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

When you publish something online, there are not that many ways to determine whether people like what you have to say. Comments, the cornerstone of blogging, are too demanding, and users often prefer not to post one. If you’ve dropped by Behance, you’ve probably noticed their appreciate badge, which is a neat solution to this exact problem. With it people share their appreciation for somebody’s work.

Today we are implementing such a badge, which you can include in every page of your website with a bit of jQuery magic. So go ahead and download the zip from the button above (PSD included!) and continue with the tutorial.

The Database Schema

The script we are doing today uses two tables. The first holds one record for each of the pages which have the appreciate button enabled. The second one stores the IP of the person that voted along the unique ID of the page. This way we can easily determine whether the person has previously voted for the page and display the appropriate version of the button (active or disabled).

Table Schema appreciate_pages

Table Schema appreciate_pages

The hash field holds an MD5 sum of the URL of the page. This way we add an UNIQUE index which will speed up the selects we run on the records, as well ensure there are no duplicate records in the table. The appreciated column holds the number of appreciations of the pages.

Table Schema appreciate_votes

Table Schema appreciate_votes

The appreciate_votes table contains the IP of the person that has voted (in the form of an integer), and the id of the page from the appreciate_pages table. The timestamp is automatically updated to the current time when an insert occurs.

You can create these two tables by running the code from tables.sql in the SQL section of phpMyAdmin from the downloadable archive, part of this tutorial.

Step 1 – XHTML

Lets start with the XHTML part of the tutorial. The markup of the page is extremely simple. To have the appreciate button functioning, you just need to provide a container in which the button is inserted, and an optional element, which holds the total number of clicks on the button. You can safely omit the latter one, leaving you with only one div to code.

page.html

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>An AJAX Click To Appreciate Badge</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="styles.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="appreciateMe/appreciate.css"/>
</head>

<body>

<div id="countDiv"></div>
<div id="main"></div>

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="appreciateMe/plugin.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="script.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

</body>
</html>

In the page above, you can see that I am including two stylesheet files. The first is styles.css, which is used to style the page, and appreciate.css, which is located in the plugin directory, and is responsible for the styling of the appreciate button.

Before the closing body tag, you can see that I also include the jQuery library from Google’s CDN repository, the plugin.js file and script.js, which uses the plugin to create the button on the page. You will only need to change the contents of script.js to make the script working on your pages.

Click To Appreciate Button

Click To Appreciate - looks good on both dark and light backgrounds

Step 2 – PHP

PHP handles the database interactions and is on the backend of the AJAX requests. Most of the script logic is located in c script.php which you can see below. But first lets take a look at connect.php, which handles the database connection.

appreciateMe/connect.php

$db_host = 'localhost';
$db_user = 'YourUsername';
$db_pass = 'YouPassword';
$db_name = 'NameOfDB';

@$mysqli = new mysqli($db_host, $db_user, $db_pass, $db_name);

if (mysqli_connect_errno()) {
	die('<h1>Could not connect to the database</h1>');
}

$mysqli->set_charset("utf8");

Up until now, we’ve always used the old mysql extension for database connections under PHP, as it is a bit easier to use and I wanted to keep the code compatible with PHP 4. However, with the recent announcement that WordPress (our favorite blogging engine) will be dropping support for that version of PHP, I decided that it is time to also make the switch to the new version – MySQLi (MySQL improved).

As you can see from the code above, the only major difference with the old way we connected to a database, is that here we create a MySQLi object instead of using the mysql_ functions. Also, as you will see in a moment, when we query the database a MySQL resource object is returned, which in turn has its own set of methods. This might sound intimidating, but it will become perfectly clear once you see it in action.

appreciateMe/script.php

/* Setting the error reporting level */
error_reporting(E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE);
include 'connect.php';

if(!$_GET['url'] || !filter_input(INPUT_GET,'url',FILTER_VALIDATE_URL)){
	exit;
}

$pageID			= 0;
$appreciated	= 0;
$jsonArray		= array();
$hash			= md5($_GET['url']);
$ip				= sprintf('%u',ip2long($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']));

// $result is an object:
$result = $mysqli->query("SELECT id,appreciated FROM appreciate_pages WHERE hash='".$hash."'");

if($result)
{
	list($pageID,$appreciated) = $result->fetch_row();
	// fetch_row() is a method of result
}

// The submit parameter denotes that we need to write to the database

if($_GET['submit'])
{
	if(!$pageID)
	{
		// If the page has not been appreciated yet, insert a new
		// record to the database.

		$mysqli->query("
			INSERT INTO appreciate_pages
			SET
				hash='".$hash."',
				url='".$mysqli->real_escape_string($_GET['url'])."'"
		);

		if($mysqli->affected_rows){

			// The insert_id property contains the value of
			// the primary key. In our case this is also the pageID.

			$pageID = $mysqli->insert_id;
		}
	}

	// Write the vote to the DB, so the user can vote only once

	$mysqli->query("
		INSERT INTO appreciate_votes
		SET
			ip = ".$ip.",
			pageid = ".$pageID
	);

	if($mysqli->affected_rows){
		$mysqli->query("
			UPDATE appreciate_pages
			SET appreciated=appreciated+1 WHERE id=".$pageID
		);

		// Increment the appreciated field
	}

	$jsonArray = array('status'=>1);
}
else
{
	// Only print the stats

	$voted = 0;

	// Has the user voted?
	$res = $mysqli->query("
		SELECT 1 FROM appreciate_votes
		WHERE ip=".$ip." AND pageid=".$pageID
	);

	if($res->num_rows){
		$voted = 1;
	}

	$jsonArray = array('status'=>1,'voted'=>$voted,'appreciated'=>$appreciated);
}

// Telling the browser to interpret the response as JSON:
header('Content-type: application/json');

echo json_encode($jsonArray);

The script handles two different types of AJAX requests – read only request (which returns a JSON object with information about the number of appreciations of the page, and whether the current user has clicked the button), and write requests (which save the visitor’s vote to the database, and if necessary, save the page URL and hash as well).

As you an see in the code snippet above, one of the first things that the script does is to calulate the MD5 hash of the page. This is used as a unique key in the database, as URLs have unlimited length which is incompatible with MySQL’s UNIQUE keys. As an MD5 hash is unique for most practical purposes, we can safely use it in our selects and inserts, instead of the long URL addresses.

In the last line of the code, we convert the $jsonArray array into a valid JSON object with the inbuilt json_encode PHP function, and output it with a applicatoin/json content type.

Click To Appreciate - Inactive

Click To Appreciate - Inactive

Step 3 – jQuery

Inside the appreciateMe directory you can find the plugin.js file. You must include it in the page you wish to show the Appreciate button on. It uses AJAX to request data from the PHP backend and uses the response it receives to create the markup of the button.

appreciateMe/plugin.js

function(){

	$.appreciateButton = function(options){

		// The options object must contain a URL and a Holder property
		// These are the URL of the Appreciate php script, and the
		// div in which the badge is inserted

		if(!'url' in options || !'holder' in options){
			return false;
		}

		var element = $(options.holder);

		// Forming the url of the current page:

		var currentURL = 	window.location.protocol+'//'+
					window.location.host+window.location.pathname;

		// Issuing a GET request. A rand parameter is passed
		// to prevent the request from being cached in IE

		$.get(options.url,{url:currentURL,rand:Math.random()},function(response){

			// Creating the appreciate button:

			var button = $('<a>',{
				href:'',className:'appreciateBadge',
				html:'Appreciate Me'
			});

			if(!response.voted){
				// If the user has not voted previously,
				// make the button active / clickable.
				button.addClass('active');
			}
			else button.addClass('inactive');

			button.click(function(){
				if(button.hasClass('active')){

					button.removeClass('active').addClass('inactive');

					if(options.count){
						// Incremented the total count
						$(options.count).html(1 + parseInt(response.appreciated));
					}

					// Sending a GET request with a submit parameter.
					// This will save the appreciation to the MySQL DB.

					$.getJSON(options.url,{url:currentURL,submit:1});
				}

				return false;
			});

			element.append(button);

			if(options.count){
				$(options.count).html(response.appreciated);
			}
		},'json');

		return element;
	}

})(jQuery);

The script basically creates a new method in the main jQuery object. This differs from the plugins that we usually do, in that this type of plugins are not called on a set of elements (no need to select elements). You can just call $.appreciateButton() while passing a configuration object as a parameter. This is exactly what we’ve done in script.js add a button to the page:

script.js

$(document).ready(function(){

	// Creating an appreciate button.

	$.appreciateButton({
		url		: 'appreciateMe/script.php',	// URL to the PHP script.
		holder	: '#main',				// The button will be inserted here.
		count	: '#countDiv'			// Optional. Will show the total count.
	});

});

The configuration object, which is passed as a parameter, has to contain a url and a holder properties, whereas count is optional. Notice that I’ve specified the path to script.php relatively, as appreciateMe is a child directory of the one the page is currently in.

However, if you plan to add the script to a site with a variable path structure, you should probably specify an absolute path. Either add a leading slash, or provide a complete URL with http://.

Step 4 – CSS

Now that we have all the markup and code in place, it is time to turn to the styling. The CSS rules that style the appreciate badge are located in appreciate.css. You could optionally copy these rules to your main stylesheet file, if you’d like to avoid the extra request, but beware that you will need to change the paths to the background images.

appreciateMe/appreciate.css

.appreciateBadge{
	width:129px;
	height:129px;
	display:block;
	text-indent:-9999px;
	overflow:hidden;
	background:url('sprite.png') no-repeat;
	text-decoration:none;
	border:none;
}

.appreciateBadge.active{
	background-position:left top;
}

.appreciateBadge.active:hover{
	background-position:0 -129px;
}

.appreciateBadge.inactive{
	background-position:left bottom;
	cursor:default;
}

There are three versions of the appreciate badge image. A default one, a hover one, and an inactive one. All three of these reside in the same file – sprite.png, one below the other. With this technique you can switch between the versions instantaneously by offsetting the background image of the hyperlink.

styles.css

#main{
	margin:80px auto;
	width:130px;
}

#countDiv{
	color:#eee;
	font-size:35px;
	margin-right:120px;
	position:absolute;
	right:50%;
	top:265px;
}

You can find the rest of the styles, which refine the looks of page.html, in styles.css. Only two sets of styles affect the appreciate button directly. The #main div, which contains the button and centers it on the page, and #countDiv in which the total number of appreciations is inserted.

With this our Click to Appreciate Badge is complete!

Conclusion

Before being able to run this script on your server, you first have to replace the MySQL credentials in connect.php with your own. Also, you will need to run the contents of tables.sql in the SQL tab of phpMyAdmin, so the two tables are created. Lastly, depending on your URL paths, you may have to change the URL property of appreciateMe/script.php in the script.js JavaScript File.

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XML-RPC Client

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Package:
XML-RPC Client
Summary:
Send calls to XML-RPC servers
Groups:
PHP 5, Web services
Author:
Henrik Hofmeister
Description:
This class can be used to send calls to XML-RPC servers.

It can send HTTP requests to a given XML-RPC server to call a function passing given parameters.

The class supports calling servers that require basic HTTP authentication.


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My special calendar

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

special-calendar
Package:
My special calendar
Summary:
Display month calendars as HTML tables
Groups:
HTML, PHP 5, Time and Date
Author:
liaoxiaoqing
Description:
This class can be used to display month calendars as HTML tables.

It can generate HTML and JavaScript to display calendars for given months and years.

The class can display the current month day and any other special days in different way.


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[Free] New C Cross-Compiler for the AVR

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

A new C cross-compiler for the AVR series of microprocessors has been added to the Free C/C++ Compilers and Cross-Compilers for Microcontrollers, PDA, Calculators, Embedded Systems and Other Devices page. This one is hosted on Windows. Note: if you're just looking for an ordinary C or C++ compiler for your computer, please see the Free C/C++ Compilers and Interpreters page instead.

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StandAloneArcade – Free Social Arcade Script

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

StandAloneArcade is a free social arcade platform. We make it easy for you to create your own fully featured arcade website. We have built in, easy to use game adders which allow you to add thousands of games instantly and easily to your arcade. StandAloneArcade has full multi-language support, multi-theme support, and tons of admin options. Everything is easily customizable! StandAloneArcade supports multiple game sources and game types, featuring a full highscore system with leaderboards for top players and games. Users can even compete against their friends in user to user challenges! Installation only takes a minute. We’ve got an awesome, super-simple step by step installation guide that comes with the download.

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amit

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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ApPHP Hotel Site

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

ApPHP Hotel Site is a powerful hotel management and on-line reservation site script. This script is the fully functional PHP solution to manage small to medium size of hotels, holiday flats or guesthouse. Visitors of Hotel site will be able to search rooms availability with an online booking reservation system. They also could view rooms inventory, check availability, and book reservations in a real-time. Administration Panel: * Protected with password security and accessed from anywhere in web * Manage admins and customers account details * Manage hotel rooms and room types * Manage rooms availability * Manage languages * Manage site settings and statistics * Manage bookings and payments * Add new pages, modify existing pages or delete existing * etc. Customers Account: * Mange account info * Manage current and previous bookings * Search for available rooms * etc.

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