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Using Active Contexts In Drupal 7

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 16:11

Context is a Drupal module that allows you to set up reactions that fire when certain conditions are met. This might be when a certain path is loaded, or when a particular content type page is viewed, or even on every page on a site. When the conditions are met a number of reactions can be fired, which include placing blocks, setting breadcrumbs, or just adding a class to the page template.

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Adding Apache Reporting To Munin

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:10

When you first install a Munin node it will try to install as many plugins as it can so that it can report on different things. For example, if you have a Varnish server running then Munin will detect this and enable the plugins so that it can report on the activity of Varnish. Once you have started getting data through to your Munin server then you can turn on plugins on the nodes to get more data.

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Exporting And Importing Munin Graph Data

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 20:38

When Munin does a data update it stores all of the data from the nodes as a set of rrd files. These files are then picked up by the munin-graph and munin-html programs and turned into the graph images and web pages that you are probably familiar with if you use Munin.

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Sieve of Eratosthenes In PHP

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 00:07

The sieve of Eratosthenes is named after Eratosthenes of Cyrene who was a Greek mathematician who devised a mechanism to find a sequence of prime numbers using a simple algorithm.

Normally, looping through a list of numbers and finding the primes can be an expensive process. The seive of Eratosthenes is one of the most efficient way of working out all of the smaller prime numbers below (below 10 million or so).

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Listing Phing Targets In A Project

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 18:05

Providing a Phing build file along with a project is a good way of allowing automation of certain aspects of the project. The only trouble is that users won't know what's in the build file unless they open it or just run it. You could provide documentation along with the build file so that users know what to use the file for, but a better approach is to list out the targets available in a project. This can be done easily by using the -l (lower case L) or list flag, which will just list the available targets in the supplied build file.

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PHPNW13 Call For Papers And Blind Bird Ending Soon!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 23:15

The 5th annual PHPNW conference is set for October 5th and 6th this year and preparations for the Manchester conference are in full swing. If you want to talk at the conference then the call for papers is set to close on the 23rd June. The speaker package includes accommodation for the Friday and Saturday night as well as a speakers dinner on the Friday night.

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