How-to: Basic Chat App w/ PHP, jQuery & Ajax

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Jimmy K. in Projects, Tutorials.

One of my friends recently asked for assistance with a chat application he’s developing and, while his is a bit more robust than the one I set out to create, I decided to build one from the ground up to wrap my head around it. The code below took a few hours to compile, but [...]

 

PHP: Check if an email address exists.

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Jimmy K. in Tutorials.

As some of you may know, I built and run a small email marketing application. Some of our clients’ lists are as old as dirt, so one of the services we provide is a simple test to determine whether or not an email address actually exists. This function goes through all the normal steps of [...]

 

PHP: Create zip files using ZipArchive.

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Jimmy K. in Tutorials.

PHP has a pretty neat built-in class called ZipArchive that lets you create zip files on a web server at run-time. In a recent update to the END[SEVEN] Cloud, I completely automated the packaging process for downloadable class files and examples using the ZipArchive class. How to use this function: This function accepts an array [...]

 

AS3: FLVPlayer v1.3 Released!

Posted on February 15, 2012 by Jimmy K. in Projects.

It’s been quite a long time since I worked on this project so I figured it was about time to give it a complete programming overhaul. I stripped out a bunch of unnecessary methods; optimized the remaining methods; removed the licensing feature; and added the ability to use your own skins. No more licensing or [...]

 

PHP: Calculate a person’s age.

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Jimmy K. in Tutorials.

Sometimes you’ll need to calculate an age. It could be the age of a member on your website… It could be your cat. Either way, this can be useful for a variety of reasons such as personalized messages, criteria-based marketing or any functionality that is based on age demographics. I’ve seen a few different versions [...]

 

Game Review: Red Faction Armageddon for PC

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Jimmy K. in Gaming.

I was at a LAN party last weekend and one of my friends walked in wearing a shirt that bore a striking resemblance to the original Red Faction logo. After seeing his shirt, I was immediately jonesing for some nostalgic Red Faction blow-up-everything-in-sight first person shooter action. So naturally I got my hands on Red [...]

 

Healing as a Holy Priest in WoW

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Jimmy K. in Gaming.

Healing as a Holy Priest in WoW is awesome. There, I said it. While I personally believe healing in WoW to be easy and a lot of fun, I frequently meet players that are hesitant to take on the responsibility of playing a healer. This article includes a few scenarios, my preferred key bindings, some [...]

 

Guess what? I updated my blog!

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Jimmy K. in News.

As many of you probably know, I work at a design firm in Chicago called BHI Design where I create websites and other internet applications. At BHI, it’s common for us to recommend that our clients use the WordPress platform to manage their websites. Because of my constant exposure to WordPress, I find myself with [...]