After working with WordPress dashboard widgets in a recent project I wanted to present a complete example with arguments and usage of the control callback for saving widget options. Using the code in the Gist below you will be able to configure custom content for this widget with the native WYSIWYG editor. When you hover over the widget’s title bar the “Configure” link will be revealed – you must be an Administrator to configure the widget. [Read more…]
EventDispatcher Component Usage Example
As I was browsing through Composer packages on Packagist I came across the EventDispatcher component from the Symfony framework, which can be used independent of Symfony (I believe all components of Symfony are now modular).
The EventDispatcher component allows you to adopt the observer pattern – events/listeners, events/observers (Magento and others), actions/hooks (WordPress), etc. They all follow the same basic pattern but have different implementations.
Once you run
composer require symfony/event-dispatcher in your project’s directory you’ll be ready to try it out. If you’re not familiar with Composer, get acquainted now. I don’t think we’d be having a PHP revolution without it.
I’ve put together a simple but complete example of how it can be used in the following Gist:
Note: Adjust the path to
autoload.php as needed.
Escape HTML Function for Browser Output Prevents XSS (Cross-Site Scripting)
I don’t know about you but my fingers get tired of escaping output by typing the long-winded
So I decided to give my fingers some relief and finally write a short little helper function and share it. See the code and example in the gist below.
Highly Secure Data Encryption & Decryption Made Easy with PHP, MCrypt, Rijndael-256, and CBC
In various projects in the past I’ve had to revisit the topic of data encryption and decryption and the best way to accomplish it. In the interest of developing in the simplest, most efficient, and most secure way I have chosen the MCrypt PHP library (built-in to PHP since v4.0.2), Rijndael-256 cipher, and the Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) mode.
Previously I have used the Electronic CodeBook (ECB) mode, but have learned that it is far less secure than CBC because it creates the same hash every time for the same source data. CBC on the other hand creates a unique hash every time even for the same source data.
Anyways, below you’ll find my revised encrypt/decrypt functions with support for all PHP data types. [Read more…]
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