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How to Become a Better Developer and Bring Out The Best in Yourself

I love my work! Striving to improve and being the best version of myself is something I am very passionate about. In this article I will guide you how to be too!

During the 12,5 years of being a PHP developer there are powerful tools and habits that will always stick with me to be the best possible programmer, professional and person in general.

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Magento admin grid filter values

Getting the filter values from an grid within the Magento admin can be a tricky task and is not very straight forward. In my case I required these values for a custom order export type to build a proper file name. After digging around in the code I found a way.

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PHP-Minesweeper

Recently I’ve finished a project called PHP-Minesweeper. It’s an object-oriented PHP implementation of the game Minesweeper I’ve created to practice test-driven development. It was a success as it’s my first hobby project I actually bothered completing due to the fun with this way of developing. There were only minor bugs down the road and I implemented the front-end (HTML) within 30 minutes.

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Explorer: No cookies using underscores

Recently at work we came across, yet another new frustrating microsoft thing. Cookies don’t work on explorer 7 when you use an underscore within your domain. For us this was the case for some local develop address “domain_php5.local”. It only took my colleague a day to figure it out…

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Running Debian Linux on Toshiba Satellite R850

Recently I bought a Toshiba Satellite R850-153. I decided to install my favorite Linux distro Debian (wheezy/testing amd64). Things went well (wifi works out of the box), but also things went very wrong immediately after installation.Below I’ll describe the problems I came across after installing Debian. I think this will be useful for Ubuntu users too!

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Debian: No ipv4 connection within Java applications

Recently there is a very annoying setting within debian squeeze. It causes many java applications to not function anymore on ipv4. Basically this means a lot of programs like Eclipse and Netbeans won’t function at all when requiring a connection.

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