Category Archives: PHP

How to debug a php application in production/live mode

A simple way to debug a php application in production modeHow to debug a live website built in php?

Here’s a basic, simple and custom method i usually use to debug live or production web applications (web sites).

First of all i place the following lines of code in a config.php or somewhere so it is loaded in all targeted pages of the website. Continue reading

Validating php multiple-value checkbox form element with javascript

In php a multiple-value form element such as checkbox is named suffixed with a set of square brackets. For example,

My commonly used colors are:

<form action="index.php" name="myform" method="post" onsubmit="return validate_form();">
<input type="checkbox" name="colors[]" value="red" />
<input type="checkbox" name="colors[]" value="green" />
<input type="checkbox" name="colors[]" value="blue" />

To validate these kind of checkboxes’ using javascript is little tricky. While on the other hand, having a single checkbox without multiple-value selection it would have been straight forward, something like this:

function validate_form()    {
// considering form element <input type="checkbox" name="color" value="red" />
if(true==document.myform.color.checked)    {
//checked, ok. Let it go.
}    else    {
//not checked, stop it.

Considering multiple-value selection the document.myform[].color.checked or document.myform[].color.length would throw javasript error. To make it work as expected the javascript code in your validate_form function will need some changes. Here we go.

function validate_form()    {
var flag = false; //at the initial state we assume that nothing is checked
for(var i=0; i < eval('document.myform.elements["colors[]"].length') ; i++)    {
if(true === eval('document.myform.elements["colors[]"]['+i+'].checked'))    {

flag=true; //at least some thing is checked, we are good to let them go past this check

//Hint: As a separated implementation somewhere though, if you wanted you could trigger the checked/un-checked status of your checkbox like the following:
//document.myform.elements["colors[]"][i].checked = false; //or true etc.

if(true==flag)    {
//checked (at least something), ok. Let it go.
//Hint: if you wanted that all your checkbox should have been checked check for the value of i variable
}    else    {
//not checked, stop it.

In line 3 of modified function above we use powerful eval function to evaluate the string passed to it. The eval function accepts any valid piece of javascript code and returns output value. In the passed code string to eval function we write normal (parent to child access) algorithm to access the elements property (and its element) of myform object which is a property of our web page (document) object.

Choosing a business listing directory script written in php

How to Choose a business listing directory script written or coded in PHP programming language

I got a new client today who wanted a brand new website equipped with business listing directory feature. According to him, the script should be in PHP, does not cost much and meets all requirements of a basic business listing directory. It should support multiple image uploads for a listing, be able to do rating(optional) and reviews, supports (paypal IPN) payment method, provides google map locator facility and finally be equipped with small CMS to create some content/article pages, that’s all.

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phpMyAdmin PHP Code Injection Exploit attempt on my server

This morning, when i checked my Give Back India site’s access log i found some scripts/setup.php request attempts. In fact, not ‘some’ but hundreds of them. All requests were made targeting phpMyAdmin’ installations on my server. Here are a few of them: Continue reading

Converting a text string into comma separated words

Today, i was looking at some old code of mine to find something when i found this little but useful piece of code which i had written for one of my old projects (and of course when i didn’t had this blog created yet). The idea was to create comma separated words from a string, something like, creating meta keywords from a piece of information (such as meta description). Continue reading

Setting up a catch-all email forwarder and parsing emails using php

In one of my ongoing projects i had to set up a “catch-all” email parsing script. Here’s how it came out to be.

What is catch-all?

In the context of emails, “catch-all” refers to a destination to which all incoming emails with in-correct email addresses are delivered or forwarded. As a destination, you can set either an email or a script on your server which captures such emails and save them in to your local database or files. Continue reading