Category Archives: PHP

Form DOM element not recognized (created) in ajax form in IE when placed with end tag missing

Skipping a form end tag </form> costed me almost a day (i had to go to bed abandoning the fixing for some time though;)). I had been using ajaxForm with jQuery to submit ajax form which was placed on a popup dialog box opened through ajax. The form worked well in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari but did not work in Internet Explorer 7 & 8 (IE7 & IE8 ; i didn’t test in other versions of IE but perhaps they would not work either). The IE simply would not create the <form> tag at all so if you try to alert $(“#formID”).length it would return always 0(zero). It started to work fine (in IE) when i placed </form> to mark the end of the form (i know it was a mistake to not to place it there though). Continue reading

Setting execution time and memory limits in php

When executing large amount of data through php scripts it is common facing errors like “Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 300 seconds exceeded..”. Also, sometimes uploading large files through php scripts you might face errors like “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini..” etc. etc.. Continue reading

Clear template cache in x-cart

Have you been making changing into a smarty template file (within x-cart and perhaps independently as well) for long and the changes would not come up at all? Who could tell better how frustrating this can be!

The simplest and most effective way to clear template cache in x-cart is to call cleanup.php file which is placed at the root directory of x-cart installation. So if your installation is inside public_html directory (have nothing to do with directory actually) and your website address is just call and all your template cache will be cleared with a message something like this:

The compiled templates cache (“templates_c” directory) has been cleaned up.

(Thanks to Steve for his post)

To find mysql recodrs between specific date range based on start date and end date fields

While working on a report generation system i had to perform a query to check whether records exist in ‘reports’ table between a date range received from two form fields “start_date” and “end_date”. To make it more specific i will try to explain it with the help of an example. Continue reading

Convert month name to month number in php

While working with a CJ run reports script i needed to convert “month name” into “month number” so i could store it in the database in date format. After doing some cleaning stuff i was ending with the month name, a three character string as “Jan”,”Mar”,”Apr” etc. Here is the quick work around i applied to get the month number automatically from the month name.

$month_name = "Jan"; //which i get from file name (Range_from_1_Jan_2009_to_3_Mar_2009.txt)
$month_number = "";

	if(strtolower(date("M", mktime(0, 0, 0, $i, 1, 0))) == strtolower($month_name)){
		$month_number = $i;

Now as php snippet code line 5 date(“M”, mktime(0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0))) returns a three letter represantion of month name i get month “1” if i pass $month_name=”Jan” and so on. If i had full month name like “January” i could make it work by replacing “M” with “F” where “F” format parameter is a full represantion of year name.

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