Monthly Archives: December 2004

PHP 5: Subclasses

Subclassing allows flexibility in code. E.g. there may be many types of User to a site. We can define subclasses of User such as AdminUser, RegisteredUser, UnregisteredUser which may share some common methods and properties but may have unique abilities. … Continue reading

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PHP 5: By reference or by value

PHP 4 passed variables by value by default. This was not very pleasant to work with. The way around this was to pepper your code with ampersands (to tell PHP to use references instead) but forgetting to include one was … Continue reading

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PHP 5: Introduction to classes

Classes are used as an abstraction of a real world situation. E.g class User { } may be used to contain the code that will represent a user of an application. Objects have properties and methods. Properties may be thought … Continue reading

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Toyota demonstrates robot personal vehicles

I found the pictures of Toyota’s robot cars/personal vehicles very interesting. (‘Those whacky Japanese do it again’ was going to be my alternative headline, but that doesn’t give a great deal away about the content.) Okay, they may only travel … Continue reading

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Uninstalling and removing iTunes from Windows XP

I recently downloaded and installed QuickTime. I couldn’t do much about it, but it installed QuickTime at the same time. I have no desire for keeping iTunes on my system, and certainly no reason to have an iPodHelper.exe process running … Continue reading

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Removing qttask.exe and preventing it loading in Windows XP

Quicktime installs a very annoying process when you install it on Windows XP called qttask.exe that you may often see running in your taskbar and processlist. There is no way to stop it running from within quicktime’s preferences. Instead, you … Continue reading

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BBC NEWS | Technology | Britons growing ‘digitally obese’

“Attention grabbing pseudo-science headline”. It’s not so dramatic as it sounds – apparently we’re all carrying loads of data round on our PDA’s. So nothing to do with obesity at all. BBC NEWS | Technology | Britons growing ‘digitally obese’: … Continue reading

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