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Rewriting a Block Class

Creating a block rewrite is done in the config.xml. Rewriting a block is the correct way to alter the logic of a core block without changing the core.

Writing to vagrant synced folders

FIX – Customer cannot login to magento 1.8.1

How to Make an Awesome Maintenance Mode Screen for WordPress

Whenever you update your WordPress site to a new version or mass update multiple plugins at the same time, WordPress automatically places your site in "maintenance mode". In this tutorial, I'll show you to how to easily make an awesome "theme" that g

WordPress Maintenance Mode Without a Plugin

API Callback URLs and HTTP Authentication

When developing web applications that use APIs, it is usually necessary to have the development site accessible for API callback URLs. A good example would be when working with payment gateway systems, which typically post back success or failure of transactions. In this event it is convenient to use HTTP authorisation to prevent outside access (users, crawlers, etc.). The issue with this is that API systems don’t always work with the http://[user]@[password]:[url] method of manually passing through this authentication method.

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Installing XHProf on Debian Squeeze

I was working on a project which was randomly failing to load certain views outside the development environment. It turns out that the system was running out of memory. After searching some of the error messages output by the script, I stumbled upon the xhprof PHP module. It was originally created by Facebook, and released under an open source license.

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Blueberry Slider with slideToggle workaround

I recently worked on a responsive design which required an image slider, with a toggle to “minimise” the block. Blueberry is a great responsive jQuery slider, keeping everything scaled correctly at any resolution I threw at it.

I needed to assign a slideToggle to the slider block, allowing the slider to be ‘minimised’. Unfortunately this exposes an issue where if you first minimise the slider, resize the browser window (causing ‘onresize’ to recalculate the slider dimensions), then slideToggle it back open, it will have calculated a zero height for the slider and will refuse to maximize until you resize the browser window again.

To trigger the slider’s size calculation, you need to trigger the ‘onresize’ event in the callback for slideToggle.

jQuery(button).click(function (e) {
	$this = jQuery(this);
		.slideToggle(250,function() {

This solution makes the transition noticeably less-smooth in the ‘opening’ toggle. It’s most likely down to the fact that the slider has zero height until after the transition, after which the resize kicks in and restores the slider to full size.

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Disabling Apache Server Signature

I have been trying to disable the server signature for a while, but I found that turning off the ServerSignature directive didn’t work for all servers. The signature might read something like:

Apache/2.2.X (Ubuntu) mod_ssl/2.X.X OpenSSL/0.X.X

If your server exposes this information, it’s easier for an attacker to compromise a system based on flaws in a particular server software version (especially if your server software is allowed to become outdated, or your distribution is slow to release security updates). By default, it will display this on error pages in plain text, and also present it as a Server header on every request.

To disable completely, you should set the following directives in your Apache configuration:

ServerSignature Off
ServerTokens Prod

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