Passing Zend Certification Exam, Here is the tip!

zce-php-engineer-logo-l

Yesterday, December 8th, 2014 I took the Zend Certification exam and passed. The latest version of the Zend exam is based on PHP version 5.5. They have updated their syllabus to reflect this change. And also, Zend made their official study materiel available to buy from their website for $19.95. It was available free of cost before.

I took the decision to write the Zend certification about 2 years back. But things have changed so quick in my life that I couldn’t even prepare for the exam. I’ve seen a lot of posts on the internet about the tricks and tips to pass this exam, and a bunch of sample questions. So I am not going to write similar post. If you would like to pass the exam, here is my suggestion

Study Strings and Arrays thoroughly. Don’t just read those pages, write the code and try to execute. Use a pen and paper if you need. If you study almost all functions mentioned on those pages, you will certainly get 50% of the pass mark.

In addition to those, here is what I found, will give you additional points.
Continue reading

How to use T-Mobile/MetroPCS as your Home Internet

Hi guys,

How are you doing.

Today I am going to share a small trick that would save you $50-$100 every month you are paying to your current home internet provider. I did not want to do 2 year agreement with Verizon FiOS, as I will be moving to another city within a month, so I found this setup works for me.

Basically, what you are trying to do is to tether your T-Mobile/MetroPCS unlimited internet plan and connect it to your router. By connecting any device to the router you can access internet on that device.

This method is helpful, when you have a XBox or Roku or any such devices connected to your TV and stream music and videos.

Here is what you require.
Continue reading

MySQLi Wrapper for PHP

I was very much interested in the database class of CodeIgniter, especially the Active Records.

I was quite satisfied with an old mysql wrapper that I have been using for long time. But I’ve decided to start using MySQLi for all my future projects so started to write my own database wrapper for php.

php.net official recommend the usage of mysqli over mysql if we are using MySQL database version 4.1.3 or more.

The mysqli extension, or as it is sometimes known, the MySQL improved extension, was developed to take advantage of new features found in MySQL systems versions 4.1.3 and newer. The mysqli extension is included with PHP versions 5 and later.

The class has been made available online for free and is available at https://bitbucket.org/getvivekv/php-mysqli-class

For a complete documentation, refer https://bitbucket.org/getvivekv/php-mysqli-class/wiki/Home

The code was heavily inspired from CodeIgniter free library. The code is freely available for anyone to download. If you find any error or have any feature to add, please report me. You can also post new issue if you find any bug.