Updates and Newness…


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So this afternoon, I decided to upload and release my latest function mailattch. This function takes php’s mail to a whole new level, allowing files to be attached!

There are currently limitations to it and it isn’t highly tested but everyone is welcome to use it and is release under GPL v3.

I have also pushed a little update to ldir. It’s nothing big, just a shameless link back to here; if you really don’t like it then you’re free to remove it from the function source or you can hide is with CSS via display: none; on the class .ldir_link.

That’s all for now.

ldir 1.7.10 Released


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After reading through ldir’s latest release I found a few bugs which have now been fixed in ldir 1.7.10.

I’ve also rewritten the icon file type check, so we assume some common file types are available and then add any new ones to the array on that call, so if that type is found again in that folder, the icon is already known. All in all resulting in a considerably faster speed for listing the same file types or common files.

There are more extensions supported than listed but I chose not to include them all but you can if you wish.

I will also be looking at overhauling the icons and providing them as a pack allowing you to self host which at the moment isn’t possible due to licesning issue.

Version 1.7.10

  • Speed optimisations
  • Rewrote icon checking
  • Added supported common icons list
  • Suppressed header() / ob_flush() calls
  • Fixed ‘parent folder’ link not working

Another ldir Update!


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Yes, I know… No updates for nearly 12 months and then two come along in the same week!

ldir version 1.7.9 is now 10% smaller than 1.7.8! As well as saving minimal disk space, it’s also had some speed increaces.

The only downside is that we had to remove error code 3 from the function in order to speed it up; there are more speed increases to be had if I could reliably detect the file type icons with a fail over if there isn’t a type without utilising cURL.

If you want to customise ldir to not do those checks and just ignore unknown file type icons then the following code alterations will make a significant speed increase.

Change: (approx line 160)

$img = "unknown.png";
$type = "Unknown File";
//Remove this check to speed things up.
if(ldir_url_exists($ldir['im'].strtolower($ext).".png",$ldir['v'])) {
    $img = strtolower($ext).".png";
    $type = strtoupper($ext)." File";
}

To:

$img = strtolower($ext).".png";
$type = strtoupper($ext)." File";

ldir update


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It’s been nearly a year since any update to ldir; mainly because it’s working quite well without any bugs etc but this update is only minor.

Here’s the Change Log

Version 1.7.8

  • Added better support for styling – Removed inline width CSS & Added CSS styles for each column
  • Removed some linebreaks.
  • Removed/Condensed some code (upto 7% smaller)
  • Custom UserAgent in CURL Opts.

So in simple terms, I’ve made it tell dropbox (the icon host) that it’s a web app, removed clutter around the code, condensed a few lines and added selectors rather than inline css so styling it (and making it responsive) should be much easier.

Responsive Web Design?


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If you’re writing a new responsive website which seems to be the way to go for a single maintained site that is accessable via mobiles, tablets and phones then here’s some key screen resolutions to be targeting:

Description/Name Resolution Extra Info & Estimated Date
QVGA 320×240 Typically non-smart phones (and Smartphones c.2005)
HVGA 480×320 Typically older smartphones (c.2008)
VGA 640×480 Typically older smartphones (c.2008)
WVGA 800×480 Low-End Smartphones (c.2010 onwards)
SVGA 800×600 Low-End Computers (c.2000) and mid-range tablets
XGA 1024×768 Mid Range Computers (c.2005)
SXGA 1280×1024 Current Computer Screen (c.2010 onwards)
720p HD 1280×720 HD TVs, High-End Smart-Phones/Tablets
WXGA 1280×800 Laptops, Computers and High-End Smartphones/Tablets
WXGA+ 1440×900 Typically Laptops and Computers
Key/Odd Resolutions:
ipad & 2 768×1024 Portrait XGA
iPad 3 1536×2048 XGA
Kindle Fire 600×1024
iPhone 1, 2, 3 & 3G 320×480 Portrait HVGA
iPhone 4, 4S 640×960 Portrait DVGA
iPhone 5 640×1136
HTC Sensation 540×690

This is just a small list of resolutions that’s in use out int he wild so to speak. The varying resolutions does make it slightly harder to get a consistant experience throughout but as long as your site looks good in the first list then you will have hit the majority of devices (as long as you remember to test portrait and landscape!).

As you can also see, Apple has recently decided to use strange resolutions in their devices where as most newer smart phones are 800×1280.

If you’re creating a responsive layout then there’s lots of resources out there to create a fluid grid to reflow the content when the screen size changes. I personally recommend Zurb’s Foundation but the latest version doesn’t support IE7; although IE7 usage is shrinking.