What Technologies Should a Senior PHP Web Developer Know?

Ramy Wafaa Illustration

I loosely follow various topics on Quora.com. Unlike many social media sites, I find that most of the answers to serious questions are respectful, well though-out, and cite references. Most of the questions I follow and answer are related to icon design or web development. I admit to occasionally getting sucked into a debate on religion or politics, but most of the time I successfully avoid these. A recent question piqued my interest. The question was, “What do I need to learn to build a site like Alibaba”?

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Best Places to Sell Icons Online

I am a developer by trade but I design and sell vector icons for websites and apps to supplement my income. Icon design is also my favorite hobby. I do not devote myself to icon sales full-time but I was the Supply-side Manager and a Sr. Developer for Iconfinder, a marketplace for buying and selling premium icons, for 3 years.  I have devoted a huge portion of my life for the past 7 years to learning everything I can about icon design, who the most talented icon designers are, and knowing the icon market inside and out.

I encounter the question, “Where are the best places to sell (or buy) icons”? This post gives the details about the top marketplaces from a seller’s standpoint.

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Adobe Illustrator Contact Sheet JSX Plugin

I don’t like performing tedious, time-consuming tasks, especially when those tasks are non-revenue generating, which means they take time away from things I could be doing to increase revenue. The most time-consuming and tedious task I have to perform over-and-over is creating contacts sheet previews of my icons. The problem is that every marketplace has different requirements for preview image sizes and so a new contact sheet has to be created for each marketplace.
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Google Spreadsheets – Auto-Assign Row ID

I was recently working on a simple Google Spreadsheet to log functional requirements for a WordPress Plugin I’m building. I wanted a simple way to assign feature IDs as I entered new rows. My feature numbering system follows the format {version-major}.{version-minor}.{feature-number}. For example “1.1.001” where 1.1 is the version major + minor number, and 001 is the feature number.
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What language is that?

I spend some of my time reading liner notes of the music CDs that I buy. Like the Rosetta Stone, they are often written in three languages, although the languages are usually English, French, and German, rather than hieroglyphs, demotic script, and Ancient Greek. Once in a while, I open to the wrong language, and for a few seconds my eyes skim the German version of the text before it dawns on me that I am not looking at the English. 

Like most native speakers of a European language I can recognize a number of other European languages that I have no ability to read, write, or speak. How does this recognition work? Can it be put into a simple, not very sophisticated or difficult computer program? Continue reading

bLaTheR: Part 1

Breathes there a web designer with wallet so fed who never to himself hath said, “Cutting and pasting this Lorem Ipsum stuff is utter tedium. It doesn’t look like English, and the first word isn’t even Latin.” Technologies have come a long way since cut and paste, and the time has come to use technologies for placeholder text in web design.

This is the story of how bLaTheR, a Lorem Ipsum replacement, was born, and the computer science behind it. In part 2, we will cover the use of bLaTheR for populating web pages. Continue reading