Monthly Archives: February 2014

Instagram API How-to

Before you start, drugs you’ll need to get an Instagram developer account at http://instagram.com/developer. You can log in with your regular Instagram account and just add the developer part onto it if you want. Once you’re signed up, neurologist create a new “Client” aka “App” (they seem to use those terms interchangeably). One of the fields it asks you to fill in is kind of confusing: “OAuth redirect_uri”. Just put a link to your website for now; it can be the same as what you put in the website URL field.

The Instagram API works in a very similar way to Foursquare’s API. You start with a base URL . . .

https://api.instagram.com/v1/

. . . then find the endpoint for the type of data you’re requesting — popular photos, approved photos with a particular tag, etc. Find the details of the available endpoints here: http://instagram.com/developer/endpoints/

The media endpoint URL starts with “media” and then has a second element which depends on what you want to do. To find the media near a certain location, for example, the endpoint is “media/search”. So the URL would start:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?

Everything after the question mark is where we put our custom parameters, like the location we want to search within. The available parameters are documented here: http://instagram.com/developer/endpoints/media/#get_media_search It turns out that this one only lets you search by location and only takes a latitude and longitude as a location. That’s kind of annoying, but we’ll go with it for now.

Under “media/search”, they give you a sample URL:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?lat=48.858844&lng=2.294351&access_token=ACCESS-TOKEN

It has a latitude and longitude, but you’ll see in the documentation there are also parameters for time and distance. The last parameter is for your API key. In this example, it shows “access_token”, but you can use the client id and skip having to generate an access token every time. (You’d only need to do that if you had to log in as a user and change stuff, like add a tag or comment.) So, your complete URL would be:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?lat=48.858844&lng=2.294351&client_id=MY-CLIENT-ID

If you plug in your client id and paste the above into the browser, you should get a bunch of JSON text back. (Or a very short piece of JSON if there’s an error.) Notice in the documentation the button to the right of the URL that says Response — that will show you what you can expect the JSON to look like. Glancing through the JSON text, you’ll see a lot of the info you might want in there — a bunch of links to jpgs, the username, the number of likes, and so on. If you like, paste the text into http://www.jsoneditoronline.org to get a better look.

Now to the PHP. Pop the URL into a file_get_contents() function in PHP to get the JSON text, use json_decode() to turn it into a PHP array, and then drill down to the information you need. For example, if you wanted to get the Instagram link to the first result, you might have something like:

$json_array['data'][0]['link']

See the code in the week5 folder on github for PHP code examples. The foursquare_api.php script will probably be most similar to Instagram.

Foursquare API video

Before you start, this web you’ll need to get an Instagram developer account at http://instagram.com/developer. You can log in with your regular Instagram account and just add the developer part onto it if you want. Once you’re signed up, impotent create a new “Client” aka “App” (they seem to use those terms interchangeably). One of the fields it asks you to fill in is kind of confusing: “OAuth redirect_uri”. Just put a link to your website for now; it can be the same as what you put in the website URL field.

The Instagram API works in a very similar way to Foursquare’s API. You start with a base URL . . .

https://api.instagram.com/v1/

. . . then find the endpoint for the type of data you’re requesting — popular photos, refractionist photos with a particular tag, etc. Find the details of the available endpoints here: http://instagram.com/developer/endpoints/

The media endpoint URL starts with “media” and then has a second element which depends on what you want to do. To find the media near a certain location, for example, the endpoint is “media/search”. So the URL would start:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?

Everything after the question mark is where we put our custom parameters, like the location we want to search within. The available parameters are documented here: http://instagram.com/developer/endpoints/media/#get_media_search It turns out that this one only lets you search by location and only takes a latitude and longitude as a location. That’s kind of annoying, but we’ll go with it for now.

Under “media/search”, they give you a sample URL:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?lat=48.858844&lng=2.294351&access_token=ACCESS-TOKEN

It has a latitude and longitude, but you’ll see in the documentation there are also parameters for time and distance. The last parameter is for your API key. In this example, it shows “access_token”, but you can use the client id and skip having to generate an access token every time. (You’d only need to do that if you had to log in as a user and change stuff, like add a tag or comment.) So, your complete URL would be:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/media/search?lat=48.858844&lng=2.294351&client_id=MY-CLIENT-ID

If you plug in your client id and paste the above into the browser, you should get a bunch of JSON text back. (Or a very short piece of JSON if there’s an error.) Notice in the documentation the button to the right of the URL that says Response — that will show you what you can expect the JSON to look like. Glancing through the JSON text, you’ll see a lot of the info you might want in there — a bunch of links to jpgs, the username, the number of likes, and so on. If you like, paste the text into http://www.jsoneditoronline.org to get a better look.

Now to the PHP. Pop the URL into a file_get_contents() function in PHP to get the JSON text, use json_decode() to turn it into a PHP array, and then drill down to the information you need. For example, if you wanted to get the Instagram link to the first result, you might have something like:

$json_array['data'][0]['link']

See the code in the week5 folder on github for PHP code examples. The foursquare_api.php script will probably be most similar to Instagram.
Now playing: How to use the Foursquare API with PHP

Foursquare API tutorial from Robyn Overstreet on Vimeo.

The corresponding code example is in github at
https://github.com/robynitp/commlabweb/blob/master/week5/foursquare_api.php

Correction: at around 12:13 in the video, price I’m looking at the JSON Editor Online and comparing it to my PHP array. I meant to show the exact same JSON text in both, anaemia but I accidentally showed a slightly different version in the online editor — one has a “groups” element and the the other has “venues”. Don’t let that confuse you. The PHP code, with “venues” is right –disregard the one in the JSON editor. If you’re curious to see the correct JSON output, I posted it on gist here.

Switch

'sun.jpg','blue'=>'sky.jpg','green'=>'grass.jpg');

// var_dump($photos);
echo '';
ophthalmologist  blue, stuff  green, yellow
$color = "blue";

$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg','blue'=>'sky.jpg','green'=>'grass.jpg');

// var_dump($photos);
echo '';
doctor  blue, green, yellow
$color = "blue";

$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg','blue'=>'sky.jpg','green'=>'grass.jpg');

// var_dump($photos);
echo '';
// red, erectile  blue, green, yellow
$color = "blue";

$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg','blue'=>'sky.jpg','green'=>'grass.jpg');

// var_dump($photos);
echo '';
// red, <a href="http://buy-canadian-cialis.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">stomatology</a>  blue, <a href="http://viagra-over-the-counter.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">cure</a>  green, yellow
$color = "blue";

$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg','blue'=>'sky.jpg','green'=>'grass.jpg');

// var_dump($photos);
echo '<img src="' . $photos[$color] . '" />';
// assume the color comes in from a form
// here we're just setting it by hand
$color = "blue";
// the array matches the colors to the images
$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg', <a href="http://cialis-usa.net" title="viagra" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">approved</a> 'blue'=>'sky.jpg', <a href="http://buycheap-cialisonline.net/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">pills</a> 'green'=>'grass.jpg');

// to debug, use var_dump
// var_dump($photos);

// echo the image associated with the color
echo '<img src="' . $photos[$color] . '" />';
// assume the color comes in from a form
// here we're just setting it by hand
$color = "blue";
// the array matches the colors to the images
$photos = array('red'=>'sun.jpg', <a href="http://cialis-usa.net" title="viagra" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">approved</a> 'blue'=>'sky.jpg', <a href="http://buycheap-cialisonline.net/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">pills</a> 'green'=>'grass.jpg');

// to debug, use var_dump
// var_dump($photos);

// echo the image associated with the color
echo '<img src="' . $photos[$color] . '" />';

Some good examples of switch here: http://us2.php.net/manual/en/control-structures.switch.php

Check github for my example, website
coming soon.

Image and Array example

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, erectile add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, pilule refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

 

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.
File Permissions

 

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, geriatrician add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, information pills refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

&lt;?php
$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.
File Permissions

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

<!--?php
$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;</pre-->

Getting a file with a URL

<!--?php
$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */</pre-->

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.
File Permissions

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, medical add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, visit web refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.
File Permissions

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, this add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, pilule refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of.

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, help add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, side effects refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Assignment

Using PHP, illness add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, ed refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Production

Using PHP, pills add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, disease refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Production

Using PHP, add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Production

Using PHP, more add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, store refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Working with Data on the Web, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Getting information from the user

Reading

Production

Using PHP, more add the interactive elements to the front-end you build last week. Implement the $_GET and/or $_POST arrays available in PHP.

Due next class (2/18). Blog write-up due 8pm Feb 17.

Tech prep for next week
(see video links in the sections below)

Accessing the file system with PHP

Along with the videos, store refer to the PHP.net documentation for:
file_get_contents 
file_put_contents

Reading files
PHP can pull in the contents from a file, either locally from your server, or from the outside world via a URL.

Getting a local file

$contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
echo $contents;

Getting a file with a URL

$contents = file_get_contents("http://google.com");
echo $contents; //run this and see what happens

/* Note: the PHP setting allow_url_fopen has to be set to on in order to pull a file from a URL.
Many hosts have this on by default. Some do not. Ask for help if you run into an error. */

Writing to files
Writing to files is a similar process, but there are a few additional things to be aware of:

Appending. As you’ll see on the manual page for file_put_contents, one of the optional parameters available is called $flags. That parameters allows you to set a few options for the function. The one to pay attention to is FILE_APPEND (it’s written that way because it’s a constant in PHP). Without this option included, file_get_contents will overwrite any existing content in the file. Most likely you’ll want to just  add content to the end of the file, in which case you’ll need to use FILE_APPEND.

File Permissions. In order to write to a file on your server, the server has to have designated the file as writable. Usually, as a security measures, files on a web server are not writable by default. So you will need to set the permissions of the file to tell the server it’s ok to write to it. In Unix, the command to change the permissions of a file is chmod, short for “change mode”.  This is often done in the command line, connecting to your server behinds the scenes (through a protocol called ssh, if you’re interested). Luckily, though, Cyberduck lets you set permissions when you’re connected to your sever via FTP.

Here’s a guide on how to change permissions in Cyberduck. As you’ll see, there are check boxes for “read”, “write”, and “execute”. Check all of the boxes, so that “Owner”, “Group” and “Other” have all permissions. (That setting corresponds to the number 777 — you usually don’t need to know that for Cyberduck, but just in case.)

Gist:

Watch:
Reading files with file_get_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr_HcMEBPdo
Writing to files with file_put_contents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blSAiNRmauc

CSV

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It’s a simple text format for storing data in files. Spreadsheet programs like Excel allow you to import and export in CSV, so it comes in handy when you have data in a spreadsheet you want to transfer to a web project.

The PHP functions that will be most useful in parsing csv data are file, which takes a file and turns it into an array, with each line an element in the array, and explode, which turns a string into an array, breaking out elements based on the commas (or any other character).

Watch: Group of videos on CSV and PHP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqhSrBJHTIY&list=PL65AA826CE34FD00F

JSON

JSON, or “Javascript Object Notation” is a text format that was designed to send data in Javascript  code. Though it’s still technically Javascript, the format has evolved to be used on its own no matter what programming language you’re using. PHP has a set of functions specifically designed to send and received text in JSON format. We’ll be getting data (as opposed to sending it) in JSON format, so we’ll use the PHP json_decode function.

Objects in JSON consist of name/value pairs. An object is enclosed in { } (curly brackets). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by a , (comma) A simple object example:

{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
}

Arrays are enclosed in [ ] (square brackets) with a , (comma) separating the elements. An array of objects looks like:

[
{
"name":"Grand Central Terminal",
"location": "87 E 42nd St"
},
{
"name":"Penn Station",
"location": "1 Penn Plaza"
}
]

Watch: What is JSON? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aKlrL-2V8

Parsing JSON with PHP

Refer to the PHP.net documentation for json_encode and json_decode functions in conjunction with the videos

Watch: Very quick demos:
json_decode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iMR0uac2Kg
json_encode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdxW9OSPK-o

Saving JSON data to a file with PHP
Watch: Lynda.com, Working with Data on the Web, Ch. 4, section on “Updating your JSON data” http://www.lynda.com/CSS-tutorials/Updating-your-JSON-data/133326/145995-4.html

 

 

Data storage. reading and writing to the file system, check JSON

Asssignments
Create an application that stores data in the file system in JSON or CSV format and retrieves that data for display on the front end. You may continue with your application from the past weeks or move forward with a new idea.
Propose a final project. Describe it in a blog post.

Due next week (2/25). Blog write-ups due 8pm Feb 24.

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