Posts Tagged with "how-tos"

Detect an Ajax request in PHP

Posted by Stanislav Furman on August 25, 2017

If you would like to use same PHP code to handle both AJAX and non-AJAX requests, here is a quick and simple trick that you can use to check if the incoming request is AJAX. For our trick we will use a HTTP header called HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITH. It is supported by all modern browsers that support AJAX. Therefore, it should work in 99% of cases.

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Delete all Docker containers and images

Posted by Stanislav Furman on September 10, 2016

First time I heard about Docker was beginning of 2016. Finally, I got a chance to try Docker in "wild nature".

One of the most common things you might need from time to time is to stop or remove all your Docker images in one shot. Here are some simple and useful commands to stop or remove all of Docker containers.

Before deleting Docker containers we need stop them:


$ docker stop $(docker ps -a -q)

Now, when our Docker containers are not running, we can delete them:


$ docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)

Also there is a nice untility to clean your Docker images, volumes and networks. It's called Docker Clean.


How to use optional parameters in URI path in Yii framework

Posted by Stanislav Furman on July 10, 2014
Read about how to use optional parameters in URL manager in Yii framework

How to update fields from another table in MySQL

Posted by Stanislav Furman on May 28, 2014
Read how to update a bunch of fields from another table in MySQL

Unix shell commands to detect a DDoS attack and its source

Posted by Stanislav Furman on April 25, 2014
5 Unix shell commands to check if your server is under DDoS attack and its source

Redis: How to delete keys matching a pattern

Posted by Stanislav Furman on April 10, 2014
How to delete keys matching a wildcard pattern in Redis

Backward version compatibility in PHP web application

Posted by Stanislav Furman on February 17, 2014
How to handle backward PHP version compatibility in your web application

How to recognize a good programmer

Posted by Stanislav Furman on September 30, 2013

I realized that my article about "How to interview a programmer" is pretty popular, so I decided to extend this topic and share my thoughts about recognizing a good programmer.

Nowadays, it is known that IT guys can make relatively good money in software or web development industry. This makes a lot of people to start learning basics of programming from the school, or sometimes even change their current careers to become programmers. Unfortunately, having a desire is not enough to become a good programmer. Even a number of certificates or diploma from university is not a sufficient sign of a good programmer.

If you are looking for a really good professional you must pay your attention to a certain important indicators.

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File search and wildcards in PHP

Posted by Stanislav Furman on June 7, 2013
How to search files in PHP using wildcards and patterns

Concatenating NULL and blank fields in MySQL

Posted by Stanislav Furman on May 17, 2013
How to concatenate empty and null fields in MySQL database