How to Download a Given Folder in a Github Repository via SVN

SVN export completed.

There are times we download or clone a full GitHub repository when all that is needed is a given folder in it.Say (like me) you use PHP Code Sniffer Tool to analyze and detect violations of a defined coding standard in PHP code and you've decided to include PSR2 standard to your list of installed standards.Instead of the old way of cloning or downloading the whole repository, i will show you how to download just the PSR2 folder via Apache … [Continue reading]

Adding Custom Admin Notices & Error alert in WordPress

Custom WordPress Admin Notices

When developing plugins for WordPress, I seldom use the Settings API to build the plugin settings page instead, I build it from ground-up utilizing the Options API to store the plugin data to the database.Not quite long, I discovered I could use the function add_settings_error() — a member of the Settings API family — to output custom admin notices/messages to users about settings validation problems, missing settings and even success … [Continue reading]

Set Default Editor Mode (TinyMCE / HTML) in WordPress

WordPress TinyMCE Editor

I recently built a plugin where I needed WordPress to by default always set its editor to Text (HTML) mode and not tinyMCE.This is achievable using the undocumented filer wp_default_editor.To make TinyMCE always display by default, use the code below.[php] function set_default_editor() { $r = 'tinymce'; return $r; } add_filter( 'wp_default_editor', 'set_default_editor' ); [/php]To make the text / HTML mode the default … [Continue reading]

Vagrant Fix: `parse': (<unknown>): found a tab character that violate intendation while scanning a plain scalar

Laravel homestead vagrant error

In case you haven't heard, I have move my PHP development from XAMPP to Vagrant, Laravel homestead box to be precise. A post on getting started with vagrant coming soon.As always whilst starting a new project, i added the site to Homestead.yaml, did Vagrant up and got the following error messages.c:/HashiCorp/Vagrant/embedded/lib/ruby/2.0.0/psych.rb:205:in `parse': (<unknown>): found a tab character that violate intendation while … [Continue reading]

How to Upgrade XAMPP to a Newer Version

XAMPP server

XAMPP is a popular PHP development environment for creating a local LAMP stack.In this succinct tutorial, I will show us how to upgrade XAMPP for Windows to a newer version in few steps.Firstly, download and install the latest version of XAMPP in a new installation folder.Say your older version is in C:\xampp and the newer version was installed in D:\xampp; Delete the htdocs and MySQL folder in D:\xampp and replace them with the … [Continue reading]

Remove Sensitive Data and Commits from Git History with BFG Repo-Cleaner


Earlier today, I accidentally committed a sensitive data of a project I was working on to a public Github repository.To remove every trace of that data on Github, I had to remove all history of the file that contained the said data.In this succinct article, I will show us how to remove or delete all Git history of a file on Github using BFG Repo-CleanerNote: BFG Repo-Cleaner do not clean-up the latest commit and assume it is the good … [Continue reading]

HybridAuth Fix: Authentication failed! Facebook returned an invalid user id

Facebook app - status and review

In a project I was working on this past weeks, I was tasked to integrate social network login functionality to the site.To reduce time required to implement the social login of each social networks, I opted to use HybridAuth - a PHP library that enable developers to easily build social applications to engage websites visitors and customers on a social level by implementing social sign in, social sharing, users profiles, friends list, … [Continue reading]

Introduction to WordPress Theme Customization API

WordPress Theme Customization API

As a WordPress user, you'd already be familiar with the impressive features that the CMS brings along. Theme Customization API is one such feature that has taken the WordPress theme customization world by a wave.In this tutorial, you'll get to know about the utilization of WordPress Theme Customization API that has been introduced in WordPress 3.4 and since then has been serving as one of the finest tools for tweaking the WordPress themes. … [Continue reading]