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GraphQL in the world of WordPress as Headless CMS. To be or not to be?

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Headless CMS are all the rage from past some time. The idea of rendering a full page from the CMS itself for every request seems old & boring. To a certain point, the benefits of going Headless are valid & quantifiable.

To put it plainly, in a Headless implementation, the backend and frontend are separated out. The CMS (backend in this case) would just be responsible for managing the content. The frontend is decoupled from it & it can be built on an entirely different tech stack than what the backend is built on. Both frontend and backend are connected by an API (provided by backend) which the frontend uses to fetch data to display it on the screen. This way, the whole page (containing data + layout elements) would not have to be loaded and rendered for every request. This provides a few benefits right off the bat:

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Inheritance (& code reusability) in the world of React

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People like me who come from the typical Object Oriented background coming from PHP, Java, C# etc would say yes, code inheritance is a good practice. But what do you do when you are working with a language which does not follow your typical OO paradigms?! Yes, I’m talking about Javascript – the language people like to love and hate at the same time. And on top of that, you happen to be working with React, it becomes an altogether different matter.

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Fixing data encoding in a MySQL database

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Offlate I’ve been working on a pet project, part of which involved restoring an old MySQL database. The backup was of MySQL data files and not a SQL dump. However, restoring database from those data files was not much of an issue; I just hopped over to PuPHPet and downloaded config for a VM which was quickly setup, MySQL data files copied over to /var/lib/mysql/<db-name>, repair command run and a SQL dump created.

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iG:Syntax Hiliter v5.0

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iG:Syntax Hiliter v5.0 is now available for download. Its been about two and half years since last release of v4.2 (v4.3 was a bugfix release made next day).

What has changed?
Well, lots on the code front, a bit on the user front. Some of those things are:

  • Language file/name cache was not re-building automatically, fixed now.
  • Finer control over GeSHi behaviour & code parsing.
  • Plugin stylesheet can be disabled if you want to use your own for code boxes.
  • CSS & JS assets are enqueued only if they’re needed.

This version sees a major code over-haul, a major re-write/restructuring of the code which has resulted in a cleaner, modular & better performing code. Also the PHP version requirement has been bumped up to PHP 5.3.0. The core code of the plugin would not load if installed PHP version is less than 5.3.0, fail gracefully & show you a friendly notice in wp-admin about it.

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