Archive for October, 2008

Google PageRank In Safari – Or Any Browser

Posted on October 28th, 2008 in Everyday Tips, Mac OSX | 14 Comments »

UPDATED 6/10/2009: The checker works again.

I like the option to check Google PageRank easily no matter what browser I am using so I wrote this quick little script to grab the PageRank of whatever page you are looking at and then pop open a little window to display the rank. All you need to do is drag the link below to your bookmarks bar on your browser.

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Zend Framework: Redirect – The Easy Way

Posted on October 28th, 2008 in PHP, Web Development, Zend Framework | 9 Comments »

It is common to need to redirect from one controller action to another or even from one controller to another when coding with the Zend Framework. From my code reviews, I find that many people are using the _redirect() method from Zend_Controller_Action. This function takes a url and an optional array of options. This is a fine choice if you need to redirect to a completely different website but the vast majority of redirect in a web application is to another action within the same application.

The lesser known, and much easier, way to redirect within the Zend Framework is to use the Redirector Zend Controller Action Helper

The syntax is much easier since you don’t have to reconstruct a complete url, you just pass in the action and controller names. In fact, the only required parameter is the name of the action. If only an action name is given then the current controller is assumed to be the target controller. Here is a quick example.

_helper->redirector('target', 'example');
    // NOTE: 'example' is optional since the default target controller
    // is the current controller

  public function targetAction() {
    // Do some things...

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