Should you build a Mobile App or a Mobile Website?

February 5, 2014 at 8:33 am


How to find out what technologies are used on a website?

February 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm


A while ago I posted “Is this site built with drupal“, which is basically an easy way to tell if a site was in fact built with Drupal. Only problem is, it can only check for one type of technology. Enter “Chrome Sniffer“.

Now you can easily see exactly what was used to build a site, simply by looking in the top left corner. Easy easy…


A Harder Problem than You Might Think

February 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I recently had the problem of breaking an address into a specific sized array. For example:

$s = "203 Wembley Square, Wembley Square Road, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001";

The result must be evenly spread strings across a new array, of which only the maximum size is known. So, for example, if I specify that the maximum length must be 3, the result should be:

    [0] => 203 Wembley Square, Wembley Square Road
    [1] => Cape Town, South Africa
    [2] => 8001

It might not be completely apparent why this is useful, but let me explain what I used it for. One of the tables in my database had three fields, namely:

  • address_line_1
  • address_line_2
  • address_line_3

For the scenario, there was no way that I could alter the database to cater for more or less fields. However, due to improvements on the system, there was a form that allowed users to enter the following “address” details:

  • Street Name
  • Building Name
  • City
  • Area Code
  • Country

So effectively, I had to map 5 lines onto 3 fields. The result I desired was:

  • address_line_1 = Street Name, Building Name
  • address_line_2 = City, Area Code
  • address_line_3 = Country

After exploring a host of options, I finally came to the following function that did what I want:

function splitArray($array, $maxSize = 3, $splitOn = array("\r\n", ",", "\r", "\n"))    
	# Split the array on multiple specified characters
	$arrayParts = explode(chr(1),str_replace($splitOn,chr(1),$array));

	# Format parts, remove invalid sections
	$finalAddressParts = array();
	foreach ($arrayParts as $a) {
	    $formatted = trim($a);
	    if (empty($formatted)) continue;
	    $finalAddressParts[] = $formatted;
	$arrayParts = $finalAddressParts;

	# Create the chunks
	$maxPerLine = max(round(sizeof($arrayParts) / $maxSize), 1);
	$chunks = array_chunk($arrayParts, $maxPerLine);

	for ($i=0; $i < $maxSize; $i++)  {
	    $arrayLines[$i] = '';

	$count = 0;
	foreach ($chunks as $chunk) {
	    $arrayLines[$count] = implode(", ", $chunk);

	return $arrayLines;

I'm sure there must be a shorter way to write this, and would love for anyone who knows of a way, to post it below. This is the best I could come up with that was both short and easy to read.

Is this site built with Drupal?

June 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Want to know if something was built with Drupal? Use this: