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The End of An Era

Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes to beloved Geocities.

geocities

Geocities started off in 1995, giving users the ability to create their own personal homepages. By 1999, Geocities was the third most visited website on the web, mostly due to its personalized homepages. In January of that year, Yahoo! acquired Geocities. A decade later, Yahoo! announced that they would be axing Geocities today, the 26th of October.

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Lateral Cache: Now you too can have a well organized cache without the work!

In the past few weeks, I have seen many posts addressing the concept of caching. Although it may seem trivial to implement and easy to maintain for some web designers, it is certainly not something everyone is familiar with.

Problem and Solution

The large amount of tutorials have also aroused many different ways to cache. Knowing which ones work effectively can indeed lead to problems. To solve these issues, I spent some time creating a small PHP library, called Lateral Cache, that enables you to have a well organized and sturdy cache with almost no work.

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Thanks to our Sponsors

The Advertisers on the Sidebar to the right are an important part in keeping Lateral Code up and running. We do our best to provide quality and useful articles in order to make their investments worth it.

Here are our current advertisers:

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Thanks again and we hope that you will continue to choose Lateral Code.

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Screencast: Discover Search Suggest with the jQuery Autocomplete Plugin

Have you ever wondered how to implement a search suggest feature on your website? Contrary to popular belief, this is actually a very simple task.

In the following 5 minute (yes, it only takes 5 minutes) screencast, we present a way to discover search suggest with the jQuery Autocomplete Plugin.

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Caching dynamic PHP webpages

One major problem faced by many dynamically generated websites is that of server load. Serving static HTML pages has a very light overhead for the server, but complex dynamically generated PHP pages can put some strain on the server, especially if many people are accessing the page at once.

The solution is caching (not cashing, as the picture implies): instead of regenerating the entire page every time, we serve up a saved copy that is updated at a given interval.

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