How to zero fill a number in PHP

A while ago I needed to automatically zero fill a number for a quoting system I was working on. I decided to browse the internet to search for a simple code snippit but I could only find code with a while loop that would keep adding zeroes untill the desired string length was reached. Although this seemed okay, I realized it could be done much cleaner, and most important, less draining for system resources. So I wrote the following function. Continue reading “How to zero fill a number in PHP”

A testdrive with W3C’s Unicorn

It’s been about two weeks since the World Wide Web Consortium released Unicorn, it’s new all-in-one validator. The new service combines W3C’s markup validator, CSS validator, mobileOk checker, and feed validator. I’ve been using those services for a long time and use them on a daily basis. I’ve even incorporated the markup validator and the CSS validator in my semi-automated SEO scan. Continue reading “A testdrive with W3C’s Unicorn”

Use PHP to get the number of items for a domain on Digg.com

Whilst working on my semi-automated SEO scan I wanted to get the number of listings for a given domain on some social bookmarking websites. Of course Digg.com is a very well-known and widely-used bookmarking website but sadly they don’t offer a nice XML or JSON API to check the number of listings. That’s why I wrote the following code to retrieve this number. Continue reading “Use PHP to get the number of items for a domain on Digg.com”