Aug 13

php ajax/jquery countdown

I recently came across the need to have a countdown displayed in one of our applications. I was going to be releasing a new version of our app and wanted the users to have an idea of how long it was going to take until the application was up and running. After a few searches I found a plugin that does just what I needed, it is a jquery plugin, very simple to use and to add to any php application in just a matter of minutes.

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May 19

Change ExtJs EditorGridPanel row color after edit

By adding an afteredit listener to your editor grid you’ll be able to change the row color on the fly, right after
the cell has been changed so users will be able to tell which records have been changed. I’ve added this instead of the little red tickbox since it is easier for the user to see and it just looks better.
Just in case this would conflict with the little red icon, I also went ahead and removed it with my custom.css file (shown below).

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Apr 11

Extjs Cascading (Dependent) Combo Boxes

This tutorial was written after one of my readers requested help with creating a dependent dropdown menu for continents, countries and states. I hope this helps everyone out there, who like myself, have struggled with this in the past.

First you’ll need to create the connect.php file, explained here.

Next create the 3 mysql/php/json files used for:
1. gathering data from mysql,
2. storing the data into a json array for each of the combo boxes you’ll be using (Continent, Country and State).

(Please adjust the paths to connect.php (mentioned above) and all other files used in this example
accordingly and create the required tables in mysql as needed)

Start by creating the continentQ.php file, to gather the continent data:
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Feb 12

Create Extjs PDF Report

I have been looking for ways to export MySQL data to pdf using ExtJS, and up to this day I haven’t been able to
find a simple solution. I finally came across a project called “PHPJasperXML”, which allows me to access MySQL data, export it to pdf from my ExtJS application, using php and without having to use any javascript.
Albeit, the report isn’t necessarily created by ExtJS, it is extremely easy to create the report and implement this on your ExtJS application.

**** Update May 17th 2011 ****
This is an alternate solution to PHPJasperXML, it uses jasperserver to store the report which can be accessed via its url and you can also use subreports and multiple parameters.


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Aug 21

Array as ExtJS baseParams

In this tutorial I’ll walk you through using the results of an array as an ExtJS baseParams, with the help of php implode and php explode. ExtJS baseParams are parameters that can be passed with all requests, parameters are encoded as standard HTTP parameter using Ext.urlEncode. A typical basepaParams usage may look like e.g. baseParams: {id: ’123′, foo: ‘bar’}, however, we’ll be using the results of an array as our baseParams instead of a single value. Continue reading