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PostgreSQL and network operators

I am working on a couple of projects that require the use of PostgreSQL and I really like dealing with it. Full of features that are sometimes quite usefull. One of them is the <<= network operator.

is contained within or equals – inet ’192.168.1/24′ <<= inet ’192.168.1/24′

This way one can check if an ip is in the range of a given network. Pretty simple, yeah! But I had the need to query ip address that are not in a specific network range :) . Well there is no opposite operator – at least I couldn’t find one. So what I did is is the following:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM ips WHERE  CASE WHEN ip <<= inet '192.168.1/24' THEN false ELSE true END

Adding a number of random generated unique strings into db

Today I accidentally got to a piece of code I have written long ago and really got surprised from me. I have created a not conventional solution to a interesting problem. Imagine you have to add a bunch of rows into a db table, for example promo codes, that has column holding randomly generated strings. The strings should be unique of course, so we have unique key in the db! So instead of generating the string, checking if it is already in the table and if not -> adding it to the table, I have just written this:

$j = 0;
for($i=0; $i<$count; $i++)
			$code = str_makerand();
			$codeID = $this->addItem(

		catch(Exception $e){
			if($j=10) break;

Integrating PHPList and CodeIgniter

Hello to all. It was a busy month ,so I haven’t updated this blog for soo loong. Now I give you a small bonus :) . I was busy with a lot of stuff including writing a library for CodeIgniter dealing with PHPList integration. Before implementing it, I googled a lot for a ready to use library on this particular subject. No luck. So I found myself writing it for an hour and think it is pretty good in doing its job, at least for me :) Here is the library Read more

Prado and loading modules at runtime

Today I had big problems trying to load modules in Prado from the TPage, not using the application.xml. I had such a requirement for the globalization utility in our web application. So after hours of pain finaly I found the magic lines of code that allow this to happen. I am surprised that there was no entry in the documentation or in the forums :( .

Here is the code:
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Database architecture for multilingual content

Recently I had a discussion at work about database architecture supporting multilingual content again. This is a question that is been asked for so long – How to design the database to enable multilingual content ? Ok here the main goals are two:
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