Archives for April, 2010

Quick Netbeans tip - task filters

published on April 27, 2010.
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I’m using Netbeans as my main IDE for PHP and Python projects for over a year now, yet only now I have stumbled upon this feature - creating filters for tasks that show up in the “Tasks” window (Ctrl+6 shortcut to show/hide the window).

To be honest, I wasn’t even using it (until now), cause, by default it shows all the todo-s and issues from all the files from the current project. This can produce a pretty big list if (like me) you have Zend Framework, Pear and other frameworks and libraries set on the include path for the project you’re working in, as the little @todo-s will show up from those files, too.

Filters to the rescue. On the “Tasks” window there’s that little icon of that whatever-it’s-called showed on the first image, where you can create and edit filters. I’ve created a simple one, which excludes todo-s from files that have “Zend” in their location and includes only from PHP files (second image).

Me likes this feature.

Tags: filters, ide, netbeans, tasks, tip.
Categories: Development, Software.

Honeypot for Zend Framework

published on April 21, 2010.
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I just hacked up a little code snippet based on Matthew’s Honeypot Wordpress plugin. It’s basically just a Validator for a Zend Form element which is hidden from the user via CSS. Cause it’s hidden, users won’t see it, but spambots will, well, cause they are bots.

If the element is left empty, it’s valid, otherwise it’s not.

So, here’s the code:

class App_Validate_Honeypot extends Zend_Validate_Abstract
    const SPAM = 'spam';

    protected $_messageTemplates = array(
        self::SPAM => "I think you're a spambot. Sorry."

    public function isValid($value, $context=null)
        $value = (string)$value;

        if(is_string($value) and $value == ''){
            return true;

        return false;

I add the element to the form like this:

        'label' => 'Honeypot',
        'required' => false,
        'class' => 'honeypot',
        'decorators' => array('ViewHelper'),
        'validators' => array(
                'validator' => 'Honeypot'

There. Done.

Happy hackin’!

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