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Image saving and processing for high traffic sites

I think everyone has already seen code similar like this:

 
What's wrong with this? Let's assume you have an image library behind the Thumb helper. It will process the image supplied in $image. It will try to create the thumbnail, opening a file if it does not already exist at the destination and start processing the image. Once complete, it will write it out to the - as long as process...

Working with a company that embraces open source

 
I've done my fair share of working for closed and "open" companies. I've recently (in July 2011) clocked over two years working here at the Cake Development Corporation, and while attending the Open Source Developers Conference (2011) in Canberra, I have had some time to reflect on my experiences with the company, and my feelings regarding my work here.
Traditionally I have found that compa...

Call out to the CakePHP community.

 
Everyone knows CakePHP has one of the largest and most loyal communities in the Open Source world, over the last few months we have been witnessing some very disturbing things happening to one of our community members. Many of you may know Jonathan Freeman over at Widget Press he created some tools that have helped many people build applications using CakePHP. He has also been a target of a ...

Tags Plugin release v1.1

Following the release an update for our Utils Plugin, we've compiled a few commits that have been finalised on the Tags plugin, bundled it and packaged for release.
The tags plugin, if you've not used it, is a great and simple plugin that allows you to apply tags to any object in your existing application without modification of tables or structure. Its unobtrusive, and awesome.
This latest u...

Tags Plugin release v1.1

Using the CakeDC Tags plugin for CakePHP

This is an introduction to using the CakeDC Tags plugin for CakePHP. I'll take you through a new project creation, and the addition of the Tags plugin to your project for use with tagging a Blog model on your project. You should be able to take the skills learnt here to any other project, and start taking advantage of the Tags plugin for tagging your models appropriately.
Lets get started by b...

Utils Plugin release v1.1

The Utils plugin is our mixed bag of "awesome". If you've not yet checked it out, definitely hop over to github to check it out. It aggregates a lot of useful code and miscellaneous ideas into a single plugin thats portable and dead easy to use in your applications.
Since its release in September, we've made a few changes and updates, and we've bundled a new version for release.
Here's a summ...