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Get UK Bank Holidays in PHP

By Jordan Hall 3rd November 2017


If you've ever needed to display opening times for a business on their website you'll probably have encountered the edge case of differing opening times on UK Bank Holidays. The UK government provides information regarding all UK Bank Holidays, and we've written a small open-source PHP library to take advantage of this. Installation You can install the PHP UK Bank Holidays package using Composer. If you've never used Composer before, you can fi...

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How to migrate data from one database to another (with UXDM)

By Jordan Hall 17th August 2017


This article is aimed at developers looking to migrate existing data from one database schema to another. It should be very useful if you are planning to move from one system to another, such as moving from Drupal to WordPress, or wishing to migrate external data into a new bespoke system. The UXDM (Universal Extensible Data Migrator) is an open source PHP library we have created to simplify the process of moving data from any source to any dest...

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Rapid Web’s Open Source Contributions 2016 & 2017

By Jordan Hall 25th April 2017


At the beginning of last year, I posted about our open source contributions from 2015. Most of these projects focused on frontend web development. This time around, the majority of our new open sourced projects are backend code and libraries. They also include a small selection of 'Simple' libraries, designed to wrap around complex functionality and abstract it. Here's a summary of our main open source projects and contributions from 2016 &...

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Rapid Web’s Open Source Contributions 2015

By Jordan Hall 7th January 2016


In 2015, Rapid Web made a commitment to increase their contributions to the open source community. We therefore started several open source projects. This post will go over some of the most interesting open source contributions we made last year. Direct Share Buttons Including large amounts of external JavaScript and 3rd party code for all the various social media sites can be a pain. They can slow down the loading and rendering of your webpage...

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PHP library for the Google Contacts API (v3)

By Jordan Hall 19th October 2015


Google Contacts PHP library We're happy to announce that we have recently open sourced a Google Contacts API PHP client library. This library is MIT licensed (so anyone can use it) and available on our GitHub account. For more information about Rapid Web's open source efforts, please visit our Rapid Web open source mini-site. About This Google Contacts API library is designed for use in PHP frameworks and general PHP web applications. It use...

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5 reasons Open Source Software is good for your business

By Jordan Hall 19th June 2015


In recent years, open source software has become more frequently used by businesses and individuals alike. Why is this, and what makes open source solutions so increasingly popular? Below I list five reasons why open source software can be good for your business. Security The security of software used in your business is very important. It is used to protect, process and store your company's intellectual property. By its nature open source softwa...

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