We're making some changes

Submitted by m_sabal on Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:02

In the next few months, we'll be making some updates to our site to reflect the direction we'll be taking as a company. We're growing beyond consulting and training, and will be launching products and services in a number of different domains. The first place to look will be a new division, named Ordinary Impact. We've already filed for the fictitious name with the State of Pennsylvania, and expect that to be approved in the next week or two.

Why PHP 7.4 and FFI excites me

Submitted by m_sabal on Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:04

In May 2019, the creator of the PHP language, Rasmus Lerdorf, spoke at the PHP day conference in Verona, Italy. His presentation is available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCZ5TJCBWMg), and I would encourage all PHP developers to watch it. Towards the end of his presentation, Rasmus highlighted some of the features that will be added to the language in version 7.4, scheduled for release in late November 2019. In my opinion, the most exciting of these features is the Foreign Function Interface, abbreviated FFI.

SQL Injection

Submitted by m_sabal on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:16

One of the most common ways attackers attempt to steal or corrupt data is through a database-connected web site. Though protecting yourself from SQL injection attacks is not particularly difficult, it is time consuming. If you would like an evaluation whether your web site is vulnerable to attack, or need help getting the work done to fix it, contact us today.

EDI Consulting

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a common method of exchanging information between businesses in a standardized format. We have nearly 20 years of experience with EDI, including a thorough knowledge of the ANSI X12 protocol, map development, secure communications in AS2 and AS3, and many different translation and mapping tools and ERP systems. We are also in the process of building a cost-effective hosted EDI solution so all you have to worry about is processing and shipping your orders.


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