Why I choose PHP and JavaScript

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I’m a professional software developer but choose to use PHP and JavaScript for my “personal” projects. When other software development professionals hear this I often get asked why, because PHP has “no future”. 

It is all about ease of use! Getting a local development server up and running on my new laptop takes about 5 minutes. I just download XAMPP and run an install, for tooling I download VS Code (also free) and I can be developing new code 10 minutes after I open my brand new laptop. Best of all it is completely free! 

But, I hear my colleagues say, you could use the cloud for Nodejs, C#, Java etc! Yes I could but those are 1. Not as easy to setup and 2. Not quite as free. If I develop something that has financial possibilities I can upload it onto a basic web hosting site for R40 per month. If and when it becomes a success I can then move it to a real hosting environment. 

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But, I hear them say again, you can set up a free web application on Azure or a t2.micro on AWS. Again, I agree I could, but then I need to worry about the OS, or the hosting platform, and then I need to check my security so that I can access my MySQL database from my local development machine. With my friendly local hosting provider I get a pre setup FTP account, a click of a button for a MySQL database that I can access from my local machine. 

But, yet again <rolls eyes>, that will never be as secure. I agree it isn’t, but so far it’s a simple little idea I was testing out, it is not a super secret app that has my banking details on it. 

IF and WHEN I get an idea that works, then taking the time and effort to configure a secure, elastic, load balanced and expensive environment will become worth while. 

Learning React

Most of the jobs I see that I would like to apply for require a developer to know React. In my quest to learn react I came across this summary course on YouTube. If you are like me and find normal training boring this summary course will be of interest. (It is actually an advert for his longer paid course).

C# loading a file through Ajax and Web API

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The Modal Form

<div id="AddFileDialog" class="modal">

<!-- Modal content -->
<div class="modalcontent">
  <div class="modalheader">
    <span class="close" onclick="cancelAddFileDialogClick();" id="closeAddFileDialog">&times;</span>
    <h1>Add File</h1>
  <div class="modalbody">
    <form id="NewsForm">
      <input type="hidden" id="FAAuctionID" />
      <div class="form-group has-feedback">
        <label for="FAAuctionName">Auction</label>
        <input type="input" name="FAAuctionName" id="FAAuctionName" value="" placeholder="Enter Auction Name" autocomplete="off" class="form-control" disabled>
      <div class="form-group has-feedback">
        <label for="FileType">File Type</label>
        <select name="FileType" id="FileType" class="form-control">
          <option value="1">Image</option>
          <option value="2">Document</option>
      <div class="form-group has-feedback">
        <label for="FileName">Name</label>
        <input type="input" name="FileName" id="FileName" value="" placeholder="Enter Descriptive Name" autocomplete="off" class="form-control">
      <div class="form-group has-feedback">
        <label for="Files">File</label>
        <input type="file" name="Files" id="Files" class="form-control"></input>
  <div class="modalfooter">
    <a href="#" class="btn btn-primary" onclick="OKAddFileDialogClick();" id="OKAddFileDialog">OK</a>
    <a href="#" class="btn btn-primary" onclick="cancelAddFileDialogClick();" id="cancelAddFileDialog">Cancel</a>


Java Script Show Form


JavaScript Dialog Management and send to server

function cancelAddFileDialogClick() {

function OKAddFileDialogClick() {
    // Link Companies in group to Auction
    AuctionID = $("#FAAuctionID").val();
    FileType = $("#FileType").val();
    FileName = $("#FileName").val();
    var fileData = new FormData();
    var fileUpload = $("#Files").get(0);
    var files = fileUpload.files;
    for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {
        fileData.append(files[i].name, files[i]);
    fileData.append("AuctionID", AuctionID);
    fileData.append("FileType", FileType);
    fileData.append("Name", FileName);
        method: "POST",
        contentType: false,   
        processData: false,
        beforeSend: function (xhr) { xhr.setRequestHeader('Authorization', 'Bearer ' + LoadToken(TokenName)) },
        url: "/api/Auctions/File/Create",
        data: fileData
    .done(function (data) {
        if (data.Result == "OK") {
            alert("File Linked successfully.");
        if (data.status == "ERROR") {
    .fail(function (data) {

C# code in ApiController

        public HttpResponseMessage UploadFiles()
            // Checking no of files injected in Request object  
            if (System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Files.Count > 0)
                List<Models.AuctionFile> OutFiles = new List<Models.AuctionFile>();
                    //  Get all files from Request object  
                    HttpFileCollection files = System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Files;
                    for (int i = 0; i < files.Count; i++)
                        //string path = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory + "Uploads/";  
                        //string filename = Path.GetFileName(Request.Files[i].FileName);  

                        HttpPostedFile file = files[i];
                        string fname;

                        // Checking for Internet Explorer  
                        if (System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Browser.Browser.ToUpper() == "IE" || System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Browser.Browser.ToUpper() == "INTERNETEXPLORER")
                            string[] testfiles = file.FileName.Split(new char[] { '\\' });
                            fname = testfiles[testfiles.Length - 1];
                            fname = file.FileName;
                        fname = Path.GetFileName(fname); // Drop path of uploaded file

                        // Get the complete folder path and store the file inside it.  
                        fname = Path.Combine(System.Web.Hosting.HostingEnvironment.MapPath("~/Uploads/"), fname);
                        // TODO: Link in Database

                        AuctionFile Model = new AuctionFile();
                        Model.CreatedBy = UserHelper.currentUser(this);
                        Model.CreatedDate = DateTime.Now;
                        Model.AuctionID = Int32.Parse(System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Params["AuctionID"]);
                        Model.FileType = Int32.Parse(System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Params["FileType"]);
                        Model.Name = System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.Params["Name"];
                        Model.Path = fname;
                        // Done: Create Audit
                    // Returns message that successfully uploaded  
                    return Request.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.OK, new { Result = "OK", Records = OutFiles, TotalRecordCount = OutFiles.Count() });
                catch (Exception ex)
                    return Request.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.OK, new { Result = "ERROR", Message = ex.Message });
                return Request.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.OK, new { Result = "ERROR", Message = "No files Selected" });