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osCommerce Slashes acumelating in product name and description fields.

I recently ran into an issue in osCommerce 2.2RC2. In the admin area when adding, editing a product everything is fine but when you hit back on the the on the preview screen your product name and description have a bunch of extra slashes in it. This happens because osCommerce is escaping the quote you put into the name and description and not removing them on the way back.

Heres a quick fix

Go to “admin/categories.php” and find the following line

<td><?php echo tep_image(DIR_WS_CATALOG_LANGUAGES . $languages[$i]['directory'] . '/images/' . $languages[$i]['image'], $languages[$i]['name']) . '&nbsp;' . tep_draw_input_field('products_name[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', (isset($products_name[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? $products_name[$languages[$i]['id']] : tep_get_products_name($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id']))); ?></td>

and replace it with

<td><?php echo tep_image(DIR_WS_CATALOG_LANGUAGES . $languages[$i]['directory'] . '/images/' . $languages[$i]['image'], $languages[$i]['name']) . '&nbsp;' . tep_draw_input_field('products_name[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', (isset($products_name[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? stripslashes($products_name[$languages[$i]['id']]) : stripslashes(tep_get_products_name($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id'])))); ?></td>

Then replace this line :

<td><?php echo tep_draw_textarea_field('products_description[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', 'soft', '70', '15', (isset($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? $products_description[$languages[$i]['id']] : tep_get_products_description($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id']))); ?></td>

with:

<td><?php echo tep_draw_textarea_field('products_description[' . $languages[$i]['id'] . ']', 'soft', '70', '15', (isset($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) ? stripslashes($products_description[$languages[$i]['id']]) : stripslashes(tep_get_products_description($pInfo->products_id, $languages[$i]['id'])))); ?></td>

Thats it its as easy as that.

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Codeigniter: My PHP framework of choice

Lately I’ve been looking for ways to organize my code and be more productive. As i was reading my RSS feeds I stumbled upon an article that linked to the Codeigniter web site. After reading up on the benefits of Codeigniter I decided that I should look at other PHP frameworks and compare to see which ones I liked. I reviewed Zend, CakePHP, and Codeigniter because they use the MVC model that i find is a logical and effective way to organize my code.

While downloading Zend the first thing I realized was how heavy it was it was 24 MB zipped i didn’t even continue with the download. 24MB is way too much and it still doesn’t have the application in it so without even downloading it Codeigniteri crossed Zend out.

Next was CakePHP, Cakes download size is much more decent at just under 700kb once I downloaded it I started to read through the documentation. While looking at the way that Cake’s classes are organized I found them to be sort of a hassle to work with. Also even though there is good documentation I found that some of  it I had to read 2 or 3 time to actually get a full grasp of what a function or class does. At this point i hadn’t ruled out Cake but i wasn’t convinced that it was for me.

Finally I went back and reviewed Codeigniter. Codeigniter is a little heavier than Cake at 900kb but it is still a very reasonable size. The first thing I noticed about Codeigniter(CI) is its user guide I it took no more that 5 min to understand how CI implemented the MVC model. Almost immediately i fell in love with CI I find it super easy to use and it takes care of all the little things easily. Its DB class implements the Active Record Pattern which makes thing so easy. I don’t have to worry about where i missed the quote in a 10 line SQL statement and I don’t have to worry about escaping characters since it’s all take care of.

All in all I think Codeigniter takes care of all the simple things that take up most of your time. Take a look at CI here.

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