Zend Framework – Disable Layout and View from Rendering (Handy for AJAX)

I don’t know how many times I have needed to look this up for myself, typically when I am putting together a controller action that I want to use specifically for outputting something like JSON for some AJAX related thing I am doing. That or when I am working on a page that I need to have different from the base template that I have setup in my layouts. Either way, figured I’d post it here like the rest of the code I tend to reuse often, and share with the world cause they may be looking for it too.
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JavaScript and PHP unix timestamp for right now, and a date of your choice

From time to time I find myself in need of knowing what the current epoch timestamp is, either in javascript or in php. More times then less I also find myself recreating a similar function to determine either respectively for either language. But sometimes I find it just so much more easier to have a pre-made function that I can either just see what that number is by going to a bookmark in my browser and getting the equivalent of now for my needs. Or in the event I need to future date something I just want the number. So I am making this simple little form for my benifit but figure so many of you will also enjoy it. Any feedback is welcome.
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PHP Strong Password

If you want to prompt your users to create password that is a certain length more or less, that is also strong by today’s definition then here is a good example. This can be elaborated on even more but for common use in most practices this is more than enough. You can comment out like I have in the example below one or more if-else statements if you wish to not enforce that particular type. In my example I commented out the need for symbols like @ # $ &… What this function out of the box seeks is at least 1 letter and 1 number, it seeks to make sure at least 1 letter is capitalized and wants the password to be more than 8 char long but less than 20. This function returns true/false. False if the password has passed the requirements true if not. An example of its use would be
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PHP Unix TimeStamp to mySQL DATETIME


Sometimes you jut want to have a ready need to take a recalculated timestamp from a past/future date and store it in your DB this little function helps achieve that, I notice a lot of people especially newer coders who have a passion for time() timestamps as they are in a sense easier to work with, but at the end of the day don’t know how to switch it over to a mySQL friendly datetime format Example:

TimeStamp: 1306193250 converts to MySQL DATETIME: 2011-05-23 19:27:30
TimeStamp: converts to MySQL DATETIME:

Now some may argue that its a bit redundant to have this in function format as all it really is, is one line of code, however I keep it as a function to remember it easier. When the time comes to use it rather than type everything all out time and time again. But thats just me.

function unixToMySQL($timestamp)
{
	return date('Y-m-d H:i:s', $timestamp);
}