PHP CRUD Application – Portfolio Piece

I am super pleased to share that I have completed and uploaded my first (that I can share at least) personal portfolio piece written in PHP to a subdomain on my personal hosting server located at walk.openlamp.tech. Over the better part of the last year, I have developed a custom reporting dashboard written in PHP for my (current) employer, but do not share any of that work as it is proprietary and not owned by me. However, for a personal project, I can share far and wide. In this post, I provide a brief overview of my simple (in theory at least) application/site, built on the LAMP stack using the MVC (Model-View-Controller) design pattern in core PHP along with Bootstrap 4, jQuery, and MySQL.

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Digital Owl’s Prose End of Year blog post compilation

Like always, I do an end-of-year round-up here on my blog. This year is no different in that aspect, although it has been one crazy year otherwise. With the holidays upon us, I look forward to much-needed time off work, spending time with my family, and catching up on some fantasy novel reading. With that said, here are this year’s top-5 most viewed blog posts from Digital Owls’ Prose. Ironically, for the second year running, none of them were actually written this year! Got to love that evergreen content right!?! Enjoy!

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MySQL Window Function Compilation

If you use SQL on a regular basis, then you are well aware that Window Functions are powerful. They allow us to simplify queries that would otherwise be quite the mess. We can provide meaningful insight across rows of data without collapsing the results into a single value. I have written numerous blog posts on Window Functions, many here recently. I decided to make this blog post a compilation of all the Window Function posts I have written, providing a one-stop source for any readers interested in learning more about Window Functions…

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Top n Window Function queries in MySQL

Top n Window Function queries over a specific subset of data are common in analysis and reporting requirements. Luckily, in MySQL, there are Window functions we can use for this type of query. To be quite honest, you don’t necessarily need Window Functions. You can retrieve those top 3 (or whatever) types of results with a regular SQL query. But, since we have those powerful Window Functions, why not use them? My thoughts exactly! Besides, no one wants a spaghetti code mess of SQL to try and understand. Not to mention, Window functions are often better optimized for querying larger data sets. Continue reading and see example queries for more understanding…

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Rolling sum and average – Window Functions MySQL

Rolling sum and average query results are possible by combining the aggregate functions SUM() or AVG() with the OVER() clause, making for powerful analytic queries. I recently learned how to compute a rolling average or sum of values by using the Windowing option of the OVER() clause, applying the concepts to a data set I am familiar with. I wanted to share my learning with any readers who might be interested… [Keep reading for more SQL database and PHP/Python-centric content >>>]