Nginx Tutorial

Nginx, pronounced "engine X", is a fast and lightweight web server, that can be used to serve static files, but is often used as a reverse proxy. It has some very nice features like load balancing and rate limiting. We'll cover some common use cases like serving files, creating a directory listing, reverse proxying to pass incoming traffic to a local web server, adding SSL encryption, and how to require https and www on your site. This guide is for someone who needs a quick reference to setting up a simple nginx server. For the latest documentation always check out the official website and the source mirror at

LetsEncrypt Free SSL Certificate Tutorial

Let's Encrypt is "a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority." They provide free signed certificates as a trusted certificate authority. This tutorial walks through the process of installing certbot and requesting new certificates and renewing existing ones wit Let's Encrypt. If you are just looking to generate your own quick self-signed certificates, check out my tutorial on creating self-signed SSL certificates with OpenSSL.

CoffeeScript Basics

CoffeeScript is an evolution of JavaScript. It actually compiles down to optimized JavaScript. It feels a lot like Python because of the significant whitespace, and lack of semi-colon line endings and curly braces. The syntax is a lot sparser than JavaScript which lends to its readability and simplicity. CoffeeScript can be run as an interpreter or a compiler. You can write plugins for the GitHub Atom Editor using CoffeeScript. The compiled JavaScript can be used for a web application or for command line applications run by Node.js.

Working with files in JavaScript (Node.js)

Node.js is the server side version of JavaScript. Since it is not limited by the web browser, we can access files on the file system. Here are several code snippets that demonstrate how to read, write, move, delete, change ownership, change permission, check if exists, and get statistics file size, timestamps, and ownership for files.

AJAX Pagination and Sorting with CakePHP 2.x

CakePHP comes with a core JsHelper that allows a developer to call PHP functions that will create the JavaScript using a number of libraries including jQuery and Prototype. Pagination in CakePHP is a very common task and it can be enhanced using AJAX. Fortunately the Pagination component/helper are built to handle the AJAX. You can set the pagination defaults in the controller with the code below. Alternatively you could set specific elements of the array inside an action with a call like $paginate['conditions'] = array();