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Tag: Usability

On December 25th, 2007

Finding Code Online

Usable Code, That You Can Trust

The internet is a great repository of data, between google and wikipedia and countless other sources, if you look hard enough, you can find just about anything you can possibly imagine. But that's the problem, having to look, often very hard, and never really knowing if what you've found is really quality stuff.

Case and point, today I was looking for a data input sanitizer because I want to improve the functionality of the blog with comments and a couple of other tricks, but of course first you need to sanitize your input. I could (and at this rate probably will) write my own sanitizing script, and I'm pretty sure I could make it fairly secure, but why do all that, and run the risk of having a security hole, if you can find something that does it for you online? So I try some google searches: 'php input sanitizer', 'php form protection' 'free php form protection', etc. After a little digging I find a few promising looking sites and scripts, though not much. Even what I do find that looks promising, I have no way of knowing if it's trustworthy or not, do I?

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