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Fastest PHP template engine

Recently a colleague of mine found a PHP C extension Blitz used for templating.

Syntax looks a bit odd compared to Smarty but all in all super fast and a little crazy. I’ve also found a few template engine benchmarks to compare. Though benchmarks are still benchmarks and they sometimes tend to lie.

Over the years Smarty has became the standard PHP templating engine. It’s a bit rusty. But it’s clear syntax, plugin based system, template compilation is quite good for most cases.

I’ve also heard good things about DWOO. For it’s similarity to Smarty and OOP based approach.

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Free multiple XHTML, HTML validator tool

If you’re working with SEO you want to make sure your website is XHTML valid. SE crawlers understand your website better if a website is XHTML valid. To make sure that a website is XHTML valid one would use validator.

A problem arises when you need to check fifty or a hundred pages. For that particular reason I wrote a yet another extremely simple tool to validate lists of URL’s. It uses the same validator by opening the URL and searching for a phrase “page is valid”. You can check out my XHTML validator online or you can download the source code of HTML validator.

Basically all you need is a list of URLs and the validator will tell you which pages are valid and which ones are not. I hope you will find it useful. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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