Converting a MySQL database to UTF-8

I just spent about 2 days to convert my old MySQL database from latin1 / latin1_general_ci to UTF-8 character encoding. There are about a gazillion pitfalls, especially when you work on old PHP code mixed with ZF code, on a live site of a client. The first tip...

No-MVC Zend Framework: Installing ZF & jQuery / Part II

My tutorial of utilizing Zend Framework without MVC will be a jQuery rating controller, with ZF used to query the database, spit out the view (the actual stars), and handle rating changes thru Ajax, updating the DB. Though I prefer not to use ZF as an application, I...