Pesapal Donations Extension for Joomla 2.5.x and 3.x.x–Rough Draft

It has been a while since I worked on payment plugins but it seems like I am giving into the pressure. Find herein some code of some extensions that I have had for a while but for some reason I have not published.

These are rough working drafts of a donation extension for the Pesapal payment gateway. They do need some work but technically, they work. So for anybody who needs simple extension that will accept Pesapal payments – and even handle their IPN notices (yes – the extension will provide you with the URL for the IPN setting in Pesapal)

Find below the download links to the extensions

Pesapal Donate for Joomla 2.5.x (alternate download link)

Pesapal Donate for Joomla 3.x.x (alternate download link)

For some basic details into what the extensions do / how they work…read on

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Simple Donation WP Plugin for Iveri Lite Payment System

iVeri is a company that  creates technology for financial institutions and businesses to facilitate multiple-channel transaction acceptance. Their goal is to help their customers (banks and such like financial institutions) create a profitable and sustainable business by enabling them to implement the correct transactional channels for their market environment.

In short, iVeri are a payment gateway that enable banks to accommodate online merchants and in turn, allow the merchants accept electronic methods of payment – like credit card and the like. In Kenya, I&M bank use iVeri to allow their customers accept credit card payments via Visa and Mastercard from their websites.

I was recently tasked to integrate this payment gateway as a way for a Non-Governmental Organization to accept donations via credit card and below is the first raw version of the plugin that I was able to get to work – with the help of the e-commerce department at I&M Bank, Kenya. Click the link below to download the plugin.

Download iVeri Lite Donate Plugin v1.0.0 (alternate download link)

NB: Please note that this is a very basic plugin that only accepts donations. Should you want more features added to it, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section below. For more detailed description, installation requirements & instructions and screenshots, read on.

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The Frustration that is KeNIC and its brilliant API

kenic_article_fullWorking with APIs is something that every developer gets used to over time. Be it PayPal, eNom, Namecheap, infobip or even PesaPal – there are a few things we expect when working with an API mainly a sandbox environment, proper documentation and possibly sample code.

The Sandbox environment is a developers playground – where one can refine their code for every scenario that the API or its users might bring up. Usually, it is based on a subdomain, sample keys, or something of the sort. The switch between Sandbox and Live is normally a simple switch of a url or change of API keys – and more often than not, once everything works in the sandbox, there is little or no reason for the application not to work in live.

Of late, I have a new appreciation of Sandbox environments – especially ones that work like they should. This new found appreciation is all thanks to KeNIC API.

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Atomic Operations in MySQL–How to wrap Inserts or Updates into a Transaction

innodb-vs-myisam-300x225As a developer, it is normally quite un-nerving to get a call from the people using your beautifully designed software with the message – things have gone wrong and your code or system has gone fritzzz… I normally just blame the operators cum users of the system for either not using the system right or for putting in wrong inputs. I know – as developers, we are supposed to code as if the users are total and absolute idiots but from time to time, the crazy things that users put as inputs on systems just catches us off guard as anybody in their right mind would never have put ‘that’ as an input.

You would be surprised how many times people call, and when the customer care clerk asks the user for their usernames so that their account can be located and looked into – the person needing help on the other side of the line says “Let me text you my username”. The reason as to why some one would use the term bi*** as their username on a public site is beyond me. I digress, back to the topic.

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Download Koowa Plugin for Joomla


Is it just me or do new frameworks for development have weird names. Could someone please advise me on where the name Nooku came from as the name of a PHP Framework? And its codename Koowa as well?

Anyhow, my little research has led me to the conclusion that Koowa or Nooku is an MVC PHP Framework, like many others, which can be used to build nice web applications…yada yada yada…you can read more about this on

Now, should you ever install a Joomla extension that required Koowa…you will be hard pressed to find a download of the plugin. From what I gather, most installers pull it from somewhere (hopefully its source servers) using cURL or simply include it within the extension. But just in case for some reason you need to install Koowa as a plugin, feel free to use the link below to download an installable Joomla plugin for Koowa.


I created the installer from a plugin the required it and downloaded it for its own use. I have tested and ensured that it works even for other plugins that my depend on it. Please be careful though, not to break your Joomla site as there are reports of Koowa doing so.

Should any queries arise…ya’ll know what to do!