Category Archives: Articles

Z-Ray Tip #3: Supreme Customer Support

Some of you might find the following scenario vaguely familiar.  A customer wakes you (or your company’s support team) in the middle of the night complaining that his app is crashing. You quickly rush out of bed and try to reproduce the disastrous calamity only to find yourself hitting a brick wall – no matter what you do to copy the exact… Read more »

On Security and PHP

Cal Evans   December 11, 2015   40 Comments on On Security and PHP

This is an Opinion/Editorial (a.k.a an Old Man Rant) “PHP IS INSECURE!”. Yet another consultant group has decided that their traffic stats are too low so they need to “shake things up a bit”. As usual, they picked PHP as the whipping boy. No, I am not going to link to them; too many people are already doing that unironically…. Read more »

Debugging Joomla with the Joomlatools Box and Z-Ray

This article introduces a new and easy way to develop and debug Joomla applications using the Joomlatools vagrant box and Z-Ray. The team at Joomlatools created a preconfigured Vagrant box to allow Joomla developers to easily set up a complete local development environment using a PHP stack, Apache 2.4, MySQL 5.5, and a rich set of developer tools, including a… Read more »

Extending Your Eclipse IDE With Zend Studio

Zend Studio has a long history and for all these years the primary way for delivering it was through an installation package. You download a big installation package, extract it and, voilà, you have a PHP IDE ready for use. But what if you want to have the same IDE used for different programming languages, e.g. PHP and Java, or… Read more »

Zend Studio 13 Debugging Improvements

Zend Studio 13 includes a new set of very useful enhancements that make configuring and monitoring PHP debugger settings simpler. Most of the new features described in this article were developed to reduce the amount of possible pitfalls that users may encounter while setting up the debugger configuration in IDE. Smart detection of debugger settings When creating a new PHP… Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #1: Sharing The Wealth

Hi guys. This brief post heralds the beginning of a new blog series with the sole purpose of providing tips on developing with Z-Ray. While Z-Ray boasts a highly intuitive and easy-to-use UI – there are still some shadowy areas that could benefit from a pointer or two. So here goes! This first tip highlights an extremely useful feature in Z-Ray that is probably… Read more »

What’s New in the Zend Studio 13 PHP Editor

The new Zend Studio 13 includes PHP 7 support, and the PHP 7 Express migration assistant to help you migrate your existing PHP code to the upcoming PHP 7 version.  Plus, it adds lots of improvements and new functionalities. We are always working to make the life of PHP developers easier and more productive. With this short article I will… Read more »