Eric Mann reinvents the PHP Session with Sessionz

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Things that end in “Z” instead of “S” are cool, right? Let’s hope so because Eric Mann has released a new project that looks pretty cool. Click on in and I’ll explain.

While it is not exactly middleware, Eric Mann’s new project Sessionz is “middleware inspired”. Eric recently released Sessionz and announced it on his blog in a post most cleverly titled “Introducing Sessionz” From the looks of it, this could quickly become a standard piece of any application.

Sessionz is a middleware-inspired session management stack that works for any PHP application running on PHP 5.6 or better. 2 Like a request middleware stack, you can add in additional handlers to take care of different abstractions for your session.

Sessionz allows you to transparently swap out storage handlers, encryption handlers, and create your own handlers.

If you have ever tried storing sessions anywhere other than the default on-disk, you know how fun that can be. Sessionz gives you a framework to build those types of systems as well as implement your favorite encryption, etc.

Click on though to either the repo or the article and give this system a look.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP