It’s stats o’clock! PHP Version Stats for 2016

Jordi Boggiano, Composer maintainer and all around nice guy, has posted his annual – well 2016 is more than annual – PHP Version stats post. There are some interesting tidbits and pretty charts for you to look at. Click on in and I’ll give you the url. Yea, it’s gonna cost you a click. :)

Scheduling ElePHPants (DateTime math is HARD)

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It was while I was creating the 100th or so cronjob to do some very similar to the other 99 that I thought, “Hey! Why not just put all this in a database and check it once a minute instead?” I mean c’mon, working with MySQL is soooooo much easier than working with cron. Besides, a lot of these jobs… Read more »

Questioning Interview Questions

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“How would you update 10,000 servers located on the moon?” This was actually the question asked of me when I interviewed with Google. I’m not sure if the point was to figure out exactly what methods would work, or just to make the interviewer feel smugly superior. Either way, I hate these kind of pointless questions. Read on if you… Read more »

A Reverse Debugger for PHP…wait…WHAT?

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Honestly, when I originally tweeted this out I really wasn’t 100% sure what it did. You never know when you see things like “reverse debugger”. It’s one of those “I understand the words separately…” type of things. Then I watched the short video. HO-LY CRAP! Seriously, it is exactly what it says, it allows you to step debug forward AND… Read more »

“PHP 7 is pretty rad!” – Tumblr

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So the Tumblr Engineering team upgraded to PHP 7 recently. I think it went well. :) They posted about their experience on their Engineering team’s blog, PHP 7 at Tumblr. Recently, in a cross-team effort, we upgraded our full web server fleet from PHP 5 to PHP 7. The whole upgrade was a fun project with some very cool results,… Read more »

Discussing PHP Security, Encryption, & Hashing

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If you take a look around the PHP community, you will find a lot of smart people. Sammy K Powers seems to have a knack for finding them and inviting them onto his podcast. In Episode 54, he partners up with the Chief Development Officer of Paragon Initiative Enterprises, Scott Arciszewski. (I’m not EVEN going to try to pronounce that… Read more »

WordPress updates Plugin Guidelines

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After five years, the WordPress plugin team has updated the Plugin Guidelines. These are the guidelines that WordPress plugin authors must comply with to be included in the WordPress Plugin Directory. The guidelines were soft-launched last month so that they could be vetted by the larger plugin developer community community. On November 1st, 2017, they were officially announced “Revised Guidelines… Read more »