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 »

PHP 7.1: Callable From Closure

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Callables are awesome. I can pass functions or object methods around  inside of variables. Sure, they can be abused to the point where you can’t recognize your code, but overall, they are awesome. Could they be made more awesome? Core Developer Dan Ackroyd seems to think so and so he proposed and got passed PHP RFC: Closure from callable function

Project Scalability With Zend Expressive

I’ve been working with some different frameworks lately. One of them is Zend Expressive, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need to choose between different frameworks; depending on the project, Expressive always fits my needs and scales from small projects to bigger applications. The Microframework approach The first thing that one could see on the “Hello world” example is that… Read more »