Tag Archives: php

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 »

On Security and PHP

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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 »

Z-Ray Technology Preview Released!

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I’m happy to announce the availability of a new version of the Z-Ray Technology Preview! This new version includes new features, extended platform support, installation improvements and bug fixes. Platform Support Following your feedback, and as part of our ongoing effort of making Z-Ray available for as many PHP developers as possible, Z-Ray can now be installed on Mac. So if you’re running Homebrew… Read more »

Debugging PHP Web Apps in a Docker Container

Debugging is an essential task of software development in any programming language. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-box experience with debugging in PHP is not always great. The “stock” PHP binaries available at php.net do not come configured with either of the two popular debug servers Xdebug and Zend Debugger. Developers are required to do additional configuration to make debugging possible with their… Read more »