Tag Archives: Z-Ray

Using an SSH tunnel to step debug through a firewall

In a previous post I covered how to set up step debugging in Zend Studio. But if that doesn’t work there may be a firewall in between the server and the debugging client, or IDE, preventing the connection. Here is a possible way to get around that. Note: Of course there is no way to avoid the firewall, but this… Read more »

Setting up step debugging in Zend Studio

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Recently I was helping someone set up step debugging in Zend Studio, and had some difficulties. Therefore I decided to create a blog post to remind me later, and perhaps help others get it set up. I was doing this on an Ubuntu laptop, so while menus may vary slightly the process should be very similar. Also, I did this… Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #4: Getting Rid of It!

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Now, why would any sane PHP developer want to do that?! Well, while Z-Ray is a great friend to have when developing your apps, there are just some parties you don’t want it to show up at. You might be using PHP scripts for accessing static pages. Or, you might not want Z-Ray to be displayed for one specific request…. Read more »

Introspecting your Code with Z-Ray for Azure

Quick experimentation, easy collaboration, automated infrastructure and scalability, together with advanced diagnostic and analytical tools  – all provide PHP developers with good reasons to develop in the cloud. Z-Ray for Azure is one such reason. If you’re new to Z-Ray, it’s a powerful debugging tool that gives developers deep insight into all the various PHP elements constructing a page, starting from the request level,… Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #3: Supreme Customer Support

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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 »

Viva la PHP 7 Revolución!

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What a year 2015 has proven to be for PHP. Drupal 8, Magento 2, Symfony 3 and the icing on top of the cake – PHP 7! It’s hard not to be excited about PHP 7. It’s so much more than just another major PHP release, and the long buildup and the buzz surrounding this release are far from being… 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 »

Developing a Z-Ray Plugin 101

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One of the great things about Z-Ray is the ability to extend it to display any info you want about your app. This is done by creating plugins. In this tutorial I’m going to describe how to create a new Z-Ray plugin. I’ll be supplying code snippets to insert in the various plugin files but of course feel free to… 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 »

Z-Ray for Yii2

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Over the past few months, I’ve been asked quite a lot when Z-Ray would support the Yii2 framework. So here, finally, is the answer – this brief article introduces the new Z-Ray plugin for Yii2 developed by Techies India Inc. First, and as a short reminder to those new to the concept of Zend Server plugins – plugins are basically pieces of… Read more »