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PHP and strace

Another set of slides from a Benoit Jacquemont talk I would have loved to see. My high level summary Don’t forget that your PHP program isn’t talking with anything directly, all activity goes through the your operating system’s kernel, and there are tools (strace on linux) for looking at the system calls your program is [...]

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Adobe Buys Magento

I imagine it’s a narrow sliver of folks who follow this site and don’t follow the trades, but just in case: Adobe is going to buy Magento Inc. Right now there’s the usual sound and fury you’d expect from the usual places — Magento’s relentlessly on-message machine isn’t slacking off just because [...]

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Laravel Noun

This started out as a snarky post but then I realized how often I need a lookup table like this. What have I become? Product What it Does Laravel Passport A composer package to give your Laravel based API OAuth2 features and capabilities. Laravel Cashier A composer package to simplify Stripe and Braintree’s subscription services in [...]

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Homebrew Shuffles PHP Support

Gripng PSA follows. Homebrew, the really great package manager and services system for MacOS, has recently shuffled around thier support for PHP. It sounds like the main PHP packages are being pulled into the core repository, but that extensions (mcrypt, memcached, etc.) are being dropped and users will need to install these via pecl. On [...]

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Finishing No Frills Magento 2 Layout

After much delay and churn, I’m happy to announce that No Frills Magento 2 Layout is complete. You can grab your copy over on the Pulse Storm store, or read the preview online. After reading this book you’ll finally understand what, exactly, is going on with Magento’s layout handle XML files. You’ll also [...]

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More PHP Internals Resources

It’s always nice when a late answer to a Stack Overflow question shows up with more information than you wanted/needed. The specifics here on dealing with the thread safe resource manager are worth it (if you’re looking for that sort of thing), but more important are the links to the two personal blogs covering random [...]

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How PHP Runs a Program

When I found the PHP Internals site a few months back, I noticed there was a small credit at the bottom. Built by Thomas Punt & Liam Mann Some Googling showed that Thomas Punt had written this How PHP Executes — from Source Code to Render article for sitepoint. While the article was accurate, like a lot of pro internet content [...]

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