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Composer vs. History

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Shopware's Development Environment. Earlier posts include Composer Path Repositories, Shopware's psh.phar Command Line Tool, and Shopware: Code that's theirs, Code that's yours. Later posts include Wrap Up on "Shopware's Development Environment". Composer has been a boon for anyone working with [...]


Composer Path Repositories

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Shopware's Development Environment. Later posts include Shopware's psh.phar Command Line Tool, Shopware: Code that's theirs, Code that's yours, Composer vs. History, and Wrap Up on "Shopware's Development Environment". By default, when you run $ composer require some/package Composer will ask [...]


Javascript Date String Parsing

One of my favorite features of PHP is the strtotime function. This function lets you pass in a date string and have a unix timestamp returned $time = strtotime('2021-04-01'); echo date('c',$time),"\n"; // outputs // 2021-04-01T00:00:00-07:00 What’s great about it is it works with a variety of date formats. $time = [...]


Shopware’s Technology

Some folks in my old Magento cohort have been spending time looking into the venerable open source Shopware ecommerce platform. I remember kicking Shopware’s tires a few years back and found the technology both comprehensive and — boring. Good for Shopware, but not ideal for someone who differentiates on technology. [...]


Email Servers: MTAs, MDAs, and MUAs

An older article from Ars Technia on running your own email server/service. I have a distinct memory of looking into how all this worked back in the late 90s or early 00s (the memory’s distinct, the timeline isn’t) and being stymied by the complexity as some old Times New Roman text and a grey background started talking about [...]


More PHP Unicode Resources

The main reason I stay on Twitter? I have a large enough follower count that useful information still comes at me, but not so large a follower count that it’s an overwhelming sh—tshow. Lists and judicious blocking also help. Two additional useful bits of information came my way on practical steps for dealing with Unicode in [...]


Security Researchers Notice Software Packages Typically don’t Have Canonical Names Across Private Repositories

It looks like security researchers have noticed that open source software package repositories are sort of bad at package name resolution, and that it’s relatively easy to slip a shady package into the public dependency chain when folks are publishing code in the open that references private packages. So that’s me checking [...]


PHP and Unicode

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Text Encoding and Unicode. Earlier posts include Inspecting Bytes with Node.js Buffer Objects, Unicode vs. UTF-8, and When Good Unicode Encoding Goes Bad. This is the most recent post in the series. PHP’s unicode story is — not great. PHP’s strings don’t know anything about [...]