Linux and PHP web application support and development (Bromsgrove, UK)

And it feels like only yesterday … (17 years old!)

It doesn’t feel that long ago that we thought it was something to have got to a 9th birthday. However, now I’ve just realised Pale Purple is now at 17 years old. So, Pale Purple can now drive …. perhaps?

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Why you want to upgrade from PHP5.6 to 7.0

Here’s why it’s a good idea …. (The server was upgraded on the 23rd of May. The graph shows CPU time – where yellow is idle and blue+green are used/busy).

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3D Printworld — new e-commerce website

3D Printworld‘s new website recently went live. We wrote it from the ground up, applying a theme provided by an external designer. It has a responsive design so should look good on mobile and desktop platforms and an integrated CMS for administrators to update content through. It uses PayPal for payments. So, if you need […]

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9 years old (last month).

Our 9th birthday seemed to slip by quietly last month. Whoops.

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Integrating a Google drive spreadsheet with WordPress

Recently, the Bromsgrove Hockey club asked if they could show upcoming matches / fixtures / results on their website. Here’s a short summary of how we integrated Google Drive/Docs Spreadsheets with WordPress.

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Filesystem Magic on AWS with EBS volumes and BTRFS

One consistent pain has always been resizing a filesystem without rebooting on Linux. Thank fully in recent years, this has changed with filesystems like BTRFS – where you can do something like the following….

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xdebug – profiling a really long running PHP application (and handling really large cachegrind output files)

Normally, profiling a PHP application is pretty straight forward thanks to the great xDebug . Normally, we’re looking at profiling a slow page (taking 5-15 seconds to load) and improving it’s performance down to a sub-second response. Such┬áprofiling can produce relatively large output files – e.g. in the order of a few hundred megabytes. Unfortunately […]

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Speeding up subsequent SSH connections to a host

Somehow we’d not come across this little “hack” before, so perhaps others haven’t…. Anyway, rather than recreating a new TCP connection to a host, SSH can multiplex the traffic down an existing connection to that host. This results in subsequent ssh connections opening quicker. The magic stuff is – * Edit ~/.ssh/config * Add in […]

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Flashbak.com – new wordpress based image gallery site

A new wordpress site we’ve architect-ed has just gone live – Flashbak.com

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Zend_Validate_StringLength and iconv_strlen

One customer parse a substantial amount of (somewhat poorly formed) XML on a daily basis. (I say poorly formed as the prolog does not specify a character set — i.e. the file starts with <?xml version=”1.0″> and not <?xml version=”1.0″ charset=”UTF-8″> and different files will contain either UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 text depending on the data […]

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