Pick PHP Requirements for Packages Responsibly

Posted 2013-03-23
Category PHP
Which version of PHP to use for anything is always much debated in the PHP community. I'm luck enough to have kissed sweet goodbye to PHP 5.2 a while back, but PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.3 are both actively used by different projects and recently I have come across a few packages that have been using PHP 5.4 almost exclusively just to use short aray syntax, which to me is short sighted and selfish. I tried tweeting about this and everyone seemeed to be a little confused, so instead of 140 characters I thought I'd try 7051.

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Cloud Hosting for PHP: The Eternal Pipe Dream

This time last year I was extremely excited about the future of Heroku-style PHP hosting services (or PaaS), which would allow developers to quickly and easily set up small hosting environmemnts that grow and scale horizontally and vertically to allow ridiculous levels of traffic. I was so excited I posted an article saying 2012 would be the year for PHP to move to the cloud. This is an account of why after a year it still sucks.

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2012: The year of PHP cloud hosting

Posted 2012-01-02
Category PHP

Cloud hosting is nothing new. Seeing as "cloud" is such a loosely used term some will consider their VPS solutions on Slicehost or Rackspace to be "cloud hosting". Thats partially true, but this article covers how PHP is getting some serious attention in the PaaS (Platform as a Service) field. This year you will almost certainly find yourself making the decision wether or not to move some of your applications and services accross to the cloud, and this article can hopefully help you work out why and how.

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