Category Archives: PHP Development

On Versioning Local Packages Like node_modules and sparks

A recent trend in package management is to install packages locally to an application. Composer for PHP is doing it by default, npm for node.js is doing it by default, and a few others are following along. You know who did that schnazz before both of them? GetSparks. Yep, the GetSparks team did it before […]

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Is Your WordPress Slow? Come See My Talk at Wordcamp NYC

I’ve always had a thing for the ops side of building apps — automating, optimizing, and building for scale (did it for iVillage and Yahoo among others). And let me tell you, a standard WordPress installation leaves plenty of optimization and scaling to think about. It’s not that the WordPress core itself is poorly written […]

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The Top 10 CodeIgniter Sparks of 2011

John Crepezzi and I launched (the CodeIgniter package manager and repository) a little under a year ago, and the response we received from the community was overwhelmingly positive. The best part of GetSparks isn’t the site itself. It’s a moderately simple app that provides a vehicle for quickly dropping other developers’ code in your […]

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Note: CodeIgniter Reactor 2.0.2 has a bug in it’s core Loader class that breaks package config file loading (and sparks, sadly). It’s recommended that you use 2.0.1 OR the latest at OR make the following change in your 2.0.2 installation: . The last option is the best. It took a month longer than […]

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Why PHP Was a Ghetto

Note: I wrote this over a month ago, but decided not to publish it until now. I was talking with the Co-founder of a pretty cool start-up in DUMBO the other day about why the non-PHP development world generally has such disdain for PHP and the community surrounding it. He brought up an interesting point […]

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CodeIgniter 2.0 Released, User-Contributed Notes Coming

In my initial post after joining the CodeIgniter Reactor team (over Thanksgiving weekend ’10), I went as far as to saying that you could hold me responsible for the quality of the CodeIgniter documentation. Here’s a universal truth: Documentation > magic. CodeIgniter 2.0 was released last week, with an announcement on the EllisLab news feed. […]

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CodeIgniter/PHP + IIS + MySQL + MSSQL: It Works!

There are a lot of people out there who call themselves “LAMP” developers — short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. That’s the standard configuration for production PHP applications. Recently, I ended up having to build a CodeIgniter application on Windows, IIS, Mysql+MS-SQL, and PHP. Sound like there are bound to be issues? You bet, and […]

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CodeIgniter Reactor? What’s Going On?

A couple of weeks ago, Derek Jones of EllisLabs announced that the CodeIgniter Core would officially be branched so a community-driven version of the framework could be created. This new branch will be called CodeIgniter Reactor. The plan, which was clarified today, is focused on allowing a select group of CI engineers to actively commit […]

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A Better WordPress Search with WPSearch

I’m definitely not the type to evangelize something I don’t think is useful. Ask friends of mine, and they’ll likely tell you how I went through phases where I endlessly promoted things like Notepad++ for Windows, Netbeans IDE (PHP), Sequel Pro, Gnome-Do, Thinkpads, Macbooks, Toy Story 3, iPod Touches, and Visual Studio ’08. I just […]

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The Best WordPress Search Plug-in: WPSearch 2

If you want to read about the background of the WPSearch Search plug-in for WordPress, read below. But if you just want the gist of this post, here it is: WPSearch is the best search plug-in for your WordPress blog. It is a stemming, stop-word blocking, fast, relevant, fulltext search for WordPress. There isn’t a […]

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