Category: Internet

..contributing to IT in London since 2002..

Drupal 8 – Amazing progress!?

Drupal 8 (cash-cow of digital agencies)… after so many years, they cannot event get the basics right: no dedicated public HTTP folder, entire codebase is exposed relies on (Apache) .htaccess, serious issue for security and performancewhat about Nginx? writable code folders for sites, modules, themes, etc. – not dev-friendly at all what’s the place of …

How good are the abstraction layers?

Choosing the features based on the lowest common denominator of X number of database systems is not the right approach in implementing an ORM! https://github.com/laravel/framework/pull/8400 This forces us to question the value of database abstraction layers and other abstraction layers in general. If one database system does not support a feature, the abstraction layer developer …

WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE PHP 5.5.3?

A LOT! From: http://www.charliebaird.co.uk/bugs_2000.htm Bugs are not always cute. So, we need to upgrade all software applications we use on a regular basis. Ref: php.net/ChangeLog-5.php Version 5.5.22 19-Feb-2015 Core: Fixed bug #67068 (getClosure returns somethings that’s not a closure). Fixed bug #68925 (Mitigation for CVE-2015-0235 – GHOST: glibc gethostbyname buffer overflow). Fixed bug #68942 (Use …

PHP is dying faster because … (part 2)

PHP 5.0 was released in July 2004. Almost 11 years and we know that they gave up on PHP 6.0 🙁 In IT world, that is a massive failure and a huge embarrassment! Think for a minute: thousands of “genius” developers working together to improve PHP itself, rather than creating another bloody framework!!! How would …

PHP is dying faster because … (part 1)

PHP was well-known for its speed of development (no compilation or formal build process); even for developers from alien worlds like Java esp. when developing prototypes; because it was easy to learn, develop and deploy on almost any platform. I have been coding for almost 18 years now. I picked up PHP as a natural …

Cookie-less REST API with Laravel

We learned to rely on browser cookies for many years. Some of us don’t even realize and understand the “magical” relationship between a browser and PHP script on server-side. Only when we get out of the “box” and look at what is going on, then we start to grasp the oddities. When we work on …

Online Relocation: Moving from 1and1 to AWS Route 53 and Digital Ocean

Even though it is time consuming, I think we have to reconsider our web hosting options regularly. If our current provider does not renew its products and services, together with their pricing structure (Amazon does, 1and1 does not), they become less competitive. After long research, I have decided that AWS has confusing pricing structure and …

EU VAT Number Validation SOAP Service

We are a VAT registered company in UK, and I am the lead developer of a small team. http://www.whatusersdo.com/ Like many online global businesses invoicing clients from many different countries, we are obliged to invoice them correctly with or without VAT whether they are VAT registered companies within EU or not, or individuals, etc. So, …

To use a framework or not to use a framework: again!

If using a PHP framework is recommended for its reusability, maintainability, popularity; why would a developer create a web application which does not have many reusable parts, which is not easy to maintain, and which takes time to learn even though you can easily find another developer who used it before?! Here are some interesting …

Emails and SPAM

Microsoft’s Live.com marks the returned email as SPAM. Normally, you would not go through your junk emails folder and you would not see it. Otherwise, if you are informed about the delivery, you would try to send your message another way! Asking for confirmation of receipt is a must these days also because we tend …