More On Cloud Computing For PHP Developers

In the Words of Another Developer

A while back, I wrote an article on the importance of cloud computing. A few people posted some good comments and feedback, but last night I got such a long and well thought out comment that I thought it deserved it’s own post. So, without further adieu, here are the thoughts of Daniel Kadosh.

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Recompiling PHP 5.3 On Snow Leopard With Freetype Support

OK, so this article probably doesn’t have a ton of mass appeal, but since upgrading to Snow Leopard I’ve run into a major issue with the way PHP is compiled in this distribution. Overall, I’m incredibly satisfied with the way everything’s set up by default in Snow Leopard (PHP 5.3 with bundled GD, mysqlnd, etc.), but the big glaring hole in everything was the lack of Freetype support. I’ve been working on a graphing library for my day job, and as such found the need to place text in my images (strange, right?). Anyway, I finally took the plunge and figured out how to get that sucker compiled in there. Here’s what you have to do…

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I’m Not Dead, I’m Just Out of Ideas (For Now)

I'm also open to suggestions

Just wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know I haven’t lost interest in writing or fallen off the face of the planet… I’ve just been incredibly busy with other things. Also, frankly, I can’t think of anything compelling to write about. I used to think it was important to try and get articles up at some set frequency, but I find that the quality of my stuff falls short if I’m forcing myself to do so. Anyway, I’m basically now of the mind that I’ll write about stuff whenever I come up with something… could be twice a week, could be once in three months. Part of my major hang-up is that I don’t like to write articles that cover topics that have been thoroughly covered elsewhere, unless I’ve got something new to add to the mix.

Now, all that being said, I’m more than happy to take suggestions from anyone if they’ve got them. If there’s something you’d like to know more about, or you just have a cool idea for an article, drop me a line in the comments. Otherwise, stay tuned for new stuff whenever I think of it ;) Also, you can always follow me on twitter, or subscribe to my RSS feed as I post various interesting links and randomness in both places.

The Importance of Cloud Computing for PHP Developers

It's more than just another buzz word

You may (or may not) have noticed that there’s A LOT of talk about cloud computing these days. The problem with all this chatter is that it’s incredibly hard to follow. There seems to be a wealth of different definitions of just what cloud computing actually is, and not without good reason. The “cloud” is a pretty ambiguous term, and as such anything attached to it only makes the whole thing a little more ambiguous. Rather than go off on a rant about how all this confusion is leading to a lot of misconceptions about various cloud-based services, let me clarify what I’m going to talk about. This will not be a discussion of certain SaaS stuff living in the cloud (like gmail, twitter, etc.), but rather actual cloud-based computing services and why you need to be using them.

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PHP Thumb 3.0 Released

The long-awaited release is finally here!
PHP Thumb - An image manipulation library for PHP

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally managed to get the next release of my PHP Thumbnailer library completed! I’m also happy to announce that the project finally has its own website: http://phpthumb.gxdlabs.com. I’ve put a lot of work into bringing the class up to date, making it extensible, and most of all, making sure its well documented! I’ve also tried to make it easier to get help through either bug reports or forums dedicated to the project itself.

Rather than go into any detail, I want to encourage you to check out the project’s new site. Feel free, however, to share any thoughts you have in the comments for this post :)