April 2012

Web and PHP Magazine - Issue 1

This is an exciting time for PHP and an exciting time to be launching a new publication. After eight release candidates in as many months, March 1 finally saw the release of PHP 5.4, followed closely by the closing stages of the grand Git migration. The database wars continue apace, with NoSQL solutions growing more popular by the day, and the arguments around frameworks and optimisation show no signs of dying down. Meanwhile, ordinary PHP devs and ops staff are gearing up for the hard work of practical implementation, along with the continued vigilance needed to keep their systems resilient and secure.

Contents

  • A world without replication is unthinkable, and many PHP applications achieve web-scale using MySQL Replication, implementing partitioning, parallel processing, edge computing, clustering,...
  • The worst case scenario in the database world is reading the entire table to find an answer. It's known as a full table scan. Imagine having to read the entire dictionary from A to Z just to look up...
  • The database world is massive, and many low-cost options exist not only to save money but also to boost overall performance. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to understand which database to choose in...
  • Our world is based on assumptions. It may not always be obvious, but the majority of decisions you and I make every day, the very core of our interactions, are almost always based on assumptions:...
  • Having been out of the PHP community for the past three years I wasn't quite sure what to expect at this year's PHP UK Conference. I knew some of the speakers but not all, and it was the first time...
  • Q. Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became involved in the world of open source Content Management Systems?  Open source won my heart and soul right from the beginning. It...