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What the web should really look like, or: what we might learn from cryptocoins and accountants.

Given any system, anytime, anywhere, state is a derivation of some sequence of events. Always. It is like that in the real world, as we already know that events can never be exactly reproduced without replaying them in pure isolation from whatever else that might influence it. In practice, we just try to marginalize the […]

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Privacy at the dark side of the moon

Currently, when you visit any website you can be pretty sure that there is some advertising campaign going on. Your browser is checked for cookies on some remote domain, and we have no clear way of what information this remote domain is tracking, unless we’re willing to dive into a deep pit, unraveling the darkest […]

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Package management. No really. How hard can it be?

We had a little discussion at work some time ago, again, involving package management. No, I’m not talking about the .deb versus .rpm debate. I am talking about source dependencies for JavaScript and PHP projects. But the problem holds equally well for OS package management or build dependencies. Currently, we are using a fine blend […]

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Why Gödels incompleteness theorem should be software engineering 101

I am a developer. That’s why I know how us folk think. We want clean and nice solutions for problems, because that’s what we do best: provide elegant programs that solve actual everyday problems. We also tend to overrate elegancy. Especially in web development -my field of expertise-, when projects and programs are relatively small […]

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Building OpenGL SDK: compile error “X11/extensions/XInput.h”

If you get this error: src/freeglut_internal.h:111:39: fatal error: X11/extensions/XInput.h: No such file or directory This might save you some time searching for the correct dev packages to install. The package it is in in the Debian repositories is called x11proto-input-dev, but it contains the file XI.h which contains the correct headers freeglut is including. Symlink […]

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Composer local package mirroring: Press the pedal to the metal.

In my previous blog post, I told you about hosting local package repositories for composer. Me, or to be honest, my colleagues, weren’t too excited about the performance gains. So I decided to dig in a bit deeper.

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Composer: create a local package repository to improve speed

When you’re developing a lot of symfony projects with a relatively large set of dependencies, sooner or later you’ll get annoyed by performance issues. By default, composer uses packagist.org to get package metadata (what versions are available and where to get them from). All packages are part of packagist.org by default, but 9 times out […]

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Flow charts in code: enter graphviz and the “dot” language

If you’re like me, you like gui’s as long as they don’t push you in a direction other than your train of thought. Whenever the tool tends to distract you from the task you are performing, you get annoyed. Stuff like “why am I searching for such an over-obvious functionality”, or “why didn’t they think […]

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PHP: We are getting slow and sluggish, and we’re lazy and arrogant about it.

In my most recent blog, I wrote about how I feel that too much of the world’s logic is coming onto the shoulders of PHP, these days. Today, I’m will be showing you why and how PHP’s powers could be harnessed better and more. We, as PHP web developers, should be absolutely fully aware that […]

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PHP in the web development world: are we doing it all wrong?

Some thoughts and ponderings on how “the frameworks out there” might not do it just as right as they should. The UNIX principle applied? Something that is currently overlooked in a large part of the PHP community is that not all design patterns are necessarily implemented in PHP code. Your webserver can be considered the […]

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