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 […]


Tetris in HTML and Javascript

First, I saw the documentary Ecstacy of Order. Then I thought of great things, like building 3D Tetris in HTML5 canvas. I started it, just typing away, of course only Vanilla JS. But after a few hours, having the simple Tetris basics covered, I got bored and stopped. Tetris1 Source at github But wait, there’s […]


Symfony2: A two piece puzzle.

If you’re getting started with Symfony2, you’ll get something running pretty quickly. The AcmeBundle contains some of the basic features you’ll need when writing a Symfony2 app. The basics lie in the MVC paradigm, so there is some model (Doctrine ORM), some view (Twig templates) and some controllers. However, none of that is the real […]


Using a .pfx to install an SSL certificate

Got a .pfx file and need to install an SSL certificate with this? Here’s how I did it. You’ll need to extract the signed public certificate (public key) and the private key without passphrase.


PHPUnit: Closures as dataProviders help with repetitive code

Since PHP5.3 we have closures. The concept behind closures is unbelievably powerful, and even though PHP has struggled with the concept of typing, callables and whatnot, the main concept of closures remains: passing logic in stead of data, or even: as if it were data. In my previous post I argued that functional and declarative […]


Declarative is the new black.

The paradigm shift in the purest sense of the expression. The old paradigm makes way for new ones. And declarative is the new one. Well…, not new new …


Symfony2 + PHPCR + Doctrine2 + Jackalope recipe

Lately I’ve followed some developments in the Symfony2 corner of the PHP community with great interest. One of the most enticing developments is the usage of a Content Repository as a backend for your CMS. There is some work being done on the Symfony CMF, combining Symfony2, Doctrine2, PHPCR and Jackalope into a set of […]


Failure in a bash script usually means failure of the script

So, when you write a bash script that does a certain amount of tasks for you, but you don’t want the script to keep running after some command inside the script failed, simply add a line to the script.


Apply low priority to low priority processes

My transmission client was hogging my machine. Then I realized I never really use process priorities for CPU and/or IO, which is actually a pretty bad thing, considering some processes just are there to get some job done, but don’t need priority at all. Then I realized I also never use it for backup and […]


Automate sudo nano; something I should’ve done a loooong time ago

Remember those countless times you’ve edited a file with nano, didn’t notice that you weren’t root at the time, and carefully made your configuration changes and saved the file, only to find out that you weren’t root and you have no rights to modify the file?