PHP Archive

Comparing PHP 7 vs. HHVM

PHP is one of the most popular scripting languages used for web development. The latest version of PHP, PHP 7 is a new version of the language that is been optimized for fast performance. However, PHP has a rival in HHVM (Hip Hop Virtual Machine) — a virtual tool that executes PHP ...Read More

Top 5 PHP APM Tips & Tricks

This article series has covered a lot of ground: it presented an overview of application performance management (APM), it identified the challenges in implementing an APM strategy, it proposed a top-5 list of important metrics to measure to assess the health of an enterprise PHP application, and it presented AppDynamics’ approach to ...Read More

Top 5 Performance Metrics to Capture in Enterprise PHP Applications

The last couple articles presented an introduction to Application Performance Management (APM) and identified the challenges in effectively implementing an APM strategy. This article builds on these topics by reviewing five of the top performance metrics to capture to assess the health of your enterprise PHP application. Specifically this article reviews the ...Read More

Introduction to PHP Security – Part 2

  In Part 1 of this series, we were introduced to some of the fundamental security flaws that may afflict your PHP applications. In Part 2, let’s dive a bit deeper into some of the most advanced security flaws that may afflict your environment. Truth be told, there are potentially an infinite ...Read More

What kind of developer are you? [QUIZ]

Are you a code maverick? Maybe you’re a buzzword bandit quick to use “SoMoClo” and other trendy terms? Or maybe you’re just not sure which stereotypical bucket you fall under. That’s why we created this highly scientific personality quiz to assess your true developer personality. This quick test asks about your food preferences, tools you ...Read More

Introduction to PHP Security – Part 1

It is a question that has daunted software engineers for decades: how secure is my software application? Modern web application development has evolved to a point where one can build and launch an entire product or company revolved around a full-fledged software-as-a-service. The only interface to your product is the UI provided ...Read More

Understanding php.ini

Introduction Your php.ini file provides a considerable amount of power over the behavior of your PHP application ecosystem. Let’s jump into some of the most common declaratives and discuss how they impact your application performance and behavior. I won’t go into an explanation of each setting that is available, but I’ll cover ...Read More

Get a handle on PHP Handlers

PHP Handlers? mod_php? FPM? How do we make sense of the inner workings of PHP outside of our lines of code? We know we can run PHP on the server to build web applications swiftly, but how can we optimize our environment and configurations to reach maximum scale? We know that PHP ...Read More

Code Poets: The Story of Pretentious Developers [VIDEO]

Every engineering department has one, a self-entitled, cocky developer who thinks their code is flawless. They may even refer to themselves as literal “code poets”. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Vooza to provide an inside look, and to serve as a public service announcement for those out there. Check out our ...Read More

Is Your Database Dragging Down your PHP Application?

Here’s a quiz from our last PHP application performance post: How much of a PHP application’s execution time is used up accessing the database? 50%? 75%? You may recall the real answer, since it is so (some might say surprisingly) big: some 90% of PHP execution time happens in the database layer. ...Read More