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Web Application Security Reviews

John Lim at PHP Everywhere - Web Application Security Reviews:

"As we continue to develop what I like to think is Enterprise PHP software, one of the most painful parts of the software installation is when we have to go through security audits. The most sticky and difficult ones that i have seen are the audits of financial institutions.

After a while, the requirements are pretty similar, but to pass our first audit wasn't easy. Here's a sampling of what is required."

Tue, 30 Aug 2005 07:56:39 +0000

IT's seven dirty words

Steve Fox at InfoWorld - IT's seven dirty words:

"IT has its own set of dirty words. Try saying any one of these in polite IT company, and someone will hand you a bar of soap to wash your mouth out."

Mon, 29 Aug 2005 15:06:52 +0000

Load balancing with balance

Costa Walcott at Linux.com - Taking a load off: Load balancing with balance:

"There are a number of open source load balancing applications, but one simple command-line load balancer, balance, remains one of the most popular available."

Mon, 29 Aug 2005 11:00:28 +0000

Accelerating PHP Code Performance for Oracle

Ilia Alshanetsky at OTN - Accelerating PHP Code Performance for Oracle:

"In this article, I will describe some of the easiest and most effective techniques for accelerating your PHP applications, which include but are not limited to the use of a script cache, proper Web server and PHP configuration and tuning, and benchmarking and profiling."

Thu, 11 Aug 2005 11:58:58 +0000

Web Design patterns

Martijn van Welie has a nice collection of Web Design patterns with examples.

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 13:01:17 +0000

Are There Enough Bodies to Satisfy PHP's Love Affair

John Lim - Are There Enough Bodies to Satisfy PHP's Love Affair:

"I'm not aware of any popular SQL Server, Oracle or DB2 web framework for PHP. There are probably a few such beasts developed in-house, but not freely available. [...]

I don't think that the Web's love affair with PHP is over, but I do think that for larger businesses downloading and customizing PHPNuke would be a pathetic joke. Big web apps require a team of good programmers; and that means that PHP growth in larger companies will be limited by the scarcity of skilled PHP developers who can create high quality apps from scratch, and who can convince management to let them do so. It is no accident that Yahoo's adoption of PHP coincided with their hiring of some of the most talented PHP developers in the world."

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 21:11:10 +0000

DTrace and PHP

Bryan Cantrill - DTrace and PHP:

"Tonight during our OpenSolaris BOF at OSCON, PHP core developer Wez Furlong was busy adding a DTrace provider to PHP. After a little bit of work (and a little bit of debugging), we got it working -- and damn is it cool."

Fri, 05 Aug 2005 07:09:37 +0000

OSCON Day 0: Scalable Internet Architectures

Robert Kaye - OSCON Day 0: Scalable Internet Architectures:

"One of my favorite presentations from last year was Theo Schlossnagel's presentation on Whack-a-mole, so when I saw him giving a full tutorial on scalability this year, I had to go and check it out. And this year I wasn't disappointed either -- Theo presented a solid tutorial that exuded his practical experience in this field. Of course its impossible to summarize four hours of a tutorial in a blog entry, so I'll try to summarize Theo's three simple rules that he applied repeatedly in his presentation:

1. Know the system you're trying to scale. 2. Complexity has costs. 3. Use the right tool for the job."

Tue, 02 Aug 2005 22:23:29 +0000

Respecting Lotus Notes

Jon Udell - Respecting Lotus Notes:

"Notes' blurring of the boundaries between document-oriented and record-oriented data was extraordinarily useful. One way to read the history of XML is as an effort (still in progress) to formalize a hybrid data model that embraces both perspectives."

Mon, 01 Aug 2005 21:03:08 +0000