Open Source Challenge Complete!

For those of you that follow my blog reguarly, a few weeks ago I announced I was undertaking my Open Source Challenge. Today marks the 32nd day of consecutive code pushes, so I successfully completed my goal! I've attached a list of the projects I contributed to for you guys to check out.

StatsD PHP Library

Today, I just created a StatsD PHP Library and released it on Github . Before you start with "but there are already loads..", I do realise this, but they didn't suite my needs. This is a short post to let you know why I opted to create my own, and what I hope to achieve from it.

Why I learned Ruby

For a while now I've been hearing a lot of people taking about the programming language Ruby. Not that it's anything new, it just seems to be a lot more popular in my circle of friends and my Twitter feed. Naturally, as a professional PHP developer, I should hate the idea of Ruby and start some crazy argument about how PHP is far superior and Ruby should die (blah blah etc.. boring). Instead of this approach, I took it upon myself to learn Ruby from the ground up and understand why so many people enjoy using it to power their applications. Too many people argue over things without understanding both points of view, which always annoys me.

Using Cloudflare Page Rules

Today, I decided to explore Cloudflare features in a bit more depth. I currently manage quite a few applications, both personal and business related on the platform. One feature which I'd never really looked into before was Page Rules. I'd read about them, but never actually applied them to any sites. Due to how much of an affect it actually had by applying a few rules, I feel like I should spread the word for anyone who isn't aware of what they are and how amazing they can be when used correctly.

MongoMinify Launched

Today I finally released the beta version of my MongoDB compression library for PHP. There still a lot of work to be done, but it's stable enough to use as a drop replacement for standard usage such as saving and retrieving data. Not only have I released the source code, but I've also submitted it as a composer package on packagist.org so everyone can include it in their projects very easily.

Awesome Tools I've Been Using

I recently just passed my probation period and got hired full time at Performance Horizon which means I get to work on awesome technology with a great team for the foreseeable future! Over the last 3 months I've met really interesting people, attended conferences and meetups, worked on complex edge cases and compiled quite an inventory of tools I use in my daily work. This post is pretty much a summary of those tools and my opinion on why I think you should give them a try. I've included all the links to the mentioned projects at the bottom of this post.