While building web applications, it's often important to keep an eye on the other services running on your server. Having access to the current status of public servers can empower your applications to make decisions and respond to problems automatically. Acknowledging a service is offline can also save endless support emails. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to keep track of your server status by scanning ports on your server with PHP.
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Over on the AVNet Labs blog, Ekerete Akpan has posted a few results from his recent framework benchmarks to much controversy. His tests covered a few major PHP frameworks, such [...]
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Google Gears is aiming to change the online landscape, and there’s a good chance that it will. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a browser extension that primarily [...]
It’s not easy being a web developer – in addition to a server-side language, we also have to learn a markup language, yet another (client-side) language and a presentation system. [...]
After I recently upgraded to Zend Studio for Eclipse, I noticed one troubling feature of my setup – I couldn’t debug applications with “pretty urls”. Zend Studio for Eclipse has [...]
With the recent announcement that Photoshop Express will include FlickR support, Adobe has realized that it missed an opportunity that Picnik quickly took advantage of. Mistakes by one company in [...]