As of the 10th July 2016 php 5.5 is officially end of life, as a result it should not be used anymore. Any applications still using 5.5 should be upgraded to php 7 ideally or failing that 5.6 as a minimum.
5.5 was released in 2013, active support ended 10th July 2015, today security support has ended. Any vulnerabilities that may exist in 5.5 will NOT be patches any more and could leave your site vulnerable to attack.
If you host does not have 5.6 or higher I highly recommend you contact them and ask to be upgraded or find a better host.
Upgrading to 5.6 should be painless nearly everything works without changes, having said there there are some backward incompatible see migrating from 5.5 to 5.6Continue Reading
Today Github has announced private repo’s are now unlimited for upgraded accounts, for organisations the starter package was 10 private repos for $25 a month, this has been upgraded to $9 a month after the first 5 users still at $25 a month but with unlimited repo’s.
Personal accounts also have unlimited repo’s but $7 a month, whilst there are services like bitbucket that offer free private repo’s I’ve never taken to them in the same way I do with Github. Personally I prefer the Github so this is really good news!Continue Reading
Gitlab is a great alternative to Github or BitBucket, they offer free private and public repositories which is great when working with a team, I’ve recently started using Gitlab for a private project, where I need to download private repositories to the project server and extract their contents.Continue Reading
Sometimes you need to make improvements to your code and make things more efficient. Using some simple PHP Statistics can help you identify areas which need improving. These snippets offer useful insight into how efficiently your application is running.
So, for our first snippet we will look at script execution time. This will tell us how long it took the server to process and execute our PHP script. This is one of the most useful snippets. It would also be very useful for benchmarking PHP 5.6 versus 7.0.Continue Reading
PHP UK Conference is next week, I went last year, had an amazing time and learn’t a lot the main takeaway’s was upgrading all my servers to PHP 5.6 and to use PSR (PHP Standard Recomendations) before then I wasn’t using or even really knew what PSR was! I work in a ultra small team, since then I’ve tried to keep upto date.Continue Reading
Bitbucket is great for private repo’s. Bitbucket provides Git and Mercurial hosting for teams. The free package provides unlimited private and public repo’s. Using Git to keep track of code changes is great, especially when working with a team.
I’ve recently been thinking it would be great when committing code for it to automatically be copied on to the server, here is where FTPloy comes in!Continue Reading
PHP 7 was officially released yesterday! it’s been in testing for quite some time. 8 release candidates were released to find any bugs and fix them now that’s been completed it’s now available for everyone to download and use.
I’m incredibly excited to take advantage of the speed improvements, hopefully most hosts will have this available very soon!
I want to say a massive congratulations and thank you to the PHP team and the contributors this is an amazing effort on their part!