Realtime logging for Magento

There are a couple of things that animate me in PHP/Magento world.  The first is queuing.  I’ve written and spoken about that several times and do as much with it as possible.  The second is something that I’ve not written about nor done a lot of work in. One of the other things that I have had in the back of my mind for the past several years is a cloud-based, completely integrated development environment.  Personally, I think that the development tooling in the PHP realm are still very young and basically

assertTrue( ): Amazon: The Everything Company

If you’re thinking about putting your company’s Web presence on Amazon’s computers (using EC2), you might want to ask yourself a few questions. Does Amazon already compete with your business in any way? How long before Amazon does compete with you? Do you want to put your online business in the hands of a potential competitor? Do you want Amazon to know more about your business than it already does? No one’s suggesting Amazon is actually going to spy on your business’s bits and bytes (which are already encrypted anyway,

Magento, ESI, Varnish and performance

I have been doing a little playing with Magento over the past couple of days.  I’ve been helping out Ebay/Magento by delivering some of their performance training over the past few months.  I’m by no means the world’s best Magento person at the moment, but I know the architecture pretty well. One of the things I’ve wanted to do is play more with Varnish.  There’s lots of hype, and a lot of the hype is true.  It really is as fast as they say it is and worth looking at

Using Mongo with PHPCloud

With the release that occurred on March 4th we have added Mongo support to the DevCloud.  So connecting to a Mongo instance is extremely easy to do now.  We don’t provide access to a Mongo collection but you do have the tools to connect to various Mongo service providers.  For this example I used MongoHQ though any service running Mongo sound work. First go to whichever service you are using and create a new collection.  Like this Then click on the Zend Server link for your container.  Like this Go to

Using Jabber/XMPP for event notification with Zend Server and/or PHPCloud

I have removed this service due to possible abuse.  It was intended to be a test and I think I’ve gotten what I need   There was something I’ve wanted to try for a little while.  Messaging is something that’s interested me and with all of the work I’ve been doing on the Zend Developer Cloud I’ve been interested in seeing how to make things communicate a little better.  One of the ideas I’ve wanted to try was to use instant messaging for notification when  slow request or large memory

URL rewriting in PHPCloud

Found out today that the typical rewrite rule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 RewriteEngine On   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -s [OR] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d RewriteRule ^.*$ – [NC,L] RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L] doesn’t work too well in the DevCloud.  I would get log errors like [Tue Feb 07 13:06:33 2012] [error] [client] Request exceeded the limit of 10 internal redirects due to probable configuration error. Use ‘LimitInternalRecursion’ to increase the limit if necessary. Use ‘LogLevel debug’ to get a backtrace. Turns out that the

Looking for DevCloud stories

The Zend DevCloud was released at ZendCon as a technology preview.  I do a lot of my development work on the DevCloud now and I have my stories.  But I’m interested in hearing yours.  If you are using DevCloud for serious development work I would like to hear about it.  We would like to put together some examples of some cool work that people are doing on it.  So if you’d like a chance at getting some featured coverage on the DevCloud, please email me at [email protected] (no, I don’t

PHP Cloud and education

One of the problems that anyone who has taught a programming class will know is that the worst part of the class isn’t bored students, inane questions or poor material, but, rather, getting started.  I delivered Zend’s training for 3 years (myself among several others) and I can say, without reservation, that one of the most consistent impediments to the classes were getting things up and running. Getting students to install stuff on their local desktops was often problematic.  They might have some conflicting software that would need to be

High Scalability – Is it time to get rid of the Linux OS model in the cloud?

High Scalability – High Scalability – Is it time to get rid of the Linux OS model in the cloud?. I’ve sometimes thought about where we are and where we come from in terms of programming.  Programmers have this habit of falling for new and shiny things.  So I read this article with some interest as they were asking a couple of interesting things at the end.  Namely,  Do we need a device driver layer? Do we need processes? Do we need virtual memory? Do we need a different security model?