Archive | July, 2001

Hackers Developing Anti-Censorship Software

Posted on 17 July 2001 by Demian Turner

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A group of hackers is finishing work on software that would enable human rights workers to access censored Web sites, in a move that ratchets up the “arms race” between free speech activists on the Internet and government censors in Asia and the Middle East.

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Student Suspended Over Suspected Use of PHP

Posted on 16 July 2001 by Demian Turner

Topeka, KS – High school sophomore Brett Tyson was suspended today after teachers learned he may be using PHP.

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PHP Web Security

Posted on 15 July 2001 by Demian Turner

Relative Benefits of your Platform

There seems to be a fair amount of debate between the relative security benefits enjoyed by Microsoft and Linux/Unix hosted sites.

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Countless Testimonials

Posted on 15 July 2001 by Demian Turner

If You Needed Anymore Convincing

One of the reasons PHP is so widely respected as a web development language
is because it’s been used and tested extensively by the web community. Here
are some testimonials
and a list of articles comparing PHP with other web technologies:

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No Dependence on 3rd Party Modules

Posted on 15 July 2001 by Demian Turner

What You See is What You Get

Unlike PHP, ASP is a proprietary technology that requires upgrades and the purchase of many extra packages such as ASPEncrypt, Qmail and SA-FileUp for encryption, sending mail (with attachments etc) and file uploading. All these functions are built into PHP and don’t represent hidden costs.

When a business buys ASP, if you need encryption — you must buy ASPEncrypt; if you need email management — you must buy ServerObject’s QMail. If you Need file uploading — you must buy Software Artisans SA-FileUp; and the same goes for usermanagement components, image generation, and for pdf file generation.

All this is built into PHP for free.

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PHP Performance: SPEED

Posted on 15 July 2001 by Demian Turner

PHP Leaves Competitors Standing

Many studies have been done comparing the performance/output of the web’s leading server-side solutions. Here are a selection of benchmark results:

  • Webmonkey’s PHP / JSP / Coldfusion / ASP comparison
  • PHP versus Cold Fusion, benchmarks from PHP Everywhere
  • The Chamas Performance Benchmark tests: OS / CPU / Client benchmarks
    for a variety of web scripting technologies

  • 7 reasons why PHP is better than ASP

In terms of speed the major difference when comparing with ASP is that ASP is built on .COM architecture, which means when many functions require the creation of new .COM objects, creating an overhead that PHP doesn’t have.

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‘Here Printing’ with PHP 4

Posted on 03 July 2001 by Demian Turner

Another way of helping you produce cleaner code is an idea borrowed from Perl introduced to PHP in version 4 known as ‘Here Printing’.

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Automating FTP with Shell Scripting

Posted on 03 July 2001 by Demian Turner

How would you like automate the transfer of documents between servers ?

Say, for example, one of your servers collected daily news documents and you wanted to make these available to one of your customers on a separate box. Quite often sites request documents from remote sources and the pages take an age to load because of the usual internet traffic clog and poor bandwidth.

The way around this is to have the document available locally. This requirement comes up quite often in web projects, and in fact is very easy to do with a shell script automated by a cron job. Click read more for the script.

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Granting Privileges in mySQL

Posted on 03 July 2001 by Demian Turner

To create database “mydb”

or to give the same privileges but from any host:

** this setup depends on the user or unix account having already been created

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dB to dB transfers

Posted on 03 July 2001 by Demian Turner

Copying One Database from one Machine to Another
Type the following at the command prompt:

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