Archive | November, 2009

How to debug OpenX banner delivery

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Demian Turner

Here is a vital piece of information that doesn’t seem to be on the web anywhere.  Have you ever modified campaign/banner settings and had to wait ages before the effects were visible?  Twenty minutes even 😉

Twenty minutes is the default cache timeout, a setting you can easily change while setting up your campaigns.

During testing to you can set the cache timeout value to some low value like 1 second so that effectively the cache doesn’t get used. That’s at Global Settings > Banner Delivery Settings > Time Between Banner Cache Updates (seconds).

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Companion positioning bugs fixed in OpenX 2.8.1

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Demian Turner

Just a quick note to our OpenX customers, we can confirm that the companion positioning issues have been resolved in OpenX 2.8.1, so please upgrade to fix the problem, or let us know and we’ll be happy to do the upgrade for you.

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PHP shell rocks

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Demian Turner

shellI’ve written about this before, but since the interactive mode of PHP (php -a) seems to be broken on OS X, I think it’s worth singing the praises of Jan Kneschke’s php shell project once again.

It’s a piece of cake to install the tool with the PEAR installer, and since I last used it 2 great new features are on offer:

  • tab completion for all (or many) PHP functions and built-in classes and interfaces
  • handling of fatal errors

What a relief to have this working again!  I was ssh-ing onto my Fedora servers just to test out code but of course this became impractical pretty quickly.  And did I mention it runs great on PHP 5.3?

And if you’re tempted to use the similarly named phpsh project from the Facebook open src stables, I can confirm this is not an option with the latest version of PHP.

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