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“virtPHP is a tool for creating and managing multiple isolated PHP environments on a single machine. It’s like Python’s virtualenv, but for PHP.
virtPHP creates isolated environments so that you may run any number of PHP development projects, all using different versions of PEAR packages and different PECL extensions. You may even specify a different version of PHP, if your system has various installations of PHP.”
virtPHP @ Github
Structure opened its doors a couple of days ago.
Structure offers a simple and powerful IoT cloud platform for developing the next generation of connected experiences. They offer device management with robust data visualization that reacts in real-time.
They have a nice drag & drop workflow interface that allows you to forward data coming in, combine data or just store it.
I will be testing a builder kit with the platform, that includes the Adafruit Feather Huzzah, which offers native Wifi connectivity. My Raspberry Pi’s will also find their way into the system. The platform allows to consume REST Apis as well, that will make it even more fun to build something unique.
If you are interested in IoT, you should really check it out. Its free :)
Structure / Adafruit Feather Huzzah
Now that Parse is phasing out (01/2017), people are looking for alternatives that offer:
Collaborative list of Parse alternative backend service providers @ GitHub
Flarum is new elegant next-generation forum software. It provides a touch optimized two pane layout with floating composer.
The backend runs on PHP/MySQL.
You can not have enough tools to track errors and warnings during development. OpenLog is a nice clean dashboard to keep an overview of things being logged.
It will automatically track console.log, console.info, console.warn and console.error.
You can also use its build in methods.
Depending on your budget, that might not always be an option and not always needed.
To the rescue comes ErrorBoard, that provides a basic interface to track window.onerror events. Requires Node.js, NPM and a free port.
Here the window.onerror, how I set it up for now:
This will request no authentication, if the Request URI has /error/ in it.
Now go ahead and use $_SESSION freely in your plugin. Here a nice additional class to encrypt session data.
HyperDB is a plugin for spreading your websites load across several servers and databases. Its currently used in production on WordPress.com.
Just started experimenting with it :)