How To Profile PHP Applications with Xdebug, Laragon, and Q Cache Grind

7 minute read When trying to speed up your PHP web applications, it sure helps to know where the bottle necks are. That’s where Xdebug and Q Cache Grind can help: they can tell you which functions and class methods are taking up the most time and memory, how many times they’re called, and who called them. With this information, it’s far easier to speed up your code than “shooting in the dark” by just trying to optimize everything.

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Handling Polluted JSON in AJAX

5 minute read The bane of all Javascript code using jQuery.ajax() is polluted JSON responses: when some HTML or other junk gets into your JSON response, making it unparsable and bringing the whole system to a screeching halt. In this post, I’ll show what you can do with polluted JSON to keep everything working. How It’s Supposed to […]

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How to Make Horrible Software Comparisons

3 minute read Software comparison articles can be helpful, but most are horrible. They should educate, compare, and recommend. But usually, they’re just filler words that convey no actual meaning. Here are some common mistakes of horrible software comparisons… Universally Picking a Winner It’s ridiculous to pick a universal winner. Eg, if you’re comparing Event Espresso to EventBrite, […]

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PHP's array_shift Performance

< 1 minute read PHP’s array_shift is a relatively slow way to fetch the first item from an array; it’s much better to use reset. array_shift() modifies the original array and can be pretty slow because it needs to completely reindex the array (remove first element then shuffle everything else forward by one “slot”), so unless you specifically need […]

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