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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Which Way Do Your Slashes Face in PHP?

4 minute read When writing out filepaths and URLs, should you use forward slashes / or backslashes \? Windows expects one, whereas Unix-style operating systems (Linux and Mac OSs, primarily) expect another. PHP has two built-in solutions, but both have problems, especially if you’re working with WordPress. Backstory At work, I’ve recently had some trouble getting my linux […]

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My Takeaways from "Gutenberg for Plugin Owners" Crowdcast

2 minute read Today I watched “Gutenberg for Plugin Owners“, an online discussion between Brian Hogg, Kyle Maurer, and Daniel Bachhuber, where they discussed and answered questions about how WordPress plugin owners can better prepare for the new editor, Gutenberg. You can watch the replay, but here’s my notes. I was admittedly doing some somewhat noisy house-chores while […]

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Penpals Explanation of PHP/cURL/openSSL/TLS/SSL/PayPal Handshake Issues

5 minute read Today I spent a few hours wrapping my head around an issue where some websites weren’t able to connect properly to PayPal.com. I found it pretty tricky to understand because it involved quite a few technologies and programs: PHP: a programming language, and a program to interpret lines of code written in that programming language […]

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