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Apache Taught You The Wrong Way To Think About Web Applications

This is not about hating on Apache; for its faults, Apache is still a useful and powerful tool for its purpose. Nevertheless, people have been getting the concept of a web application wrong from the ground up because of the way Apache works out of the box. Let me be clear: There are many ways […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Adventures in Parsing: PHP’s implicit semicolon (‘;’) before every close tag

Simply put, every time you enter a PHP closing tag, the interpreter automatically adds a semicolon to end the current statement before switching to HTML mode. ┬áIn general, this is fairly innocuous, and it might even seem like the interpreter is doing you a favor, since now you can omit semicolons just before the end […]

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The importance of ZVals and Circular References

Just a quick post for now. Do you know how PHP’s symbol table works? To put it in nutshell, symbols are stored in one place and values (also called ZVals) are stored in another. Normally, this abstraction will mean nothing to you, but take the following sample code: $foo = &$bar; $bar = &$foo;$foo = […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

PHP Quirks – String manipulation by offset

Just a quick update for a mild PHP Quirk/annoyance I have noticed recently while doing some manipulation of strings by character offset. Say you have a string, such as ‘abcde’; Now, suppose you want to check the value of the third character (at index 2). You might have done something like this: $str = ‘abcde’; […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011