Category: Scaling

How to Add Real-Time Notifications to Laravel with Pusher

The modern web user expects to be informed of everything that happens within the application. You don’t want to be that one website that doesn’t even have the notifications dropdown found not just in all social media websites, but everywhere else these days, too. Luckily, with Laravel and Pusher, implementi...

Web App Performance Testing with Siege – Plan, Test, Learn

Building a simple web application today isn’t that hard. The web development community is friendly, and there are lots of discussions on Stack Overflow or similar platforms, and various sites with lessons and tutorials. Almost anyone can build an app locally, deploy it to a server, and proudly show it to your friend...

The Ultimate Guide to Deploying PHP Apps in the Cloud

TL;DR: There is a popular mantra amongst developers that goes like this write, test and deploy. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to deploy your PHP apps to different cloud server platforms such as Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Heroku, IBM Bluemix, and others. Introduction to Cloud Servers Cloud servers are b...

Procedurally Generated Game Terrain with React, PHP, and WebSockets

Last time, I began telling you the story of how I wanted to make a game. I described how I set up the async PHP server, the Laravel Mix build chain, the React front end, and WebSockets connecting all this together. Now, let me tell you about what happened when I starting building the game mechanics with this mix of Rea...

Upgrading from PThreads v2 to V3: What to Look out For

A fair amount has changed for the pthreads extension with the release of pthreads v3. This article aims to cover the necessary information for those who are looking to upgrade their applications from pthreads v2 to v3. If you’re unfamiliar with pthreads, check out my introduction to pthreads instead! A big thank ...

Game Development with React and PHP: How Compatible Are They?

“I’d like to make a multiplayer, economy-based game. Something like Stardew Valley, but with none of the befriending aspects and a player-based economy.” I started thinking about this the moment I decided to try and build a game using PHP and React. The trouble is, I knew nothing about the dynamics of...

Parallel Programming with Pthreads in PHP – the Fundamentals

PHP developers seem to rarely utilise parallelism. The appeal of the simplicity of synchronous, single-threaded programming certainly is high, but sometimes the usage of a little concurrency can bring some worthwhile performance improvements. In this article, we will be taking a look at how threading can be achieved in...

10 Node.js Best Practices: Enlightenment from the Node Gurus

In my previous article 10 Tips to Become a Better Node Developer I introduced 10 Node.js best practices you could apply to your code today. This post continues in that vein with a further 10 best practices to help you take your Node skills to the next level. This is what we’re going to cover: Use npm scripts —...

Using GDELT 2 with PHP to Analyze the World!

Are you interested in political world events? Do you want to play with one of the world’s largest databases? If you answered either of those questions with a yes, keep reading – this will interest you! This article follows up on the promise to use GDELT with PHP. I will show you a simple example of how to ...

Beaver in Action: Practical MySQL Optimization

Clients with an existing application sometimes ask me to fix bugs, improve efficiency by speeding up the application, or add a new feature to some existing software. The first stage of this is researching the original code – so-called reverse engineering. With SQL databases, it is not always immediately obvious which...