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Deploy Docker containers fast to Microsoft Azure

DEPLOY DOCKER CONTAINERS FAST TO MICROSOFT AZURE It’s hard to ignore the fact thatDockeris a way to move forward for rapid application development, distributed architectures and microservices. For developersDockeroffers great advantages as they can build their containers specifically for the task they work on. They grab a base image of a container, modify it for their purpose and prepare the functionality inside the container. Quality, testing and security teams now have a single instance to look at and ensure all functional and regulatory requirements are met. System engineers now don’t have to worry about providing a system with the required specs as the container is already provisioned for that purpose. But where do you deploy yourDockercontainers? You can set up your existing bare metal infrastructure to allow them to run containers, but this also means you need to learn about securing your container infrastructure, which is not an easy task. Luckily “the cloud” offers container …
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VAT Validation now for PHP 7.1+

When I started my European Commission (EC) VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) project back in 2011, PHP 5.3 was the current version that has given us so much. Earlier that year version 5.2 was announced End-of-Life and everyone was excited about the new features in PHP coming with the 5.3.x releases.

But fast-forwarding to today, PHP 7.1 is the latest stable release and PHP 5.6 only gets security fixes until the end of this year. In the mean time several open-source projects like PHPUnitXDebugZend FrameworkLaravelJoomlaTYPO3Magento and Symfony announced they stop development for PHP 5 versions and now only move forward with PHP 7.1 and higher.

After seeing Sebastian Bergmann’s talk PHP 7: Reality Check I was empowered by his reasoning that it’s not worth putting support in outdated PHP versions and focus on the current and future versions that will make a difference in functionality, performance and security.

For this reason I would like to announce that the European …

PHP 7 and Apache on macOS Sierra

I posted several talks about compiling PHP from source, but everyone was trying to convince me that a package manager like Homebrew was a more convenient way to install. The purpose of Homebrew is simple: a package manager for macOS that will allow you to set up and install common packages easily and allows you to update frequently using simple commands. I used a clean installation of macOS Sierra to ensure all steps could be recorded and tested. In most cases you already have done work on your Mac, so chances are you can skip a few steps in this tutorial. APACHE AND PHP WITH HOMEBREW I’ve made this according to the installation instructions given on GetGrav. The installation procedures These installation procedures will set up your macOS Sierra with PHP 7.1 and Apache 2.4. Install Xcode command line tools (if not done yet)xcode-select --install Install Homebrew/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" Set up for in…

Sessions in PHP 7.1 and Redis

In case you have missed it, PHP 7.1.0 has been released recently. Now you can’t wait to upgrade your servers to the latest and greatest PHP version ever. But hold that thought a second… With PHP 7 lots of things have changed underneath the hood. But these changed features can also put unexpected challenges on your path. Our challenge One of these challenges that we faced was getting PHP 7.1 to play nice storing sessions in our Redis storage. In order to store sessions in Redis, we needed to install the Redis PHP extension that not only provides PHP functions for Redis, but also installs the PHP session handler for Redis. Because we upgraded our servers to PHP 7.1, we were looking to use the latest provided version for this Redis extension: redis-3.1.0. Once installed, we bumped against a nasty problem. Warning: session_start(): Failed to read session data: redis (path: tcp://127.0.0.1:6379) Searching the internet for this error, we didn’t got many hits that could point us into a dire…