A MySql Backup Script (with Download Speeds & Hipchat Integration)

It’s a common problem we developers come across, we need to keep a backup of our databases so that if anything happens to our live database we still have a copy of the data. This is a quick script which uses the mysqldump command to grab a copy of a database and save it. It saves the file as a gzip file (because it saves a mega amount of space over time). More than just backing up the data, this … Continued


How to: Install PHP 7 on Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04

It’s release day! Or it was on the 3rd of December 2015 – the release date for the final version of PHP 7.0. There have been a whole host of improvements made to PHP but we won’t delve too deep into changes. This is a very quick guide on how to update to the latest release for those of you running a Ubuntu Linux system. It is very simple, thanks to ondrej managing a ppa repo for this release, like … Continued


Enabling HTTP/2 Support on Apache2 and PHP

I’ve been a keen follower of the exciting changes to the HTTP specification over the past few years – with the release of the HTTP/2 standard in 2015 (after it evolved from the spdy project). If you’re unfamiliar with http/2 there are some great videos available which outline exactly what it is and how it is different from http 1.1 – which we’ve been so accustomed to over the years. In light of these changes and of the ever increasing … Continued


HHVM, Laravel & Heroku – The Killer Combination

Laying the foundations to a new project recently, some new web technologies were considered for use, notable among these was the recent announcement of Facebook’s HHVM engine and HACK language, which is now gaining support and stability. The project itself was going to be run on Heroku, a cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service) which allows websites to scale dynamically as they grow. Aside from what the software was going to run on, the software itself was going to be … Continued



Version Control with Git

This tutorial is written in the hope that it can give you an overview of Git, Github and version control in general – be it for web developement or software development purposes alike. It will hopefully outline why Git (and version control) is used, the advantages to it and it should give you a brief introduction to using it yourself.



Gimp 2.8 Released

Last week, on the 3rd of May 2012 the GNU Image Manipulation Program, also known as the GIMP, released version 2.8 of their cross-platform software. It supports many new features, the most notable of which is the long awaited single-window mode as well as many other user interface tweaks which make this version more attractive and intuitive to use.