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PHP/Symfony development with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Windows has always been somewhat of an oddball when it comes to PHP development. In the past years it has lost out on developer mindshare to UNIX-like Operating Systems like Linux and macOS.

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update in August 2016 Microsoft now offers an interesting option for PHP development in the Windows environment: The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)


Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday August 6, 2016
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Versioning an API in GraphQL vs. REST

GraphQL is a technology which is a modern and uniform alternative to the wealth of different RESTful interfaces. REST was introduced back in 2000 and is only an architectural style, not a specification. In REST any self-respecting developer is used to versioning, but in GraphQL there is no concept of versioning in the same sense.


Written by Jani Tarvainen on Friday August 5, 2016
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Symfony2 turns five, Symfony 3.2 continues the momentum

Late in 2015 the Symfony project as a whole celebrated it's tenth anniversary. Another significant milestone is reached in July 2016 as Symfony2, the second major iteration celebrates it's fifth anniversary. Five years is a long time in IT, but even more so in web development.


Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday July 23, 2016
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Cache enhancements in Symfony 3.1 and 3.2: PSR-6 and tag invalidation

It's been said that there are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. It seems that this statement from Phil Karlton continues to be true. Naming things is as close as code can be to poetry, so I'll leave that for the philosophers to discuss.

Invalidating items from cache is much more clear-cut problem to define. The more efficient and easy the solution, the better. Symfony3 already has some improvements for that, with more coming in the near future.


Written by Jani Tarvainen on Wednesday June 22, 2016
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