Thinking About Using Laravel?

Why you might want to think again...

Posted 5 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Right off the bat - I believe using any framework is better than not using one at all when developing web applications. However, that doesn't mean you can do no wrong if you're not careful. I've worked with (and contributed to) many frameworks and open-source PHP projects over the years. I've given up on the "performance" concern that everyone else seems to be obsessed with. That does not define how "good" a framework is. Of course there can be bottlenecks that can be problematic, but may not necessarily be problematic for the project at... Read More

PHP 5 Framework Comparisons: Bootstrap

Taking a look at the bootstrap process

Posted 8 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So when I first picked up the Lithium framework for PHP, there weren't a lot of options out there. I mean Lithium really started jamming on the new features of PHP 5.3+ almost as soon as they were available. I think Symfony2 was quick to come on the scene as well, but now...There's a bunch. I see a lot more buzz around these modern PHP frameworks (as I like to call them, and what I mean by that is any framework using namespaces, new PHP 5.3+ features, maybe it's closures, etc.). So I think it's a good time to start evaluating the... Read More

Some Extra Rackspace Offerings You Might Not Have Known About

What did I say about fanatical?

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I'm not trying to come down on Rackspace or anything. I think some people were a little confused with my last post. I did use some bold language in the title, but that was merely an introduction to the relatively neutral (and analytical) post. Remember I said that I consider them the kings of hosting and they are "fanatical." Their words and I agree. I have a SUPER predispoition toward using Rackspace. It's the first place I go to. However, we can't sit here in this world with tunnel vision. Speaking of, the other day they made me... Read More

How Rackspace is Losing Customers

Maybe even myself...

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I shout red from the rooftops when it comes to hosting. I've been in love with Rackspace since I started using them years ago (and got the company I worked for at the time to switch their entire server infrastructure, all their clients except a few, over as well - which included dozens of high profile sites and campaigns). Granted, it was an arranged marriage. I used SliceHost beforehand and they were acquired by Rackspace, but that's ok. I later went on to take advantage of their affiliate program. Sadly they didn't have it way back when... Read More

Koding Review

Taking the New Kodingen for a Test Drive

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So Kodingen has been hard at work rebranding and rebuilding its online IDE. They are now just "Koding" and their new service offering is still in beta...But it's pretty awesome. There are a few online IDEs that I love, but I don't feel like they can replace my local development environment. Well, the new Koding may be a contender with its new version! All of the same old features that they had with its IDE and virtual machines that handle PHP, Perl, Python, and Ruby are here. Just redesigned a bit...And there's a terminal. How does it... Read More

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