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React, Flux, GraphQL, Hack, HHVM...? All of this and more!

PHP on HHVM with PHPFastCGI or PHP-PM

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One of the defining characteristics of PHP has been the shared nothing architecture that disposes the application after each response.

Written by Jorgé on Saturday November 7, 2015


What is RAML? A modeling language for REST APIs!

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An effort to offer a modeling language for RESTful APIs, RAML, reached 1.0 on November 3rd 2015ls . It comes with an ambitious goal to become the single desribing language for all bits of the lifecycle of a RESTful API. Today, in a world full of potential public API data providers there is a need to unify and find a common language.

Written by Jorgé on Tuesday November 3, 2015


HHVM and PHP 7 compatibility

HHVM is a popular alternative to the official PHP server implementation. With the launch of PHP 7 the main official implementation will get improved perfomance, but new language features too. HHVM plans to keep up feature parity with PHP, but with the investment in Hack language picking up PHP 7 support will take it's time.

Written by Jorgé on Saturday October 31, 2015


Elasticsearch 2.0 offers new features, increased performance and reliability

Elasticsearch is another alternative for Solr for creating sophisticated search functionalities for applications. Both Solr and Elasticsearch are based on the Lucene search technology with is built with Java. They are layers on top of Lucene to ease the usability of the lower level technology.

Written by Jorgé on Thursday October 29, 2015


ECMAScript 6 / ES2015 and Shadow DOM in Safari / WebKit

Safari on the original iPhone revolutionised the mobile web back in 2007. Applications such as Opera Mini made feature phone browsing possible on feature phones, but the experiences were subpar compared to even the first mobile Safari. Since that a lot of cash has flowed through Cupertino and Safari has accused of lagging.

Written by Jorgé on Monday October 26, 2015


Graph Query Languages: GraphQL, OpenCypher, Gremlin and SPARQL

Graph databases are popping up everywhere. During the 2016 they're bound to come up even more and will probably reach mainstream acceptance such as NoSQL Document Databases did a few years back. RDF and the Semantic web have held the promise of powerful graph data for a long time, but have not become a staple for web developers.

Written by Jorgé on Monday October 26, 2015




They see SQL rollin', they hatin'

A few years back it felt like SQL was on it's way to the grave. Everyone was talking about how all kinds of NoSQL solutions were the absolute future and the solutions to all of life's problems. It felt like everything would be NoSQL in 2015

Written by Jorgé on Tuesday October 20, 2015


Falcor is a new approach to APIs

Falcor is a new library open sourced by Netflix, another prominent new company giving back to Open Source. Falcor is described as a JavaScript library for efficient data fetching. It is a radically different approach from the traditional culture of building multiple endpoints.

Written by Jorgé on Tuesday October 13, 2015