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A note on framework performance

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Jan. 24, 2017

A question came up recently wondering why Slim Framework was around 5 times slower than plain PHP. All frameworks are by definition slower than no-code as there's more going on. i.e. an index.php of: <?php header('Content-Type: application/json'); echo json_encode(['result' => 1]); is going…


Homestead per-project crib sheet

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Jan. 18, 2017

I wanted a drop-dead simple way to try and replicate a problem someone was having on the Slim forums. I couldn't reproduce with php -S which is my go-to for this sort of thing, so I thought I'd try Homestead. I had recently listend to a Voices of the Elephpant episode with Taylor Otwell & Joe…


Automatic OCR with Hazel and PDFPen

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Jan. 11, 2017

I have a useful scanner as part of my networked HP printer that will scan directly to a shared directory on my computer. Once there, I want the file to be renamed to the current date and the document OCR'd so that I can search it. To do this, I use Hazel and PDFPen and this is a note to ensure that…


Using Phive to manage PHPUnit

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Jan. 4, 2017

I recently came across the Phive project and have had a play with it. Phive is part of phar.io and is intended to manage development tools such as PHPUnit in preference to using Composer's dev dependencies. The main advantages of Phive are that it uses the phar file of the tool and only keeps one…


2016 in pictures

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Dec. 31, 2016

Another year has passed which gives me an excuse to to reflect on what's happened. As usual, I look at the photos that I've taken and frame my thoughts around them. January At the very end of January I visited Phoenix, Arizona to see Evan, Priscilla & other friends. I also attended FOSDEM again…


SSH keys in macOS Sierra

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Dec. 27, 2016

Now that I've upgraded to macOS 10.12 Sierra, I noticed that SSH required me to enter my passphrase to keys every time I used them. This was a surprise as it's not how 10.11 El Capitan worked. This is how to fix it. Firstly, add your SSH key's passphrase to the keychain using ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_r…