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When I lost a few hundred leads

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Nov. 29, 2020

Before you start… Some readers have reached out to me and talked about solutions to the technical problems described in this post. I'd like to make clear that this post isn't about how to deal with or prevent bugs. It's about how I felt during a rather bad and stressful time, to talk about emotions…


Announcing Blogs for Devs

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Nov. 28, 2020

When I started my blog in 2017 I never imagined it'd be as successful as now. I never seriously invested in SEO or did any aggressive marketing campaigns, and yet here we are: closing in to 2 million sessions, and the end is no where near. Cumulated amount of sessions per week I did of course do so…


What's new in PHP 8

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Nov. 26, 2020

PHP 8 will be released today, on November 26, 2020. It's a new major version, which means that it will introduce some breaking changes, as well as lots of new features and performance improvements. Right now PHP 8 is in feature freeze, meaning no new features can be added anymore. Because of the br…


Upgrade to PHP 8 with Homebrew on Mac

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Nov. 26, 2020

Note: PHP 8 hasn't been released yet, so it'll be a few more hours before you can use Homebrew to update to it. # Upgrading with Homebrew Start by making sure brew is up-to-date: brew update Next, upgrade PHP. You can either use the built-in php recipe, use tap shivammathur/homebrew-php. I'd recomm…


PHP 8: the null safe operator

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Nov. 17, 2020

If you've used the null coalescing operator in the past, you probably also noticed its shortcomings: null coalescing doesn't work on method calls. Instead you need intermediate checks, or rely on optional helpers provided by some frameworks: $startDate = $booking->getStartDate(); $dateAsString =…


PHP 8: How to setup the JIT

Written by Stitcher.io / Original link on Oct. 29, 2020

PHP 8 adds a JIT compiler to PHP's core which has the potential to speed up performance dramatically. There are some sidenotes to be made about the actual impact on real-life web applications, which is why I ran some benchmarks on how the JIT performs (I've listed all relevant references in the foo…