Cool new stuff in PHP 5.4

PHP 5.4 was released yesterday. It took nearly 2 years since the release of version 5.3 and has been a huge undertaking. Congratulations to the guys that made it happen. Let’s take a look at the features: 1) Speed PHP 5.4 is the fastest of all PHP versions. Benchmarks both Synthetic and real-life show a […]

Google Analytics for Facebook Fan Pages

We launched our Facebook fan page earlier this month and as with all Facebook pages only Facebook Insights program is available to page administrators. Facebook Insights shows demographic details and interactions on your pages BUT limited to show information of fans only. It is far less sophisticated and comprehensive when compared to the free Google Analytics. One of […]

Run PHP on the Google App Engine

Google launched their Google App Engine (GAE) a year ago. The free hosting in App Engine is allocated 500 MB of persistent storage and enough CPU and bandwidth for about 5 million page views a month. Also, if you really want more you can see pricing plans. GAE will support Java going forward. Unfortunately PHP support on the […]

What is new in PHP 5.3 for PHP amateurs?

In a recent PHP conference in London some great speakers spoke about new features in PHP to be released in PHP 5.3. PHP 5.3 contains functionality that was scheduled for PHP 6, which takes PHP 5.3 from being a minor release to a significant and huge release. A release that no PHP developer should ignore. […]

PHP on Windows Server 2008 : 500 – Internal Server Error on IIS

Recently we had to work on a Windows server 2008 (web edition) machine with IIS 7.0 and we ran into the strangest of errors. The server stops running the script with this message :   Server Error  500 – Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it […]

How to detect if your webserver is hacked and get alerted

We all do our best to write excellent code and also keep our installations of popular open source tools like WordPress, Joomla, Oscommerce, Drupal, phpmyadmin and all its plugins always updated to prevent any attack or hackers using known exploits on them. This article is not aimed at going through all those methods to help you secure […]

PHP session fixation attacks

Session fixation attacks attempt to exploit the vulnerability of a system which allows one person to fixate (set) another person’s session identifier (SID). Most session fixation attacks are web based, and most rely on session identifiers being accepted from URLs (query string) or POST data.