PHP is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. It powers around 78% of all websites.

What is the Lexing stage in PHP

Updated 10th December 2023

Lexing is a phase the PHP interpreter undergoes while interpreting the source code written. Lexing, is the first of four overall steps performed by the PHP interpreter. Steps in the PHP Interpreter The PHP interpreter undergoes a total of four steps before executing the code written. What is Lexing in PHP Lexical analysis, also known

PHP Numeric Literal Separator

Updated 14th December 2023

First introduced in PHP 7.4, the Numeric Literal Separator in PHP makes large integers within your code easy to read. Naturally, we find it easier to read number which are grouped, for example, 1,650,000. Using the numeric literal separator in PHP Since PHP 7.4, we can now use numbers like this: Adding an underscore between

How to setup a remote MySQL database connection in PHPStorm

Updated 1st October 2023

PHPStorm is packed full of features designed to make the development process for PHP developers efficient and streamlined. Although Jetbrains have a standalone product for interacting with databases, named DataGrip, PHPStrom ships with the Database Tools and SQL plugin. This tools is powerful, integrated directly within the IDE, and provides a convinient way to intract

PHP 8.3 release and features

Updated 11th December 2023

The time of year is fast approaching for PHP developers around the world. We have a new PHP release knocking on the door. PHP 8.3 RC 1 is now available for testing, and with this release we are able to get a glimps at some of the highlight features coming later in the year. PHP

Find php.ini on Apple Silicon installed with Homebrew

Updated 1st October 2023

Are you having trouble finding your php.ini file which was installed locally with Homebrew? Packages installed with Homebrew can be installed in different locations making it hard to find, especially if you are on new Apple Mac running Apple’s Silicon chips. Here, I will show you home to locate your locally installed php.ini file installed

List of programming languages used for Web Development

Updated 16th August 2022

programming languages used for web development

There are a wide variety of programming languages that can be used for web development. Which one you choose depends on your preferences and needs. Some languages are better suited for certain tasks than others. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular languages used for web development. JavaScript PHP

What is PHP?

Updated 1st August 2022

PHP is easy to learn

PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open-source, general-purpose, and server-side scripting language widely used in web development. PHP is used to manage databases, dynamic content, session tracking, and much more. Let’s answer the question “What is PHP?”. What is PHP used for? Since its first release in 1995, PHP has been seen used in many

WSL vs Dual Boot speed test

Updated 16th August 2022

In this experiment, I will be using WSL2 running Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 dual-booted on the same Dell XPS. Is there a noticeable difference? Follow along for the results of the WSL vs Dual Boot speed test. If you are like me and use different development environments a lot, you may find the results

How to check Composer version – Install and use Composer for PHP

Updated 11th January 2024

How to check composer version installed

Composer is a dependency manager for PHP. First released in 2012, Composer, and its adoption by popular frameworks such as Laravel has single-handedly driven the rise in PHP adoption in recent years. In this post, I will show you how to install and use Composer. How to install Composer To get started, download Composer from

PHP Variable Variables

Updated 1st June 2022

Understanding PHP Variable Variables

In PHP, it is sometimes necessary to have variables that have variable names. Traditionally, a variable is given a name and a value is given to the variable like so: $foo = 'bar'; A Variable Variable, or Double Dollar Variable, gets its name from the value of another variable like so: $foo = 'bar'; $$foo

2022 PHP Usage Statistics

Updated 16th August 2022

PHP Usage

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor is the most popular language used on the web. Around 77.6% of all websites run PHP in some way as of April 2022. PHP has been the driving force behind the growth of the web, but is it slowly dying? Let’s look at some PHP usage statistics. Why is PHP so popular?

How to use Microsoft Graph API with Laravel

Updated 1st January 2024

Microsoft Graph API with Laravel

Microsoft Graph is a gateway to data and intelligence within Microsoft 365. Microsoft Graph is great to build apps for organizations and consumers using the vast amount of data stored in Microsoft 365. In this post, we are going to integrate with Microsoft Graph API in Laravel to get all users assigned to your tenant.