PHP 5.5 on Oracle VirtualBox

by: Sameer Posted in: php |  

14 May 2015

PHP 5.5 has added a nice support for Generators, which I’ll cover in some other post. I needed to test these new features and add some to old applications. However PHP has dropped support for Windows XP and Windows 2003 starting with PHP 5.5. and I still have a Windows XP machine (along with Ubuntu 14.0 LTS). Although I could install PHP 5.5 in Ubuntu, most of the time I’m using Windows. I decided to go with VirtualBox for installing PHP 5.5, as I have some legacy PHP applications that I want to upgrade to the new version, and VirtualBox makes it easier to switch between operating systems.
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If you’ve been involved in WordPress theme development project, then you’ll realize that you need to reuse same code across your project. Besides, you might even use the same starter or base theme, when starting a project for developing a theme. Additionally, you might be using a common set of plugins and widgets in your projects. Wouldn’t it be great if you could access all the needed functionality for theme development from a centralized location? This is where WordPress theme frameworks comes in handy.
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One of the cool features of WordPress is its shortcode feature. There may be times one wished to add this capability to your PHP web applications. Recently I found one such library which allows you to add shortcode features to your web apps. The library discussed here implements WordPress style shortcode syntax as a standalone package. Its a small package and so can be easily integrated into you existing applications. Content from editors, databases, etc. can be scanned by the Shortcode Manager and the contents replaced by a custom callback.
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Database schema visualization is an essential process during the initial project design phase. Also, it can be useful when you need to reverse engineer a big schema and need to understand the various relationships between different tables. Below are given various database diagramming and visualization tools that will help you make sense of your complex database designs.
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