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Articles on how to improve the performance of PHP applications and Web sites

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135. Accelerate Web Pages Automatically using Google Mod_PageSpeed: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques Part 4

Posted on: 2010-11-17

After several months of development, Google announces a stable release of mod_pagespeed, an Apache 2 Web server module that can automatically optimize the Web pages that are served by Apache without any changes to the actual scripts that generate those Web pages.

This article explains in more detail what is mod_pagespeedup and how you can use it to improve the speed of serving your site Web pages.


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134. Unusual Site Speedup Techniques debate, Named parameters and Annotations - Lately in PHP podcast episode 6

Posted on: 2010-10-31

In this episode, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss several unusual site speedup techniques presented in recent articles of the PHPClasses site blog.

They also discuss the (non-)inclusion of new PHP features discussed by PHP core developers like having named parameters in function calls and the support of Java-like annotations in PHP code.


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133. Accelerate scripts running multiple tasks in parallel using asynchronous programming: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 3

Posted on: 2010-10-28

Asynchronous programming allows developers to write faster code by running multiple parallel tasks at the same time.

This contrasts with the traditional synchronous programming on which programs perform a task and do nothing else besides waiting for the task to finish before proceeding to the next task.

This article explains better what is asynchronous programming and how you can implement it in PHP to develop code that executes tasks much faster.


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132. Accelerate Page Accesses Throttling Background Tasks: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 2

Posted on: 2010-10-25

Web server machines usually do many other things besides serving Web pages. Often they have background tasks running that may slow down significantly the Web server processes that deliver the pages to the site users.

This article is the second part of the Unusual Site Speedup series that focus on what to do to make sure that Web server processes run as fast as possible by slowing down background tasks that may be taking too much machine resources.


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131. Accelerate Page Loading: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 1

Posted on: 2010-10-21

In the latest weeks, several measures have been implemented to provide dramatic improvements to the speed of this site.

This article is the first of several that describe those measures and how you can also apply to your sites too.

On the first part it is described how to make Web pages load much faster when there is heavy content slowing down the page loading, such as advertising or widgets retrieved from other sites.


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130. PHP Performance Optimization, PHP Code Generation, AppIgnite - Lately in PHP podcast episode 5

Posted on: 2010-09-28

On the episode 5 of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert have as guest Jason Roberts, developer of the upcoming Web based application generation AppIgnite.

They have discussed several topics of interest like PHP code generation tools for speeding up PHP development, the video of Rasmus Lerdorf talk on PHP performance optimization techniques.

They also discuss the reasons and the progress status of things that sometimes annoy PHPClasses site users, like the advertising placement and the redirection during registration and login in the site.


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118. Developing scalable PHP applications using MongoDB

Posted on: 2010-03-01

Nowadays there is a new kind of databases that is getting very popular, specially for Web development, including the PHP world, which are the NoSQL databases.

This article focus specifically on MongoDB, despite there are several other NoSQL database implementations.


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117. PHP compiler performance

Posted on: 2010-02-23

With the release of Facebook HipHop PHP compiler, the matters of performance of PHP compilers and runtime engines gained special relevance.

This article presents a performance comparison of between different PHP compilers and runtime PHP execution engines, so we can evaluate what is the best solution that can be used in different PHP environments.


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108. Distributing PHP processing with Gearman

Posted on: 2009-11-23

Gearman is a tool for distributing processing jobs over one or more machines.

This article explains how to use Gearman in PHP applications to handle better the load of busy sites or applications that need to execute heavy jobs.


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98. HTML 5 for a better Web

Posted on: 2009-07-06

The HTML 5 will definitely contribute to a better Web. Despite its specification is still being drafted, several browsers like Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 4, Chrome 2 and Opera 10 already implement a significant part of the current HTML 5 specification.

This article reviews a bit of the history of how we got to HTML 5 and presents an overview of the enhancements that HTML 5 introduces to provide a better Web.

It also presents a reflection about whether HTML 5 will render useless browser extensions like Flash, Silverlight and Java.


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