Periodic Table of Amazon Web Services

A lot has been said about the wide range of Amazon Web Services (AWS). They are plenty and cover a whole lot of technologies – from low level infrastructure to artificial intelligence. It is difficult to grasp just how big and complex the AWS feature set. But I think the above periodic table of Amazon Web Services helps a lot.

How Many .com Domain Names Are Unused?

Here’s an interesting study of the .com domain names. It appears that only about 1/3 of the registered domains are in use by legitimate websites. The rest are either spam, email-only, empty, broken, etc.

Only about 100,000 domains were crawled to provide a representative sample. But to me, the numbers look quite realistic. If only, I would push the porn and gambling sites into the “in use” category, rather than have them separately.

When I started writing PHP…

When I started writing PHP…” is a nice look at how PHP ecosystem has changed in the last 20 years. Those of us who have been using it since then, are guaranteed to drop a nostalgic tear.

The running joke “you’re not a real PHP developer until you’ve written your own CMS and discarded it” wasn’t a joke yet. It was just becoming reality, but it wasn’t old enough yet to be a joke. (Yes, I wrote my own CMS and discarded it.)

AWS CloudFormation Sample Templates

awslabs/aws-cloudformation-templates is an extensive collection of Amazon AWS CloudFormation templates for a wide range of resources and services. Some of these can be used as is for deploying production infrastructure, others are good starting points for those of us who are still learning.

Build load-balanced servers in AWS EC2 using CloudFormation

Build load-balanced servers in AWS EC2 using CloudFormation” is an excellent guide on deploying load balancer servers with EC2 instances to Amazon AWS cloud with CloudFormation infrastructure management tool. The guide covers a variety of topics from the actual deployment to security and monitoring.

There are many different approaches for load balancing traffic in Amazon AWS, and this one is not a holy grail solution, but it provides plenty of insight into available tools and options.

How To Speed Up The Code Review

How To Speed Up The Code Review” is a collection of excellent tips and strategies on how to make your Pull Requests easier to review. These work equally well for Open Source projects and for proprietary repositories.

The gist of this article is: don’t make large pull requests, and don’t mix different types of changes within the same pull request. Read the whole thing for suggestions on how to actually do that.

Semantic Versioning – why you should care

Semantic Versioning – why you should care” is a nice take on Semantic Versioning and how and why people should is. I particularly liked the practical examples of changes and which version bump they correspond to.

I frequently find myself explaining the Semantic Versioning to developers, and going over some example changes. Now I can just send the link to that article instead and safe myself some time.

Very nicely done!

Tips to Speed up Your PHPunit Tests

I came across this collection of “Tips to Speed up Your PHPunit Tests“. Apart from the few usual ones, like disabling XDebug and using groups, I found a couple that linked to handy tools:

  • ParaTest – a PHPUnit extension that runs PHPUnit tests in parallel, significantly minimizing the test run time, and
  • PHPUnit Report – a tool that visualizes test run times, clearly showing which unit tests take the longest to run.

Very cool! Needs trying …

The HTML we never had

The HTML we never had” is an interesting look at some features of HTML, that weren’t implemented, but could have been easily done, and if they were, how different the modern web development would be.

I agree that the “src” attribute makes a lot of sense for tags other than just images and videos.

How To Secure A Linux Server

How To Secure A Linux Server is a nice collection of tips and tricks on improving the security of a Linux server. There are some well-known bits like SSH key authentication and firewall configuration, as well as some less common bits like multi-factor authentication and RAM disk for /tmp.