Postfix is a free and open-source mail transfer agent. It is the most suitable, easy to configure, and widely-used Sendmail programme for a dedicated web server. I’ve a dedicated server hosted by Digital Ocean and the server is configured with LAMP stack. Recently I needed an email with the blogpipers.com domain to verify the domain with Sendgrid – a transactional email platform. So I’ve googled around and found this mailing software as the most suggested one. Then I searched a bit more for the setup and configuration and it seemed very easy to me.
Google Chrome Canary – Get on the bleeding edge of the web
Google Chrome Canary is a likewise early dev channel of Google’s flagship browser Chrome. It is a frequently updated experimental build and has the newest of the new Chrome features.
You may know that many software has multiple dev and beta releases before a stable version release. This is to have it tested by the early adopters. They provide feedback and test reports after using it. Then after eliminating almost all the bugs, the stable version is released.
Google Chrome Canary is the most early one of the four versions of Google Chrome: Canary, dev, beta, and stable. Google Chrome Canary is purely meant for the developers and designers and the early adopters. The most attractive part is you can have both the Canary and Stable Chrome version installed on your system side-by-side. That opens the option for many users to use both the dev and stable channels.
You can download it from its official page.
I’m in the IT industry for over 10 years now and doing PHP programming for a long time. I’ve started my career with PHP 4 and obviously reached up to a point of doing Spaghetti Code. I bet, 80% of the PHP developers gone through this phase. However, when we learned using structured coding with a fragile OOP concept it becomes harder to write the codes but easier to manage it.
There were PHP frameworks as well. With the release of PHP 5.x, many good PHP frameworks emerged and many got upgraded. PHP frameworks are great for rapid development as they include lots of prewritten class methods and helper functions that significantly reduces the amount of code you have to write your own. So obviously this saves the development time altogether.
But as said earlier, there are many PHP frameworks available online among which, 90% are open source. Before you choose for a framework, you need to check at least three aspects, one – performance (the most important part), two – purpose (do not use over featured frameworks that your project does not need), and three – ease of use and inbuilt utilities. And the common is obviously you have to learn that framework syntaxes.
I’ve used CakePHP, Codeigniter, and Laravel myself. So I thought to put together a comparison (obviously did some research from the online sources) of the frameworks for the sake of making a decision faster. Here is a survey result available from Sitepoint as well. Another good framework introduction available online (a bit old though) by Mashable.
Why I’m writing this? Obviously, because I’m a PHP programmer 🙂 and I felt how hard it is to decide which bundle (LAMP stack) should be used. I’ve worked on Linux back in 4-5 years ago, then Windows for a long time, and currently working on Mac platform. I’ve used all these three bundles over a different time period. I’m in the development industry for over 10 years and I think now I’m in a position to do a side-by-side comparison of these tools so that the newcomers seek some help from this article.
What is LAMP stack
Don’t assume something with those software’s original names, i.e. XAMPP, WAMP, or MAMP. These are merely bundled packages with Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Actually, if you know how to configure Apache, MySQL, and PHP (i.e. many of you may have configured unmanaged dedicated servers in Linode/Rackspace etc.), then you do not need to use these bundles. It’s an ease of use as it includes the automatic configurations, many utilities, phpMyAdmin, servers start/stop/restart interface (i.e. you do not need to do it via shell commands).
There are misconceptions as well like these are for different platforms. Actually, it’s not. XAMPP supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. WAMP only supports Windows platform. MAMP supports both Windows and Mac OS X. But here is the trick, that which one is better for a specific platform?