I've been seeing more and more frustrated comments, especially in social media, about products getting more complex and not “just working.” I recently found this post from Drew DeVault and thought it was appropriate to consider especially with the point Drew makes in the first sentence: “The single most important quality in a piece of software is simplicity.” As developers writing software, it's important to keep in mind how we can keep things as simple as possible, especially when it comes to addressing bugs and performance problems.
If you want to start reading ahead for PHP 8, follow this post from Brent Roose as it evolves. There is quite a bit of information to read already. I’m particularly interested in the JIT (“just in time”) compiler that promises significant performance improvements. 🚗💨
The team at Pantheon has made a nice resource that doubles as smart marketing for a developer focused hosting product. WordPress at Scale is a website that aims to educate and provide resources to developers wishing to, well, scale WordPress. Current topics covered: Elastic architecture Page caching Object caching Query performance Search Real-world architecture Development…
It’s the latest news from WordPress.org’s core teams you don’t want to miss. New Five for the Future section this week!
Wordfence has launched Fast or Slow, which was born from the idea “to develop a way to measure real-world performance from around the world, and an easy way to read and interpret the results.” 💨 This free online service provides you with an overall score of your site’s performance along with a summary and breakdown…
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Mark Gavalda, of Kinsta Hosting, did some new benchmarks on HHVM and PHP7, and says that HHVM still comes out on top. The results surprised me a bit, but PHP7 is nonetheless an amazing performance improvement.