I recently had to write a little Ruby tool to correct some data on an application I've been working on. While I was able to build the tool locally easily enough, the live data resided on a server without Ruby, so I had to connect to the database via an SSH tunnel. Heres how to do it.
Hubot from Github is a great tool for both fun and automation. We trialled it along side our HipChat trial by installing it onto a free Heroku instance. To give us more flexibility when we went live we moved it to a Digital Ocean droplet along side our testing environments. Here's how it went
During a migration project where a legacy application in CakePHP was being converted into Rails, one of the main issues was supporting the existing database. The similarities on database structure between the two frameworks make this transition relatively painless, but there are a few things to watch out for. In this post I cover the ones I came across.
Just a quick note today, I had to truncate a massive list of log files and here is a quick and dirty way to do it. Typical warnings apply when using commands from the internet. Please know what you're typing into your command line.
The newly founded PHP Dorset user group had its "0th" meet up on Monday 4th November
Getting these to play nice together was proving difficult after my recent upgrade to Mavericks. Luckily I came across the solution via Tim Pope on Github
Finally, a part 2. The continuation of my Asset Strategy for CakePHP
This weekend was the PHPNW13 conference in Manchester. It was an amazing event, with some brilliant talks and I've come away more inspired about PHP than I've felt in a long time.
I manage an awful lot of servers between my day job and the freelance work I do from time to time. Rather than storing lots of bash/zsh aliases for ssh connections I went looking for a better way.
The CentOS yum repositories only have Vim 7.2 available for install, however there are a number of bug fixes and new features in the 7.3+ versions that I like to have available. As such I now generally install Vim from source on a new CentOS box to make sure i have the latest version available.