Monthly Archive: August 2008
August 30, 2008

I stumbled across this post during one of my “firephp” google searches.

I find it great for inherited websites where I need to troubleshoot problems on live servers, as I can have all the debug/variable dump/etc crap dump to the FirePHP console so it doesn’t show up on the website while I’m trying to track down a problem and the budget is not there to make a dev copy of the system[they need an in and out fix, 4 hours tops]

It illustrates a great use case. Many times you need to maintain legacy code that you don’t have a development environment for. FirePHP enables you to do ad-hock debugging on a live site without affecting site visitors as long as you are careful not to cause any parser errors. Maybe not a great idea on a high-traffic site, but chances are if the site runs on more than one server or has a lot of traffic the owners will be able to afford a development environment for you.

It may also be a great tool for helping you convert PHP4 applications to PHP5.

August 30, 2008

Google has banned my google groups account. No notice, no explanation and no way for me to contact them. Looks like I am not the only one, (2). I am getting the same screens as this guy.

I don’t think it is too much to ask to at least send an automated email when you ban an account as to the reason. Should group owners not get a bit more consideration and service? If it is a system glitch then I would expect a notice with a way to have your ban reviewed.

I may have to consider moving my groups elsewhere. Not a fun thing to do. I am sure I will lose a lot of subscribers along the way.

UPDATE – Sep 05, 2008: FirePHP now has a New Community Forum hosted by Nabble2.

UPDATE – Oct 14, 2008: My google groups account is still blocked. The worst part is that I cannot even unsubscribe from groups!

UPDATE – Oct 7, 2010: After two years google has finally reviewed my account and reinstated my access.

August 30, 2008

I cannot resist to start my own blog anymore. So here it is. Most of my entries will focus on PHP and related technologies hence the name “All around PHP”.