Nevertheless Amazon recent downtime showed us that clouds are not panacea for all problems, they are the future. Especially when quick scale, precise resource allocation is needed. This book is about  applying your PHP skills in a clouds. Most developers gloss over when they hear “the cloud” as the term has been appropriated by marketing types and has very little true meaning anymore. In this book, Vito and Ivo strip bare the buzzwords and help PHP developers figure out what the cloud is actually about and how they can take advantage of what cloud computing has to offer. After reading this book, you will not only have a clear picture of what cloud computing is, but you’ll also be able to utilize the various cloud services that are out there. Continue reading

Christof Strauch, from Stuttgart Media University, has written an incredible 120+ page paper titled NoSQL Databases as an introduction and overview to NoSQL databases. The paper aims at giving a systematic and thorough introduction and overview of the NoSQL field by assembling information dispersed among blogs, wikis and scientific papers. Document reviewing CouchDB and MongoDB as the two major representatives of this class of NoSQL databases, takes a look at column-stores by discussing Google’s BigtableHypertable and HBase, as well as Apache Cassandra. Highly recommended! Direct link to PDF Local mirror

You know how boring can be site upload over and over again. Site is like a house pet, always needs some attention and after each change it should be uploaded to the Web vie FTP. Even doing this over and over again it is easy to make a mistake a miss one important file, so site can become malfunction. I use simple lftp command line tool to automate project deployment via FTP and eliminate any possible deployment errors. Continue reading