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Go Serverless with PHP

If you’re building a small, single-purpose Web application and you want to run it in the cloud, the the typical option is to reach for a small cloud server from Amazon, Google or Azure. Those servers are relatively cheap to run and easy to deploy, but there’s an ongoing investment of time and effort required to keep them secure and updated. In many cases, a even easier solution is to… Read More »Go Serverless with PHP

Monitor and Correlate Personal Asthma Readings with Environmental Data

For people suffering from asthma, a peak flow meter makes it easy to monitor lung capacity and understand how changes in weather and season affect their condition. Typically, this information is stored as discrete readings in an “asthma diary”. The problem with a paper diary, though, is that as the number of readings increases, so does the difficulty of analyzing them in a holistic way. To make this easier, I… Read More »Monitor and Correlate Personal Asthma Readings with Environmental Data

Migrate from CCTM to Pods in WordPress

When I first started with this WordPress blog, I installed the Custom Content Type Manager (CCTM) plugin to help me manage custom content types. Although this has been perfectly adequate for my needs, I’ve been looking to migrate over to the Pods plugin for a while now, if only because it seems to offer a bunch of additional features (relationships, a REST API…) and a nicer interface. And recently, when… Read More »Migrate from CCTM to Pods in WordPress

Track Time Spent on Projects with IBM Cloud

Many, many years ago, I wrote an article about building a timesheet system to track and analyze work hours with PHP 4.x. It was a fairly useful little application, one that I ended up using quite a bit in my daily work as a consultant. As my requirements increased, I moved on to other project management systems…but I always had a soft spot for this, the one I used with… Read More »Track Time Spent on Projects with IBM Cloud

Test and Deploy PHP Applications Automatically on IBM Bluemix

Continuous delivery is pretty awesome. There’s no fiddling about manually packaging or transferring code; instead, your code is automatically packaged and deployed on an ongoing basis, and you can see (and test) the results within a few minutes of making a change. Up until recently, if you were using Bluemix, you needed to rely on external or third-party services coupled with various custom scripts to implement continuous delivery for your… Read More »Test and Deploy PHP Applications Automatically on IBM Bluemix

PHP and Bluemix at the IBM Bluemix Meetup Dubai

I’ll be speaking at the IBM Bluemix Dubai user group meeting next week. Using PHP with IBM Bluemix (Mon Aug 28 2017 at 19:00) This session covers the basics of developing and deploying PHP applications on IBM Bluemix. It will be based heavily on my experiences working with different IBM Bluemix services, which I’ve also described in various articles. It will include a hands-on coding demonstration that you can follow along… Read More »PHP and Bluemix at the IBM Bluemix Meetup Dubai

PHP and Bluemix at the IBM Cloud Meetup Mumbai

I’ll be speaking at the IBM Cloud user group meeting in two days. Using PHP with IBM Bluemix (Sat Jul 29 2017 at 10:00) This session covers the basics of developing and deploying PHP applications on IBM Bluemix. It will be based heavily on my experiences working with different IBM Bluemix services, which I’ve also described in various articles. It will include a hands-on coding demonstration that you can follow… Read More »PHP and Bluemix at the IBM Cloud Meetup Mumbai

Build a Searchable CV Database with IBM Bluemix and PHP

If you work as an independent recruiter or an in-house HR manager, you’re probably inundated with CVs from aspiring job candidates. You’re also probably collecting data from other sources: social media, LinkedIn profiles and your own interview notes. And the more data you collect, the harder it becomes to spot the right candidate for a particular requirement. If that sounds familiar to you, relax. There are better ways of matching… Read More »Build a Searchable CV Database with IBM Bluemix and PHP

Create and Deliver Invoices Online with IBM Bluemix and PHP

At the end of every month, I sit down for a couple of hours to create and send out invoices to my customers. Up until very recently, this involved opening up an invoice template in a word processor, entering the date and invoice number, adding up the hours worked, and calculating the total and any taxes. I’d then export each invoice as a PDF and email it out. As if… Read More »Create and Deliver Invoices Online with IBM Bluemix and PHP

Build a Mobile Web App for Assisting Stray Dogs

Ever seen an injured stray on the side of the road and wished you could help, but didn’t know who to call? A couple of months ago, I started thinking about how technology could help address this problem. I began to imagine a mobile application which anyone could use to quickly report injured or ill strays to a central database, including photos and GPS locations. This information could then be… Read More »Build a Mobile Web App for Assisting Stray Dogs