Monday, October 20, 2014

Educate, Don't Mediate

Recently, there has been a spout of attention about how to deal with eval(base64_decode("blah")); style attacks. A number of posts about "The Dreaded eval(base64_decode()) - And how to protect your site and visitors" have appeared lately. They have been suggesting how to mitigate the attacks. This is downright bad.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Followup To An Open Letter To PHP-FIG

A few days ago, I wrote An Open Letter to PHP-FIG. Largely the feedback on it was positive, but not all. So I feel like I do have a few more things to say.

What follows is a collection of followups to specific points of contention raised about my post. I'm going to ignore the politics and any non-technical discussion here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Open Letter To PHP-FIG

Dear PHP-FIG,

Please stop trying to solve generic problems. Solve the 50% problem, not the 99% problem.

Signed,

Anthony

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Monday, October 13, 2014

FUD and Flames And Trolls, Oh My!

Last weekend I gave the opening keynote at PHPNW14. The talk was recorded, and no, the video isn't online yet. The basis of the talk was centered around community and how we can come together (and how we are drifting apart). But there was one point that I mentioned that I think requires further thought and discussion. And that point is that there is far less trolling going on than it may seem at first glance.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Introducing Recki-CT

Over 1.5 years ago, I introduced PHPPHP to the world. It was the first implementation of the PHP language written in PHP itself. But PHPPHP suffered from a few problems which relegated it to toy status (such as performance). Today, I get to introduce you to another implementation of PHP, written in PHP. But this one is no toy. This one... This one is fun...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tale Of The Wrecked Fire Engine

There is a lesson that I was taught many years ago that I think everybody who contributes to Open Source projects should learn. Back when I was a volunteer firefighter, I had a rather interesting conversation with one of our ex-chiefs. Let's teleport back to when I was 21 years old.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why I Don't Recommend Scrypt

As many of you likely know, I have a "thing" for password storage. I don't know what it is about it, but it fascinates me. So I try to keep up as best as I can on the latest trends. In the past few years, we've seen the rise of a new algorithm called scrypt (it's 5 years old actually). It's gaining more and more adoption. But I don't recommend its use in production systems for password storage. Let me explain why: