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server-cows

In the previous post in this series, we learned how the pets vs. cattle metaphor teaches us a new way of approaching cloud server architecture. Instead of unique pets which require constant, individual care, we focus instead on cattle which are identical, homogenous units that can be added en masse and removed with ease. Cattle servers are, in other words, fungible resources.


Writing PHP Extensions with Zephir

PHP would not be as popular today if it was not for its extension system. Developers for PHP have created extensions that hook into just about everything, and by that token end-users can turn around and use systems that are not natively in PHP.

A good example is the database drivers. Many new developers may not realize it right away, but PHP does not natively support all of its databases in core. Things like Firebird, Oracle, and MSSQL are provided as extensions to the core system.


Discovering Our Community Work

A few weeks ago, I published a post called An Open Source Grant with a Difference, in which I announced that we are using Gittip to donate $10,000 to the community.

If you haven't read the post yet, it contains some interesting stuff. I explain what motivated us to use Gittip, especially in how it facilitates our funding goals for this year, and why I think that more people ought to use Gittip in general. The post was received really well.


Distill 2014: The Internet of Us

Unexpected relationships forged on the crush floor at The Winery SF was just one of the indicators of the success of Distill 2013, our first ever developer conference. The talks featured flying robots, the creation of entire movements, and the beauty that comes from working in a world we design.

If this piques your interest, then you’ll be excited to hear about Distill 2014: The Internet of Us, to be held on August 7-8 in San Francisco, CA! The Internet of Us is the next development of the Internet of Things, creating the technology to help us to interact with our world in exciting new ways.


Introducing our New Add-ons Section

We are committed to helping you build and grow epic apps in every way possible. With hundreds of innovative companies out there building great services complementary to our platform, we want to make using those services as easy and seamless as possible.

That’s why we started the Add-on Partner Program over 2 years ago. And that’s why, today, we are taking next steps in expanding the program.