Open Source

Introducing MemChat: Open source group chat framework in PHP supporting Memcached, APC, SQLite, Flat Files and MySQL

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MemChat is an open source group chat framework for personal and enterprise level websites. Written in PHP, MemChat can be configured to run with Memcached, APC, SQLite, Flat files and MySQL as it’s storage engine. With memcached, APC and Flat files serving as temporary storages and MySQL, SQLites being permanent storage engines. MemChat uses MemBurger API for storing all the incoming messages in the storage engine. MemBurger is an open source PHP wrapper for all the storage engines mentioned above providing Collapsed Forwarding and Stale-While-Revalidate functionality. MemChat can also be configured to notify the site owners at various event handlers […]

PHP

MySQL Query Cache, WP-Cache, APC, Memcache – What to choose

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Hello Cache Freaks, Ever since I changed my job (from Business Intelligence to Web development) and started working with my present employer, I have had a chance to work on a lot of scalable projects. From making my project to scale from 20 Million PV’s to 100 Million PV’s to development of an internal tool, the answer to all scalable applications have been caching. There are a lot of caching techniques which are being employed by sites worldwide. WP-Cache used in wordpress – a file system based caching mechanism APC Cache – an opcode based caching system Memcache – an […]

Web Development

How to get started with web development?

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Many of my friends have asked me on how to start with web development. I am not expert but here in this post I would like to describe a few steps that might help one climb the ladder of web development fast. Kindly feel free to add to this blog post if you think some other methodology might be better off. Where do I start web development? Well the first and best place to start web development is your own system. Yes your very own personal computer. You don’t need a server on internet to start with. Infact I worked […]

Web Development

How to configure Ubuntu and LAMP on Windows

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Hello all Linux freaks, Having already looked upon how to configure Apache-PHP-MySQL on Windows, now here I will try to explain in short how to do the same on Linux OS. I personally don’t have a seperate machine for linux. I run Ubuntu on my Windows machine using VM Ware. So before we go on to see how to configure LAMP on Ubuntu, lets see how can we have Ubuntu running on Windows. For this tutorial I have used VMware-player-2.0.2-59824.exe for VM Ware installation and Ubuntu-7.04-desktop-i386.zip for Ubuntu. You will need to download the same from http://www.vmware.com/download/player/ and http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download Install […]

Web Development

Web Development – Part 1: Apache, MySQL, PHP

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Hello Friends, Ever since I have started web development and launched Altertunes, many of my friends have asked me, “How and Where to start web development ?” . Though there are infinite tutorials over the internet on web development, I will try to jot down my experiences and learnings here. To start with, I will just try to explain a few terms, before we go on and learn how to handle and integrate them together: Apache: is the web server, which is used world wide for web development. Since April 1996 Apache has been the most popular HTTP server on […]