I was always jealous of iruby and ipython, the interactive shells for Ruby and Python. Instead of writing a script and running it through the interpreters you just execute the script line-by-line while you write it.
For debugging this is great. Compare a shell-script against the normal shell usage. It is more a ‘What if I …’ pattern instead of ‘I can write 100 lines of code without testing it’.
PHP was missing a powerful shell for a long time now. I needed one for my team at work and ‘php -a’, the interactive shell of PHP 5.0.x, is still not able to handle basic FATAL errors like ‘Function foo() not found’. So I wrote a php based interactive php-shell
I’m sure you use lighttpd because of performance and scalability, and many of you run php too. I’m please to introduce you another opcode cache for php.
The preview version is deprecated. please check http://trac.lighttpd.net/xcache/wiki/GettingSource to get newer source.
and report problems at http://trac.lighttpd.net/xcache/newticket
Many features was introduced into lighttpd 1.4.x series to improve config file handling. But there’s something left undocumented, yet nice feature, for debuging.
1.4.11 got a new module for streaming Flash movie files called mod_flv_streaming. This module allows you to seek in FLV files using the high performance infrastructure of lighttpd.
But more interesting for the future is the section about patches for the current release.
- mod_deflate for compressing dynamic content
- mod_extforward to extract the Host from X-forwarded-for
- the mysqlvhost patches for mod_fastcgi
They will be check in the next ‘feature’ release. If you want to try them out now and test them, feel free to contact the authors of the patches directly.