Monthly Archives: July 2014

Docker Containers – Better and Faster Virtualization

Last post I looked at Vagrant. This post I look at Docker. I started dubious about a Linux only solution, but the more I looked, the more I liked. I think Docker will be big. Docker Docker allows you to define light weight application containers based on Linux cgroups (controller groups). For example, you might […]

Vagrant Cloud Deployment First Impressions with OpenStack

Vagrant describes itself as a tool to create VM based development environments, allowing it to be shared between developers. By default it sets up a local VirtualBox instance, although through an extensible set of providers it can also be used to create VMs in various clouds. eBay internally has a private cloud based on OpenStack. This article […]

Playing Around with Magento 2 Areas

This post shares some personal experiences writing a minimal Magento 2 module. I thought it may interesting to those who wanted to see a bit more about how modules are put together in Magento 2. Disclaimer: This is not an attempt at “good module” design according to official Magento 2 coding standards – it is just result of some personal experimentation. […]

Magento 2 Product and Composer Version Numbering

Magento 2 will support Composer for creating sites. Introducing Composer into Magento will impact the way version numbers work in Magento 2. Here is a high level summary of the changes. Disclaimer: Details may change before final release based on feedback.  And of course, these opinions are my own and not necessarily that of my employer. (This is my private blog after […]

Performance Analysis with Z-ray in Zend Server 7

Zend Server 7 was released last week which includes Z-ray, a performance analysis tool. (Think X-ray vision.) I have done my fair share of performance analysis over the years in C/C++ and Java, so was curious to see how good the tools around are for PHP. So here are my experiences after a few days of […]