Quitting a job you just started

By Josh Sherman
9 min read
career

It’s happened to everyone, you just started a brand new job, probably event left a decent job for it, only to realize that the new job sucks and you absolutely hate it. It happened to me recently, I was starting to get cabin fever working for myself and decided to […]

How to calculate Independence Day observances with PHP

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
php

On this 238th anniversary of the United States of America, I felt it appropriate to post an article on how to determine what day the July 4th National Holiday is observed on. There are two rules to the observances. First, if the holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed […]

The importance of a staging environment

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
development
hosting

Full disclosure, I don’t actually have a staging server for my personal projects. I develop locally in a very similar environment as my production server and any time I have to do something major, like upgrading the OS or upgrading software between major revisions, I always do a dry run […]

How to parse XML with PHP's SimpleXML

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
development
php

Parsing XML in PHP couldn’t be easier thanks to the SimpleXML extension. SimpleXML allows you to read in an XML string, verify that it is in fact XML and can create an object that you can interact with by way of the node names in the XML.The SimpleXML extension also […]

$10 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean

By Josh Sherman
6 min read
reviews
hosting
linode
digitalocean

Every time I think that I’m done with this topic for a while, someone (usually Linode) drops something new on us. The latest from Linode is the addition of a 10$ a month plan which nearly puts it in line with DigitalOcean in regard to low tier pricing. Because of […]