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Vagrant is simply a wrapper around Virtualbox headless that allows for provisioning virtual machines with support for puppet, chef-solo, chef, and bash. This allows you to automate the deployment and sandboxing of development sites. Additional base box images can be found at Installing Vagrant apt-get install -y ruby1.9.1 ruby1.9.1-dev ln -svf /usr/bin/ruby1.9.1 /etc/alternatives/ruby gem […]

Every now and then I come across a problem with PHPs autoloading whereby class_exists fails to autoload classes. I’ve noticed this with a number of PHP versions, most recently with 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.9. Typically I’ve resolved this by simply upgrading the PHP version. In the following example the initial class_exists fails until you instantiate the object and […]



1 Dec 2011

A little while ago, I did an internal presentation on selenium at Everlution. I’ve put this on slideshare, which can be found here. The key problem to entry is simply getting people to record the actions and the issues they are reporting. I often find trying to reproduce the problem on complex software can take […]

This is something I commonly have to run and always seem to forget. In order to run unattended. Java 6 installation on Ubuntu add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -s -c) partner” apt-get update echo “sun-java6-jdk shared/accepted-sun-dlj-v1-1 select true” | debconf-set-selections echo “sun-java6-jre shared/accepted-sun-dlj-v1-1 select true” | debconf-set-selections DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive aptitude install -y -f sun-java6-jre sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jdk Java […]

I Spent a little while yesterday investigating why memcached causes problems with multigets returning results and ended up comparing debian vs ubuntu. I tested from virtual machines and physical hardware of relative specs. I have also tried a combination of libmemcached libraries and tuned the tcp stack, however here are some of the results from […]

Currently I have been trying to migrate a 4 node production MySQL database to a blade G5/G7 with vmware ubuntu instances on top of netapp. Typically I would not use a virtual machine nor try to run MySQL on top of NFS, however this needs to fit within the clients infrastructure. Baseline Base line performance […]

I wrote a couple rather large stored procedure some time ago to generate a couple reports. A bash script truncates a temporary file and executes the stored procedure writing to a temporary location, the bash script adds the headers to the final location of the csv file and concatenates the contents of the csv written […]

One of our clients Gorkana was bought by Durrants. As such I have been working on integrating and merging data. As a result I wrote a script to synchronize data between MySQL and Oracle, which is presently a one way synchronization. The implementation The script(s) to synchronize data was broken into a few scripts. Automatically […]

One of our servers was hacked, 5 days after a Debian Security Advisory. The exploit was executed in two phases, the first to gain access to the system and the second to escalate privileges. The exploit used targeted Exim with a memory corruption issue that allowed a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code as the […]

It’s very rare that I setup FTP servers on our production environments and always forget parts of the configuration, so figured I would list it here. Active and Passive FTP There are two types of modes active and passive FTP, using normal or passive FTP, a client initiates a session by sending a request to […]

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I have been a developer for roughly 10 years and have worked with an extensive range of technologies. Whilst working for relatively small companies, I have worked with all aspects of the development life cycle, which has given me a broad and in-depth experience.