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Hannes Magnusson:
Next Generation MongoDB Driver for PHP!
April 15, 2015 @ 11:41:50

Hannes Magnusson has a new post to his site talking about the new update to the MongoDB driver for PHP and its focus on simplicity.

For the past few months I've been working on a "next-gen" MongoDB driver for PHP -- codename "phongo". The aim was to build a new PHP extension ontop of the mongoc and libbson libraries to reduce maintenance of the extension itself and focus more on providing the ecosystem with improved support and libraries.

The new driver is available on PECL (called "mongodb", surprisingly enough). It doesn't include any of the bells and whistles found in the previous "mongo" driver. It doesn't include any `group` or `count` command helpers, and you won't find any Collection or Database objects; however, it really doesn't need any of these things.

He talks about the three basic things it can do: execute a command, a write or a query to locate records. He also answers the question many developers have about this shift to simplicity and provides a link to a PHP library to make porting over existing MongoDB handling simpler.

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Link: http://bjori.blogspot.com/2015/04/next-gen-mongodb-driver.html

Derick Rethans:
Parallelizing document retrieval
December 09, 2014 @ 11:59:20

In his latest post Derick Rethans shows how to parallelize document retrieval from a MongoDB database via PHP. This makes it possible to speed up the read operation caused by reading each item one at a time.

MongoDB 2.6 has a new feature that allows you to read all the documents from one collection with multiple cursors in parallel. This is done through a database command called parallelCollectionScan. The idea behind it is that it is faster then reading all the documents in a collection sequentially.

He includes an example snippet that enables the "parallelCollectionScan" handling for a "cities" collection and the resulting output. He shows how to manually create MongoCommandCursors (or let the driver do it for you) and use PHP's own MultipleIterator to process all of the cursors at essentially the same time.

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Link: http://derickrethans.nl/parallelcollectionscan.html

DZone.com:
MongoDB Driver Tips & Tricks PHP
June 04, 2014 @ 10:10:49

On DZone.com there's a new post from Chris Chang that's the third part of the series looking at using various language drivers for working with MongoDB. In this latest article he focuses in on the PHP driver, giving a brief introduction and a few handy tips.

This blog post is the third of a series where we are covering each of the major MongoDB drivers in depth. The driver we'll be covering here is the PHP driver, developed and maintained by the MongoDB, Inc. team (primarily @derickr, @bjori and @jmikola).

He includes a link to some basic examples and shares a "production-ready connect string" with some MongoLab recommended settings. The tips include topics ranging from working with index builds, the lowering of is_master_interval and configuring the connectionTimeoutMS setting for optimum connection handling.

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Link: http://java.dzone.com/articles/mongodb-driver-tips-tricks-php

Derick Rethans:
Debugging Connections with the MongoDB PHP driver
December 11, 2012 @ 10:20:13

Derick Rethans has a new post that the developers out there using MongoDB in their applications will find useful - a look at debugging your connections with the PHP driver (and what kind of information it can provide).

In a previous article I already mentioned that the 1.3 version of the MongoDB driver has improved logging functionality to aid with debugging connection issues. I've already briefly introduced MongoClient::getConnections(), but it provides a bit more information than I have already shown. The other improvement are changes to the MongoLog class.

He includes details on the information that comes back from the MongoDB "getConnections" call including the hash of the connection, the "last ping" time, connection type and a set of tags. He also shows how to enable the Mongolog logging, the levels of logging it allows and what kind of log messages you can expect it to output.

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Derick Rethans:
Connection Handling with the MongoDB PHP driver
December 04, 2012 @ 10:54:15

Continuing on with his look at the newly released version of the MongoDB driver for PHP Derick Rethans has posted more detail about the advanced connection handling options this new driver version provides.

The 1.3 release series of the PHP MongoDB driver features a rewritten connection handling library. This is quite a large change and changes how the PHP driver deals with persistent connections and connection pooling.

He starts with an example of a v1.2 driver connection, how the connection is requested from a pool and how, based on the integration of a worker into the connection process, v1.3 handles the connection requests. He includes a bit about replica set connections and authentication connections, complete with PHP code examples showing them in practice.

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Derick Rethans:
Mongo is dead, long live MongoClient
November 28, 2012 @ 09:13:51

In this recent post to his site Derick Rethans mentions the shiny new "MongoClient" class that the latest release of the Mongo PHP drivers provides.

This afternoon we published version 1.3.0 of the MongoDB PHP driver. Besides a number of bug fixes since RC2 and RC3, this new release also includes a new MongoClient class. This new MongoClient class serves as a replacement for the Mongo class. The old Mongo class is now deprecated and will be removed in a future release, although we are keeping it in place for now because of backwards compatibility reasons. We have already removed it mostly from the documentation, and are working to update all our other material as well.

The main change that comes with the MongoClient class is that it now has acknowledged writes on by default (a "safe mode"). This option determines wether or not the client waits for a confirmation from the server when a write has happened. He includes a bit of code showing how to: turn it off, keep it on or using replica set acknowledged writes. You can also set it on a per-query basis.

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DZone.com:
Setting Up MongoDB on a Mac
October 22, 2012 @ 11:31:32

In this new post to DZone.com Andy Hawthorne explains how to install MongoDB on OSX and get a local PHP working with it.

MongoDB is a document oriented, NoSQL database. It is gathering momentum and popularity amongst developers because it is flexible, and scalable at the same time. In this article I will describe how I got it set up and working on my Mac running OS X 10.8.2 and MAMP with PHP 5.2.17, and PHP 5.3.6.

They go a bit simpler route than trying to compile it yourself by using the binaries direct from the source. Instructions are included to test the installation, insert a record and how to install the MongoDB PHP driver for a MAMP installation. It's a shared object, though, so it's not specific to MAMP and could be installed even on the local OSX PHP functionality.

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Johannes Schlüter:
MySQL, Memcache, PHP revised
October 02, 2012 @ 09:27:54

Johannes Schlüter has a recent post highlighting an interesting PHP extension that can connect memcache with your MySQL server via PHP, the PECL mysqlnd_memcache extension.

Now this blog entry is tagged a s PHP. Hs is that coming into play? - Well, on the one side we have this fast memcache interface, which allows to access almost arbitrarry data from the database. On the other side we have our PHP mysqlnd plugin interface where we can add special features, like query caching or load balancing, transparently to any PHP application. Why not combine those two things? - Good question. That's what we have done in the PECL mysqlnd_memcache PHP extension.

He includes some sample PHP code showing it in action - two examples: one using the "mysqlnd_memcache_set" method to set a memcache server on the MySQL connection and another showing two queries and how they're handled behind the scenes by this driver plugin.

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Ariz Jacinto's Blog:
Compiling PHP with MSSQL Server's Native ODBC Driver for Linux as a PDO Driver
January 10, 2012 @ 12:34:26

Ariz Jacinto has written up a new post with the commands you'll need to get PHP up and runnign with MSSQL Server's native ODBC driver working on linux (accessible through PDO).

Last month, MS announced the preview release of SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux, a 64-bit binary driver for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This is good news for companies using heterogenous platforms e.g. LAMP stack running a PHP application that connects to both MySQL and MSSQL Server. Meaning, these companies no longer have to use third-party drivers such as FreeTDS that MS doesn't support. Then a few days ago, MS released version 1 of the driver. I immediately downloaded the driver and recompiled PHP with it as a PDO (PHP Data Object) ODBC driver.

His process has five steps to it, including one for making a test script (code included) and another with a few gotchas/performance considerations to keep an eye out for when using the driver.

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Brian Swan's Blog:
The SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux is Available!
November 29, 2011 @ 08:39:35

As Brian Swan has mentioned in his latest blog post, the ODBC database driver for SQL Server on Linux has been released. This is a huge step forward for directly connecting linux-based systems (and programming languages) to this popular Microsoft product.

The first beta release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux is available for download! As announced in October, the "Multiplatform Team" (a.k.a. the "MPlat Team") has released a preview version of a driver that will provide first-class access to SQL Server from applications running on Linux operating systems. The team is looking for feedback on this release to incorporate into their production-ready release, so try it out and let us know what you think.

He links to a few resources about the release - more details, a link to download the driver and the official documentation.

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