Some PHP stuff for you:Ivan wo …

Some PHP stuff for you:
Ivan wonders when do sessions end?

It’s always been a hassle getting PHP4 sessions working as a backend to phplib sessions. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Download the latest phplib tarball (currenty phplib-7.4-pre1) and copy php/* into your include directory and customize as per the INSTALL docs.
  2. Download file from and copy it into your a subdirectory of your include directory called “session”.
  3. Copy from phplib-7.4-pre1/unsup/ to your include directory.
  4. Edit prepend.php3 and change to and edit and change your session class definition so that it inherits from Session_Custom. Add var $module = 'files'; to the session class so it’ll use PHP4.
  5. Copy from phplib-7.4-pre1/unsup/ into your include directory and modify prepend.php3 so it includes that instead of

Now visit a page that has a page_open() call and take a look in /tmp/ for sess_* files.
It’s way faster than using a database for sessions!

There’s also more docs but I think they refer to different code.

Ivan has also written an article about php session security with some good points to follow.

Jakob Nielsen got on a few peo …

Jakob Nielsen got on a few people’s nerves recently.
Christina takes a shot at his use of statistics, which is only fair really. He makes assumptions about the whole Internet by visiting “15 sites??? 15 sites???” as she puts it’s herself!
Voodoo Economics makes for a good read if you think micro-payments will succeed. We tried it here at work with one product and people didn’t like it. Hell of a job admining it too!

Bonfire night was last Sunday. I’m not talking about the event in November either. We celebrate mid-summer, on St. John’s Eve by burning a large bonfire. Thing is, Martina didn’t know anything about it. I thought it might be a Cork City event but if you follow some of the links from Google it looks like it’s celebrated all over the country!
According to the papers it was a good night, the fire brigade were busy as always on that night, but they said there wasn’t much trouble. ‘Course, I missed it. I must be getting old or something!