Giving PHP a Backend

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As evident by some prominent web applications PHP remains a popular choice when implementing the front-end of a web application.   PHP’s lacks a bit, however, when it comes to implementing the backend of such applications.   While some very nice frameworks are beginning to fill this gap, the Java ecosystem is often a better choice for implementing the backend of a PHP application.

Despite this, however,

AMQP and the future of web messaging

November 8 2011

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Last month the AMQP working group, which includes big hitters such as Bank of America, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Cisco, VMWare, Redhat, and Informatica finalised version 1.0 of the AMQP standard.   It has been 5 years in the making, the market for messaging has changed a lot in that time.

What is AMQP?

“The Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) is an open standard application layer protocol for message-oriented middleware.

Unveiling the AMQP transport for Mule 3.1

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Messaging systems used to be found only in big enterprises or in the financial sector. Who else needed the reliability and scalability offered by such systems? But times have changed: public web sites have grown to sizes that dwarf some of the most advanced corporate systems. And as these web sites have grown, the need for timely decoupling their subsystems in order to scale has increased to.

This lead an entirely different breed of developers to want messaging systems too.

Flow in Action: Simple Orchestrations Pwned!

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Three months ago, I’ve introduced the newly created Erlang Transport for Mule 3 in this blog. To illustrate a usage scenario for this transport, which allows fast and seamless bi-directional communications between the JVM and the Erlang worlds, I presented an example where Mule was exposing a JSON over HTTP service for provisioning users in RabbitMQ.

At that time, the new configuration mechanism named Flow was not fully baked so I implemented the example “

Bring Erl On: Provisioning RabbitMQ users through Mule

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Though a veteran language and platform, Erlang has recently gained a lot of traction, as very visible web sites and open source projects decided to use it in order to leverage its intrinsic support for highly concurrent, fault tolerant and distributed applications. To name a few, let’s mention: Facebook Chat, Mochiwebejabberd, RabbitMQ, riak and CouchDB.