Create your own testserver with a fake domain (XP)

When you are developing a theme for say Joomla, or editing a lot of content, it is easier now and then to do this offline.
However if you DO want to do this offline, you’ll need a testserver.

I’ve been using JSAS, Joomla StandAlone Server for that purpose (but switched to XAMPP recently).

Once installed, you’re good to go with apache, php, mysql and joomla.

By default it will give you a local webserver on your localhost, reachable on port 85, in other words, to test it, goto :
http://localhost:85/

Inside the JSAS directory you will find a http_root directory, with a www directory inside it, and that’s the directory that will show in your browser by default if you go to http://localhost:85/.

Now imagine you have a site www.mybogussite.com and a www.myothersite.com and you both want to test/develop these offline.
You probably end up with something like:
http_root/www/mybogussite
http_root/www/myothersite

or

http_root/www/www.mybogussite.com
http_root/www/www.myothersite.com

BUT since you have to access them through links such as localhost:85/myothersite/ links might be broken.

One other way to handle this is by using virtual hosts.
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Commandline scripting in PHP 5

At TriMM I am working on an eLearning environment consisting of a core engine and some 500 swfs (and growing). Some of these locations are very simple, like an image with hotspots and some are more complex such as an emailclient. The engine is refactored now and then, and extended, in addition the requests for some of the locations themselves might change.
All the work is done by different people in different roles, and some location versions might or might not be compatible with certain version of the core engine.

Why am I telling you this? Because I switched from Flash to PHP because of this? 🙂 No way.

But I do have to write a script to automate the release process, which will collect the latest versions of all location swf’s that go with a certain core engine version. I thought about using Ruby or Python for that, but since TriMM does a lot of Java, PHP and Flash, I decided it had to be one of those 3.

My first choice was PHP since it is a scripting language and doesn’t have to be compiled. Having written a little bit in it, I’m not so sure if I’m gonna stick with my choice since me and untyped functional languages dont really match, but okay okay I’ll try.
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