Benchmark: dirname(__FILE__) vs __DIR__ in PHP

dirname(__FILE__) and __DIR__ give exactly the same result in PHP, although one (__DIR__) is evaluated at compile-time, while the other (dirname(__FILE__)) has at least part of it (the function) evaluated at execution time. Ever wondered what the difference is, in…

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mbstring vs iconv benchmarking

Following up on my previous post about the differences between the mbstring and iconv international characters libraries (which resulted in a tentative conclusion that nobody knew anything about those differences), and particularly the comments by Nicola, we have combined forces…

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E-learning solutions comparative study

There’s a nice comparative study (if I get it right, it’s based on analysis a few months back) between e-learning solutions here. The nice thing is it offers a cute chart of 4 axis of analysis, by an external company,…

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ht://Dig vs mnoGoSearch Comparison

This article was first written in February 2005 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/209). Since then, other massive players like Lucene and Xapian have been considered as open-source search engines, but were not included yet into this comparison. Introduction This…

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HOWTO Speedup your Debian GNU/Linux

This article was first written in January 2005 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/195). Warning: This article is still work in progress. You have to keep in mind that speed is somewhat relative. It is often just a question of…

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