Implement API Monitoring

It's a fact of modern software development that aspects of our applications interact with third-party APIs. This could be for any number of reasons, with some common ones being payment processing, telecommunications, logging, and data analysis. So, since our applications rely upon third-party APIs so much, we need to ensure that we integrate with them as effectively — and defensively — as we can.


Use PHP 7

Out of the proverbial, box, PHP provides decent performance. However, there are several things that we, as PHP developers and systems administrators, can do to increase its performance even further; sometimes for almost no effort. In this post, I'm going to step through five of those ways. By the time you're finished reading, you should see at least a notable increase in the performance of your PHP application. Let's begin.


New Feature: Multiple Production Environments in Pro License

All Tideways applications with a Pro license can now create additional production Environments in addition to the one that is available by default. Configuring a second or more environments as "production" effects the retention and the traces/minute collected for these environments. By default non-production environments have just 1 day of retention and 1 trace/minute.


How Does Garbage Collection Work In PHP?

Thanks to PHP being an interpreted language and it that it has a garbage collector, PHP developers don't often have to think about memory management. Unlike developers in compiled languages, such as C/C++, we don't have to give that much thought to memory allocation and deallocation. However, it's helpful to have a broad understanding of how garbage collection works in PHP, along with how you can interact with it so that you can create high performing applications.


Monitor a Laravel app with Scout

Last month we talked about the PHP monitoring landscape in 2019 and announced that Scout APM would soon be available for monitoring your Laravel applications too (as well as your Ruby, Python and Elixir apps of course!). Now that our PHP monitoring agent is ready for beta testing, we thought it would be a good idea to show you folks how easy it is to get started with it and to highlight the main features to the Laravel community.