Matthew Ahrenstein has joined Pixafy’s staff and will be supporting Chris Deneen on the DevOps team. His background’s ecletcic, and his knowledge set makes him a great addition to the team. Here, he tackles Pixafy’s version of a welcome wagon: the dreaded Pixafy interview questions.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Originally I’m from East Islip, N.Y., but I moved out to Shoreham when I was 10. I’m currently living with my parents. My father is a Cat Scan Technologist, and my mother is a Registered Nurse. My brother is in school to become a lawyer (not law school yet) and my sister is following the same path, but is 4 years behind (she’s 4 years younger than my brother). I’m in a relationship for 2 years come November, and I have a Terrier-Poodle mix named Shadow. He’s 12 now, but still acts like a puppy. (more…)
Have you ever had a problem when programming in PHP, for which PHP just didn’t have the muscle to get the job done? For example, complex algorithms that take too long to process or need to do something that PHP just can’t do.
The shell_exec function makes all your wildest PHP programming dreams come true. You can use this function to get real time GPS tracking information, and complicated bin-packing algorithms can be easily integrated with any cart solution written in PHP. This function, when combined with AJAX and a game engine, could even allow you to produce an online game that connects into the game server via the web browser, thus avoiding flash or java applets. The possibilities are limitless! (more…)