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PHP 5.5 and improved deployment

A few updates

Just so you can see that we don't stand still. Our recent upgrade allows us to integrate new features faster and patch in upgrades with far less effort. So, not only to prove the point, we (finally!) make PHP 5.5 available, of course with OPcache and optional APCu. And we've added some new features to the deployment file.

PHP 5.5

Well, you probably have heard all about it. It's not exactly new anymore. A complete list can be found here. With OPcache and APCu the stats in the dashboard have changed. In a follow up article we will go into depth about how to use them best. For those who haven't heard about 5.5, here are quick teaser about two of the new features:

Generators via yield

You must simply love yield - if you had ever implemented an Iterator. A very basic example:

class MyModel()
    // ..
    function someItems()
        $items = $this->db->query(/* .. */);
        foreach ($items as $item) {
            yield $item;

// somewhere else
foreach ($model->someItems() as $item) {
    echo "$item\n";

Read all about it here.

finally in Exceptions

Finally there is finally, as you might know from lot's of other languages.

$foo = new Foo();
try {
} catch (\FooException $e) {
    echo "No joy: $e\n";
} finally {

Deployment file upgrade

If you haven't heard about our deployment file, check it out now! It's worth a look!

Pre deploy scripts

With the deployment file, you already can run post deploy scripts. With this upgrade, we added the capability to run pre deploy scripts as well. Here a hands-on example to safe-guard the deployment, in cause you do a lot of composer upgrades.


if (2 !== count($argv)) {
    die("Missing deployment mode");
$deploymentMode     = $argv[1];
$htdocsFolder       = getenv("HOME") . "/htdocs";
$htaccess           = "$htdocsFolder/.htaccess";
$maintenancHtaccess = "$htaccess-maintenance";
$liveHtaccess       = "$htaccess-live";

switch ($deploymentMode) {
    case 'pre':
        if (file_exists($maintenancHtaccess)) {
            rename($maintenancHtaccess, $htaccess);
    case 'post':
        if (file_exists($liveHtaccess)) {
            rename($liveHtaccess, $htaccess);


    script: deploy.php
        - pre

    script: deploy.php
        - post

Support for Composer source

Until now, we enforced \--prefer-dist mode, which simply was faster on average (bandwidth is not an issue). However, in some cases \--prefer-source makes sense and can be faster. You can enable it now:



    mode: always
    method: install
    prefer-source: 1

If you already have a vendor/ folder with existing packages, which were installed previously (using \--prefer-dist), than you need to remove the vendor/ folder manually (SSH/SFTP) - if you want to use sources.

More coming

Soon we'll be making the (most requested) New Relic extension available. We're rethinking our current testing/free plan to make it more available and clearer in it's purpose. More about that in the next days. Also, we're deep into our new Dashboard, which will be just awesome. And we heard you about HHVM. We're not entirely sure if we're integrating it with the old dashboard (there are completely different options and we don't like to work with the old dashboard anymore..) or whether we'll launch HHVM together with the new dashboard. And then there is a new App type upcoming, which will feature far greater performance and availability. Stay tuned!

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