Welcome to my Software Project Management and Web Software Development blog

This blog is where I post interesting things I've learned during my day to day life of Software Project management and Web Software Development, it has an emphasis about Open Sources solutions, Linux, Software Testing and Agile methodologies like Scrum, Kanban and Lean.

Debugging PHPUnit and Behat with Zend_Debugger on PHPStorm

Debugging PHPUnit with Zend_Debugger (PHPStorm):

$ export QUERY_STRING="start_debug=1&debug_stop=1&debug_fastfile=1&use_remote=1&send_sess_end=1&debug_session_id=2000&debug_start_session=1&debug_port=10137&debug_host=<PHPStorm_IP_address>"
$ export PHP_IDE_CONFIG="serverName=<hostname>"

In your phpunit boostrap.php add:

Zend_Session::$_unitTestEnabled = true;

Mysql copying one table structure to another

Using the LIKE keyword with mysql CREATE TABLE you can easily copy the structure of a table.

mysql> CREATE TABLE new_table LIKE my_table;

This will create a table the "new_table" which will have exactly the same structure of "my_table".

Getting MYSQL table rows count while importing table

When importing a large table, the table is locked and it is not possible to use a "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM Table;", to follow the import progress use:


mysql> use information_schema
mysql> SELECT TABLE_NAME, TABLE_ROWS FROM `information_schema`.`tables` WHERE `table_schema` = 'YOUR_DB_NAME';

To find out when the last insert happened use:

mysql> use information_schema
mysql> SELECT table_schema,table_name,max_time FROM information_schema.tables t1 JOIN   (select MAX(t2.create_time) AS max_time FROM    information_schema.tables t2 WHERE table_schema ='YOUR_DB_NAME') AS t3   ON t1.create_time = t3.max_time;

How to start estimating with Story Points

First estimations are estimations, and will always be just an estimation.

Using hours to estimate a work to do is very complicated and very subjective from person to person.

I instead use Relative Points, this is comparing the effort for finishing a feature based on past similar feature and give them Effort points that represent the effort to achieve them till done.

How to start:

Comparing two files on two remote Servers using SSH

To find out the difference between two files from two remote servers using SSH, e.g use:

diff <(ssh -A root@server_ip_1 'cat /etc/php5/cli/php.ini') <(ssh -A root@server_ip_2 'cat /etc/php5/cli/php.ini')

Note, you need to add your keys using ssh-add

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