Installing XHGui

There's a new version of XHGui (well, a few months old) and it's fabulous! It's got a few new dependencies though so I thought I'd write down how I set up my version, in case it's helpful to anyone else (and so I feel like a pro next time I have to do this!). If you're not familiar with XHGui it's a fabulously easy and friendly way to profile your application; to understand which method calls in a page take the time and how many times they are made, so you can improve the performance of your application. All these instructions are for my 32-bit Ubuntu 12.10 system, hopefully they will work for you or you'll be able to adapt them as appropriate.


XHGui needs version numbers or fluffy animal names, because this is a really major release and quite different to what went before in both technology and in looks. In particular, it now uses MongoDB. If you're not familiar with MongoDB, it's a super-friendly NoSQL database that makes a really handy backend for this kind of unstructured data - because every run of every page will look different. Therefore you will need:

  • MongoDB itself
  • The pecl extension for mongo
  • The xhprof pecl extension (read on if you're using PHP 5.4, there's a gotcha)

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Book Review: MongoDB and PHP

Despite having been toying with MongoDB and PHP for quite a while, I've only just picked up and read the "MongoDB and PHP" by Steve Francia, published by O'Reilly (disclaimer: I've collaborated with Steve on a few articles and he sent me a copy of the book to read)

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Importing and Exporting MongoDB Databases

I'm enjoying working with MongoDB but as with any new technology, it can take a little while to find your way around all the tools related to that stack. In particular, I found myself wondering how do I mysqldump for mongodb?

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Simple CRUD with MongoDB

When I meet a new technology, I like to experience it "just as it comes". I'm happy at the command line and I like to type actual commands and see man pages before I use any wrappers or helper tools. So when I met MongoDB for the first time, I did exactly that. This post shows those first steps of creating a database, and inserting, reading, deleting and updating data.
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