CLI

This is a little tip to help programmers and system admins shave off a few milliseconds from their daily command line interface workflow. For the uninitiated, please note that some programmers, including yours truly, have been reported to spend hours or even days trying to automate a repetitive task that takes 5 seconds to execute....


The time() function in PHP returns the current Unix timestamp; which is the time measured in the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch. Very useful in certain cases, but not always. This function, like most other PHP functions, is also cross platform compatible as it works on Unix, Linux, Windows, and Mac.

PHP's microtime()...


Introduction

Generating ANSI (or ASCII) command line colors, or terminal colors, or whatever you call them, is easy with PHP. As I have said in my previous post, ANSI Command Line Colors under Windows, having colored text in the command line is a great help for spotting error or success messages. So here’s a quick and dirty function...


Steps

Having colored text in the command line is a great help for spotting error or success messages. Unfortunately, those of us developing under Windows do not have this feature by default. Here’s how to enable it.

  1. Download ANSICON from: https://github.com/adoxa/ansicon
  2. Extract the proper files (Depending on if you have a 32 or 64...