There are a handful of tools that have actually changed how many of us code PHP. XDebug is one of those tools. There is no doubt of the impact that XDebug has has on PHP developers and PHP projects.
Recently, XDebug turned 15. (If you don’t know what XDebug is, start with this SitePoint article about Xdebug) This means that the man responsible for XDebug, Derick Rethans, has been supporting XDebug for 15 years, for free. XDebug is open source. Derick maintains it, answers questions about it, spoke at conference about it, and generally done everything he can to help anyone who is having an issue with it.
Thank about that. How much code do you have that has lasted fifteen years?
So on this the (close to) anniversary of this product, many of us in the PHP community decided to do something to show Derick how much we appreciate it. Those that know him know that Derick loves a good Scotch. So we decided to buy him some. Originally, I was just going to buy him the most expensive bottle I could find and be done with it. However, my friend James Titcumb stepped in. He knew the owner of the shop that Derick buys his Scotch. He contacted the owner and we gt a quick education in Scotch. tl;dr, expensive doesn’t always mean good. He picked out a selection of bottles that he knew met Derick’s high standards.
On April 26th, 2017, James met Derick at the retailer and here is the video.
- First and foremost, thank you Derick.
- Second, thank you James Titcumb for going above and beyond on this project. Y’all really have no idea what he did to make this happen.
- Third, I gotta say it. Thank you to the lovely and talented Kathy. It is hard to describe how difficult it is to live with someone like me who randomly sit up and shouts “I HAVE AN IDEA”. Yes, sometimes, she buries her face in her hands and weeps. Most of the time though, she supports me, she encourages me, and she helps me. This time, she worked with James to get the Scotch paid for. (Moving that amount of money across the pond is not as easy as you might think it would be.)
- Finally, but not nearly the least important, thank you to the entire PHP community. When I setup the GoFundMe, I never expected to actually hit the $5,000. I would have been happy with hitting $1,500. As of right now we have hit $5,100! (I’m trying to figure out how to close the GoFundMe!) :)
Part of the deal I offered companies was that if anyone donated at least $100, I would list their logo and link in this blog post. Here are the people and companies that rose to that level.
- Modern Tribe
- Josh Butts
- Ben Ramsey
- Adam Culp
- Kevin Schroeder
- Ferenc Kovács
- JetBrains sro
- Guillaume Rossolini
- Code4Hire Kft
- SitePoint PHP Channel
- Aaron Saray
- Lance Cleveland
Make sure you say thank you to these individuals and companies.
All told, 151 people donated to make this happen!
So that’s it. We had some fun, we raised some money, we said thank you to someone who has given so much to all of us. Once again, thanks Derick. :)
Until next time,
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p.s. I will provide a full accounting of all funds raised when I get home from traveling.
 The other two, IMHO, are PHPUnit and Composer.
 If you are on this list, you probably noticed there re no logos. This is my fault, not yours. Basically, I lost them in all my recent travels. PLEASE send to me again via email and I will update your entry.