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15 years of Xdebug

This article was going to be about some upcoming features in the 2.6 release. Or rather, I was hoping to announce at least a beta release of Xdebug 2.6. Unfortunately, I couldn't find enough time to work on all the issues that I wanted, although I've made a little progress.

What I can write about, is a little mystery. About 3 weeks ago, I got a mysterious invitation to meet up with James Titcumb, right outside my (and James's!) favourite whisky shop in London. And that I must bring some carrying capacity:

At that time I had had put together that with Xdebug's 15th anniversary looming, and me having an Amazon wishlist full of whisky, James would be kind enough to buy me something less "standard".

I however had not quite expected what actually happened. During the day of meeting, I saw some tweets going on about a little (secret) fundraiser. Apparently I wasn't to know, but it is difficult to keep things a secret I suppose. In any case, because I had thought it'd have something to do with meeting James later that day, I didn't really read much of it, as it would likely spoil a surprise.

And what a surprise it was!

So I show up at 5, and there is James with his phone trying to figure out how Periscope works. We go in and the manager, has a story to tell about 8 quite amazing whiskies, which I then get to take home. With amazing, I mean, amazing and special and rare whiskies from closed down distilleries, and a few more approachable whiskies. I quickly realized that they are not, erm, cheap either:

  • Balvenie 21 Portwood

  • Dalmore King Alexander

  • Dallas Dhu 27

  • Springbank 25 - 2017 edition

  • Caperdonich 20 - (Demolished Distillery) 2016 release

  • Glenlochy 1979 - (Demolished Distillery) Rare Old Label 2016

  • St.Magdalane 26 - (Demolished Distillery) Rare Archive bottle from 2006

  • Banff 1974 18 year old 40% - (Demolished Distillery) Rare Archive bottle from 1992 Gordon & Macphails

I have tried the Balvenie Portwood 21 and Dalmore King Alexander before, but certainly not the others!

So yeah, after borrowing a suitcase I managed to get these great bottles home, and while doing so, James explains what hat happened. PHP's "godfather", Cal Evans, had originally intended to raise money to buy the most expensive bottle from his local whisk(e)y shop - at 4699 USD. James (luckily) managed to convince him that in the whisky world, price doesn't always equal quality. There is a bit of a limit at perhaps Β£125 for "normal" bottles, but of course quite a bit more for "rare" whiskies. They managed to raise slightly more, through the generous donation of many people and companies that find Xdebug useful. I saw the list, and there were many lovely messages in there as well, a few of them I am including here:

"XDebug is hugely important for our team. Thank you for all you have done!"


"Thanks Derick! Such a critical part of day-to-day PHP dev life =)"

"Xdebug has helped me solving numerous bugs, thanks!"

"Because every good developer knows that great code begins with great debugging tools!"

"xdebug helps me to not drink... ashnazg"

"Thank you for your efforts in the community!"

"Xdebug has made my development life immeasurably easier over the last 15 years. Here's to the next 15, and a massive thank you! :-)"

"For one of the most used and usefully tools in a professionals day to day live beside a good editor."

"It's people like you that make this such an amazing community! Thank you for giving yourself so freely for so long!"

"I can barely remember what coding was like before discovering XDebug. Thank you Derick for making our lives easier!"

Thanks for these lovely messages, and thanks for donating to my whisky fund Aaron Saray, Accent Interactive, Adam Culp, Adam Kammeyer, AdriΓ‘n CΓ‘rdenas, Alain Schlesser, Alex Ross, Alexander Marinov, Andreas Heigl, Andrew Caya, Andrew Millington, Antonis Pavlakis, Barry Hughes, Bart Reunes, Ben Ramsey, Bernhard Breytenbach, Bill Condo, Boone Gorges, Boyan Djumakov, Boyan Yordanov, Chris Brookins, Chris Hartjes, Chris Sherry, Chris Spruck, Chuck Burgess, Code4Hire Kft, Cristiano Diniz da Silva, Damien Seguy, Daniel Abernathy, Dave Hall, David Alger, David Lundgren, Diana Espino, Doug Johnson, Dougal Campbell, Enrico Zimuel, Eric Hogue, Ferenc KovΓ‘cs, Fran Novo, Frank de Jonge, Frederic Dewinne, Freek Van der Herten, Gilbert Pellegrom, Goran Mitrovic, Gordon Forsythe, Guillaume Rossolini, Iain Poulson, Ian H, Ian Littman, J.T. Grimes, Jake Smith, Jakub Gadkowski, James LaChance, James Titcumb, Jeff Carouth, Jeff Kolesnikowicz, Jeff Rupert, Jeremy Emery, Jeremy Lindblom, Jeroen Boersma, Jeroen de Jong, JetBrains sro, Joey Fowler, Josh Butts, Josh Holmes, Joshua Thijssen, Juliette Reinders Folmer, Kara Ferguson, Kathryn Reeve, Ken Sherman, Kevin Schroeder, Lance Cleveland, Laura Folco, Liam Wiltshire, Lucas van Lierop, Luke Stokes, Mark Baker, Matt Trask, Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Max Griffin, Merlijn Tishauser, Michael Babker, Michael Butler, Michael Dyrynda, Michael Moussa, Michael Pearson, Michael Stowe, Michael Williams, Mihail Irintchev, Milan Popovic, Modern Tribe, Nate Ritter, Navarr Barnier, Nikolay Ignatov, Nils Preuss, Noah Heck, Omni Adams, Paul McGrane, Paul Sohier, Paul Yasi, Peter Breuls, PΓ‘draic Brady, Rafael Dohms, Rich Sage, Richard Bairwell, Richard Hagen, Rob Allen, Robert Basic, Robert Landers, Rodrigo CapilΓ©, Russell Barnhart, Ryan Weaver and Leanna Pelham, Samantha QuiΓ±ones, Sammy Powers, Sandy Smith, Scott Arciszewski, Sebastian Feldmann, Shaun Hare, SitePoint PHP Channel, Stefan Koopmanschap, Stephan HochdΓΆrfer, Steve Grunwell, Steven Wade, Svetlozar Stoyanov, Team Enrise, Tim Stamp, Tom Cruickshank, Tom De Wit, Toni Vega, Ulf Wandschneider, Willem-Jan Zijderveld, Wim Godden, Youri Thielen, Zeke Farwell, and the anonymous donors!*

What's next?

I'll be publishing the tasting notes for the whiskies on the β€” one of the few places where I actually use Xdebug myself. I might not open all of them (yet) though.

And on the Xdebug front, there are plenty of bugs to fix, features to add for Xdebug 2.6, and undoubtedly Dmitry will be "breaking" some things in PHP 7.2 that I need to support in Xdebug as well.

SlΓ inte!


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I'm sorry to have missed hearing about the donation call, 'cause I guess that means I won't be getting any tastings!

Just wanted to say thank you :)

Cheers brother, mad respect and thanks for xdebug!!!

I also just wanted to say super thanks for this amazing tool called Xdebug. Enjoy the well deserved whiskeys ;-)

Thanks for XDebug. Makes life a lot more easier and enjoyable. I use it all the time to learn new stuff under the hood.

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