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Xdebug Update: December 2022

In this monthly update I explain what happened with Xdebug development in this past month. These are normally published on the first Tuesday on or after the 5th of each month.

Patreon and GitHub supporters will get it earlier, around the first of each month.

You can become a patron or support me through GitHub Sponsors. I am currently 45% towards my $2,500 per month goal. If you are leading a team or company, then it is also possible to support Xdebug through a subscription.

In the last month, I spend 25 hours on Xdebug, with 21 hours funded. Sponsorships are continuing to decline, which makes it harder for me to dedicate time for maintenance and development.

Xdebug 3.2

Xdebug 3.2.0 got released at the start of December, to coincide with the release of PHP 8.2 which it supports, after fixing a last crash with code coverage. Since then a few bugs were reported, which I have started to triage. A particularly complicated one seems to revolve on Windows with PHP loaded in Apache, where suddenly all modes are turned on without them having been activated through the xdebug.mode setting. This is a complicated issue that I hope to figure out and fix during January, resulting in the first patch release later this month.

Plans for the Year

Beyond that, I have spend some time away from the computer in the Dutch country side to recharge my battery. I hope to focus on redoing the profiler this year, as well as getting the "recorder" feature to a releasable state.

Smaller feature wise, I hope to implement file/path mappings on the Xdebug side to aide the debugging of generated files containing PHP code.

Xdebug Cloud

Xdebug Cloud is the Proxy As A Service platform to allow for debugging in more scenarios, where it is hard, or impossible, to have Xdebug make a connection to the IDE. It is continuing to operate as Beta release.

Packages start at ยฃ49/month, and I have recently introduced a package for larger companies. This has a larger initial set of tokens, and discounted extra tokens.

If you want to be kept up to date with Xdebug Cloud, please sign up to the mailinglist, which I will use to send out an update not more than once a month.

Xdebug Videos

I have published two new videos:

I have continued writing scripts for videos about Xdebug 3.2's features, and am also intending to make a video about "Running Xdebug in Production", as well as one on using the updated "xdebug.client_discovery_header" feature (from Xdebug 3.1).

You can find all previous videos on my YouTube channel.

Business Supporter Scheme and Funding

In December, no new business supporters signed up.

If you, or your company, would also like to support Xdebug, head over to the support page!

Besides business support, I also maintain a Patreon page, a profile on GitHub sponsors, as well as an OpenCollective organisation.

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