Adding Mongo DB driver to XAMPP

Like many developers I use XAMPP for PHP development. But adding PHP extensions in xampp to does not seem to have a direct procedure . So when I wanted mongodb drivers I was on my own to figure out how to get it working . Here is the knowledge I gained .

I am using Ubuntu oneiric ocelot machine so this procedure is similar for all *NIX machines  (Sorry windows users but the procedure must similar).

  1. First download and install Mongo db from
  2. Secondly download the PHP MongoDB driver source from
  3. Now to compile the code
    1. You need phpize to compile the source code, so install php5-devpackage by running `sudo apt-get install php5-dev`
    2. Navigate into the mongo-php-driver directory and run `phpize` on the terminal
    3. Then run `./configure` to check for dependencies
    4. Run `make` to build the package
  4. Assuming XAMPP is installed at `/opt/lampp/` copy `` and `` from `modules` directory inside mongo-php-driver directory to `/opt/lampp/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/` directory
  5. Add the line `` to  `/opt/lampp/etc/php.ini`
  6. Start mongodb and xampp servers and run the program test program from to check if it is working


Short term memory loss !!

An arch Linux box that I was running on my laptop just ran out of memory

Serves me right for allocating only 128MB RAM for it.

I was not even running a GUI , there was only a ssh server and the network services running. I was installing a few JRuby gems via a ssh session when this suddenly happens.

This highlights a very valid point in today’s world of computing, I feel that today’s software aren’t really very efficiently built.

We are taking the amount of memory that is available, for granted and not writing very efficient software .

Limit the CPU usage of a process (Linux).

There have been times when I wished that I could limit the cpu usage of a process even though it might run slower , There is a simple way to do it on Linux .

Just type the following in terminal.

 cd /tmp
 wget ''
 tar -zxvf cpulimit-1.1.tar.gz
 cd cpulimit-1.1
 cp cpulimit /usr/local/sbin/
 rm -rf cpulimit*

If you are a debain/Ubuntu user you can also do the following in terminal.

$ sudo apt-get install cpulimit

After installation to limit the cpu usage of a process :

cpulimit -p  -l

Happy cpu reduction !!

extraire avec unrar sous (Extract with unrar on) linux

Ever since I switched over to Linux extracting files from win-rar archives was never a pleasant experience especially broken archives  .

Then I recently I discovered the power of Command line and suddenly I realised things got much easier .

So how do we go about Extracting win-rar archives ?

Well there are three methods

  1. Use Ubuntu’s inbuilt archive manager (File roller) , Personally I hate this program.
  2. Use Winrar itself on Wine , Ok but it doesn’t work as good as it does on Windows.
  3. Use unrar from terminal , Pure Brilliance !!

So lets Un-RAR the RARs

Open terminal and navigate to the folder where the archive is and  type

unrar e [filename].[rar]

replace [filename].[rar] with which ever archive you want to extract .

Add -kb switch to extract non-complete / broken archives

So for example to Extract Foo.rar

unrar e Foo.rar -kb

Some may consider this method as too long or not as easy as using a GUI , but once you get the hand of the command line This is the fastest method.

Please feel free to Post your comments and suggestions below

PS: If you are asking why the French title , well the answer is “Simply because I was in the mood to use Google translate” .

Typing தமிழ் (Tamil) on Ubuntu Linux

To type a indic language on Linux you need to do some work before you get it working and before we start I am assuming that you are using ubuntu Linux 10.04 or higher .

The first thing you need is to install ibus 

so to install ibus open terminal and type

sudo apt-get install ibus

sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n

after installing ibus and m17n go to System->Administration->Language Support in the Gnome menu

Select keyboard input system as ibus

Click on Install/Remove Languages -> Select Tamil -> Select all the Components ->Apply the changes.

Then go to System->Preferences->Keyboard Input Methods 

Goto Input Method Tab , Select an Input method and then choose Tamil -> Tamil-phonetic and click Add

Enable Show icon on System tray 

then your preferred shortcut keys .

Choose Tamil from the keyboard icon in the notification area

and now you can type தமிழ் (Tamil) !!

நண்றி வணக்கம் !


Post you comments and Suggestions in the section below .

Serving Servlets !

When staring web developement now a days many people  start with PHP , Ruby on Rails , or something like that , but there was a Time when Servlets were King .

Servlets are still very Prominent and are also very powerful, and sometimes better than any other web development platform.

To get started with servlets using just Tomcat is very easy , but using Eclipse along with it Required a small bit of effort .

I spent 20 minutes on learning how to configure Eclipse to work with Tomcat 7

So here is a Tutorial for the same .

So Lets get Started…..

The Downloads

2 Things have to be downloaded

  1.  Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
  2. Apache Tomcat 7

The Process

I am writing this tutorial for Linux but the concept is the same for Windows and Mac .

After Downloading

Extract Eclipse and tomcat into a folder

After Extracting Eclipse ,

Run Eclipse

open Window->Preferences 

Choose Server->Runtime Environments

Click Add 

Choose Apache Tomcat v7.0

Click Next

Choose the location where Tomcat was extracted 

Click Finish

Now the Server has been successfully added .

The Project

Create a new Dynamic Web Project

After Creating the project

Right click on the project  select New->Servlet

Now you can create your Servlet and run it in eclipse with Tomcat ,  so what are you waiting for  get coding!!

Firing up Ubuntu with the 4th Fox

Firefox 4 (stable) was released yesterday (March 22 , 2011), So I decided to write an article on how to install firefox 4 on Ubuntu the easy way.

Now if you goto to download the latest version on linux you prompted to download a file called  firefox-4.0.tar.bz2

but many people don’t know how install this file , well the easier method is to download the latest version from Firefox stable PPA

but before you do this make sure to uninstall any beta versions.

Open terminal and type the following commands
First thing to do is add the Firefox stable PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

then before we can install firefox we need to update the PPA

sudo apt-get update

Finally we can install Firefox

sudo apt-get install firefox

And thats it , firefox will now download and install itself , Simple and Easy !