I recently released a PHP client to consume Optimal Netbanx services on Github.


You can integrate your application using this agnostic Card Payments API to process all major credit cards through the NETBANX payment gateway.

It implement a wide variety of REST-based API requests – including purchases, refunds, and authorization reversals. Obtain output in JSON format – it’s easy to parse in a large variety of Web and mobile applications.

An account with Optimal Payment is needed in order to use this library. You can create testing account here : https://developer.optimalpayments.com/en/

This library can be loaded via composer. This is an open source project, feel free to contribute !

I just discovered a new web application named IFTTT.

The concept is so simple and so powerful at the same time.

It allows to create simple rule : If This Then That

Where “This” is a trigger and “That” is an action. Both happens in what they call “Channels”. Channels are applications like Facebook, Linkedin, Weather, Email, etc.

In a nutshell, you can build an integration between third parties in a matter of seconds.

Here are some examples of rules :

– Show your support for the Texas Rangers on Twitter every time a game starts

– Post videos from your YouTube favorites playlist to Tumblr

– Build a Twitter List from a specific #hashtag

If you are interested to know more : https://ifttt.com/wtf

I also encourage you to create an account and try it.

The first annual PHP Australia Conference will be in Sydney in 4 weeks !


Don’t miss this exciting event !

Cya there.

I am glad to learn that I will be a speaker at the 2014 OSDC in the Gold Coast : http://2014.osdc.com.au/

Not only, this is going tobe a very interesting conference seeing the different talks and speakers, but also you can expect some good fun in the Gold Coast.

Hope to see you there !

I recently had to work on integrating an ERP with DHL XML API Services. I could not find a PHP open source library to consume their API, so I decided to share the one that I wrote.

You can download the code on github : https://github.com/alfallouji/DHL-API

If you want to read documentation about the DHL XML API Service, their toolkit can be downloaded from here: https://xmlpi-ea.dhl.com/


The library is a PHP Oriented Object client for the DHL XML API Services. DHL XML Services is an online web services integration capability that provides DHL’s service availability, transit times, rates, shipment and courier pickup booking along with shipment tracking from over 140 countries around the world. Using DHL’s XML Services, customers can incorporate DHL shipping functionality into their websites, customer service applications or order processing systems.


The client does not rely or depend on any framework and it should be fairly easy to integrate with your own code. You can use the autloader that is provided or your own autoloading mechanism.

The sample folder contains examples on how to use the client and perform requests to DHL XML API, such as track a shipment, create a shipment, request a pickup or print labels.

In order to have the samples working, you will need to create a DHL staging account. You can do that by going to that URL : DHL – XML API Services

Then, you need to edit the config/config.php file and provide your account id and password. The samples use those credentials.

return array(
‘id’ => ‘Your_DHL_ID’,
‘pass’ => ‘Your_DHL_Password’,

I was able to invest time on improving the UI and adding new features to fxalert.net.

Fxalert.net is a web application allowing to create simple and advanced email and SMS alerts on the forex market. It supports more than a 100 of currencies pair.

The new features includes the following :
– Integration with facebook (you can now use your facebook account to login);
– UI Revamp;
– You can now create SMS / Mobile alert for up to 10 different countries and it supports more than a hundred of mobile providers;
– Aggregation of forex news from twitter and around the web;
– New FAQ section.

I hope people will like and find useful this new version.

Open your shell script and type  :

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Enjoy 🙂

I recently developed for fun a webapp offering forex currencies alert. It allows users to create 100% free custom currencies alert on approximately 100 currency pairs.

Alerts are sent by email for now, but others channels will be available soon such as SMS, IM.

You can check it out at www.fxalert.net.

Any feedback is welcome 🙂



On my last post, i mentioned that there should be a linux version of Mikogo. I just received an email a couple days ago informing me the beta started.

I am going to try it and will post some results / feedback here.

It seems very promising !

A few months ago, Salesforce acquired DimDim (the web conferencing tool) and they decided a change of strategy. For us users, that means no more DimDim as a free web conferencing application.

As a consultant, I often need to use web conferences and since the old DimDim days were over, I started looking for a new one.

After doing some searches and tests, I discovered Mikogo.


Their features list is pretty complete and wide. It is a completely free (without any ads) service.

I did some tests and it works really good. So, if you were like me, looking for a solid and free web conferencing service, I highly suggest you to try it out.

Their windows client is very light, and they support Windows & Mac. They also working on a linux distribution ! They have started beta invite yesterday, you can register for the beta here : http://www.mikogo.com/2011/04/21/mikogo-linux-beta-testers/

By spending some time reading their forums, it seems they have a nice community of users also.

Who am I?

My name is Bashar Al-Fallouji, I work as a Enterprise Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

I am particularly interested in Cloud Computing, Web applications, Open Source Development, Software Engineering, Information Architecture, Unit Testing, XP/Agile development.

On this blog, you will find mostly technical articles and thoughts around PHP, OOP, OOD, Unit Testing, etc. I am also sharing a few open source tools and scripts.

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