Stairtower is a (experimental) database server for schema-free, JSON documents, that provides a restful API and is entirely written in PHP.
The server runtime is built on React and utilizes PHP's native JSON de- and encoding facilities to transform data. Where applicable the Standard PHP Library (SPL) is used to build on a solid foundation and increase performance.
The aim was to create a database system that is
Additionally it should simply show that this is possible in the language that sometimes seems to be derided by followers of 'modern' programming languages.
While creating such applications one may hit the wall of PHP. Managing memory and fine tuning performance in PHP has its limitations. The control over memory usage, allocation and freeing in a long running PHP application is complicated, if not even impossible (please correct me). So the performance and efficiency of other document stores may be a lot better.
An attempt to memory management is done with the Memory Manager which holds the only reference to memory intense object's (especially Database instances) and allows them to be freed (calling
unset() followed by
The whole system is written in a language that powers more than 80% of the web (http://w3techs.com/technologies/details/pl-php/all/all) and is used by some of the internet's biggest players. Writing the server in PHP opens the source code to be understood by a huge community and empowers them to adapt it to their needs. Furthermore parts of Stairtower may be reused in other projects (e.g. the server's backend could be used as data provider without using the REST interface).
The software is in
alpha state an early alpha state and not ready for production. The biggest parts of the API are defined and major parts are covered by unit tests. Nevertheless there is much to improve.
PHP 7.1 or higher
This section lists some planed features.
Feedback and contributions are more than welcome. This is a young project and I would like to let your great ideas shape the future of Stairtower. Please feel free to start chatting at https://gitter.im/cundd/pos or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Copyright (c) 2017 Daniel Corn
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