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aY PHP 5.2 support ends just as its adoption begins

aY PHP 5.2 support ends just as its adoption begins
In case you missed it, the PHP team has just released 5.2.11, which effectively ends support for the 5.2 branch: This release marks the end of the active support for PHP 5.2. Following this release the PHP 5.2 series will receive no further active bug maintenance. The logic behind this decision isa puzzling. Several large projects-WordPress and Drupal among them-recently announced that they intend to push support for 5.2 into their products with their next major release. For example, Drupal 7 will accept...

GTAC 2010

GTAC 2010
I have been invited to attend the 5th Annual Google Test Automation Conference, better known as GTAC, in Hyderabad, India in October. I am very much looking forward to discuss cutting edge challenges in test automation and evaluate potential solutions, especially with this year's focus on testability.Another thing I like about this year's GTAC is that the participants are responsible for selecting the presentations for the conference. Here is my submission:Challenges in Unit Testing PHP...

Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 07.23.2010

Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 07.23.2010
Popular posts from PHPDeveloper.org for the past week:Security Musings: PHP: Please Hack Pal. CatsWhoCode.com: 10 life-saving PHP snippets Andrew Nacin's Blog: On PHP Stefan Koopmanschap's Blog: My privates are not public, they are protected Marco Tabini's Blog: WordPress, the GPL and cherries on top Jfoobar Blog: Profilers, profiles and profiling Ivo Jansch's Blog: Good use of public, private and protected in OO class design PHPBuilder.com: 10 Easy Examples for Deciphering PHP Regular Expressions...

PHPUnit 3.5: Refactoring to Components

PHPUnit 3.5: Refactoring to Components
When you look at the list of changes for PHPUnit 3.5, you will see that many of them deal with refactoring to components. Here is an overview of these new components: PHP_CodeCoverageThe collection, processing, and rendering of code coverage information has been factored out into a separate component. A bit more information can be found here. PHPUnit_MockObjectThe functionality to automatically generate an object that can act as a test double for a specified original class has been factored out into a...

PHP 5.3.3/5.2.14 Released

PHP 5.3.3/5.2.14 Released
Ah, the smell of fresh code permeates the web as the core developers of PHP announce the release of two new versions, 5.3.3 and 5.2.14. Click on through for the highlights and link goodness.

Zend Developer Zone: Dallas Techfest PHP Track

Zend Developer Zone: Dallas Techfest PHP Track
On the Zend Developer Zone today there's a new post about the PHP track at this year's Dallas TechFest (happening July 30th).On July 30th in DFW, take part in the Dallas TechFest! It is a one day technical conference and we're happy to say that we have a good PHP track. Let's blow out the attendance. It's on a Friday so you won't be getting anything done anyway.You can find the full list of speakers (cross-language and platform talks!) on the TechFest site. PHP-related topics include using the Zend...

Symfony Blog: Symfony in the health industry

Symfony Blog: Symfony in the health industry
On the Symfony blog today there's a quick case study posted by Stefan Koopmanschap about a role that the Symfony framework is playing in a health education company.Enovation was engaged by one of his long term clients in the Health education sector to aid and enable them in designing a solution for the management of curricular activities. The college had an immediate requirement to replace an existing expensive, commercial online database, with a bespoke system which could better manage their curriculum...

php|architect: PHPDOCX: generating Word documents from PHP

php|architect: PHPDOCX: generating Word documents from PHP
On the php|architect blog today there's a new post about a tool that helps you create Word documents directly from your PHP application - PHPDOCX.PHPDOCX is a PHP library that allows its client code to generate Microsoft Word documents in the .docx format from PHP scripts. PHP is increasingly being used for disparate goals and has to deal with data that comes from strange sources and has to be produced in stranger formats. [...] Starting with the 1.5 version, which has been released on July 12th, PHPDOCX...

Brian Swan's Blog: How to Page Data with the SQL Server Drivers for PHP

Brian Swan's Blog: How to Page Data with the SQL Server Drivers for PHP
Brian Swan has a quick new post today about using the pagination feature in the latest version of the SQL Server driver for PHP.So, with the final release of the 2.0 version of the driver coming soon, I thought it was high time I posted something about using the functionality that was added in the v1.1 driver (better late then never!). While I'm at it, I'll include code that shows how to do paging with the PDO driver. (Complete scripts attached to this post.)He gives a basic example of paginated data...

Lorna Mitchell's Blog: WordCamp

Lorna Mitchell's Blog: WordCamp
Lorna Mitchell has posted a wrapup of her experiences at the just-passed WordCamp UK (in Manchester).I am a wordpress user and even wrote a plugin once, but I'm an outsider in terms of community so I was looking forward to finding out more about the people involved with wordpress. I expected to meet some friendly folk and I was not disappointed at all - there was a wonderful range of people there, right from people wanting to start a blog to people making a living from wordpress development, and everyone...

PHP 5.3.3 Released!

PHP 5.3.3 Released!
The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.3.3. This release focuses on improving the stability and security of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 100 bug fixes, some of which are security related. All users are encouraged to upgrade to this release. Backwards incompatible change: Methods with the same name as the last element of a namespaced class name will no longer be treated as constructor. This change doesn't affect non-namespaced classes....

The GPL: legit, but may contain malicious code

The GPL: legit, but may contain malicious code
WooThemes's official Twitter account, in response to a request on whether a site giving away all their GPL'ed themes1 for a low fee is in breach of the license: [I]t's legit, but we don't promote it as the themes are outdated & may contain malicious code. So that's it, then: the GPL is great until someone copies your commercial work and openly resells it, at which point making subtly unfounded allegations is the best way to save face. I'm not linking to it out of respect for the work that actually went...

PHP 5.2.14 Released!

PHP 5.2.14 Released!
The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.2.14. This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.2.x branch with over 60 bug fixes, some of which are security related. This release marks the end of the active support for PHP 5.2. Following this release the PHP 5.2 series will receive no further active bug maintenance. Security fixes for PHP 5.2 might be published on a case by cases basis. All users of PHP 5.2 are encouraged to upgrade to PHP...

Dallas Techfest PHP Track

Dallas Techfest PHP Track
On July 30th in DFW, take part in the Dallas TechFest! It is a one day technical conference and we're happy to say that we have a good PHP track. Let's blow out the attendance. It's on a Friday so you won't be getting anything done anyway. The full speaker list is at http://www.dallastechfest.com/Agenda/tabid/88/Default.aspx. There are several PHP -based sessions that you might find interesting.

Site News: Blast from the Past - One Year Ago in PHP

Site News: Blast from the Past - One Year Ago in PHP
Here's what was popular in the PHP community one year ago today:Server-Side Magazine: Creating a PHP 5.3 Virtual Development Environment NETTUTS.com: Organize Your Next PHP Project the Right Way Cal Evans' Blog: Lessons in Phar Manuel Pichler's Blog: Why I love PHP Pablo Viquez's Blog: JSON, ISO 8859-1 and UTF-8 - Part WebReference.com: XML and PHP Simplified - XML,PHP and the Database Techfounder.net: What makes a good programmer? NETTUTS.com: 3 Ways to Speed up Your Site with PHP Brandon Savage's Blog:...

Ingewikkeld

Ingewikkeld
Time for a new adventure. Last monday, my wife Marjolein and I visited the local Chamber of Commerce to register our new company: Ingewikkeld. We're both doing completely different things, but we've decided to capture both into a single company because it saves us a shitload of administrative work, and since we're married anyway, it doesn't really matter. I (could you have expected something else?) will be offering (PHP) development, consultancy and training services, and my wife will be a baby wearing...

Recent performance improvements for Midgard 8.09

Recent performance improvements for Midgard 8.09
Midgard 8.09 is an industrial CMS that is now in Long-Term Supported stage, with the community maintaining it until 2013. As we all know, performance is a feature, and with a CMS framework that has lived through many changes including transitions from PHP4 to 5.2 and from Classic Midgard era to the modern APIs, there is a lot to do. For the next 8.09.10 release we decided to put quite a bit of efforts into performance tuning, with some excellent work done by Content Control to simplify ACL handling and...

PHP 5.2.14 Released!

PHP 5.2.14 Released!
The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.2.14. This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.2.x branch with over 60 bug fixes, some of which are security related. This release marks the end of the active support for PHP 5.2. Following this release the PHP 5.2 series will receive no further active bug maintenance. Security fixes for PHP 5.2 might be published on a case by cases basis. All users of PHP 5.2 are encouraged to upgrade to PHP...

PHP 5.3.3 Released!

PHP 5.3.3 Released!
The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.3.3. This release focuses on improving the stability and security of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 100 bug fixes, some of which are security related. All users are encouraged to upgrade to this release. Backwards incompatible change:Methods with the same name as the last element of a namespaced class name will no longer be treated as constructor. This change doesn't affect non-namespaced classes. There is no impact on...

Web freelancer conference

Web freelancer conference
indieconf - the conference for independent web professionals - is now open for registation. What is indieconf? It's a conference that brings together the topics that affect freelance web people with experts who've been there and done that. AI've attended a number of tech/web conferences over the past 12 years or so, and while they've all been agood', there's usually very little in the way of information that helps me in the business side of my work. AAs an independent, there's questions about...