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Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 02.18.2011

Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 02.18.2011
Popular posts from PHPDeveloper.org for the past week:Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Callbacks in PHP Zend Developer Zone: A little fun with the average tech salaries as reported by dice.com Phil Sturgeon's Blog: PHP Format abstraction with a simple class Berry Langerak's Blog: Getters and setters: evil or necessary evil? Community News: Voices of the Elephpant Podcast Community News: Latest PEAR Releases for 02.14.2011 Community News: Dutch PHP Conference Ticket Sales Open WebDev Radio Podcast: Episode 84:...

Sven Eisenschmidt's Blog: Symfony2 Tips

Sven Eisenschmidt's Blog: Symfony2 Tips
Sven Eisenschmidt has put together a site that want to help beginners with the Symfony2 framework get up to speed quickly with some handy tips and tricks they can use in their development.Some of the tips listed so far include: How to free Symfony2 from the sandbox tutorial (with some help from Git) Doctrine in the Real World - Presentation from Symfony Live 2011 The Path to Symfony in the USA- Presentation from Symfony Live 2011 Form naming Translate form labels inside Twig templates Check out the full...

Brian Swan's Blog: Do Stored Procedures Protect Against SQL Injection?

Brian Swan's Blog: Do Stored Procedures Protect Against SQL Injection?
Brian Swan has a new post answering a question he's gotten about the stored procedures that the SQL Server database includes and whether or not they help prevent SQL injections in your applications.When I've asked people about their strategies for preventing SQL injection, one response is sometimes "I use stored procedures." But, stored procedures do not, by themselves, necessarily protect against SQL injection. The usefulness of a stored procedure as a protective measure has everything to do with how...

Sebastian Bergmann's Blog: On Sponsored Open Source Development

Sebastian Bergmann's Blog: On Sponsored Open Source Development
In a new post to his blog Sebastian Bergmann talks about an experiment that Derick Rethans is doing with concern to the Xdebug project and some of the bugs that have been found with it. Derick is trying out a campaign to raise pledges in exchange for bugfixes - a sort of "sponsored open source" idea.While both Derick and I live and breathe Open Source and like to hack on code things like work and private life do interfere with the development of our Open Source software projects. So with development...

SitePoint.com: Advanced PHPUnit Testing: Annotations and Mocking

SitePoint.com: Advanced PHPUnit Testing: Annotations and Mocking
On SitePoint.com today there's a new article in their unit testing series posted today - a look at annotations and mocking in advanced unit testing with PHPUnit. (Disclaimer: I am the author of this article series.)PHPUnit has lots of advanced features that can be amazingly helpful when that special case comes around. This includes extending the framework itself, making test suites, building static datasets, and the focus of this article: annotations and mocking. Don't worry if you're unsure what either...

php|architect: Function Contest (from WestHost)

php|architect: Function Contest (from WestHost)
On the php|architect site today Beth mentions a contest that's being put on by the WestHost hosting group is putting on to find the best function - custom bits of functionality that are the most impressive and do their job the best.Submit your entry by March 15th to win one of the above prizes. Winner's will be selected from a panel of judges reviewing the top rated PHP functions / code based on utility, creativity, efficiency, and readability. Make sure to get the word out about your submission in order...

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:OurBlogLog.com: Joomla vs Drupal, The Sad Truth IBM developerWorks: Python basics for PHP developers PHPBuilder.com: The Top Five PHP Content Management Systems Brian Swan's Blog: Getting Started with PHP and SQL Azure Ivo Jansch's Blog: PHP as a template language Ibuildings techPortal: Coding Is The Easy Part Carson McDonald's Blog: PHP MySQLi and Multiple Prepared Statements Internet.com: Plotting Map Markers Dynamically Using the Google...

Zend Developer Zone: Announcing the February 2011 Zend Framework Bug-Hunt

Zend Developer Zone: Announcing the February 2011 Zend Framework Bug-Hunt
In a new post to the Zend Developer Zone, Ralph Schindler has posted about this month's Bug Hunt Days for the Zend Framework. They start today (Thursday, February 17) and run through Saturday.For those who haven't put the reoccurring event in their calendar, this announcement is for you: Zend Framework Monthly Bug-hunt is here again! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday of February (the 17th, 18th and 19th 2011), we'll be hosting our monthly bug hunt. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, each month,...

On Sponsored Open Source Development

On Sponsored Open Source Development
This campain on Pledgie is an experiment by Derick Rethans to find out whether or not it is feasible to expedite the work on feature requests in Open Source projects such as Xdebug. Since I more or less gave Derick the idea for this experiment, I will try to shine a light on our reasoning for this approach in this blog posting. For quite some time now, Derick and I occasionally discuss how the collection of code coverage information in Xdebug can be improved so that PHP_CodeCoverage can provide more...

Dutch PHP Conference 2011

Dutch PHP Conference 2011
I am pleased and proud to announce that I will be presenting at this years Dutch PHP Conference from May 19th to the 21st in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I will be giving a tutorial on the basics of optimizing MySQL along with a session on character sets. I, in particular, look forward to the tutorial since it covers areas that I find fascinating - query and server optimization. On a personal note, neither I or my husband have ever been to Amsterdam before. So since we have never yet had the opportunity to...

PHPBuilder.com: Harness the Scripting Power of PHP and cURL to Update Facebook

PHPBuilder.com: Harness the Scripting Power of PHP and cURL to Update Facebook
On PHPBuilder.com today there's a new article from Marc Plotz looking at how you can use PHP and cURL with Facebook to update your status.You probably know that cURL is a wonderful tool for extracting data from a Web page -- that's a given if you are a developer worth your salt. However, in this article, I want to show you how to use cURL to do things for you. We will start by exploring cURL in detail and then move on to use a very cool script to update our Facebook status.He introduces cURL for those...

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Jeremy Kendall

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Jeremy Kendall
The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has published it's first full episode today - an interview with Jeremy Kendall, a PHP developer from Tennessee actively involved in the PHP community and an organizer of the MemphisPHP user group.He and Cal talk about how he got started with PHP, his involvement in the MemphisPHP user group and how it's grown. They also talk a bit about the selection process they go through to to select speakers for their meetings.You can listen to this latest episode either through...

Stefan Koopmanschap's Blog: Would you like docs with that?

Stefan Koopmanschap's Blog: Would you like docs with that?
Stefan Koopmanschap has a quick new post to his blog today talking about a webinar he and Zend will be putting on this Thursday (Feb 15th) about why documentation should be an important part of your development practices.This thursday, February 15th, I'm doing the presentation as a webinar in the Zend Webinar series. At 9AM PST (or 5PM GMT, 6PM CET) I'll be explaining why documentation is important, and what types of documentation you can use for your project. The webinar should last for about an hour...

Rob Allen's Blog: Using your own View object with Zend_Application

Rob Allen's Blog: Using your own View object with Zend_Application
In the latest post to his blog Rob Allen shows you how to create a custom View object for your Zend Framework application with the help of the Zend_Application component. It uses one of two ways to set up this custom view object - either in the bootstrap or as a custom resource.Let's say that you want to use your own view object within your Zend Framework application. Creating the view object is easy enough in library/App/View.php along with adding the App_ namespace to the the autoloader in...

Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Using Gearman from PHP

Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Using Gearman from PHP
Lorna Mitchell has a new post today about using a popular backend processing tool, Gearman, from inside of PHP. Her example gives a full overview of how to add a new job and write the worker for it to make things happen.Basically, this application generates some PDFs from a variety of data sources, makes images, and emails it. Since the whole data processing, image handling, PDF generation process is fairly heavy, I'm putting the requests to generate these onto a gearman queue and having some workers...

Phil Sturgeon's Blog: Getting involved with CodeIgniter

Phil Sturgeon's Blog: Getting involved with CodeIgniter
If you've been looking for an open source project to get involved with and have thought about one of the many PHP frameworks out there as a viable option, you should take a look at Phil Sturgeon's guide to getting involved with CodeIgniter and some of the recent major changes the project's seen.Now that CodeIgniter (Reactor) 2.0 is out people are starting to get involved, which is great. [...] what makes Reactor so much more different than CodeIgniter has been in the past? Well that is easy, anyone can...

Version Naming

Version Naming

Mozilla Documentation Center

Mozilla Documentation Center
In case you're still using w3schools are a reference (which according to some is harmful to the web), a few new references have recently popped up from the browser vendors. Mozilla Document Center is by a stretch my favourite. It's a rapidly growing wiki-based documentation and more often than not it will have what you need. The html, CSS and Javascript documentation is really excellent, and going there directly often beats googling.

Community News: Latest Releases from PHPClasses.org

Community News: Latest Releases from PHPClasses.org
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Using Gearman from PHP

Using Gearman from PHP
I've introduced Gearman into a project I'm working on, and since a few people have asked I thought I'd share my experiences. Basically, this application generates some PDFs from a variety of data sources, makes images, and emails it. Since the whole data processing, image handling, PDF generation process is fairly heavy, I'm putting the requests to generate these onto a gearman queue and having some workers process the jobs. The eventual aim is to bring up EC2 instances (or php-specific cloud hosting...