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Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Thoughts on Running an Open Source Project

Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Thoughts on Running an Open Source Project
Lorna Mitchell has posted about some of her experience in being the lead on the open source Joind.in project, broken up into a few different topics including community, roadmaps and transparency.I spoke in the unconference at PHPUK last week, on running an open source project. I thought I would collect together my thoughts into one place. [...] These are the things that, having been project lead on joind.in for a while, I think are important.She talks about: The importance of fostering a good community...

PHP 5.4.0 released!

PHP 5.4.0 released!
The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.4.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.x series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key new features include: traits, a shortened array syntax, a built-in webserver for testing purposes and more. PHP 5.4.0 significantly improves performance, memory footprint and fixes over 100 bugs. For users upgrading from PHP 5.3 there is a migration guide available here,...

Derick Rethans' Blog: To GMT or not to GMT

Derick Rethans' Blog: To GMT or not to GMT
In this new post to his site, Derick Rethans shows an instance of "GMT being tricky" when it comes to "UTC" versus "GMT" output from PHP's DateTime object.Earlier today, on twitter, @skoop asked: "dear #lazyweb, when I use DateTimeZone('GMT'), why does format('e') output UTC?" [...] As you can see [the example with a format of "e" on a DateTimeZone('GMT')] has UTC and not GMT as you might expect.Derick mentions that sometimes, systems require "GMT" instead of "UTC" in the output they're given. To work...

PHPClasses.org: Lately in PHP Podcast Episode 21 - Is PHP Source Quality Really Good?

PHPClasses.org: Lately in PHP Podcast Episode 21 - Is PHP Source Quality Really Good?
On PHPClasses.org today they've posted their latest "Lately in PHP" podcast - episode 21, "Is PHP Source Quality really Good or is it still Insecure?".A study from Coverity claims that the source code of Open Source projects such as PHP has a low defect rate. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the security expert Stefan Esser claims that PHP source security bug prevention has a lot to be desired because PHP core developers do not have the habit of using source code auditing tools to prevent security bugs. The...

DZone.com: Running JavaScript inside PHP code

DZone.com: Running JavaScript inside PHP code
On DZone.com Giorgio Sironi has a new post about an interesting new PHP extension that lets you run javascript inside PHP - v8js (VERY alpha right now).v8js is a new PHP extension able to run JavaScript code inside V8, Google's JavaScript interpreter that powers for example Chrome and NodeJS. This extension is highly alpha - and its API would probably change in the months ahead. Since documentation is lacking, I invite you to repeat the discovering process I follow in this post in case you find some...

PHPMaster.com: Working with Dates and Times in PHP and MySQL

PHPMaster.com: Working with Dates and Times in PHP and MySQL
On PHPMaster.com today there's a new tutorial by Sean Hudgston about working with dates and times via the PHP date functions and how they cooperate with dates/times from a MySQL database.When working in any programming language, dealing with dates and time is often a trivial and simple task. That is, until time zones have to be supported. Fortunately, PHP has one of the most potent set of date/time tools that help you deal with all sorts of time-related issues: Unix timestamps, formatting dates for human...

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:NetTuts.com: Language War: PHP vs. Ruby Ibuildings techPortal: DPCRadio: Database Version Control without Pain DZone.com: What you must know about PHP errors... Zend Developer Zone: ZendCon Sessions Episode 040: Memcached: the better Memcache interface PHPBuilder.com: Testing Forms in PHP with SimpleTest ServerGrove Blog: Editing Twig Templates in Dreamweaver Lorna Mitchell's Blog: Dealing with MySQL Gone Away in Zend Framework Eric Lamb's...

Twitter FollowingRank with Lapack

Twitter FollowingRank with Lapack
At the recent PHP UK Conference 2012 I had the opportunity to chat about machine learning and IR with a bunch of very smart people. One of the conversations included the always enlightening Rowan Merewood, and was around ranking Twitter friends. It's reasonably well known that Google used to use a variant of PageRank based on who-follows-who to rank it's Twitter search results (back when it had them). The question is, could the same kind of thing work over a much smaller set - say using it to rank the...

Is PHP Source Quality really Good or is it still Insecure? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 21

Is PHP Source Quality really Good or is it still Insecure? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 21
Is PHP Source Quality really Good or is it still Insecure? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 21 By Manuel Lemos A stydy from Coverity claims that the source code of Open Source projects such as PHP has a low defect rate. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the security expert Stefan Esser claims that PHP source security bug prevention has a lot to be desired because PHP core developers do not have the habit of using source code auditing tools to prevent security bugs. The matter of the PHP source code quality...

PHP 5.4.0 released!

PHP 5.4.0 released!
The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.4.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.x series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key new features include: traits, a shortened array syntax, a built-in webserver for testing purposes and more. PHP 5.4.0 significantly improves performance, memory footprint and fixes over 100 bugs. For users upgrading from PHP 5.3 there is a migration guide available here, detailing the changes...