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Top three posts of 2011

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 30 December 2011.
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With a nod to this post from Cal Evans, I'm presenting my own aoTop Threea posts from 2011, in order of descending popularity:

  • I don't understand the 9-to-5:
    This one is easily the tops of the popularity listathanks to another PHP community member, this one made the front page of Hacker News for a little while and received almost five thousand hits in a day. My poor little slice didn't know what hit it. I scrambled to put up something - anything - to be able to keep the site alive. Ultimately I ended up rendering a static version of the page to a buffer and manually refreshing it as new comments came in and were approved (39 of them!)

    The post was basically my views on developers who are genuinely interested in the work that they do and the ones that are more of the clock-in/clock-out coders that just aodo the joba. There were tons of comments that both agreed and disagreedaand several that basically told me I needed to get a life or must not have kids (I have both, thankyouverymuch).

  • Process Oriented versus Product Driven:
    This post was actually a quote from an interesting book on architecture and some of the things the author had learned during his time in school. This particular nugget of wisdom shows the difference between letting your work drive you and, instead, learning how to drive and shape what you do into something even better.

  • How long is too long (for unit test names)?:
    This fun little post was a log of some tweets after I asked aohow long is too long for a method name in a unit testa? It's common to see things like aotestValueIsValidInternalUrla or aotestUserCanExecuteTransactiona kinds of names so I wondered what other people's experience with it was. One interesting point that came up was the use of aotestdoxa to translate out the name into something more readable.

These were just the most popular ones added in 2011athere's a few others that were popular but were posted previously (like pdo+oracle and php+mq).

Hope your holidays were/are good and here's to another great year of blogging and PHP community!