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John Congdon's Blog: PHP User Groups (Orlando and Daytona Beach)

John Congdon's Blog: PHP User Groups (Orlando and Daytona Beach)
In this recent post to his blog John Congdon looks at some of his local user groups - Orlando and Daytona Beach in Florida - and how they handle their meetings and groups differently.I am a member of two PHP user groups. Each one runs a little bit differently. I am looking for feedback from other people in other PHP user groups to find ways we may be able to make these better. he East Central Florida PHP User Group (Daytona Beach area) is new/restarting. [...] They seem to be more geared towards teaching...

Christian Weiske's Blog: A MIME type for .php files

Christian Weiske's Blog: A MIME type for .php files
Christian Weiske has a recent post to his site looking at something most PHP developers don't even think about when serving up their scripts - the MIME types for PHP files.While setting some svn properties at work, we wondered about the correct MIME type for .php files.He found several in the official IANA list including "text/php", "application/php" and "application/x-http-php" - all valid but none of them considered a standard. He talks about the ones supported by linux distributions (like...

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Ryan Weaver

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Ryan Weaver
The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has returned back to its usual interview format in this latest episode, an interview with Ryan Weaver an organizer of the Nashville PHP user groupCal's "three questions" for Ryan about getting involved in local user groups: What advantage do you get out of the labor you put into the Nashville PHP user group? When you start looking for speakers, how do you find them? If you had to pick one piece of advice to give to other user group leaders, what would it be? You can...

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:php|architect Blog: Goodies for PHPers in Internet Explorer 9 Alex Bilbie's Blog: MongoDB + CodeIgniter 101 (Part 1) Giorgio Sironi's Blog: Java versus PHP Josh Holmes' Blog: Creating a Simple PHP Blog in Azure Michelangelo van Dam's Blog: Zend Framework context switching for HTML content SANIsoft Blog: The longer Lithium Blog tutorial using MySQL '" Part 1 Phil Sturgeon's Blog: CodeIgniter Packages != Modules php|architect: Exclusive:...

Not only SQL - memcache and MySQL 5.6

Not only SQL - memcache and MySQL 5.6
This week there are two big events for the MySQL community: The O'Reilly MySQL Conference and Oracle Collaborate run by the IOUG. At these events our Engineering VP, Tomas Ulin, announced the latest milestone releases for our main products. MySQL 5.6 and MySQL Cluster 7.1 as well as our new Windows Installer. There's lots of cool stuff in there but one feature really excited me: MySQL 5.6 contains a memcache interface for accessing InnoDB tables. This means you can access data stored in MySQL not only...

Community News: Drupal and the Future of PHP

Community News: Drupal and the Future of PHP
On the Zend Developer Zone Cal Evans has posted some encouragement about sharing your own thoughts about the post from Dried Buytaert about the future of PHP and Drupal.As Dries says in his blog:It seems that we have arrived at a point in which there is a symbiotic relationship between PHP and the most popular PHP applications. A relationship that did not exist when PHP was created. Symbiotic relationships are obligatory: we depend entirely on each other for survival. And yet, I feel like we've been...

RubySource.com: Confessions of a Converted PHP Developer: Ugly Code

RubySource.com: Confessions of a Converted PHP Developer: Ugly Code
On RubySource.com there's a recent post with a bit of a confession from an ex-PHP developer who's moved over to Ruby about some of he is experiences in making the shift and why he's a convert now.I've been a PHP developer for nearly a decade, and in January this year I started developing in Ruby. While initially a sceptic, I'm now a convert - and I'm here to share my experiences with you. [...] I'd like to think of myself as a fairly good PHP developer, and the idea of moving to Rails was both scary and...

Padraic Brady's Blog: Wishing For A PEAR Channel Aggregator? Yes, Please!

Padraic Brady's Blog: Wishing For A PEAR Channel Aggregator? Yes, Please!
In his latest post Padraic Brady talks about an effort that's been put out there (by Stuart Herbert) to come up with a PEAR channel aggregator - something he fully supports.Since we seem to like blaming the PEAR Group, and getting that ball kicked back to us, it's time we did something useful. We've spent too much time ignoring PEAR as we grew apart from it with our frameworks, standalone libraries and custom plugin architectures. We're making life harder for ourselves in doing so. Stuart Herbert has...

Terminal (Bash) arguments tricks

Terminal (Bash) arguments tricks
Reading David DeSandro's last post on how to store strings in variables in terminal, or any bash-y shell (I'd say any unix shell but I'm sure there is a weird one out there that does things differently) for that matter, it struck me that many web developers seem to have a big disconnect with the shell. Now I'm no expert, but I know that the use case he describes can be solved much more efficiently, so I felt like writing a little follow-up, and hopefully teach you, dear reader, a thing or two. The short...

Liip Blog: PHP 5.3 for OS X 10.6 One-Line Installer

Liip Blog: PHP 5.3 for OS X 10.6 One-Line Installer
On the Liip blog today Christian Stocker talks about a one-line installer that's been developed to get PHP 5.3 up and working on an OS X 10.6 platform without much hassle. The tool updates everything needed to get a bit more robust version of the language installed and ready for use.Apple computers and OS X are quite common here at Liip (and local.ch) as developer machines. But while OS X comes with a not-too-old PHP installation, it nevertheless doesn't have everything we need (for example the infamous...

PHPBuilder.com: Using the PEAR Pager Package to Paginate MySQL Results

PHPBuilder.com: Using the PEAR Pager Package to Paginate MySQL Results
On PHPBuilder.com today there's a new tutorial about using the PEAR Pager package to paginate through results from a MySQL query. The package makes it easy to pass in a data set and handle the pagination requests and interface.Fortunately a great solution [for paginating data] is at your disposal which has been created expressly for this purchase. The PEAR Pager package will not only handle all of the gory tracking details for you, but it can also create a linked navigation list which you can embed into...

Community News: FrOSCon Call for Papers Announced

Community News: FrOSCon Call for Papers Announced
This year's FrOSCon conference has officially opened their Call for Papers for this year's event. It's happening August 20th and 21st at the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.The sixth Free and Open Source Software Conference in Sankt Augustin, near Bonn, will take place on August, 20th and 21st 2011. We are looking for submissions in order to again have a comprehensive and interesting program. You can find all you need to know at http://www.froscon.de/en/program/call-for-papers.html. You can find the...

Till Klampaeckel's Blog: A roundhouse kick, or the state of PHP

Till Klampaeckel's Blog: A roundhouse kick, or the state of PHP
Inspired by some of the recent discussions in the PHP community about the future of the language and the software that uses it, Till Klampaeckel has posted some of his own thoughts on the matter.Last week the usual round of PEAR-bashing on Twitter took place, then this morning Marco Tabini asked if PHP (core) was running out of scratches to itch. He also suggests he got this idea from Cal Evan's blog post about Drupal forking PHP.Till talks about a few different points others have made in their comments...

Community News: Latest Releases from PHPClasses.org

Community News: Latest Releases from PHPClasses.org
Advanced Sourcecode Reflection in PHP Data Base Process Output Handler Management Class DB Version Manager Ebay TurbolisterShipping Service Options MySQL Wrapper Class 2 XML-RPC DB URI Reputation Error Talk

PHP 5.3 for OS X 10.6 one-line installer

PHP 5.3 for OS X 10.6 one-line installer
Apple computers and OS X are quite common here at Liip (and local.ch) as developer machines. But while OS X comes with a not-too-old PHP installation, it nevertheless doesn't have everything we need (for example the infamous intl extension) and it's not that easily extendable with self-compiled extensions. The first reaction to that situation was usually to install one of the many available solutions to get everything we need. Like MAMP, XAMPP or install it with a package manager like homebrew or...

Wishing For A PEAR Channel Aggregator? Yes, Please!

Wishing For A PEAR Channel Aggregator? Yes, Please!
Image via Wikipedia There are a few things many PHP developers should be familiar with. We should be familiar with PEAR packages. We should be familiar with the PEAR installer. More and more of us actually are getting familiar with running PEAR channels. The problem that some of us have, like me, is that we're working against an architecture which focuses on the central PEAR repository. It's the elephant in the room, so to speak, and we spend year after year working around or completely ignoring it....

Ibuildings techPortal: DPCRadio: Real World Dependency Injection

Ibuildings techPortal: DPCRadio: Real World Dependency Injection
On the Ibuildings techPortal today they've posted the latest episode in their DPCRadio series (as recorded at last year's Dutch PHP Conference) - Stephan Hochdoerfer's talk Real World Dependency Injection.The Dependency Injection (DI) pattern is getting more and more attention in the PHP world due to it's code simplification effects. It focuses on the complete separation of object instantiation and dependency tracking from the business logic resulting in a loosely coupled system. In addition to that the...

Dries Buytaert: Staking our future on PHP

Dries Buytaert: Staking our future on PHP
Dries Buytaert recently came down off the mountain (literally, he was snow skiing) to write a post for his blog. Click on inside, I'll share the link, some of my own thoughts, and a call to action for you to speak up.

Oracle Technology Network: Scaling a PHP MySQL Web Application, Part 2

Oracle Technology Network: Scaling a PHP MySQL Web Application, Part 2
On the Oracle Technology Network today, the part two of "Scaling PHP MySQL Web Applications" (from Eli White) has been published. Part one can be found here.In Part 1 of this article, I explained the basic steps to move your application from a single server to a scalable solution for both PHP and MySQL. While most Web applications will never need to expand beyond the concepts presented in that article, eventually you may find yourself in a situation where the basic steps aren't enough. Here are some more...

Marco Tabini's Blog: Is PHP running out of itches to scratch?

Marco Tabini's Blog: Is PHP running out of itches to scratch?
In a new post to his blog Marco Tabini poses an interesting question - is PHP running out of itches to scratch in the evolution of the language?think it's fair to say that the pace at which PHP core is being developed has slowed down considerably over the past couple of years, while the development of many projects based on it, like programming and application frameworks, has sped up and continues to grow at a fast pace. But this doesn't mean that we're running out of steam. The PHP ecosystem is simply...

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