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Ibuildings techPortal: DPCRadio: The Cake is a Lie

Ibuildings techPortal: DPCRadio: The Cake is a Lie
On the Ibuildings techPortal today they've posted the latest episode of their recording series from last year's Dutch PHP Conference (DPCRadio) - Sebastian Bergmann's talk The Cake is a Lie.Scaffolding, the meta-programming method of building software applications, promises easier development and a faster time-to-market. But the "code generation bliss" can lead to problems later on, for instance with regard to maintainability and scalability. This sessions takes a skeptical look at frameworks such as...

php|architect: Join us in helping the victims of the tragedy in Japan

php|architect: Join us in helping the victims of the tragedy in Japan
php|architect magazine has started a program to help out those in need via the Red Cross. To encourage donations, they'll provide a free subscription for anyone giving $25 USD or more to the Red Cross' effort.It is in the time of crisis that communities pull together to help those in need; the PHP community is no different. Past experience has shown the generosity of the PHP community and we know that many of you have already stepped up to help. All of us at php|architect want to encourage you to join us...

Ideas of March - Think About the Little Guy

Ideas of March - Think About the Little Guy
When I first started diving head-first into the open source community, the blogosphere was by far the most helpful resource around. I tried to consume as much of the information as I could by visiting individual sites directly, but as the number of awesome blogs out there increased, I had to start getting my daily dose of near-overwhelming programming goodness through RSS. Shortly after doing so, I'd have hundreds of articles to browse through every single day; this was truly a great time to get involved...

FuelPHP: Oil Migrations, Tasks and Console (Screencast)

FuelPHP: Oil Migrations, Tasks and Console (Screencast)
Phil Sturgeon has put together a screencast showing off a few of the features of the Fuel PHP framework like migrations, tasks and the console the Oil tool provides.In this video I'm going to be demonstrating migrations which I touched on in the last video but I felt I should go into them in more depth. Migrations [...] are essentially a way to stage changes for your database in a way that means the changes can be independent from the schema as a whole.He walks you through the creation of a migration...

Ideas Of March

Ideas Of March
Chris has made a timely call for everyone (especially the Twitterati) to start blogging about PHP once more. Much of our community's interaction has moved to Twitter and conferences, and we're simply not leaving enough longform content out there any more. There's a key reason why I blog less about PHP these days, though, and it has nothing to do with Twitter. Our wider community simply doesn't read blogs any more (if they ever did). They've already moved on to StackOverflow, and other similar places....

The ideas of March

The ideas of March
This year my New Year's resolution was to "write more" just as plain as that, blog more, write articles, maybe even a book can fit in there. Now it seems that resolution is in sync with the rest of the PHP Community and Chris Shifflet has once again caused ripples to roam the community with his Ideas of March initiative. This blog for me is a crucial part of my professional self, hence the determination to revive the blog and the website in this year. "Why?", you may ask. Well its very simple, blogs can...

IBM developerWorks: Create a PHP development environment on the cloud

IBM developerWorks: Create a PHP development environment on the cloud
On the IBM developerWorks site today there's a new tutorial from Daniel Krook showing you how to use the IBM Cloud product to set up a development environment based on a Red Hat Enterprise server distribution with Zend Server as the PHP environment.This article explains what makes cloud computing appealing to PHP developers and provides step-by-step instructions how to use the IBM Cloud to set up a PHP and DB2 development environment quickly. Learn how to provision Linux data and web application servers,...

Warping my mind for ESI

Warping my mind for ESI
Symfony2 is full of ESI love. ESI aka Edge Side Includes are a standard for reverse proxy caching which can significantly boost performance. What is even nicer is that ESI really goes well with RESTful API's, which is one reason why I am pushing REST in the Symfony2 world. I must admit that until recently I was totally ok taking short cuts, but I am now being to realize that the short cuts I was taking actually hurt in many ways. So I am warping my mind to be more RESTful. But at the same time I also see...

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Pablo Godel

Voices of the ElePHPant: Interview with Pablo Godel
The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with Pablo Godel of ServerGrove, a PHP framework-friendly hosting provider.Cal asks him his "three questions" about: How did you get involved with hosting and PHP? How do you see the adoption of PHP 5.3 of your clients (and for those that haven't adopted, what are the major roadblocks)? What's the biggest challenge for you, a hoster of PHP websites? You can either listen via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing...

9Lessons: Payment System with Paypal

9Lessons: Payment System with Paypal
On the 9Lessons blog today Srinivas Tamadashows you how to create a simple PayPal interface between their API and your site to make accepting payments easier.I received a tutorial requests from my reader that asked to me how to implement payment gateway system with Paypal API. In this post I want to explain how to work with Paypal Sandbox test accounts for payment system development and sending arguments while click buy now button. It's simple and very easy to integrate in your web projects.He includes...

Ideas of March

Ideas of March
Twitter and identi.ca are fine for what they are: immediate distribution of small pieces of information that are connected primarily by a timeframe and a shared experience. However, they are unsuitable for extended, nuanced dialogue on any topic requiring thoughtful consideration. Commentary in such locations disappears too quickly into the ether. I [...]

Ideas of March

Ideas of March
Around two weeks ago, Chris wrote a blog post that I responded to, and I was reminded of some of the great conversations that helped build our community. Many of these took place on the blogs of the aughts. coatesWe, the web community, used to have great conversations on blogs. Here's a chance again: http://j.mp/JSandURLs (Bonus: more than 140 chars.) Like Chris, I think we've lost a bit of that. I've seen what feels like hundreds of conversations fly by on Twitter, 140 characters at a time: incomplete...

Community News: "Ideas of March" Kicks off a "Blogging Revival"

Community News: "Ideas of March" Kicks off a "Blogging Revival"
In an effort to create a "blog revival", Chris Shiflett has encouraged a movement among members of the PHP community to get back involved with their blogs - the Ideas of March:Most conversation has moved from blogs to Twitter, and although Twitter is more active than blogs ever were, there are fewer quality conversations and debates taking place as a result of this transition. I'm hoping you'll join me in a blog revival.He suggests that, during the month of March, bloggers band together and write more...

Community News: Latest PECL Releases for 03.15.2011

Community News: Latest PECL Releases for 03.15.2011
Latest PECL Releases: chdb 1.0.0 memcached 2.0.0b1 igbinary 1.1.1 timezonedb 2011.4

Ideas of March

Ideas of March
Over the past years I've done several talks at conferences on how to contribute to the community. The ones that most stood out to me so far have been the talks in Chicago at PHP|Tek together with my friend Lorna Mitchell, and the one in Paris last year at Symfony Live. In all those talks, I tell people that a good way to contribute to the community is to write blogposts.

Ideas of March

Ideas of March
We need a blog revival. For the past few years, I've been a pretty active Twitter user. As a result, I feel very tuned into what's happening in the web design and development community. It's pretty cool. Recent events such as Twitter taking the @girlgeeks account and restricting how developers are allowed to use their API dampen the positive vibes, but that's not why I'm blogging today.Most conversation has moved from blogs to Twitter, and although Twitter is more active than blogs ever were, there are...

Ideas of March

Ideas of March
In an effort to spotlight what is slowly becoming a lost art (blogging), some of us in the PHP community have banded together today to talk about the active sharing of ideas and opinions that come with blog entries. Twitter (or Identi.ca!) ain't got nothing on it. One-hundred and forty characters is nice, but there's something to be said for a well-written or well-researched blog post. I can't tell you the number of times that I've searched for a problem, usually the obtuse one that only seems to come up...

A brief introduction to the Coupling Between Objects metric

A brief introduction to the Coupling Between Objects metric
In this blog post I will give you a brief introduction into the Coupling Between Objects metric, that is one of the metrics calculated by the static code analysis tool PHP_Depend. The Coupling Between Objects or CBO metric was originally defined by Chidamber & Kemerer in their IEEE paper "A Metrics Suite for Object Oriented Design" [1]. This software metric represents the number of other types a class or interface is coupled to. The CBO metric is calculated for classes and interfaces. It counts...

Use the IBM Cloud to build your PHP apps

Use the IBM Cloud to build your PHP apps
IBM developerWorks just published an article I wrote about using the Development and Test Cloud to create PHP applications. The tutorial covers some scenarios that make the cloud compelling for PHP developers and then takes the reader through the installation of Zend Server with DB2 on the IBM Cloud. If the content looks familiar, you may have [...]

IBM developerWorks: Accessing third-party content with oEmbed and PHP

IBM developerWorks: Accessing third-party content with oEmbed and PHP
On IBM's developerWorks there's a recent article from Vikram Vaswani about using the oEmbed tool to pull content into your site from sources like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.If you have your photos in Flickr, your videos in YouTube, and your TV shows in Hulu, how do you bring them all into your blog posts on Blogger? Of course, you can do this by hyperlinking to the appropriate content, but wouldn't it be nicer if you could just embed them into your post at the appropriate place? Enter oEmbed.He gives...

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