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Cal Evans' Blog: Six ways to be a better client for your developer - Point 6

Cal Evans' Blog: Six ways to be a better client for your developer - Point 6
Cal Evans has posted point number five of his six ways that a client can do their best to work with the developer(s) on their project (and get the most out of the relationship). This next point deals a subject considered by some to be a bit uncomfortable - money.Let your developer know up front how much you have to spend, don't make them guess. They know what they can build projects for and letting them know up front helps them decide what tools to use and even whether they can afford to take the project...

QaFoo.com Blog: Struct classes in PHP

QaFoo.com Blog: Struct classes in PHP
On the QaFoo blog today there's a new post looking at building struct classes in PHP (by Kore Nordmann) as a replacement - and a step up - from storing data in structures like arrays.In Apache Zeta Components and in several of my own projects we are using - so called - struct classes to solve this issue: The struct classes do not define any methods but just contain documented properties. They just deal as a data container, similar to a hash map.He mentions a few benefits and drawbacks to using this...

Rob Allen's Blog: Translations of my Zend Framework Tutorial for ZF 1.10 & 1.11

Rob Allen's Blog: Translations of my Zend Framework Tutorial for ZF 1.10 & 1.11
In a quick new post to his blog Rob Allen points out two new translations that have been made of his introductory Zend Framework tutorial (found here).Recently, a couple of people have very generously donated their time to translate my Zend Framework Tutorial into their native language to help their fellow countrymen.These two new translations are into Italian from Mario Santagiuliana and into Polish by Radoslaw Benkel. Rob's tutorial helps you get up to speed with the Zend Framework by creating a sample...

Community News: Latest PEAR Releases for 01.24.2011

Community News: Latest PEAR Releases for 01.24.2011
Latest PEAR Releases: Net_LDAP2 2.0.11

Struct classes in PHP

Struct classes in PHP
PHP arrays are a wonderful tool and one of the reasons I like PHP. Their versatility makes it possible to easily set up proof of concepts (POV), either used as hash maps storing multiple keys, or as lists, stacks, trees or whatever you like. But once you are past the phase of the initial POC, the excessive usage of arrays and exactly their versatility has some drawbacks: If you see an array type hint or return documentation, you know nearly nothing about the data structure. Using arrays as key-value hash...

Plat_Forms Contest 2011: it was great fun

Plat_Forms Contest 2011: it was great fun
On tuesday and wenesday last week, the 2011 version of the Plat_Forms contest took place. It was organizedAby FU Berlin, OSBF and publishing company Heise. 16 Teams of 4 (+1) different web application development platforms were given the same requirements and two days of time to develop as much as possible. I was again amazed by the great atmosphere and the cooperative attitude of the teams. This year, there were teams of PHP, Perl, Java, Ruby and one Javascript-On-The-Server Team. The organizers...

Site News: Job Postings for the week of 01.16.2011

Site News: Job Postings for the week of 01.16.2011
Job postings for the past week:Job Posting: Jacob Group (Recruiter) Seeks Director of Software Development (Lacrosse, WI) Job Posting: Skillshare Seeks Senior Frontend Engineer (New York, NY)

mtrack and work flowing commits into a live site

mtrack and work flowing commits into a live site
Article originally from rooJSolutions blog Working with outsourced resources can beAfrustratingAat times, In the past I've used various techniques for this, normally it involved outsourcing a large bulk project at a fixed cost, setting down a few rules about code quality, design etc. and letting them get on with it. This works reasonably well, as the mess that get's created is controllable if they have followed the rules.More recently I've been working with outsourced contractors who work on an hourly...

Cal Evans' Blog: Six ways to be a better client for your developer - Point 4

Cal Evans' Blog: Six ways to be a better client for your developer - Point 4
Cal Evans is back with the latest part of his "Be a Better Client" series of posts focusing on how the person asking for the work to be done can interface with those doing the work more effectively. This time his recommendation is about deadlines.Regardless of whether it is a large or small project, don't set one final deadline, set regular milestones. If it' a week-long project, figure out what will be delivered each day and set daily milestones. Larger projects will have them spaced out more but either...

Michelangelo van Dam's Blog: Unit testing after Zend Framework 1.8 webinar

Michelangelo van Dam's Blog: Unit testing after Zend Framework 1.8 webinar
If you weren't able to make it to the "Unit Testing after Zend Framework 1.8" webinar hosted by Michelangelo van Dam, he has some good news for you - Zend has made it available on their website!Just a quick not for those of you who missed my Zend webinar (@WebinarsAtZend) on "Unit Testing after Zend Framwork 1.8" last Wednesday. You can view the whole webinar on the Zend website. I want to thank Zend Technologies, Inc. for giving me the opportunity to present and I wish to express my sincere gratitude to...

Brian Swan's Blog: Using the Zend Framework and the PDO_SQLSRV Driver

Brian Swan's Blog: Using the Zend Framework and the PDO_SQLSRV Driver
Brian Swan has a new tutorial posted to his MSDN blog today looking at how to use the Zend Framework with the PDO_SQLSRV driver to connect your applications to a SQL Server database.A couple of months ago, Rob Allen pointed out in a blog post that no Zend Framework PDO adapter existed for SQL Server. But, he also noted that it would be easy to write one...so he did: https://github.com/akrabat/Akrabat/blob/master/zf1/Akrabat/Db/Adapter/Pdo/Sqlsrv.php. Rob also mentioned that it would be very easy to use...

Zend Developer Zone: Using the Stack Exchange API with PHP (part 2)

Zend Developer Zone: Using the Stack Exchange API with PHP (part 2)
The Zend Developer Zone has posted the second part of a series from Vikram Vaswani about using the Stack Exchange API to pull questions and comments users have posted to the site. In this second part of the series he shows how to get more information about those users and their activities.The thing to remember about questions, answers and comments, though, is that they don't exist in a vacuum. They're created by users, and it's the users that make the site tick. That's why the Stack Exchange API includes...

Smashing Magazine: Cleaning Up The Mess: How To Keep Your Coding Workflow Organized

Smashing Magazine: Cleaning Up The Mess: How To Keep Your Coding Workflow Organized
On the Smashing Magazine site today Brian Hoyt has some suggestions for you to use to keep your workflow organized when developing your applications (code, file structure, assets, database, etc).Perhaps in the past you've tried to build a more complex, cutting-edge website like [our example], and the project started off with great enthusiasm, but ended up in a nightmarish mess that you couldn't maintain. Your client lost interest when new features started getting too hard to add, and you started having...

Unit testing after Zend Framework 1.8 webinar

Unit testing after Zend Framework 1.8 webinar
Over on his blog, Zend Framework luminary Michaelangelo (@Dragonbe) van Dam wrote a quick post about his recent webinar on Unit Testing After Zend Framework 1.8. Click on in let's talk about this for a minute.

PHPBuilder.com: Use jQuery to Build a Newsletter Subscription Popup with a MySQL/PHP Backend

PHPBuilder.com: Use jQuery to Build a Newsletter Subscription Popup with a MySQL/PHP Backend
On PHPBuilder.com today Jason Gilmore has a new tutorial posted showing how to combine PHP, MySQL and a jQuery interface to create a newsletter subscription popup for your site that doesn't interfere with the flow of the site.More recently, websites have taken a more aggressive approach in terms of inviting visitors to subscribe to a newsletter or consider some other special offer. The approach involves displaying a popup window the very first time a visitor navigates to the website. The visitor has the...

ServerGrove Blog: PHP Community Confernece

ServerGrove Blog: PHP Community Confernece
On the ServerGrove blog today there's a new post talking briefly about one of the latest entries into the PHP conference scene - the PHP Community Confernece - and their involvement.When we first heard about this conference and what it was going to be we knew we wanted to be involved. It's about community, workflow, problem solving and PHP, right up our alley! There is no way we are going to miss this one; this is exactly what was missing in the PHP conference circuit. [...] Let's face it, the stories...

CodeMash 2011 Recap

CodeMash 2011 Recap
Last week I attended and spoke at CodeMash for the first time. For those unaware - and I was until last year - CodeMash is a community run effort that just wrapped its fifth year. Unlike most of the conferences I attend, there wasn't much PHP and instead there was a heavy focus on .Net, Rails, and various functional languages. In fact, the only prominent PHPers in attendance were Elizabeth Naramore, Chris Hartjes, and organizer W. Jason Gilmore. I gave two sessions during the week. The first was...

Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 01.21.2011

Site News: Popular Posts for the Week of 01.21.2011
Popular posts from PHPDeveloper.org for the past week:SixRevisions.com: 10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better PHP Developer Working Software Blog: Parsing the output of PHPs print_r function BinarySludge.com: Redundant and Fault Tolerant PHP Session Storage Webification.com: 20 less known Open Source PHP CMS-es Test.ical.ly Blog: PHP 5.3 and the Symfony2 UniversalClassLoader - Where to load? Ibuildings techPortal: Doing the Heavy Lifting: Gearman and Magento Liip Blog: Why a Project Switched from...

PHP: Transparent load balancing and sharding with mysqlnd

PHP: Transparent load balancing and sharding with mysqlnd
Psst, you want some client-side MySQL load balancing with and without sharding for your PHP application? PHP 5.3 has something to offer for you. It is free. It requires no to very little changes to your applications. It is open source but works with closed source applications as well. ...

SitePoint.com: Be More Asssertive: Getting to Know PHPUnit's Assertions

SitePoint.com: Be More Asssertive: Getting to Know PHPUnit's Assertions
On SitePoint.com today there's a new article, the second in the series, introducing unit testing in PHP with PHPUnit. The first article can be found here. (Disclaimer: I am the author of this series of articles).In my previous article, I took you through some of the basics of unit testing with PHPUnit. I introduced you to what it means to test your code and the real benefits it can for you and your code. This time I want to dive in a little deeper and get to know PHPUnit in a bit more detail.The tutorial...

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