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Lobbying for PHP — emPHPower me.

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Lukas Smith recently posted an article talking about the need for an organization within the PHP community saying:

There are is fundamental concept that I see in this vision:
emPHPower is a mediator and catalyst that empowers members of the community to follow their own ideas

Professional Organizations Matter

I have been a member of a much smaller organization which adopted a similar mission. The reputation and livelihoods of this group had been damaged by years of infighting, bad legislation ...

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PHP Weekly Reader – March 30th 2008

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I have been doing some research on build tools this last week, and was hoping some new articles would crop up that were related so I could accomplish two things at once, write my weekly review and learn about new tools, unfortunately that didn’t happen.


There were a few articles about tools I already use and Getting an overview of all targets accumulated in a Phing build file actually told me something I didn’t know, the best part was ...

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PHP Weekly Reader – March 23th 2008

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I’m a little late with the Weekly Reader, I spent some time with my family on Sunday and a hectic day at work on Monday. Luckily there wasn’t much going on in my reader this last week that just had to be here, so this will be short otherwise it won’t make it out before next weeks review.

Zend again

You really have to admire the way the ZF community keeps up the flow of information about the Zend Framework. Other ...

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PHP Weekly Reader – March 16th 2008

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I spend way too much time reading blogs, surfing PHP and web development articles online. I resolve to cut back but things just sneak back into my reader somehow, and believe me dzone doesn’t help. But I’ve came up with a way to justify all that time, I call it research.

I thought I’d share a bit of this research so every Sunday night you will find a bit of commentary and a lot of links to things ...

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Clever Design meets TDD

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I’ve been working on my own PHP framework for a while now. I use it as a scratch pad to try out new concepts. I recently decided that I wanted to make some architectural changes that I thought were super clever (yes I know super clever is nearly always too clever), things that would save me tons of tedious programming, free my mind from all the mundane details that I detest, maybe make toast. The inspiration was ...

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Thats where the containers are.

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My post awhile back asking about container libraries drew a “you don’t need them so why are you looking?” response. Well at least I know where they are now according to this announcement of new data structures in SPL.

I wish the documentation for the SPL was better, but I look forward to playing around with the new stuff anyways. In fact the documentation still has nothing.

Not sure I needed a whole post for this but I was glad to ...

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PHP – No Container libraries?

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Most compiled languages that I have used have some kind of container implementation, Lists, Maps, Trees, Stacks and all their many variations. PHP has arrays and the SPL.

This post is more of a question than anything else, are there disadvantages that I can’t see to having a standard container library for PHP? One problem that I can see is that containers built in user code will definitely be slower than a native implementation.

Am I ...

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PHP Application Configuration with YAML

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I have always disliked creating configuration data by reading from various formats into global arrays, so I needed to build or borrow a configuration class for my own projects that I could standardize on.

I wanted the following functionality.

  • Use the YAML format
  • Minimize load time by caching configuration data
  • Use object notation instead of array access notation.

I discovered various configuration classes but none of them quite had everything I was looking for so I put together the best code and ideas (for ...

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Too busy to write!

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I have recently been in the fortunate position of having more work than time. I sincerely apologize to my 1.9 unique visitors per week. I have re-evaluated my personal and work time and made hard decisions about what I can realistically accomplish in any one day.

Writing this blog is one thing I dont want to give up nor do I want to leave it in its neglected state. So beginning this week it became an official ...

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When Pligg's Fly – Test flight

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I was recently asked by a friend on a tight budget to help set up a small site similar to digg or some of the other social news and link aggregators. I thought it would be easy to find an open source project or three to choose from and adapt to their needs, but I only found one that was active and stable — Pligg. Since I am going to be working on this mini-project ...

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