PHP Weekly Reader – April 20th 2008

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Judging by the number PHP of articles last week, spring is here. I can understand that since I find it extremely hard to focus on the computer screen when the weather is so beautiful, It almost hurt to write this article :) . I try to enjoy the spring while it lasts until the heat of summer arrives to drive me back inside, most summer days here will be over 100F well into the fall.


This seems to be a reoccurring theme lately — PHP and Respect. Its frustrating to read things that are not true written by people without real first hand knowledge and experience with the language. However, the reality is that good code is written by knowledgeable and skilled PHP developers and most impressively actually used on production sites the world over, To me you have earned respect when the code you write gets used by millions of users every day. Beautiful elegant solutions that never make it off of a development server and into the wild just don’t matter. Fortunately I am entertained by mine is better than yours posts like this Why Ruby is better than Symfony just because they often get so many things wrong, and the response Response to Andy Jeffries why ruby is better than symfony.

How to

There were a lot of code snippets and how-to do its in my feed reader this last week. They aren’t always the most authoritative or cutting edge examples but I am always surprised by the uses people can come up with for PHP and all the various web API’s out there that are underused, and every once in a while you find a gem.


I use phing for automating my build process so I was very interested in these two articles. PHPUnit test and Code Coverage Statistics with phing and Simple Database migrations with phing and dbdeploy.

Zend Stuff

Compared to other frameworks there are way way more articles written on the Zend Framework, Since I don’t use it I usually just skim over them. So for now I won’t be writing much about Zend Framework specific articles. I will however post the links for those that do


Davey Shafik announced a new book on php streams due out in Q3 2008. Thats a topic I never thought there might be a book for. Ivo Jansch has a review for those interested in php|a’s Guide to Programming with Zend Framework.

Oh and one more. I missed this one and had to stick it in here after I had finished the post for the week Review: PHP5: Your visual blueprint for creating open source, server-side content.

Neat Stuff

I haven’t installed this yet but I’m going to later on today.. its a pretty neat idea Google Toolbar button for PHP Reference, it lets you highlight text on a web page and search for that text on Oh yeah and this, everybody has probably already seen the SEO Wrapper but I just had to watch it again. How do people find the time?


Congratulations are due to on reaching 10K posts. It as one of the first resources I discovered when first starting with PHP.

Brian Moon just realized that phorum turned 10 last week. What is that about a billion years in internet time?


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  1. Fabian  April 24, 2008

    just want to clarify that I did not intend to to the mine is better than yours discussion. I wanted, exactly as you described just to add some more first hand information to correct false facts. I was not responding to his opinion.
    But anyway good that you enjoyed reading it :-)

  2. Doug Hill  April 24, 2008

    You were definitely patient in correcting the misconceptions of the original author. The word response in the title of the article does imply "response" though :). I should have left the word conversation out.. I think I'll go edit it now.


  3. ryan  April 25, 2008

    Hey man, thanks for the linkage.
    Not sure whether you were agreeing with what I said or disagreeing. Sounds like we're on the same page, so I would assume you're not disagreeing, but if you are, I'm curious to hear your thoughts…

  4. Doug Hill  April 25, 2008

    I completely agree :). It took me a long time to figure out that not all people / software developers are curious enough to form their own opinions, although I truly thought that was a prerequisite for success it isn't. Anyways most people believe whatever their community promotes as truth, it doesn't matter what the real evidence is. Nothing will change that for 90% of them.

    The nice thing about the PHP community is that there seems to be less ego involved on the whole.

  5. Yvonne Garrett  April 30, 2008

    Brilliant as usual baby….Have I told you lately how much I love reading what you write….I do…I really do.


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