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 the link it provided to this site — Build Doctor. There is a lot of good information on build doctor even if little of it is directly PHP related. Other than that the only tool related articles I found this week were for a new release of PHPUnit and phpUnderControl. There was also an announcement by Travis Swicegood that he will be writing a book on Git. I doubt I’ll ever master SVN much less move on to something new any time soon but if I do I’ll pick up a copy of this git book when it comes out.
Interview with Andi Gutmans
I’m not anti-Microsoft, I use their products and I like them, I am one of the few PHP developers I know who doesn’t bash windows, I like a lot of things Microsoft produces but I can’t put my finger on what made me uneasy about Microsoft and PHP in this interview with Andi Gutmans, just a gut feeling I guess. It seems people would learn that Microsoft is a public company and their only concern is profit and growth for their shareholders, feel good overtures to the open source community are only meaningful in the context of profit for Microsoft. Thinking it means open as in we want to work together for mutual good is a mistake.
I am really excited about this release, it means I get to play with my pet framework to implement some things that rely on features I’ve been waiting for, but the best news was this –PHP 5.3: Up to 30% performance win
Annoying site(s) of the week
Is it just me or is this an annoying pile of #@!@$^#? I keep seeing articles from this site pop up on dzone. It actually claims to be good for beginners. It may inspire me to actually build something useful as an alternative, it really bothers me that much. This site is a little better but still this article just doesn’t do the topic justice, its no wonder PHP gets such a bad rep when so many “beginner” and “tutorial” sites pass off their advice as best practices.
Has anybody read Mobile Web Development yet? I think I’m going to pick it up, I am working on a project that mobile support is a big part of so I can justify yet another book. I might pick up Jeff Atwoods recommendation Revisiting The Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering while I’m at it.
The Google Summer of Code application deadline is here. I wonder what project will get some love. I understand that Google has their own motivations for sponsoring these students, but I think a foundation offering grants to experience developers who aren’t necessarily students would make so much more of an impact.
A Disappointing Week
This week was not really all that exciting as far as my feedreader goes, I don’t think there was one article with code that I felt the need to pass along, thats sad. I think everybody has spring fever, I know I do.
Come on Bloggers give me something to read besides the above mentioned annoying sites of the week. I need some good articles on PHP tools, particularly build automation and testing.
Edit: Lukas pointed out that I maybe my feedreader had somehow missed his article emPHPower, actually I hadn’t missed it and it should definitely be on everybodys reading list. I did forget to mention it because I had been thinking of adding my own two cents in another post.