Archive | January, 2002

PHP: Hackers Paradise

Posted on 16 January 2002 by Demian Turner

I read the above article some time ago, and like many others, was very impressed with the vast amount of useful PHP-related info contained therein.

Since then, I’ve noticed links to PHP: Hackers Paradise all over the place, so it struck me this might very well be considered essential reading for PHP developers everywhere. So give it a read, and enjoy.

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Babylon buster

Posted on 09 January 2002 by Demian Turner

While not exactly PHP-related news, I wish someone had told me about this all-embracing messaging client earlier. Trillian really does solve the problem of having friends on AOL, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ … each one of course refusing to switch to the one you use. At first I discovered Omni, the competition, but on my Windows 2000 machine this crashed so often as to be unusable. Also, for some reason, it couldn’t handle Yahoo. Give Trillian a try, save yourself a few gray hairs.

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Yahoo! uses MySQL with 40 M record tables

Posted on 09 January 2002 by Demian Turner

Yahoo!’s financial division, Yahoo! Finance, uses the MySQL database server ( to power several features of the popular online financial service, including the news headlines (aggregated from over 100 sources worldwide), stock charting, historical stock price downloads, earnings data, conference call announcements, and insider trading data, among others. more

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The Elegance of Simplicity

Posted on 01 January 2002 by Demian Turner

The following few paragraphs from an article in ZDnet I thought were quite interesting:

Consider the theories of David Keys, an archaeology correspondent for the London daily, The Independent. To demonstrate the inherent weaknesses that lie within a structure with too many internal interdependencies, he chronicled a turbulent period within the middle of the first millennium, in which a series of climatic calamities and pandemics brought down every major established civilization within a century’s time. The era’s most modern societies had become too complex to adjust to the changes around them. Yet, their less sophisticated rivals thrived. Simplicity dramatically won out over complexity in a high stakes battle for survival.

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