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Seagull Eats its own Birdfood

Posted on 22 August 2005 by Demian Turner

After many delays it has finally been possible to redo the Seagull site using Seagull, so the "eat your own *food" naysayers can find something else to complain about ;-). Things are not totally finished yet, but the idea is to move towards a more structured layout and consolidate backends (SF, wiki, homepage), and to appeal to developers and non-technical users alike.

At the same time I’d like to announce version 0.4.5 has been released and is ready for consumption. It’s been just over a month since the last release and a lot has happened. As well as some important bugfixes:

  • upgraded to latest PEAR libs including the update to problematic XML_RPC package (thanks to Stefan Esser)
  • the longstanding bug associated with db-based sessions has finally been fixed, thanks to Louay Gammo
  • article categorisation and workflow are a bit more intuitive

and some new improvements:

  • FCK updated to latest version
  • almost 200 tests written for front controller URL parsing
  • sorting for Users, Roles and Permissions improved

there has been a lot of work going on in the new feature branches, with the Translation2 integration almost finished, more features and bugfixes to the shopping cart module, and LiveUser integration almost complete.

More details in the changelog.

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Last PHPlondon meetup and Depedency Injection talk

Posted on 11 August 2005 by Demian Turner

I didn’t realise we covered so much territory in last month’s PHPlondon meetup. Thanks to Marc’s gift for total recall there’s a pretty good summary of what was discussed here.

Highlights for me were Marcus Baker’s presentation on Dependency Injection (slides here), discussion of books people had been reading[1], and XP-related development practices.

In other news, we had good progress last night with the PHP conference UK planning meeting, there’ll be a writeup soon but the low-down is it’ll happen probably Feb. 2006 and we should have a site up somewhere inside of two weeks.

[1] books:

"Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design"
Alan Shalloway, James J. Trott
ISBN: 0321247140

"Head First Design Patterns"
Elisabeth Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
ISBN: 0596007124

"PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, Practice "
Matt Zandstra
ISBN: 1590593804
GoodBooks: Yes

"Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture"
Martin Fowler
ISBN: 0321127420
Available for BookExchange by RobertBarbour, AndrewLarssen

"The Pragmatic Programmer"
Andrew Hunt, Davis Thomas
ISBN: 020161622X
GoodBooks: Yes

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