Archive | September, 2006

Zend/PHP Conference and Expo Oct. 2006

Posted on 22 September 2006 by Demian Turner

The Zend/PHP Conference and Expo coming up at the end of October in San Jose, California looks set to be an interesting event. On offer there is an abundance of expertise with many familiar (and some new) PHP speakers spread over 4 days of sessions and tutorials.

Zend has also invited some serious industry figures to share their insights on creating modern web apps, running high volume PHP sites and to discuss democratization on the web. The press release says it best:

CUPERTINO, Calif–Sept. 6, 2006–Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced that Chris Anderson, author of "The Long Tail" and editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, will keynote the second annual Zend/PHP Conference and Expo October 30-November 2, 2006. He will discuss how the theories in his groundbreaking article (and now book) apply to software development and to the growth of PHP in particular. Also keynoting at this year’s event is Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz, software architect, systems designer and open source strategist. At the conference, r0ml will analyze the evolution of our use of human languages as a source of inspiration for our use of programming languages. Matthew Rechs, CTO of the interactive agency Schematic, is also scheduled to address the conference. As part of his keynote, Rechs will discuss the mobile digital content store of Amp’d Mobile, a case study of one of the largest and most successful PHP deployments in private enterprise.

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PHP Coding Standards – Laying Down the Law

Posted on 20 September 2006 by Demian Turner

There was a fantastic CS helper package released at PEAR this week, PHP_CodeSniffer. The package, which requires PHP5 and is nicely coded, puts a phpcs script in your path so you can pass files or directories to it to get your CS validated.

The results are detailed and processing is surprisingly fast considering how many tokens are being parsed.

[demian@localhost lib]$ phpcs -v SGL.php
Registering sniffs… DONE
Processing SGL.php [2587 tokens in 425 lines]… DONE in < 1 second

Typical CS errors/warnings look like this, I just fixed the errors in this case 😉

PHP_CodeSniffer is a godsend when you’re in the position of having to explain what PHP coding standards are the newbies on average twice/week, and what the difference is between conditional and method bracing, etc, etc.

As we’ve seen ZDE and various other IDEs bundle other PEAR packages with their software like phpDocumentor, I hope this tool too becomes a standard IDE helper in the near future.

Hats off to Squiz for putting PHP_CodeSniffer together.

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Paul Graham Interview

Posted on 03 September 2006 by Demian Turner

Good ol’ Paul Graham:

Of course you have to have a business model eventually. But experience
so far suggests that figuring out how to make money from something
popular is a lot easier than making something popular.

An interesting read in this recent interview.

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