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A Look Back at 2008
January 01, 2009 @ 07:51:42

2008 was a great year for the PHP community - lots of growth, enhancements and improvements have lead us to where we are today. The language is stronger than ever and attracting more developers than it ever has. Let's take a look at just some of the things that made 2008 what it was:

  • Plenty of criticism and comparisons of PHP
  • The rise in popularity of the elePHPants
  • Growth in the PHP Women group (like the article contest and their 2nd brithday)
  • 2008 - the Year of the Framework
  • PEAR Bug Traige event
  • Zend Framework's Dojo and AMF integration
  • A growing emphasis on unit testing and debugging
  • The last release in the PHP 4 series
  • Ibuildings launches their Center for Expertise (and Cal Evans is appointed Director)
  • Several major companies - like Microsoft and Adobe - show more interest in the PHP community
  • Lukas Smith launched his emPHPower iniative
  • php|architect launched their C7Y community website
  • this site made the move to the Solar Framework
  • PHPers participated once again in Google's Summer of Code
  • PEAR elctions were held
  • The Great Namespace Debate of 2008
  • Plenty of podcasts were released - PHP Abstract and the P3 Podcast
  • php|architect got a major overhaul of the site, the magazine and the structure of the company
  • Zend launched a new certification - Zend Framework Certified Engineer
  • Zend buyout rumors (no, it didn't happen)
  • the elePHPant World Tour
  • Continuing development on PHP 5.3

Conferences

  • CakeFest
  • PHP Brasil
  • PHP London
  • Dutch PHP Conference
  • Zend/PHP Conference & Expo
  • php|tek
  • php|works/PyWorks
  • PHP Quebec
  • PHP Appalachia
  • FrOSCon
  • International PHP Conference
  • PHP Camp
  • OpenExpo
  • PHP North West
  • SymfonyCamp
  • PHP Barcelona
  • PHP Security Camp

Our own job postings

  • Included companies like: CNet Networks, Ibuildings, Ning, InvestorGuide.com, Yahoo! and Schematic
  • In places like: Paris, UK, Nashville, Barcelona, New York, Zurich, Dallas and Chicago
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