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Happy 4th July
July 04, 2006 @ 11:15:15

To all our American readers out there, whether you're really celebrating your independence, or just enjoying the day off work with a chance to play with pyrotechnics (like myself!), all of us here at PHPDeveloper.org wish you a Happy and Safe 4th of July.

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Atlanta PHP Users Group:
May Meeting Location Update
May 01, 2006 @ 07:41:51

The Atlanta PHP User Group has posted an update to the information for their May meeting - they've found a place to have it, temporary though it may be.

We have an interim meeting place for the May meeting! Kevin Roberts has secured a room at the Consulate General of Canada in Midtown at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets. Click here for directions. Again, this is only an interim meeting place. I am still trying to secure a more permanent location.

This month's meeting will be a discussion of the Zend Framework - taking it for a test-drive, mentioning its current state/direction it's going, and showing quickly how to use it all (a code tutorial).

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Zend Developer Zone:
PHP Gains in the TIOBE Programming Community Index, & takes 2nd in the JIPLFOG
April 06, 2006 @ 14:25:18

Back in 2004, PHP was named number one language of 2004. Since then, it's hovered in the top ten, maintaining its popularity and ranking, including a move up from 5th place to 4th (as mentioned on the Zend Developer Zone).

The TIOBE Programming Community Index has been updated for April 2006 showing their view on the status of programming languages in the development community. PHP moves up a spot from 5th to 4th. The long-in-the-tooth C fades back a bit relinquishing 1st place to Java, while C++ gains on its brethren with PHP biting on its heels (a margin of 0.02 between their percentages). PHP has a higher climb rate so expect another big move in the coming year.

For those that are wondering "why should I care?" about this random index? The post mentions how they come up with their numbers. It's mainly a popularity contest, but it's useful for seeing which way the public sways. The post also mentions thatm while it's one way to check the popularity, slightly altering the search parameters can give dramatically different results.

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