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Reddit.com:
PHP devs -What are your 'must have' tools and apps?
June 23, 2014 @ 12:54:45

If you're a PHP developer and are looking for some new tools to "up your game" and improve your development life, check out this new post to /r/php on Reddit.com. Developers of all kinds have shared tools they've found useful in their own development (and maybe you can too).

In other words, what tools make your development life easier and why? Can be anything from database design to FTP clients to workflow planners. Which tools can you just not live without?

Among the many tools on the list are things like:

  • PHP CodeSniffer
  • PHPUnit
  • IDEs like PHPStorm, Netbeans and editors like Sublime Text
  • Git
  • Composer
  • Vagrant/VirtualBox
  • Xdebug
  • Redis
  • Behat

Check out the full post for the complete (and growing) list.

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/28r11n/php_devs_what_are_your_must_have_tools_and_apps/

Nomad PHP July 2013:
Corey Ballou - Creating Realtime Applications with PHP and Websockets
July 04, 2013 @ 13:19:26

The Nomad PHP virtual user group has announce the latest meeting - this time it's Corey Ballou presenting about realtime applications and WebSockets in July.

We'll start out with a brief introduction to WebSockets to get everyone up to speed before jumping in to high level scaffolding code of the frontend and backend implemetations (the spec). Once the groundwork has been laid, I'll introduce you to a both client and server side tools for implementing WebSockets directly in your PHP code. From here, we'll jump into multiple interactive demos of increasing complexity utilizing the open source Ratchet library. I'll walk through the source code of the first two intro demos to give you a better sense of how to structure your own WebSockets applications

If time allows, I'll run through a complex demo where I introduced WebSockets to an existing CRUD todo application. The last demo is not for the faint of heart. By the end of the presentation, you'll walk away with access to a github repository containing all of the presentation slides and demos ready to run yourself!

You can pick up your tickets for this meeting (happening July 25th) directly from the Nomad PHP site.

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Link: http://nomadphp.com/2013/06/06/july-2013/

Brandon Savage's Blog:
Book Review The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable Applications
April 18, 2012 @ 10:53:45

On his blog Brandon Savage has a new post reviewing a book from Chris Hartjes, "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable Applications".

When most developers think about books on testing, they think about books that highlight things like "test driven development" or "how to build a test for X." [...] This is not true of Chris Hartjes' book, "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable PHP Applications". When I asked Chris if I could review his book, I expected a step-by-step guide to writing tests. What I got was a step-by-step guide to building an application that COULD be tested. There's a big difference, and it's important to understand the distinction.

He points out that the book provides more about good application structure than who to write the tests for it. It provides a guide to creating modular applications that can be easily pulled apart and tested as well as some practical examples. He also includes a few "wise words" quoted from the book including: "if it's not yours, wrap it up" and "testing is good; testable applications are better."

You can pick up your own copy of the book fron its page on the Leanpub site.

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Job Posting:
Cambridge Technology Enterprises Seeks PHP Web Applications Developer (Ramsey, NJ)
July 21, 2009 @ 15:55:45

Company Cambridge Technology Enterprises
Location Ramsey, NJ
Title PHP Web Applications Developer
Summary

This is a permanent opportunity with the client and the client does not pay for relocation.

Salary is competitve based on experience with benefits.

PHP Web Applications Developer

  • Demonstrable expertise in developing PHP5-based database-driven applications.
  • Ability to hand-code HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
  • Willingness to work with heterogeneous systems, including IBM System i (iSeries / i5 / AS/400) server and DB2 .
  • Willingness to work at our offices in Ramsey, NJ (relocation not budgeted).

    The following attributes are plusses:

    • Proficiency with MVC frameworks, especially Zend Framework.
    • Proficiency with Dojo (JavaScript library) and AJAX.
    • OO Skills (Object-oriented development).
    • Degree in Computer Science or Information technology.
    • Good interpersonal skills to collaborate with team members, clients and users.
    • Ability to configure AMP (Apache, MySql, and PHP).
    • Exposure to the IBM System i (iSeries / AS/400) server and DB2.
    • Experience with PHP-based content management systems (Joomla, Drupal, etc.).
    • The ability to work on several projects simultaneously.

    Please respond with below stated details in order to expedite the process of submission of your candidature to our client.

    Updated Resume
    Current location
    Availability status
    Contact number

    Contact Nathan Subramanian for more information or to submit your information: nsubramanian@ctepl.com

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    Mike Potter's Blog:
    Adobe Gold Sponsor of Zend / PHP Conference
    September 13, 2006 @ 14:29:26

    Mike Potter is happy to announce that Adobe is officially a "Gold Sponsor" of the upcoming Zend/PHP Conference & Expo as well as a mention of his involvement at the conference.

    I'm happy to announce that Adobe will be sponsoring the Zend / PHP Conference and Expo in San Jose in late October. I have a speaking session there on Rich Internet Applications, and we'll have a booth where we'll be showing off integrating PHP, using open source tools such as AMFPHP or WebORB from the Midnight Coders.

    He also reminds potential conference-goers that the Early Bird discount is still in effect (until September 15th - just two more days!) to get the dicsounted price. Head over and register today!

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    Zend Developer Zone:
    QEDWiki, IBM, and
    July 17, 2006 @ 18:05:55

    On the Zend Developer Zone, Cal Evans got a chance to site down and talk with Dan Gisolfi, a "Certified IBM Executive IT Architect" and talk about IBM the company, PHP, the Zend Framrwork, and the latest offering from IBM - QEDWiki.

    When people mention IBM, the most common mental picture is huge corporate IT. (that and Avery Books starring back at me from my TV demanding to know where the flying cars are) Their reputation for large IT projects borders on legendary. So prevalent is this mental picture that many people lose sight of the fact that IBM has been quietly innovating for the past 20 years.

    I was recently blessed with the opportunity to slip below the blue veneer. It was far from the corporate cube farm mentality I expected. What I found was interesting, it was fresh; yes, I'll say it, it was innovative.

    They talk mostly about the QEDWiki technology - an interface to web applications (which can use PHP) to be a "mashup enabler" for developers. They cover what it is and how it'll help the web in general, and include a mention of IBM's demo site for the project (for a fictional hardware store).

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    Andi Gutmans' Blog:
    PHP 5 Adoption has Tipped!
    July 17, 2006 @ 05:45:19

    According to this new post on Andi Gutmans' blog today, the adoption of PHP versions seems to be tipping in favor of PHP5.

    PHP 5 was released in July 2004. Since its release two years ago, there has been a lot of talk about its adoption rate and whether it will surpass the PHP 4 installed base. No doubt that it will still take some time for PHP 5 to reach PHP 4's existing installed base. The main reason for this are the numerous PHP 4-based applications that were built over the years, and if it's not broken, don't fix it.

    He includes a graph showing the adoption of both PHP4 and PHP5 versions, noting a large increase from the release of the 5.1 version of PHP.

    Although I knew many were waiting for PHP 5.1 before upgrading, its release in last November seems to have created a huge increase in PHP 5 adoption. In July over 74% of support tickets were by customers using PHP 5 (and remember we do support both versions).
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    Zend Developer Zone:
    PHP and IBM Goodness
    July 11, 2006 @ 06:02:40

    The Zend Developer Zone has gone IBM crazy with three different posts concerning the blending of the PHP language with the i5/OS platform - specifically the use of DB2, a free book that's been published, and a real code example to get you started.

    First off, the book - "Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers". Cal talks about its contents, including a brief description and a listing of te chapters. Topics covered include the installation and configuration, wokring with DB2/Informix, and an introduction to Service Data Objects for PHP.

    Next up is Cal's announcement of the official melding of DB2 and PHP on the i5/OS platform. He points to a tutorial ("Use PHP scripts to access DB2 UDB for iSeries data with Zend Core for i5/OS") for an example of these connections.

    Finally, Cal wraps it all up with another example from the Zend site that "illustrates features and functions using the db2 extensions in the Zend Core for i5/OS PHP engine".

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    PHPClasses.org:
    Book Review - Smarty PHP Template Programming and Applications
    June 20, 2006 @ 06:41:14

    Manuel Lemos has posted a new book review of one of the latest offerings from Packt Publishing, "Smarty PHP Template Programming and Applications".

    PHP template engines have always been an hot topic. I guess it is accurate to say there are hundreds of PHP classes and scripts that implement template engines. Smarty is by far the most popular PHP template engine. I suppose it is fair to say that the history of PHP template engine can be split in "before Smarty" and "after Smarty".

    This book was written having in mind two types of audience: the Web page designers and the Web application programmers. After a couple of introductory chapters, there are several chapters written for Web page designers followed by several chapters more for Web application programmers.

    He goes on to describe the structure of the book, how it compares Smarty to other templating systems, an introduction to using Smarty, and a few chapters diving more into the topic in depth. Overall, his comments are positive, and he definitely recommends the book to anyone looking to get into this popular templating system.

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    php|architect:
    Rich Internet Applications With PHP and Flex (Part 2)
    June 01, 2006 @ 06:22:32

    From php|architect's ART article repository today, there's part two in the series following the creation of "rich internet applications" with PHP and that ever-helpful Adobe product line, their Flex products. This time, they look at how the the AMFPHP (flash remoting for PHP) library can make the connection even easier.

    They start with links to the downloads for AMFPHP, and mention to "just follow the instructions" to get it set up. They provide a "create database" string to feed into MySQL before getting into the actual code for the application. The functionality grabs the list of users from the database table and stores it where the Flex interface can get to it.

    The next step - generating the interface - is a simple one. They provide the code to cut and paste in to display all of the information the previous script had pulled out (in a datagrid).

    Finally, they pull it all together, using the AMFPHP library to bridge the gap between the PHP script and the Flex interface, pushing the data into the Flex application.

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