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Chris Hartjes' Blog:
"Refactoring Legacy Applications Using CakePHP" is now available!
April 02, 2009 @ 12:04:24

Chris Hartjes has released his book, "Refactoring Legacy Applications Using CakePHP", and has made it available for purchase on its own site.

Can you believe it? My book is done and available for you to purchase. Visit the site for the book for more details. When I started working on this book I did have an idea of how much, you know, WORK it was actually going to be. With some help from a few CakePHP gurus I got all my code tight and working the way it was supposed to. I guess it's only natural that I should be happy with the way things have turned out, but I'm also happy with how my initial concept seems to have played out.

"Refactoring Legacy Applications in CakePHP" is a guide to the real-world application of the framework (revising a site for an internet baseball league) with helpful tips and ticks along the way. You can pick up your own copy of the 61 page book for $10 USD via the "Buy Now" button at the bottom of the book's website.

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Christopher Jones' Blog:
PECL OCI8 1.2.5 Available
May 13, 2008 @ 08:47:56

Christopher Jones has a (very) quick post today about the release of the latest version of the PECL OCI drivers - 1.2.5.

Hang on, weren't we up to OCI8 version 1.3? Well, yes, but that's Beta bordering on Production. In the meantime, I wanted to make the OCI8 bug fixes from PHP 5.2.6 available in a "Production" release and keep PECL OCI8 1.2 in sync with PHP 5.2. The changelog is here.

Updates include bug fixes for cursor leaking, a LOB leak, a problem with collection creation and an update to the compile option for the Instant Client to look for RPMs.

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EdFinkler's Blog:
Determining if a function is *really* available in PHP
March 29, 2007 @ 07:02:14

In this new post to his blog, Ed Finkler talks about some tests he worked up to discover if a function is available in PHP or not while working on the latest version of PHPSecInfo).

is_callable() will return TRUE even if a function has been disabled in php.ini with disabled_functions (which, in my mind, is contrary to what 'is_callable' implies). function_exists() will return FALSE if the function is disabled in php.ini, but will return TRUE if the function is being blocked by safe_mode.

So, to help counter these issues, he checks first to see if the exec('id') option works - checking it work function_exists and the setting for safe_mode (disabled). If it doesn't pass, he moves on to the posix_* function and tests then with a function_exists.

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Aaron Wormus' Blog:
The PEAR Book is out!
October 12, 2006 @ 08:24:00

As he (Aaron Wormus) mentions in this new blog posting, the PEAR book from Packt publsihing has officially been released.

This is a collaboration between Stoyan Stefanov, Stephan Schmidt, Carsten Lucke and me. The original book was conceived way back at IPC2k4 so it's been in the pipeline for a while now.

Aaron talks about the contents of the book too - the different aspects of programming with PEAR with a more "solution-based" perspective (versus just dumping all of the information in your lap and shoving you out the door). He's also created an unofficial community wiki for the book to give things like reviews, comments, and other book-related things a place to live.

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Scott Mattocks' Blog:
Pro PHP-GTK Now Available
April 24, 2006 @ 12:40:51

PHP-GTK users can now rejoice (or even those that want to become PHP-GTK users)! According to Scott Mattocks (the author), the PHP-GTK book is now available.

Pro PHP-GTK is now available. Pro PHP-GTK was written to provide the reader with an understanding of the fundamentals of PHP-GTK. This approach empowers the user with the ability to create applications not by just copying and modifying the examples but by understanding what tools are available to solve a problem and how different pieces of the puzzle work together.

The book goes into the details of parent and child relationships, signals and events, layout, displaying and collecting different types of data and customizing the look and feel of an application.

Scott also includes links to a table of contents [pdf] for the book and a sample chapter for those wanting to try before you buy.

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Blog.php-tools.net:
patError documentation available
March 08, 2006 @ 06:48:27

The PHP Tools Blog has posted an item about the availibility of the documentation for the newest of their packages, patError.

patError has been developed as we needed a simple tool to unify the error management in all our different projects such as patTemplate, patForms or patBBCode. Although we liked the error handling provided by PEAR, we did not want to use it, as we did not want to force our users to use PEAR in combination with our tools.

Still, we adopted several concepts from the PEAR error handling, so most of the uses who already have been familiar with PEAR were able to use patError without the need to learn a lot of new concepts.

The documentation is in wiki form to make for easier maintenance and was created to provide some much needed insight into how this integral class works.

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