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Amazon Web Services Blog:
End of Life of PEAR Channel
August 20, 2014 @ 11:14:18

If you're a user of the Amazon AWS Web Services SDK software and are using the PEAR channel for installing the tool, you'll need to check out this new post to the AWS blog about its retirement.

There's been a noticeable wave of popular PHP projects recently announcing that they will no longer support PEAR as an installation method. Because the AWS SDK for PHP provides a PEAR channel, we've been very interested in the discussion in the community on PEAR channel support. PEAR has been one of the many ways to install the AWS SDK for PHP since 2010. While it's served us well, better alternatives for installing PHP packages are now available (i.e., Composer) and literally all of the PEAR dependencies of the AWS SDK for PHP are no longer providing updates to their PEAR channels.

He goes through several of the major dependencies the AWS SDK has (like Phirum, PHPUnit and Guzzle) and how they've announced the retirement of their own PEAR channels. Updates to the AWS SDK PEAR channel will cease on September 15th, 2014 but will still be available for downloads of older versions of the library. He also links to the location of the latest Phar and Zip archives if you'd like to use those.

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Link: http://blogs.aws.amazon.com/php/post/TxFFMBZ80DA1OJ/End-of-Life-of-PEAR-Channel

Symfony Blog:
Symfony Live London 2012 The videos are now online on the SensioLabs' YouTube channel
November 07, 2012 @ 11:32:27

On the Symfony blog there's a quick post noting that the videos for this year's Symfony Live London (2012) event have been posted on their YouTube channel.

Last month, we were pleased to publish all the videos from this year's edition of Symfony Live conferences in Paris and in San Francisco. During the first week following their publication, more than 10,000 views were recorded, that's amazing! And today, we've just added 5 more hours of talks.

There's seven videos in the playlist including talks from Mike van Riel (video), Rowan Merewood (video) and Fabien Potencier himself (video) with a look at what's coming up for Symfony.

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PEAR Blog:
PEAR in July 2011
July 11, 2011 @ 08:51:28

On the PEAR blog there's a new post talking about some of the things coming up in July that you might want to take note of.

There's nothing quite like having your blogging system go MIA for a while to give your community an overwhelming impression that no one is home. Thankfully; despite the radio silence between updates there's quite a lot to talk about!

The updates include mentions of several new PEPr proposals for packages related to Mercurial support, Twitter and holiday date validation. There's also a mention of the large amount of PEAR channels that are popping up and the future of PEAR in PHP 5.3+ with Pyrus.

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Symfony Blog:
Symfony2 PEAR Channel
June 27, 2011 @ 14:16:20

Fabien Potencier has a new post to the Symfony blog today - an announcement about the setup of a PEAR channel to make it easier to grab the various Symfony components individually.

One of the strengths of Symfony2 lies in its components; they define the building blocks of the framework and they can be used as standalone libraries. [...] The Symfony2 components have been available on Git for quite some time now, and as of today, I'm really excited to announce that they are also installable via the brand new Symfony2 PEAR channel, powered by Pirum of course.

Packages included in the list installable on the PEAR channel include:

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Stuart Herbert's Blog:
Last Call For Requirements For A PEAR Channel Aggregator
April 27, 2011 @ 09:10:51

If you're still interested in contributing your ideas and feature requests for a PEAR channel aggregator, Stuart Herbert wants to know (last call before the development starts).

There's already been a sizeable response so far, but if you haven't had your say yet, please head on over and leave a comment soon. I'll write up a summary of the suggested requirements on Monday.

The idea behind the aggregator is to provide a single place for developers to look (besides the PEAR site, of course) for PEAR packages they might find useful. The key here is that the aggregator would be bringing together the independent channels out there and making them simpler to find. Feature suggestions so far include: showing where the library lives (like github or bitbucket), creating a proxy channel for a "single install" location and customized lists of a user's "in use" and "tracked" packages.

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Padraic Brady's Blog:
Wishing For A PEAR Channel Aggregator? Yes, Please!
April 13, 2011 @ 12:56:23

In his latest post Padraic Brady talks about an effort that's been put out there (by Stuart Herbert) to come up with a PEAR channel aggregator - something he fully supports.

Since we seem to like blaming the PEAR Group, and getting that ball kicked back to us, it's time we did something useful. We've spent too much time ignoring PEAR as we grew apart from it with our frameworks, standalone libraries and custom plugin architectures. We're making life harder for ourselves in doing so. Stuart Herbert has posted a short article to gather requirements for a Pear Channel Aggregator. I strongly suggest that interested PHP programmers drop by and add a comment with some suggestions/feedback.

Stuart's suggestion has already gathered some good comments and suggestions from all around the community including some mentions of efforts from the Symfony project to do something similar.

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Mike Lively's Blog:
Pear Channel set up for Phake
December 31, 2010 @ 13:30:42

Mike Lively has a new post about a PEAR channel he's set up for his Phake mocking tool on his digitalsandwich.com domain.

For those that may not have caught my first post on the subject, Phake is a mock framework that I announced a couple of days ago in Introducing Phake Mocking Framework. It was recommended in the comments that I get it on a pear channel somewhere, which is something I have wanted to do but hadn't had a reason to do until this week. Well, now there is an official Digital Sandwich Pear Channel that is hosting Phake.

Discover the channel with the PEAR installer and run the install with the path provided. He notes that the release is alpha because of the lack of documentation but, despite this, the API is stable. Also, you'll need to be using PHP 5.2+ to use the tool.

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PEAR Blog:
PEAR in March 2010
March 22, 2010 @ 10:07:09

On the PEAR blog there's a recent post looking at the month of March so far and some of the PEAR-related happenings that have already popped up.

After a quiet holiday season, the PEAR community has started rumbling again. [...] If this level of activity is anything to judge by, the future of PEAR looks bright for 2010!

Updates this month include a mention of the PEAR project on digg.com, the release of several new package versions for things like Facebook and the Mail package. They've also set up a continuous integration environment to help make the maintenance and testing of the code in the new releases simpler. There's also mentions of Phirum and PEARFarm and how they're lowering the barrier for PEAR installation everywhere.

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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Introducing pearhub
January 08, 2010 @ 09:11:20

In this new post to the SitePoint PHP blog Troels Knak-Nielsen looking at a new PHP-centric service for creating a resource like the Ruby on Rails "gems" but for PHP software - pearhub.org.

I think services like these are an important reason why gems are so popular amongst Ruby developers, and I figured that PHP really needs something similar. So over the Christmas, I have been brewing on a service, which is now stable enough that I'll make it available to the community at large. pearhub.org provides a place where you can register a project, that is hosted on Github, Google code or similar (Currently only git and subversion is supported). The service will generate a PEAR package and put it on a PEAR channel.

PEAR channels have been difficult to set up in the past but the pearhub.org service makes it simple and you get the added benefit of being able to use the PEAR installer application to do installations and upgrades. You can find out more about the service on their FAQ.

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Fabien Potencier's Blog:
Pirum, the Simple PEAR Channel Server Manager
November 30, 2009 @ 08:17:16

Fabien Potencier has written up a post detailing a PEAR channel server manager he's developed, Pirum.

Pirum lets you setup PEAR channel servers in a matter of minutes. Pirum is best suited when you want to create small PEAR channels for a few packages written by a few developers. Pirum consists of just one file, a command line tool, written in PHP. There is no external dependencies, no not need for a database, no need to setup credentials, and nothing need to be installed or configured.

All you need to do to get the tool is download the pirum file and go. It includes features like per-channel HTML pages and Atmos feed release tracking along with several other standard PEAR channel features.

There's already been one project that's made the swtich - PHP_Depend.

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