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Mayflower Blog:
Software Architecture Decisions - How to do it Wrong the Hard & Easy Way
June 22, 2012 @ 10:55:10

On the MayFlower blog today there's a new post looking at two ways to do software architecture (the easy way and hard way) and some of the traditional practices behind its development.

When it comes to software architecture, stuff gets funny. First we learn everything about it at university. We learn to use it as a part of our main project plan. We learn how to do risk evaluation. [...] Since we didn't have a lot of experience with software back then, the resulting architecture is a badly done, but well documented. This style of software architecture is called "Enterprise Architecture" and usually done by consultants.

They talk about delivering software versus delivering documentation and list some of the actual common reasons software architecture turns out how it does including: "I read about it in a blog", "It worked for me once" and the idea of the "Golden Hammer" of standardized structures.

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Symfony Blog:
Symfony2 Getting easier (Parts 2 & 3)
May 06, 2011 @ 09:34:51

Continuing on from his first Symfony2 is getting easier post, Fabien Potencier has two new posts in the series looking at other aspects of the framework that have improved to make developers' lives easier.

In part 2 he talks about a patch that's been applied to help with errors in the autoloading process and throw an exception if something's' not found.

Part 3 talks about an update to help make the pathing shorter on the Doctrine configuration files and the ability to move it to a centralized mapping file in the app/config.

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DZone.com:
What I Love/Hate About PHP
April 20, 2011 @ 09:05:20

On DZone.com today there's a new post from Eric Hogue talking about the love-hate relationship he has with PHP (as a developer of five years with it).

I have been programming in PHP for 5 years now. I did not choose this language, I had to learn it to work on the code of the company my bosses bought. Since I started, I heard many rants about how bad PHP is. Some where valid, but a lot of them are just blaming the language for bad code written by bad programmers. I am by no mean an expert in programming languages or PHP, but here is my take on the language I use every day.

His "good" section mentions one of the most popular things about the language - its quality of documentation. He also talks about the interactive shell and the community that surrounds the language. In the "bad" category, though, he points out things like the low barrier for entry ("a blessing and a curse"), the changing order of parameters in function calls and that a constructor of a child class doesn't automatically call the parent's constructor.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Book Report Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework
April 18, 2011 @ 12:35:01

On the Zend Developer Zone Cal Evans has written up a "book report" about a new release from Jason Gilmore, "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework". Cal's review covers some of the good, the bad and the "interesting" he found while reading through the book.

Those readers who know me, know that I'll pass on writing a review on a book I don't like. Having written one (and have another in the works), I know the work that goes into even a bad one. So instead of denigrating someone else's work, I'll simply not write the review than write something bad. I said all that to say this, the fact that you see this review means I found enough in this book that I like to review it.

In the "good" section he mentions that the book is for beginners and, because of this, it aims to help them over the large learning curve the framework comes with. In the "bad" section, one of his few comments is that Jason teaches "models" as database interfaces, not more general data source interfaces. He also mentions an "interesting" thing - the fact that Jason wrote up a chapter on using the Doctrine ORM with a Zend Framework app too.

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Chris Hartjes' Blog:
Book Review -- Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework
April 12, 2011 @ 09:21:43

Chris Hartjes has posted a book review of one of the latest books from Jason Gilmore, "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework" (published March 2011)

At 240 pages I wouldn't say this is the type of book that you can really read cover-to-cover at a rapid pace. I think it is more suited as a very long and expanded HOWTO for building an application from scratch. I was also pleased to see that Jason had made the commitment to pushing Test Driven Development by having the reader write tests for the site they were building as they went along.

Chris goes on to talk about the contents of the book and how it uses a project (creating a social networking app called GameNomad) to help squeeze as much about the Zend Framework into your head as possible. In his opinion, the book is a good resource for both beginning and intermediate users of the framework and can potentially be used as more of a reference for different takes on common problems.

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Wade Arnold's Blog:
Scala is easier than PHP
November 18, 2010 @ 11:03:56

According to this new post on his blog Wade Arnold thinks that Scala, the "general purpose programming language designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way", is easier that PHP for handling some of the common web application related issues.

I still believe that PHP is the best language for the web for the majority of programmers; it quite possibly has the best documentation and examples of any language like a DSL for the web! [...] So why is Scala easier?

The first reason he suggests is that Scala, unlike PHP makes it simpler to handle concurrency issues and makes it to where partial functions and mutable/immutable types all play well together. He compares some of the skills a PHP developer might have to have to reproduce the features that Scala comes built in with (a "resume" of 13 lines as compared to one with 5).

It really is a grind to overcome that first 4-6 months but if you need scale I would recommend taking the haul. It will change how you think about problems forever.
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JoomlaBlogger.net:
How to understand Joomla templates in five easy steps
July 23, 2010 @ 12:48:49

On JoomlaBlogger.net there's a recent post that wants to help you understand the Joomla templating system in "five easy steps".

There are very few tutorials on how to build templates. There are two books and a handful of other resources scattered around the web. So, we set out to build the very best template class we could. Here are first five sessions of the class: Joomla templates are not rocket science. You can learn how to build and modify them. We can show you how. Interested?

They break it up into the basic parts:

  • Template setup and templateDetails.xml
  • Index.php
  • CSS/Cascading Style Sheets
  • Images
  • Security
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Court Ewing's Blog:
The Best Models are Easy Models
May 10, 2010 @ 15:51:57

In a recent post to his blog Court Ewing talks about what he sees as one of the most important parts of any framework-based application - good, easy models that are simple to use and well structured.

By treating your models as nothing more than a place to dump your data, you are doing yourself and your application a severe disservice; your business logic is going to be scattered throughout the rest of your application, and you will have a progressively more difficult time as you try to maintain and build upon your existing system. Do not fall into the anemic model trap.

He gives examples of good models (based on how Doctrine 2 handles them) to work with the data for a sample blogging application. His main "Article" model pulls from an abstract one to help define some relationships and magic methods to handle class properties in a protected and private way, depending on the context. He finishes the post with an example of how to use these new model classes to interact with his blog data.

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SitePoint PHP Blog:
How to Make WordPress Easier for Clients, Part 1 Custom Branding
April 15, 2010 @ 11:10:22

SitePoint.com has started a new series of posts today looking at how to make WordPress easier for clients to use and be happier with overall. Craig Buckler looks at things that can help your clients think simpler and easier.

In this series of articles we'll implement several options to make WordPress easier for your clients. You can probably find plugins to achieve the same thing, but this code is easy, flexible, and won't need to be updated (unless you want to make updates yourself).

He talks about how to manually do two things to make the clients' lives simpler - change the logo to something more company-related and remove the update notification from the admin panel so they don't get confused as to what the update means.

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Community News:
Book Release "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework" (W. Jason Gilmore)
May 12, 2009 @ 07:53:57

Federico Cargnelutti mentions in his latest blog entry, a new Zend Framework book has been published (from W. Jason Gilmore) called "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework".

This book embraces a teaching strategy of learning by doing, showing you how to build website features you'll actually want to use within your own websites. Among other things you'll learn how to manage data submitted through web forms, send unformatted and HTML e-mails through your website, manage user registrations, logins, and recover forgotten passwords, and even create the structure for a simple social network.

You can find out more about the book, including where to order a copy, on its website. The PDF version costs only $22 USD and if you want a print version, that'll be $32 USD (for U.S. order only). You can read some of Jason's own thoughts on the release in this blog entry.

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