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Jonathan Street's Blog:
Lightning Fast Sites & Better Benchmarks
September 25, 2007 @ 12:56:00

Jonathan Street has a few tips for developers out there looking to speed things up on their site - seven tips towards "lightning fast sites".

I was recently creating a small tool in PHP and found myself hitting the max execution time and getting a fatal error. As it was only for my personal use I just bumped up the max execution time but it made me stop and think about how I could improve the speed of those scripts I do put up for public use. Most people aren't going to wait for 60 seconds for a page to load. Naturally I hit the internet looking for tips.

The tips he came across (each including the simple benchmarks to show the differences) were:

  • sizeof vs count
  • is_int vs is_integer
  • chop vs rtrim
  • doubleval vs floatval
  • fwrite vs fputs
  • implode vs join
  • ini_alter vs ini_set

Be sure to also check out his follow up post talking about building better benchmarks to test the sorts of tips he's given above.

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Community News:
PHP Appalachia Conference Schedule Posted
September 25, 2006 @ 07:24:56

Elizabeth Naramore has been kind enough to let us know that the schedule for this year's PHP Appalachia conference has been posted over on their site.

The schedule includes plenty of relaxing time spent camping, hiking and even a few PHP-related discussions thrown in, just for something different. Two official speakers are giving their talks first thing on Day Two and Day Three:

  • Ben Ramsey on REST
  • Chris Spruck on Regex
There will also be some Lightning Talks for those interested during Day Two. Check out the full schedule for everyhting happening in this great three day event.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Sometimes It's Not the Post, It's the Conversation.
August 14, 2006 @ 07:32:17

On the Zend Developer Zone today, Cal Evans looks back some more at his experiences at this year's OSCON and mentions his personal favorite session attended while there - the PHP Lightning talks.

The absolute best session I attended at OSCON 2006 was the "PHP Lightening Talks". Some of the presentations were interesting, others were hilarious. Theo Schlossnagle's Why PHP Sucks was both. Theo is a facilitating to sit and listen to, as you'll soon see when I post my interview with him. He's also quite funny when he wants to be. His presentation was interesting. It was part tongue-in-cheek and part dead serious but Theo left it to you to decide which was which.

He also points out another post about the talk from Chris Shiflett where a rather large discussion started about the contents of Theo's slides. And Cal hits the nail on the head:

The talk was good, don't get me wrong, but the conversation it inspired is much more interesting.
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Christopher Jones' Blog:
OSCON, PHP 5.2 Windows Installer, and Testing
August 04, 2006 @ 06:01:12

Christopher Jones has posted his wrapup of this year's OSCON over on his Oracle blog today, mentioning specifically the PHP 5.2 Windows installer and some of the mentions of testing happening at the conference.

OSCON is a busy conference. I met some sharp minds. I missed catching up with others. In my spare time, I'm testing the PHP 5.2 Windows installer that John Mertic is writing. At the moment John is working hard on getting the installer neat and reliable.

He notes that testing applications, once something a bit more buried in the development process, had three different mentions at this year's conference, at the PHP Lightning Talks.

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Chris Shiflett's Blog:
Six Reasons PHP Sucks
August 04, 2006 @ 05:52:40

Chris Shiflett mentions in this new post today Theo Schlossnagle's Lightning Talk from this years OSCON. The topic? "Six Reasons PHP Sucks".

Theo has posted the slides of his PHP lightning talk in PDF format. The topic? Why PHP sucks.

I've never disputed the fact that PHP has problems, but for some reason, everyone who tries to explain why PHP sucks misses most of the actual reasons it does. It's astonishing.

Chris also makes the comment that he doesn't actually give six reasons, but the first three of the ones he gives are solid ("No lexical scoping", "No namespacing", and "World's worst configure system").

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Aaron Wormus' Blog:
What's Wrong with PEAR?
August 04, 2006 @ 05:47:06

In his latest blog post, Aaron Wormus asks the PHP community exactly "what's wrong with PEAR?"

I didn't attend Theo's talk, so the only information that I got was from the blog entries and slides. I realize that this short presentation was humorous, but it still brings up some points that have been nagging at the back of my head for a while now.

The comment in question is part of the Six Reasons PHP Sucks lightning talk.

The comment jokes about the quality of PEAR code. OF course, as Aaron notes, these types of comments aren't anythng new. The real issue at stake is that people don't understand PEAR. To help further the cause behind this (in)famous set of libraries, he's written an article for php|architect to dispell some of the myths.

I would like to dedicate this blog entry to people who think that PEAR does suck, and open up the discussion to what it is exactly that sucks. PEAR has issues, but I truly believe that most of the trash talking that is done is mainly due to the ignorance. So please, if you have issues, whether technical or package specific feel free to vent here.
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Zend Developer Zone:
OSCON Wrapup The Party's Over
July 31, 2006 @ 18:25:04

Wrapping up his, well, wrap-ups of this year's OSCON in Oregon, Cal Evans has this final installment - a look at the final day and the aftermath.

The goddess' of the O'Reilly Conference Team have yelled "cut" the set is struck and everybody has gone home. Speakers are busily reviewing the evaluation forms and tuning their presentations for the next round and the attendees are sorting through the T-Shirts. (Keepers or dust-rags) Let's glance over our shoulder at what was OSCON06.

He points out a link to the Flickr feed of his pictures from the conference - including pictures of his (now infamous) "PHP trading cards" (which he includes links to the Word documents of).

Cal talks about getting to Rasmus and George Schlossnagle's talks about enjoying the "PHP Lightning Talks" quite a bit. There's mention of the conference all, laid out in all of its corporate splendor and his note about a relatively glitch-free conference.

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Zend Developer Zone:
OSCON Day 3 The Party is in Full Swing
July 27, 2006 @ 12:07:35

Cal Evans is back today with his latest "live" recap from the floor of this year's O'Reilly Open Source Convention, this time with the happenings of Day Three.

Wow, how times files when you are having fun. After I finished yesterday's wrap-up, I sat through most of the opening session that included Tim O'Reilly's Radar. It was an interesting parade of up and comers who Tim thought we should know about. Unfortunately, none of them were PHP based so it's really not germane to this post. Before it ended I had to duck out anyhow for an interview with Theo Schlossnagle of OmniTI.

They talked about a wide range of subjects, before Theo had to give a talk. By then, though, the conference hall was opened - including access to the vendors (and their swag). Cal also mentions the Lightning Talks (given by Laura Thomson and Zac Greant) as well as Marcus Borger's "presentation" consisting of asking the audience what they wanted to hear about.

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Laura Thomson's Blog:
OSCON day 1 PHP Lightning Talks Plug
July 24, 2006 @ 11:59:54

Laura Thomson is reporting back over on her blog with the latest from her experiences at this year's OSCON, mentioning today the "Lightening Talks" that she and George Schlossnagle are doing on Wednesday.

On Wednesday George and I are moderating the PHP Lightning talks at OSCON. The Perl ones have been running for years and are a lot of fun.

If you have something PHP related to talk about, please come and talk to us about it. The talks are really short (5 minutes) and minimal preparation is required. If you have never given a conference talk before, this is a great way to start. Or, if you've given lots of talks but really need to rant about something, this is your opportunity.

If you're there and have a topic you'd like to hear about during the talks, drop them a line at lightningtalks-oscon2006@omniti.com with the topic and a short summary.

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Chris Shiflett's Blog:
PHP Lightning Talks
May 10, 2006 @ 14:49:43

Chris Shiflett has posted some new information about this year's O'Reilly Open Source Conference - this year's Lightning Talks.

If you're attending OSCON this year, be sure to check out the PHP Lightning Talks being hosted by George and Laura.

In the meantime, you can learn all about lightning talks, read some tips on giving lightning talks, or submit a PHP lightning talk proposal of your own to lightningtalks-oscon2006@omniti.com. Proposals are being accepted until 21 Jul 2006.

The talks are collections of 5-minute talks given by the presenters (PHP community) with topics ranging from new ideas to Q&A sessions, even rants. If you'd like to enter your suggestions for a lightning talk of your own, be sure to get them in before July 21st, 2006!

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