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Jonathan Hill:
Video Multi-tasking in PHP (from Atlanta PHP)
December 28, 2012 @ 11:33:15

Jonathan Hill has posted the video of his recent presentation at the Atlanta PHP User Group, "Multi-tasking in PHP".

When it comes to multi-tasking and interacting with the operating system, PHP is no lightweight. In this December 6, 2012 presentation Jonathon Hill (@compwright) explores PHP's little-known POSIX, Process Control, and Semaphore extensions and shows you how to introduce a parallel dimension to your applications.

His presentation covers the use of multi-tasking to accomplish some common tasks in PHP (like batch processing or creating daemons). He talks about multi-processing vs multi-threading, forking, race conditions and semaphores.

You can watch the video of the presentation over on Vimeo and check out the software and links to other resources mentioned in the talk in this link bundle.

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Chris Jones' Blog:
Oracle Resources for PHP
June 16, 2011 @ 12:20:28

On his blog today Chris Jones has posted a long list of resources that the PHP developers using Oracle as a backend could find useful in their development.

He's broken them up into categories to help split things out a bit:

  • Some overall links
  • The OCI8 extension
  • Databases like Oracle Express Edition, MySQL, Oracle Berkley DB
  • the NetBeans IDE
  • Oracle Linux and Tuxedo
  • Oracle Instant Client

Several of the descriptions also come with their own "Install Now" links to help you get started using them quickly. There's lots of tutorial links peppered through out the post too.

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PHPro.org:
Tutorial - Reciprocal Links
October 28, 2008 @ 12:52:19

Kevin Waterson has posted a new tutorial to the PHPro.org website today stepping you through the automation of handing reciprocal links.

This tutorial looks at the process of reciprocal links. That is, links generated from websites that have links to your own page. These links back to a page can be detected from the HTTP REFERER which, in PHP, can be detected via the super global variable $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']. Care should be taken when using this variable as it is set from userland and, as such, should not be trusted.

His method stores the linking information (gathered from the referrer) and calls an addLinks method that checks to ensure the page format is valid and that it's a real site before putting it into the table. Complete code for this, a fetch method and a simple database layer to put it on top of are included.

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Nick Halstead's Blog:
Tweetmeme - building stuff fast in PHP
January 29, 2008 @ 07:52:00

Nick Halstead has pointed out a website, written in PHP he's created to help make a little bit of sense out of the links that go flying past in your twitter client - tweetmeme.

What is it? It tracks the public timeline from twitter and picks up any links that get posted. It then follows each link to find final destination and then categorizes the content into blogs / video / images / audio. This project really shows what is possible using PHP if you know what you are doing.

Most of the work was done by another developer, Stuart Dallas as one of four that worked on the project together. It's written in PHP5 and uses only about 20 PHP files to get the job done. You can also check out the launch post over on tweetmeme's blog for more information on the service.

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HR World:
100 Resources to Attract, Retain and Utilize Rock Star Programmers
October 16, 2007 @ 11:12:00

Rich McIver has provided a guide of sorts for companies out there to help "attract, retain and utilize rock star programmers" for their business:

There are plenty of programmers out there, but rock star programmers? They are few and far between. Learn how to locate these gems and keep them happy with the resources below.

The article is broken up into five different sections:

  • Job Sites
  • Locating Quality Programmers
  • Screening
  • Care and Feeding of Programmers
  • Other Considerations

There's tons of links under each with some good advice not only for those doing the interview but also for the interviewee trying to land the job.

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Mike Potter's Blog:
PHP Tek Presentation Horrors
May 18, 2007 @ 08:42:00

Making a good thing out of a bad situation, Mike Potter has a new post on the RIApedia blog today detailing issues he's had at this year's php|tek conference surrounding his machine.

I was all set to present at the PHP|Tek show here in Chicago yesterday when I encountered a very (very very) ugly hard drive failure, 3 slides into my deck. [...] If you're looking for similar slides, these ones from a previous presentation in New York are close [pdf], though not exactly the same.

So, in lieu of the slides, he's shared lots of great links for the things he was going to talk about in his presentation including:

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Nexen.net:
The Month of PHP Security Overview
March 21, 2007 @ 16:51:00

On Nexen.net, there's a full posting of the bugs that have been posted to the PHP Month of Bugs by Stefan Esser so far (also here for the French speakers in the audience).

Some of the bugs include:

  • PHP ext/gd Already Freed Resource Access Vulnerability
  • PHP header() Space Trimming Buffer Underflow Vulnerability
  • PHP shmop Functions Resource Verification Vulnerability
  • PHP php_binary Session Deserialization Information Leak Vulnerability
  • PHP Variable Destructor Deep Recursion Stack Overflow

Each one is linked to its description with details on the issue, including what needs to be done (usually an upgrade) to take care of it. You can also filter them by the version of PHP that you're using to see which ones might apply to your applications and servers.

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DevGuide.net:
Dynamic Bitmap Graphics with PHP and GD
January 22, 2007 @ 16:46:00

Jacek Artymiak published the second edition of his "Dynamic Bitmap Graphics with PHP and GD" tutorial over on DevGuide.net today focusing specifically on creating bitmaps on the fly.

The 39 page guide ($15 USD from Lulu.com) provides a wealth of knowledge about working with graphics in PHP including a detailed look at some of the more advanced functionality of GD. The book covers your first steps with GD and graphics, working with primitives, creating an image based on external data, and embedding them into an XHTML/HTML page of your choosing.

The page for the book on DevGuide.net itself even provides a great list of resources for those looking to get into graphics with PHP - with links to everything from the basic software (webservers, PHP, etc) out to the libraries you'll need and some other tutorials to help you even after you've worked through the book.

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Derick Rethans' Blog:
PHP Look Back 2005
January 02, 2006 @ 07:08:04

Derick Rethans has posted his own look back at all of the happenings that went on back in 2005.

Welcome to the fourth installment of the PHP Look Back. Just as in previous years, we'll look back on PHP development discussions, bloopers and accomplishments of the last year. This is not supposed to be a fully objective review of last year--note that the opinions in this article are that of the author, and not of the PHP development team.

He covers each month, giving the happenings for each month, linking to various posts and items in each one. Most of the things discussed are more related to the internal PHP development and discusssions from the mailing lists.

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