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SitePoint Web Blog:
From Developer to Product Manager A 3 Stage Plan
August 13, 2014 @ 11:55:34

As some developers move on in their careers, they start to progress more towards a management role. Sometimes this comes in the form of a "product manager" since most of their knowledge is wrapped around the product(s) they've been working on. However, making the move up from developer to product manager can be a difficult transition. In this new post to the SitePoint Web blog, Ernest Sliter tries to help with his own three-stage advice.

It's certainly not uncommon for developers or other employees serving in technical roles to eventually transition to product management. Some developers may find they enjoy managing the product road map and solving customers' problems rather than writing code and building the product themselves. Other seasoned engineers may be searching for a suitable career transition into a management position. If you're interested in moving to product management in the future, here are three critical steps to make the transition.

For each of his steps he provides a summary of what the choice or action entails and includes a few sub-points that can help:

  • Decide Whether You're Right for Product Management
  • Expand Your Knowledge of Product Management
  • Take Action!
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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/developer-product-manager-3-stage-plan/

PHPMaster.com:
Running Monte Carlo Simulations in PHP
June 28, 2013 @ 12:19:53

On PHPMaster.com there's a new tutorial by J Armando Jeronymo that shows how you can run Monte Carlo simulations in PHP (more on that simulation type here).

One of the exciting things in the 1980′s was programming simulations to solve complex analytical problems, and one of the most useful techniques employed was running Monte Carlo simulations. The approach repeatedly runs a simulation many times over to calculate the most likely outcome. Although PHP isn't known as a scientific or research programming language, Monte Carlo simulations can easily be written in a PHP web app. In this article, I'll show you how.

He walks you through the whole problem he tries to solve with the simulation - a multi-step trip that involved different roads, situations and possible stops along the way. He breaks it out into the various stages (labeled with letters) and shows how you might render this as a "MyTrip" class with distances in "travel minutes". Following along with the Monte Carlo randomness, though, he shows how to inject a bit of randomness into the mix accounting for some of the trouble he had along the way.

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Link: http://phpmaster.com/running-monte-carlo-simulations-in-php

The Bakery:
3.0 a peek into CakePHP's future
July 06, 2012 @ 09:26:12

The Bakery (the CakePHP site) has posted a list of things to come in the 3.0 release of the popular PHP framework.

Since its creation, more than 7 years ago, CakePHP has grown with a life of its own. Its main goal has always been to empower developers with tools that are both easy to learn and use, leverage great libraries requiring low documentation and low dependencies too. We've had several big releases along these years and an ever growing community. Being one of the most popular frameworks out there and probably the first one (!) we have also gotten a lot of criticism from the developer community in general. We have, though, accepted it and learnt from our mistakes to keep building the best PHP framework there is.

Some of the coming improvements include:

  • Drop support for 5.2.x and support 5.4+ only
  • Use traits were possible and makes sense
  • Model layer rewrite
  • Improve Router
  • Improve bootstrapping process to allow more developer control and better performance

You can find more about the current features of the framework on it's main project site.

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Joomla Blogger:
Update Joomla 1.6 Release Plan
September 04, 2009 @ 10:34:04

On the Joomla Blogger site there's an update on the release plan for the upcoming 1.6 version of the popular content management system:

When Joomla 1.6 Alpha was released a few months ago, the original plan was to release the beta version six weeks after that, in August. However, the time came and no beta arrived. So what happened, and what's the status of Joomla 1.6 as of now? Hannes Papenberg from the Joomla 1.6 Release Team has done a write-up on the current status. He explains why Joomla 1.6 beta 1 was delayed and outlines some of the features we will be seeing.

Topics discussed include the access control functionality, the project's involvement with the Google Summer of Code and some of the other features currently in development. Hannes hints at a beta release of the 1.6 version in around two to three weeks.

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Matrin Rusev's Blog:
Building a PHP Framework - Lessons Learned
February 26, 2009 @ 12:02:32

If you're thinking of trying your hand at creating your own PHP framework, you might want to check out this post from Matrin Rusev about some of the lessons he learned (the hard way) about framework construction.

After using Codeigniter, CakePHP and Zend Framework for a while I decided to build my own framework. I wanted to include some features that I couldn't find the way I like them in none of the projects I tested. These are some lessons I learned the hard way. I hope you'd find some useful tips for your software projects.

The post looks a a few different topics - doing good planning before development starts, using third-party libraries, planning out the syntax the components inside of your framework will use, how to handle debugging and two tools you can use to benchmark the end result.

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Matthew Weier O'Phinney's Blog:
Model Infrastructure
December 31, 2008 @ 11:19:36

Continuing his series looking at models in Zend Framework applications, Matthew Weier O'Phinney has posted this new tutorial focusing on model infrastructure - figuring out what your models are really for and how to write to that.

The Model is a complex subject. However, it is often boiled down to either a single model class or a full object relational mapping (ORM). [...] When you think in these terms, you start breaking your system into discrete pieces that you need to manipulate, as well as consider how each piece relates to the others. This type of exercise also helps you stop thinking of your model in terms of database tables; instead, your database becomes the container in which data is persisted from one use of your model to the next. Your model instead is an object that can do things with either incoming or stored data -- or even completely autonomously.

He notes that he is a fan of the domain model method and uses this method as he works through the different topics of building out your most useful model:

  • asking "What are you modeling?"
  • setting up the "gateway" into your domain model
  • working with value objects/record sets

All of this along with plenty of code to illustrate his points...

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Marco Tabini's Blog:
The master conference (evil) plan
May 26, 2008 @ 13:58:16

In the wake of this year's php|tek conference, Marco Tabini has unveiled his secrets to the "master conference evil plan" that he and the php|architect crew have been putting in to action for their conferences:

For the past four years, I have put a lot of work into executing a strategic plan that is tangentially connected with our conferences. [...] Instead [of trying to force interaction], I decided to try and slowly steer things in a direction that would have made our conferences closer to a family reunion than a dry business meetup.

He mentions the steps in his "evil plan" (for conference domination?) - community participation, setting the right atmosphere for the exchange of ideas, the oh-so-secret choosing of the speakers and their leadership by example through participation with the speakers and other conference goers.

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Tim Koschuetzki's Blog:
New Poll (Using CakePHP)
November 01, 2007 @ 08:00:35

Tim Koschuetzki has started up a new poll on his site asking its visitors questions involving CakePHP:

The new poll asks you if you are using the CakePHP Framework already or if you plan on using it. For those of you who don't know it yet - it's in my opinion th framework to go these days. The easy and intuitive MVC architecture and the components in it make php development really easy and fun.

So far there haven't been any votes (it's still pretty new) so get on over and voice your opinion now.

CakePHP is one of the more popular and powerful PHP frameworks out there and it has a loyal following of dedicated users and developers on its team. It's definitely worth checking out if you're still perusing the market for a framework to go with.

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Zend Developer Zone:
PHPSecInfo New release (0.1.2), new plans
December 27, 2006 @ 11:37:00

In a new article on the Zend Developer Zone, Ed Finkler talks a bit about the newly released version of the PHPSecInfo package (version 0.1.2) and what some of the future plans for it are.

New release, new plans! First off, a new build of PHPSecInfo is out. Version 0.1.2, build 20061218. Per usual, get your new version from http://phpsec.org/projects/phpsecinfo/.

New features include:

  • Code is now licensed under 'New BSD' license. See LICENSE
  • fix bug in post_max_size check where upload_max_size value was being checked
  • Now providing an md5 hash for releases
And some of the plans for the future include more detailed test results, a web-based "glossary" of howtos on fixing problems, and more tests for more cases.

If you'd like to contribute tests or other resources to the project, head over to its homepage and let them know.

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Marco Tabini's Blog:
5 PHP Performance Tips You Probably Don't Want To Hear
December 12, 2006 @ 13:07:38

In a new entry on his blog today, Marco Tabini introduces us to 5 PHP Performance Tips that we "probably don't want to hear".

I thought it might be interesting to write an article about the performance-enhancing tips you probably don't want to hear about - that is, those that are most likely to produce measurable (and durable) results but do require some effort on your part.

His list consists of:

  • You Don't Need To Plan Ahead In Order To Have A Plan
  • Combat Database Abuse
  • Do You Really Need A Database Anyway?
  • Scale Horizontally
  • Refactor To Scale Vertically
For each, he explains the title and gives a bit of validation to the point. There's some great mentions of tools that you can use to help accomplish them too - a profiler, the Lucene and Xapian full-text databases, and Lustre.

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