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Chad Minick:
PHP frameworks are obsolete
August 22, 2012 @ 09:25:47

In his latest post Chad Minick shares some thoughts as to why he thinks PHP frameworks are obsolete and how, despite there still being a use for them, a lot of them are just trying to solve the same problems all over again.

Now before I start getting hate mail, let me explain that I still think there is a market for PHP frameworks. I think if you have a moderately low traffic site that's going to live on shared hosting, and is basically a CRUD application on top of MySQL, disregard this article, it probably isn't for you. However, I've seen so many projects start out with that scope. They either grow or the developer/client wants to add more fancy new features they are starting to see elsewhere on the web. Then I see all these PHP developers hacking things that the PHP stack really isn't meant to do.

He takes some of the core features of several of the popular frameworks out there and breaks them out into a list of technologies that do that work themselves (such as "Web Server", "Dependency Management", "Caching" and "Messaging"). He points to a Java/Scala framework, Play as an example of having several of these technologies built-in where you don't have to have a whole other set of skills to use them effectively. It's an interesting idea but seems a little NIH to me.

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Ryan Malesevich's Blog:
iTunes Stats for Macintosh with PHP & MySQL Part 2
August 14, 2006 @ 10:55:41

Ryan Malesevich is back today with part two of his "iTunes Stats for Macintosh with PHP and MySQL" series, building on the groundwork laid in part one.

As promised I'm back again the second and should be the last part for the iTunes stats with PHP & MySQL. In the previous section I covered how to get your iTunes information from iTunes into a MySQL database. Since I didn't get any questions about it I can either assume that no one cares or no one had any troubles.

This part is not exclusive to a Mac, you can write your PHP scripts with any operating system that you want. So if you're not on a Mac but has a friend who does then you can send your friend your iTunes XML file and your friend can export the data for you. Let's get stated shall we.

Since in the first part of the series, he showed how to put information into the database, he shows in this second part how to get things back out. There's code samples for connecting to the database, the SQL to grab all of the data out from the table and echo out the information inside. He also links to his stats as an example.

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Ryan Malesevich's Blog:
iTunes Stats for Macintosh with PHP & MySQL Part 1
August 10, 2006 @ 13:06:27

In this first part of a new tutorial on Ryan Malesevich's blog today, he introduces you to a set of scripts that can help you get the play stats from Apple's iTunes software out to a MySQL database for report/display/whatever you want.

I'm back with the third and final way that I know how to get iTunes play stats. In case you missed it, the previous methods were Javascript in Windows and Applescript in Macintosh. This way is Mac-centric again, well just the exporting the iTunes data to a MySQL database is only for Mac, you can write the PHP scripts with whatever platform that makes you happy.

He starts off with the "hardest step" in the whole process - using SQLTunes to export the data from iTunes. He goes through the configuration of the software and the steps needed to actually get the stats out. With the data in the database, he wraps up part one. Keep an eye out for the second part, display those stats via PHP scripts to your anxiously waiting viewers.

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