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Hannes Magnusson:
Next Generation MongoDB Driver for PHP!
April 15, 2015 @ 11:41:50

Hannes Magnusson has a new post to his site talking about the new update to the MongoDB driver for PHP and its focus on simplicity.

For the past few months I've been working on a "next-gen" MongoDB driver for PHP -- codename "phongo". The aim was to build a new PHP extension ontop of the mongoc and libbson libraries to reduce maintenance of the extension itself and focus more on providing the ecosystem with improved support and libraries.

The new driver is available on PECL (called "mongodb", surprisingly enough). It doesn't include any of the bells and whistles found in the previous "mongo" driver. It doesn't include any `group` or `count` command helpers, and you won't find any Collection or Database objects; however, it really doesn't need any of these things.

He talks about the three basic things it can do: execute a command, a write or a query to locate records. He also answers the question many developers have about this shift to simplicity and provides a link to a PHP library to make porting over existing MongoDB handling simpler.

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Link: http://bjori.blogspot.com/2015/04/next-gen-mongodb-driver.html

Jack Skinner:
In search of simplicity a - story of blog automation
April 03, 2015 @ 09:54:37

Jack Skinner has a new post to his site showing how he rewrote his blog aiming for simplicity with the help of Sculpin and Codeship.

I've recently relaunched my blog (hi everyone!), I'll migrate some old content and scrap others. While I clean up the content however I wanted to share how the new site has come into being.

He starts off talking about why he chose to go with Sculpin but doesn't get too much into it as there are "plenty of posts and content around" on how to get started. He then talks about the Codeship service and share some of the initial setup commands and setting up a deployment pipeline to an AWS instance. He makes use of the S3 website hosting, Route53 and CloudFront services for the serving of the actual site. Codeship makes it simple to deploy a new build whenever he updates or adds a new post too.

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Link: https://developerjack.com/blog/2015/03/31/in-search-of-simplicity-automating-my-blog/

Matt Setter:
How Simplicity Leads to Greater Productivity, Quality & Satisfaction
April 16, 2013 @ 09:39:44

Matt Setter has a quick new post that suggests a way you can get more done with less work - simplicity.

Though we can do so many things simultaneously - should we? Does it actually reduce effectiveness and productivity which are the antithesis of professional application development? [...] I had the thought, as is common in a western-based mentality, that to be busy, to be industrious, to try and multi-task a series of independent tasks and projects simultaneously was the right thing to do. It's meant to be a simple formula: "Greater productivity = Greater self-worth right?" Sounds almost like Thatcherism. I felt that this was not only right, but the sign of an intelligent and sophisticated developer, who truly had honed his craft. Perhaps you've felt the same at one time or another?

He points out that, while it's very easy for developers to fall into this trap and way of thinking, it's not sustainable. It leads to stress, bad code and even - possibly - an even higher bug count. Instead he suggests the good standby idea of "KISS" (essentially, simplicity).

Instead of trying to do everything at once - I stopped and decided to only do one thing at once. And that one thing, had my full attention and focus. When it was done, I then moved on to the next one. Not before and not after.

He includes some of his own experience trying to apply this in a Zend Framework 2 application.

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Link: http://www.maltblue.com/software-engineering-2/how-simplicity-leads-to-greater-productivity-quality-and-satisfaction

Simon Holywell:
Idiorm and Paris 1.3.0 released - the minimalist ORM and fluent query builder for PH
February 27, 2013 @ 10:33:33

Simon Holywell has a new post to his site about a project that aims to be a minimalist ORM library and make it easier to built queries on the fly for your applications (and is installable via Composer) - the Idorm + Paris combination.

Idiorm is a PHP ORM that eschews complexity and deliberately remains lightweight with support for PHP5.2+. [...] However, having said this, Idiorm is very powerful and it makes most of the queries PHP applications require pain free. Some of these features include fluent query building, multiple connection support and result sets for easy record manipulation. Paris sits on top of Idiorm to provide a simplified active record implementation based upon the same minimalist philosophy.

He includes examples in the post of both queries with Idiorm - simple things like creating and finding records - and using Paris to make models out of PHP objects. He also talks some about the current state of the project, recent advancements and some of the things they're looking to do with it in the future (including dropping PHP 5.2 support and use late static binding).

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Doug Brown's Blog:
Do You Really Need a Framework for Writing PHP?
December 16, 2008 @ 08:42:44

Doug Brown asks a question on his blog today that is coming up more and more, especially on those programmers new to the language that don't quite get what frameworks really have to offer. Do you really need a framework for writing PHP?

The simplicity in using PHP sometimes acts against it. Since there are very few coding restrictions, developers tend to write a bad code. The answer to this is definitely to use a framework. There are various PHP Frameworks available today like Zend Framework, CakePHP Framework and CodeIgniter. They provide a strong organization for your application and follow the commonly used MVC pattern.

To help out those new to frameworks, offers a few things they have to offer that normal procedural/library-based development may not. These include maintaining code standards, attractive URLs and getting help when you need it from other developers using the same system.

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Fred Wu's Blog:
Zend Framework, where do you want to go tomorrow?
July 11, 2008 @ 11:19:19

Fred Wu recently posted some of his thoughts on using the Zend Framework as a developer in other frameworks looking to expand his knowledge.

When Zend Framework was first announced, the developers have promised us one thing: extreme simplicity. I was 'extremely' excited, but it turned out that it wasn't the case. Ironically, Zend Framework is the most difficult one I have come crossed so far. I mean, as complicated as Symfony is, it has brilliant documentation and an active community to back it up.

He also comments on the level of documentation the framework has ("the documentation is often outdated, sometimes inaccurate"), the Zend_Search_Lucene component, some of what he thinks are missing components that should be in a 1.5 release, and a last jab at the naming conventions.

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Community News:
Simplicity PHP Framework
January 15, 2008 @ 12:09:00

Yet another PHP framework can be added to the lists already out there - Simplicity:

The Simplicity PHP Application Framework is an advanced, scalable and extensible PHP application framework to aid developers in creating high traffic, high availability Web 2.0 online applications. Integrating a solid MVC framework with some of the best Open Source projects around Simplicity aims to assist developers with any amount of experience in taking their applications to a new level.

As mentioned on the Ajaxian post about the framework, there's an Ajax admin console that lets the developer configure everything in their app including database info, creation of controllers and drop-in predefined actions.

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Jeff Moore's Blog:
Keywords and Language Simplicity
October 12, 2007 @ 11:55:00

Jeff Moore has posted and shared an interesting graph showing something I'd never thought about comparing one language versus another on - the number of keywords it uses.

Well, I like programming language comparisons, so how could I resist this chart (via) promoting the simplicity of the io language by pointing out how few keywords it has. The interesting thing about this is that Java and PHP are tied on this measure of simplicity with 53 keywords.

Though not too meaningful, it is interesting to see how the different languages stack up in the number of reserved words you can't use for anything else. So, does that mean that Perl is the list limiting?

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Jonathan Snook's Blog:
CodeIgniter vs. CakePHP
March 20, 2007 @ 09:24:00

In a new post today, Jonathan Snook takes a look at two of the more popular PHP frameworks (CodeIgniter and CakePHP), comparing and contrasting what it's like to work with each.

I almost fear putting this kind of post together as it's bound to pull the fanatics (in the negative sense of the word) out of the woodworks. Right off the bat, let me just say that I've tried to be as fair and honest in this assessment and I've tried to keep it just to the facts while interjecting what my preferences are.

I'm pitting these two frameworks against each other but there really isn't a clear winner. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and ultimately falls to what your preference for certain features might be.

He starts with the "why?" of it all before even getting into the code examples. When he does, it's all about models, views, the out-of-the-box features, auto-loading, and documentation. As he mentioned before he started, though, there's not a "winner" in this comparison. His personal choice, though, is CakePHP for simplicity's sake.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Zend Framework Hidden Gems Introduction
November 08, 2006 @ 15:36:00

Cal Evans, of the Zend Developer Zone, is taking a different path than the large number of Zend Framework tutorials that he's seen out there:

Zend Framework looked like an interesting platform, but each tutorial that I read started out with explaining how to set up your front controller, and moved form there into writing an entire application. I am not starting any new projects, and have no need for that.

Instead, he's chosen to look a bit "behind the scenes" at what really makes the Framework tick and why it would be a good choice for any number of web applications out there. It's going to become a series on the ZDZ, so he starts it off right with a comparison between PEAR and the Zend Framework, specifically when it comes to error handling.

It's more of a compare and contrast kind of thing than a contest, but it does seem that Cal favors one's approach a bit more. Which one? Well, you'll just have to go read and find out...

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