More fun stuff from the world of PHP! The week in review gave us:
Zend Releases Zend Studio 4 Enterprise Edition
This new release for Zend is "a high-end version of the company's Zend Studio 4 development environment designed specifically for highly-reliable PHP application development. Zend Studio 4 Enterprise offers many new tools for creating and testing enterprise-grade PHP applications, making it the most complete enterprise application development solution available for PHP." Got that? If not, and you want to read the full press release, go to http://www.zend.com/news/zendpr.php?id=97
Incidentally, this coincides with the free Zend Webcast on May 24. Zend's Webcast topic will be "Best Software Development Practices for PHP". It will start at 12:00 pm EDT and will run 45 minutes. Topics covered include overall best practices in PHP development, code behavior monitoring, query optimization, and performance tuning. If this sounds interesting to you, make sure to sign up right away by going to http://www.zend.com/webcast.php.
AUUG Includes PHP in Annual Conference
AUUG (Australian Unix and Open Systems Users Group) has issued a CfP for its new PHP Track during its annual conference. The conference is scheduled from October 16-21 and includes 3 days of tutorials as well as 3 days of conference activity. (This seems to be a popular week for conferencing, as it coincides with EuroOSCON and Zend's conference). Take note, however, the deadline for submitting proposals is May 27. For more information, you can go to http://auug.org.au/events/2005/auug2005/cfp.html
Big Names Signing up for OSCON '05
OSCON has added some big PHP names to the speaker's list for the conference in August, including Ilia Alshanetsky, Marcus Börger, Wez Furlong, Zak Greant, Andi Gutmans, Rasmus Lerdorf, George Schlossnagle, Chris Shiflett, David Sklar, Laura Thomson, Adam Trachtenberg, Luke Welling, and Andrei Zmievski. Quite an impressive PHP lineup! To see a complete list of speakers, and to learn more about the conference, go to http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/38/speakers.html.
Marco Tabini Discusses the PHP Job Market and its Future
In a recent blog post, Marco Tabini (the editor of php|architect) gives us some pretty hefty things to think about in relation to the PHP job market. He brings up some very interesting points about the difference in pay for PHP Developers versus Java Developers, but stats that the future looks bright thanks to increasing popularity and the certification program. For the complete story, visit Marco's blog at http://blogs.phparch.com/mt/index.php?p=45
. On a related note, php|architect is sponsoring a free web cast on the PHP Job Market topic on May 27. Go to http://www.phparch.com/symphony
to sign up.
Free PHP/Ajax Web Cast on php|architect May 26
You've probably already heard about this, but if you haven't, it will be taking place at 12:00 EDT on May 26 and will last about an hour. Joshua Eichorn will talk about how to incorporate PHP, JPSpan, and Ajax to create dynamic applications. Should prove to be quite informative, and what the heck, it's free. To read more about it, go to: http://www.phparch.com/shop_product.php?itemid=94
WebGUI releases 6.6.1
With over 30 bug fixes, it is highly recommended that you upgrade if you are using this CMS. For more specific bug fix information, or to download the latest release, visit http://freshmeat.net/projects/webgui/?branch_id=17561&release_id=196957
Greg Beaver Announces PEAR_PackageFile2Manager Release
If you've been keeping track of this project, you know that this first release has been Greg Beaver's baby for a while now. One thing to note is that it requires the CVS version of PEAR in order to work properly (until version 1.4.0a12 is released). For more info or to download, check out Greg's blog at http://greg.chiaraquartet.net/archives/59-All-behold-PEAR_PackageFile2Manager!.html or PEAR at http://pear.php.net/pepr/pepr-proposal-show.php?id=254.
phpBB Clarifies Upgrade Concerns
In a recent post to the phpBB site, the phpBB Team attempts to clarify some common concerns users are having with upgrades. If you have found this task to be challenging, you might want to check this out: http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=292017
PHPEclipse v. 1.1.4 is Available Via Update Site
You can now use your Eclipse configuration manager to import the latest PHPEclipse release. For easy instructions and to update, go to http://www.phpeclipse.de/tiki-view_articles.php
Sourceforge Breaks 100K Mark
There are now over 100,000 projects listed at Sourceforge, so if you can't find what you need, chances are you're not looking hard enough. Of course, project activity has been boosted with companies like IBM, Google, and even good ol' Microsoft, but you still have to give a big thumbs up to the open source community as a whole. To read the full press release, you can go to http://www.ostg.com/pdfs/SourceForgeProjects_PR_Final1.pdf
Get a Free ThinkGeek T-Shirt
Sourceforge has extended their "free t-shirt" offer. By becoming a premium subscriber to Sourceforge, you can still get a free t-shirt from the good folks at ThinkGeek. I guess it pays to have connections. Subscriptions are only $39 a year, and the t-shirt is a $15 value, so there you go-- you're helping the open source community and fulfilling one of Maslow's hierarchy of needs in one fell swoop. Why not? For more details, visit Sourceforge at http://sourceforge.net/subscription.php
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
- Cache - Framework for caching of arbitrary data
- DB_DataObject_FormBuilder - Class to automatically build HTML_QuickForm objects from a DB_DataObject-derived class
- File_Passwd - Manipulate many kinds of password files
- HTTP - Miscellaneous HTTP utilities
- HTTP_Download - Send HTTP Downloads
- Net_NNTP - Implementation of the NNTP protocol
- PEAR_PackageFileManager - PEAR_PackageFileManager takes an existing package.xml file and updates it with a new filelist and changelog
- PEAR_PackageFileManager_GUI_Gtk - A PHP-GTK frontend for the PEAR_PackageFileManager class.
- Validate - Validation class
- + 15 other various Validation classes
And at PECL:
- PECL:big_int - big_int library provides a set of functions for calculations with arbitrary length integers and bitsets
- ibm_db2 - Extension for IBM DB2 Universal Database, IBM Cloudscape, and Apache Derby
- ssh2 - Bindings for the libssh2 library
As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at http://pear.php.net and http://pecl.php.net.
See you next week with more news and tidbits from the PHP world!