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In Case You Missed It...The Week of August 8, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
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August 9, 2005

Welcome back to another installment of ICYMI! This week we saw:

O'Reilly Connection is Released

For all your social networking needs, O'Reilly has created an open source virtual community where you can find like-minded individuals to commiserate or find employment with. You will need an O'Reilly account, and the site is still in beta, but while it's in beta, it's free, so why not join up today? To start making connections, go to http://connection.oreilly.com.

OSCON 2005 Slides Available

In case you'd like to view the slideshow from various PHP talks at OSCON this year, these speakers have been kind enough to post their slides for us:

Smarty 2.6.10 Released

If you're a Smarty user, take note that a new version has been released which fixes some bugs and gives you a few new features. For the changelog, go to http://smarty.php.net/misc/NEWS and to download, go to http://smarty.php.net/download.php.

PHP Goes POStal

Apologies for the cheesy heading; couldn't resist. Tthe first POS (that's point-of-sale to you and me) software written in PHP has been successfully tested and deployed. POS software runs the cash register and pricing systems in a physical retail store. In case you were wondering, yes that's a big deal. For more info, check out the article summation on International PHP Magazine's website (http://www.phpmag.net).

PHP Cheat Sheet - Poster Sized!

Sitepoint is blogging about their new PHP Reference Poster, available from their online store for $9.95. Looks like it might be helpful if you don't wanna go to the manual every time you need to look something up, and it makes for an attractive geeky wall covering as well. To get yours today go to http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=287463.

Lukas Smith Jumps on the Blog Wagon

Lukas Smith has written his first blog on the life and times of a PHP developer, called pooteeweet.org. (Don't ask me, I had to Google it too.) At any rate, here's one more blog to put on your blogroll: http://www.pooteeweet.org.

Have a Security Question? Ask Chris!

Pro-php.com has initiated a new segment entitled, "Ask Chris" (as in Chris Shiflett, PHP Security guru), which is now available for listening at http://www.pro-php.com. In this first session, Chris answers questions about addslashes, magicquotes, and more.

PEAR/PECL Releases

I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
  • Image_Graph 0.5.0 - A package for displaying (numerical) data as a graph/chart/plot.
  • Image_Canvas 0.2.1 - A package providing a common interface to image drawing, making image source code independent on the library used.
  • Net_IDNA 0.7.0 - Punycode encoding and decoding.
  • DB_Table 1.1.0 - Builds on PEAR DB to abstract datatypes and automate table creation, data validation, insert, update, delete, and select
  • HTML_QuickForm 3.2.5 - provides methods for creating, validating, processing HTML forms
  • HTML_QuickForm_advmultiselect 0.5.1 - Element for HTML_QuickForm that emulate a multi-select.
  • CodeGen_PECL 0.9.0rc5 - Tool to generate PECL extensions from an XML description
  • CodeGen 0.9.0rc1 - Tool to create Code generaters that operate on XML descriptions
  • Net_IPv6 1.0.4 - Check and validate IPv6 addresses

And for PECL, we had:

  • colorer - Syntax highlighting
  • dbx - Database abstraction functions.
  • DTrace - A Solaris Dtrace provider
  • memcache - memcached extension
  • PECL_Gen - Tool to generate PECL extensions from an XML description
  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP support
  • sdo - Service Data Objects (SDOs) for PHP
  • xmlwriter - Provides fast, non-cached, forward-only means to write XML data.

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!

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