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In Case You Missed It...The Week of November 21st, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
November 28, 2005

International PHP Magazine's Extreme Makeover

Akin to the freakishly popular TV show, IPM has engaged in an "Extreme Makeover" of sorts, but the cool thing is, in this case, it's actually an improvement. With a new site redesign under their belts, and the announcement of a conversion to an all PDF format, they have hit the ground running. Kudos to them for making the magazine more easily accessible and switching to a monthly format. To see the new site, or to download their recently released November edition, go to, (I hear there is an article called "27 Tips for Freelance PHP Coders" that kicks butt).

Sourceforge's New Look

In a move not quite as striking as IPM's, Sourceforge has done a bit of a site redesign as well. Don't worry, I can't find anything either. But the new look is a good one, and I'm sure we'll all make our way around it just fine. To see the new style, go to or you can also see the official documentation on the changes they've implemented:

Congrats to Wez Furlong, Oracle Magazine's PHP Developer of the Year

A big shout out to Wez who was the recipient of Oracle Magazine's Editor's Choice Awards for PHP Devloper of the Year, 2005. If you can't believe it and you would like tangible proof, you can see a picture of the award at Wez's blog- or you can read all about it at Oracle Magazine's site; Great job, Wez!

Prado 2.0.3 Released (and Through PEAR!)

Prado has annouced the latest release (2.0.3) with some improvements in AJAX and some bug fixes (a complete list can be found at the Prado forum announcement.) Another interesting announcement made was the availability of acquiring Prado through a PEAR channel (mooexpress). To upgrade your Prado installation you can now type "pear upgrade mooexpress/prado" and you're good to go.

PHP Quebec's 2006 Conference Sneak Peek

Although nothing official has been released, we've seen in several different blogs some hints at next year's PHP Quebec Conference (March 2006) Some topics that have been accepted into the schedule include XDebug and also PHP times/dates (Derick Rethans), unicode support in PHP 6 and also PHP-GTK2 (Andrei Zmievski), PDO and PHP Security (Ilia Alshanetsky).

PHP Conference UK 2006 Announced

London PHP is sponsoring a low-cost one day PHP Conference for February 10, 2006. At only £50 (for those who register early), you won't want to miss it. While the speakers and topics have not yet been announced, they have a limit of 230 registrations, so if you're interested, you may want to register soon. To read more about this newly announced conference, go to

Pro-PHP Interviews Prado's Jason Ragsdale & Charlie Xue

If you haven't already, you should check out Pro-PHP's latest podcast interview of Jason Ragsdale & Charlie Xue and the Prado Framework. And if you aren't familiar with the Prado framework, that's definitely worth your time as well. To listen to the podcast:, and to learn about Prado, go to

PHP Security Consortium Gets a New Principal

Congrats go out to Daniel Convissor who is a newly elected Principal of the PHP Security Consortium. Among his other achievements, Daniel has contributed much to the Consortium in the way of summarizing security alerts pertinent to PHP Development.

ApacheCon 2005 Attendees Take Note

If you're reading this, then you've obviously got at least one foot in PHP development. And if you're attending ApacheCon in December as well, then you should really pay attention. Chris Shiflett and Geoff Young are holding a PHP Testing tutorial the day before the conference officially begins, and according to Chris' blog, they need a few more registrants to make sure that it can happen. From his abstract, it sounds like a must-see, so if you haven't signed up for the tutorial portion of the conference, perhaps you should reconsider.

phpMyAdmin Patch Released

A new patch has been released which plugs some security holes; as always you can download at or read the changelog at

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:

And for PECL, we had:
    filter Extension for safely dealing with input parameters
    ibm_db2 Extension for IBM DB2 Universal Database, IBM Cloudscape, and Apache Derby
    pecl_http Extended HTTP Support
    xmlwriter Provides fast, non-cached, forward-only means to write XML data.
As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at and

See you next week with more news and tidbits from the PHP world!

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