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In Case You Missed It...The Week of February 20, 2006

by: Elizabeth Naramore
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February 21, 2006

Krugle is Coming

Wired ran an article describing what could very well be a fabulous resource for coders: a new search engine named Krugle that holds only lines of code to be searched. Unlike some of the other alternatives out there (such as CodeFetch), "Krugle intends to differentiate itself by allowing developers to annotate code and documentation, create bookmarks and save collections of search results in a tabbed workspace. Saved workspaces have unique URLs, so developers can send an entire collection of annotated code to a co-worker just by e-mailing a link. Krugle also contains intelligence to help it parse code and to differentiate programming languages." Not too shabby! To check out the beta of Krugle, go to http://www.krugle.com/ and keep your eyes open (stable release is scheduled for March 8th).

Ning Gets a Facelift

Ning had a relatively major site overhaul recently, which makes it even easier to clone our apps. The UI is much easier to manage and many of the base apps have been cleaned up. Developer documentation has improved and the API skeleton apps have been given a once-over as well. If you haven't given Ning a look yet, now might be a great time to do so.

PHPNuke's Security Alert

Secunia is reporting a new vulnerability in PHPNuke 6.x and 7.x dealing with username input not being completely filtered. For the full report, go to http://secunia.com/advisories/18931/ and to get your patch, go to PHPNuke's site at http://www.phpnuke.org/.

ApacheCon Europe 2006 Informally Announced

Through the grapevine it appears that the organizers of ApacheCon Europe have set aside June 26-30,2006 for the conference. It will be held in Dublin, Ireland at the Burlington Hotel. Nothing confirmed on the website, yet, but Call for Papers should be expected soon.

PHP is on Microsoft's Radar

Well, if you call being the brunt of a really-cheesy-not-very-funny cartoon ad campaign, "being on the radar." A few recent blog posts by Rasmus Lerdorf and Ilia Alshanetsky pointed us to this cartoon (English translation, here courtesy Sean Coates). My only comment is... umm... yeah.

PHP Zurich User Group Founded

Harry Fuecks lets us know through a recent blog post that there is now a PHP Zurich User Group which will hold its first meeting on March 14, 2006. The meeting will feature a PHP Security Primer hosted by Harry. For details, visit the new group's site at http://zh.phpug.ch/

PHPCommunity.org Offline Courtesy of O'Reilly?

If you've been wondering where the PHPCommunity.org site has been recently, apparently you can thank O'Reilly for taking it offline. A recent blog post by David Coallier lets us know in no uncertain terms where he stands on the matter, and why the group is scrambling to restore old files from old backups. While phpc has found a new home for the site, it is still offline as they are trying to rebuild. Something tells me the new site will be bigger and better than ever, in spite of O'Reilly.

MySQL Turns Down Offer From Oracle

I think somebody better call Shopaholics Anonymous, as Oracle's recent shopping spree seems to have no end. Some people out there had speculated that Oracle was putting the squeeze on MySQL with recent purchases of Sleepycat, and InnoDB late last year, but others said it had nothing to do with MySQL. Regardless of what speculation says, it has now been confirmed that Oracle offered to buy MySQL, and MySQL turned them down flat. Oracle has also recently purchased Hotsip and is in negotiations to buy JBoss according to recent articles.

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:

  • Math_Derivative - Calculate the derivative of a mathematical expression
  • Services_OpenSearch - Search A9 OpenSearch compatible engines.
  • Net_Monitor - Remote Service Monitor
  • File_Find - A Class the facilitates the search of filesystems
  • CodeGen_PECL - Tool to generate PECL extensions from an XML description
  • CodeGen - Tool to create Code generaters that operate on XML descriptions
  • Benchmark - Framework to benchmark PHP scripts or function calls.
  • File_XSPF - Package for Manipulating XSPF Playlists

And for PECL, we had:

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 tidbits from the PHP world!

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