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In Case You Missed It...The Week of March 19, 2006

by: Elizabeth Naramore
March 20, 2006

Vote for your Favorites at Sourceforge

The nominations are all in, so it's time to place your votes for your favorite open source project at Voting for Sourceforge's Community Choice Awards will be open until March 23. You can vote in 14 different categories. Some of the more noteworthy contenders include phpMyAdmin, PHPEclipse, XOOPS, ZenCart, SugarCRM, AWStats, WinSCP, and FileZilla. One person per category per vote, so go speak your mind today at

phpMyAdmin Released

This is mainly a maintenance release which fixes a few security bugs. You can download your copy at

Using Smarty with the Zend Framework

In a recent blog post, Dmytro Shteflyuk gives us a pointer on integrating the Smarty Templating system with the new Zend Framework. It's not as easy as you would think, so we appreciate the advice from Dmytro! To read his post, go to Redesigns Software Map

The guys at have made it even easier for us to find projects we need. They've redesigned the navigation system through their software map, effectively allowing us to see more information about the projects, filter based on certain variables and save those filters for later use. For the full announcement go to, or to go straight to the map, visit

IBM's Recommended PHP Reading List

The IBM Developer Site has published a list of must-read sites and resources if you are a beginner to PHP. Among the list are articles, blogs, books, presentations, magazines, webcasts and mailing lists. If you're a bit overwhelmed by the amount of PHP "stuff" out there, this might be a good place to start. To see the entire list, go to

Need More PHP Frameworks?

On Sitepoint, Harry Fuecks lets us know about 2 more frameworks to add to your list of potentials- Tonic and CodeIgniter. Both come recommended by Harry if you still haven't found one to suit your needs. Tonic can be found at and CodeIgniter can be found at For Harry's full blog entry, go to

Zend Safeguard 4 - Beta 3 Released

According to a press release from Zend, you can "get a chance to win a free 1-year subscription to SafeGuard 4 by trying Beta 3 with your PHP application. Use Beta 3 to encode, obfuscate and then deploy your application (ideally on different environments and locales). The top 10 feedbacks received by March 24th will win a free 1-year subscription to SafeGuard 4. The new release is available as a free download from the Zend web site" In case you aren't familiar with Zend's SafeGuard, it basically protects your commercially developed code by obfuscating it, on 3 different levels.

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:

  • gnupg - wrapper around the gpgme library
  • json - JavaScript Object Notation
  • oci8 - OCI8 functions
  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP Support
  • zip - A zip management extension

As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at and

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

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