XAMPP Catches Up with the Times and Plugs some Holes
You can now install updated versions of XAMPP for Windows, Linux and Mac OS
X. This popular installer is now offering Apache version 2.0.54, MySQL version
4.1.12, and PHP version 5.0.3 (among other packages installed for you with this
software). Incidentally, this release also patches a recently reported Secunia
security advisory, which can be seen here: http://secunia.com/advisories/15735/
You can download these packages by visiting the Apache Friends site: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
(Is it me or does that chick look exactly like Ozzy Osbourne? Sorry- back to the
phpLocator.com is Born
The good folks at phpdeveloper.org have launched a new site designed to act
as a database of PHP coders and their location/skills/employment status, etc.
which will enable companies to find coders by location, as well as connect
PHPers with other local PHPers. Looks like the site is still a work in progress,
but it is up and running if you want to sign up. To do so, go to http://www.phplocator.com/.
More Info About International PHP Conference Now Available
There is now a little more info available on the International PHP Conference
to be held November 6-9, 2005. No session information is available, but pricing
and location information is there, and registration is functional through the
site. Early bird discount applies to registrations until October 30, so you
still have plenty of time to make your travel plans for Frankfurt. You can visit
the site by going to http://www.phpconference.com/konferenzen/psecom,id,331,nodeid,331,_language,uk.html.
This issue of php|architect contains articles entitled "An OO Layered
Approach To Web Apps", "References in PHP - An In-Depth Look", " Homo Xapian -
The Search For a Better Search Engine", "Test Pattern: The Construction
Industry", and " Tips & Tricks: CAPTCHA That Form Before It Gets Away!". For
more info on where to get your grubby hands on a copy, or to get a sample
article, simply go to http://phparchitect.com/issue.php?mid=59.
A PHP Foundation?
Robert Peake states his case in favor of a PHP Foundation (similar to the
Perl Foundation) in a recent blog post. He thinks its about time there was a
true non-profit organization created to help keep PHP in the forefront and
preserve its legitimacy as a programming language. (Amen to that, Robert). To
comment on his idea, or read more about what he has to say on the matter, go to
his blog post: http://www.robertpeake.com/index.php?/archives/84-The-PHP-Foundation.html.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and
PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
Cache_Lite - Fast and Safe little cache system
DB_DataObject_FormBuilder - Class to automatically build HTML_QuickForm
objects from a DB_DataObject-derived class
File_Bittorrent - Decode and Encode data in Bittorrent format
PHP_Beautifier - Beautifier for PHP
PHP_Compat - Provides missing functionality for older versions of PHP
Text_CAPTCHA - Generation of CAPTCHA images
XML_RPC - PHP implementation of the XML-RPC protocol