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

Zend's Certification Month Begins

From now until August 31, you can get a ZCE exam voucher for only $125, among other cool things Zend has planned. This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the Zend Certification, and to see all the other things they have in store, check out their site at http://www.zend.com/store/education/certification/certification-month.php.

Put Your Coding Skills to Work... and Win!

Codewalkers.com brought to our attention the Apress Coding Challenge where you can win a PSP or an iPod with some great PHP coding. You will need to know what a fractal generator is, and how to create one, especially by August 31, 2005 which is coincidentally the cut-off date for the contest. You will be competing against coders in other languages too, so win one for the PHP gipper, will ya? For all the scoop, check out the Apress website at http://www.apress.com/promo/fractal/.

Mad Props to Schlossnagle and WordPress

In the August 2005 edition of the Linux Journal we see that winners of the "2005 Editor's Choice Awards" include George Schlossnagle's book, Advanced PHP Programming (for Best Development Book) and WordPress (for Best Communication Tool). Great job, and congrats to both parties representing the PHP community!

OSI Announces a New Interim President; Public Meeting at OSCON

Open Source Initiative announced that they have appointed a new interim president, Michael Tiemann. After expanding the board and appointing a permanent President, it appears that their first order of business will be to review the OSD licensing procedures and policies. They will be hosting a public meeting at OSCON this week, which you are cordially invited to attend. It will be held on August 4 at 7:30 pm. If you'd like more info on either of these topics, check out the OSI weblog at http://www.opensource.org/weblog/2005/07/27#tiemann-pres.

Caveats to Using Eval()

Joshua Eichorn recently posted an excellent blog post regarding the ups and downs to using the eval() function. In his blog he talks about the inherent security risks, the speed (or lack thereof), and when to use and when not to use the function. Read all about it here: http://blog.joshuaeichorn.com/archives/2005/08/01/using-eval-in-php/.

mail() Hacks From the Experts

Davey Shafik and Sean Coates each offered their own workarounds to using mail() when sendmail isn't readily available. If this sounds useful to you, check them both out and see which you like the best. Davey's is available at http://pixelated-dreams.com/archives/154-mail-without-sendmail-on-linux-a-hack.html, and Sean's is available at http://blog.phpdoc.info/archives/20-mail-replacement-a-better-hack.html.

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:

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!