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

PEAR 1.3.6 Released

There is a new and improved version of PEAR's base package, which didn't have a whole lot to add except for the attempt to plug an XML-RPC hole by requiring XML-RPC 1.4.0. You should still download and upgrade of course as always is best practice, so go there now - http://pear.php.net/package/PEAR/.

PHP Job Market Webcast Announced

This coming Wednesday, August 24, Zend will be hosting a webcast on the status of the PHP job market and the presumably role that the ZCE program has played and will play in the future. You will also learn about what employers are seeking in the PHP field and how to advance your own career. Speakers include Ivo Jansch (Software Architect at Ibuildings), Brent Marinaccio (Director of Open Source Recruiting at HotLinuxJobs), Chris Shiflett (President of Brain Bulb), and Marcus Whitney (Director of Product Development at Emma and Pro PHP podcaster). To learn more about this webcast or to sign up to participate, go to http://www.zend.com/webcasts/.

FUDForum 2.7.0 Released

This latest release of the popular forum software not only improves the speed but also addresses a security alert that affected the uploading of avatars. Of course, all users of this software are encouraged to upgrade immediately. For a complete list of improvements, you can visit Ilia Alshanetsky's blog at http://ilia.ws/archives/69-FUDforum-2.7.0-Released.html#extended, where you'll also find installation and upgrade download links.

BeebleX is Growing

Marco Tabini has added articles and forums to his PHP-only search engine. This great tool now searches articles and forums, mailing lists, the PHP manual, php jobs, and php blogs. It also offers a quick look at recent PHP jobs (through the jobroll), PHP blog posts (through the blogroll) and the PHP.NET newsgroup lists (through the listroll). Can't wait to see what is added next. You can check it out at http://www.beeblex.com.

Mambo and Irreconcilable Differences

Last week they were celebrating winning the "Best Open Source Solution" Award at LinuxWorld and this week Mambo's development team is divorcing themselves from the Miro Corporation over the creation of the Mambo Foundation Inc. and the way things transpired. Apparently the Foundation, which will subsequently determine the future of Mambo, was created without the input from the developers -- something they were understandably upset about. If you'd like to read the open letter to the public by the old dev team, visit http://forum.mamboserver.com/showthread.php?t=57645 or visit their new site at http://www.opensourcematters.org.

Seagull 0.4.5 Released

PHPKitchen is reporting that not only is Seagull eating its own dog bird food, they have released the latest version of their framework. Available at http://seagull.phpkitchen.com/index.php/publisher/articleview/frmArticleID/12/staticId/20/, this release includes some important security bug fixes as well as provides a few new features.

RSS 0.91, 0.92, 1.0, 2.0 and Atom 1.0 Parser, Courtesy Mr. Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf blogged about a cool little app he whipped up to parse your feeds, which he generously provides for anyone to use. You can view the source at http://lerdorf.com/simple_rss.phps - but you will need PHP5.

RSS 0.91, 0.92, 1.0, 2.0 and Atom 1.0 Parser, Courtesy Mr. Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf blogged about a cool little app he whipped up to parse your feeds, which he generously provides for anyone to use. You can view the source at http://lerdorf.com/simple_rss.phps - but you will need PHP5.

Robert Peake Talks (and Talks) about ZCE Program

The last few days of Robert Peake's blog have primarily (although not exclusively) been about Zend's certification program and the pros and cons of it. He also gives us a link to a great Function Reference he whipped up - available through his blog at http://www.robertpeake.com/index.php?/archives/105-PHP-Function-Reference.html.

Paul M. Jones hits the ProPHP Circuit

Marcus Whitney's latest podcast includes an interview with Paul M. Jones. In this episode, "Marcus has the honor of interviewing Paul M. Jones, author of Savant, SOLAR and YaWiki. Hear from the horses mouth why Savant was created, why it never made it into PEAR and why SOLAR is the PHP 5 framework you should be using." To download go to http://www.pro-php.com/index.php?id=12.

SourceForge Developers' Complaints About Bad PHP... Sort Of

The title of the blog I'm referencing was "A Ponderance on PHP Morality" so I'm thinking it will be akin to the PHP WTF site that always cracks me up (and makes me breathe a sigh of relief that it was not my code being posted there, at least not yet). The developer goes on to list the "Seven PHP Not-really-deadly-but-always-annoying-to-anyone-who's-going-to-clean-up-your-mess Sins...". Great, I think. Hijinks are going to ensue. This will be good. But alas, I find a list of HTML and general coding practices annoyances, none PHP-only related. Humorous though I guess, so if you'd like to read it you can at http://blog.dev.sf.net/index.php?/archives/19-A-Ponderance-on-PHP-Morality.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!