Akin to the freakishly popular TV show, IPM has engaged in an "Extreme Makeover" of sorts, but the cool thing is, in this case, it's actually an improvement. With a new site redesign under their belts, and the announcement of a conversion to an all PDF format, they have hit the ground running. Kudos to them for making the magazine more easily accessible and switching to a monthly format. To see the new site, or to download their recently released November edition, go to www.php-mag.net, (I hear there is an article called "27 Tips for Freelance PHP Coders" that kicks butt).
Prado has annouced the latest release (2.0.3) with some improvements in AJAX and some bug fixes (a complete list can be found at the Prado forum announcement.) Another interesting announcement made was the availability of acquiring Prado through a PEAR channel (mooexpress). To upgrade your Prado installation you can now type
"pear upgrade mooexpress/prado" and you're good to go.
PHP Quebec's 2006 Conference Sneak Peek
Although nothing official has been released, we've seen in several different blogs some hints at next year's PHP Quebec Conference (March 2006) Some topics that have been accepted into the schedule include XDebug and also PHP times/dates (Derick Rethans), unicode support in PHP 6 and also PHP-GTK2 (Andrei Zmievski), PDO and PHP Security (Ilia Alshanetsky).
PHP Conference UK 2006 Announced
London PHP is sponsoring a low-cost one day PHP Conference for February 10, 2006. At only
£50 (for those who register early), you won't want to miss it. While the speakers and topics have not yet been announced, they have a limit of 230 registrations, so if you're interested, you may want to register soon. To read more about this newly announced conference, go to http://www.phpconference.co.uk/.
Pro-PHP Interviews Prado's Jason Ragsdale & Charlie Xue
If you haven't already, you should check out Pro-PHP's latest podcast interview of Jason Ragsdale & Charlie Xue and the Prado Framework. And if you aren't familiar with the Prado framework, that's definitely worth your time as well. To listen to the podcast: http://www.pro-php.com, and to learn about Prado, go to http://www.xisc.com.
PHP Security Consortium Gets a New Principal
Congrats go out to Daniel Convissor who is a newly elected Principal of the PHP Security Consortium. Among his other achievements, Daniel has contributed much to the Consortium in the way of summarizing security alerts pertinent to PHP Development.
ApacheCon 2005 Attendees Take Note
If you're reading this, then you've obviously got at least one foot in PHP development. And if you're attending ApacheCon in December as well, then you should really pay attention. Chris Shiflett and Geoff Young are holding a PHP Testing tutorial the day before the conference officially begins, and according to Chris' blog, they need a few more registrants to make sure that it can happen. From his abstract, it sounds like a must-see, so if you haven't signed up for the tutorial portion of the conference, perhaps you should reconsider.