Webdevity.de announced their 2006 Code Challenge for open source programmers. The challenge goes from May 4-August 15, 2006. They will be accepting entries in 3 categories (all open source solutions) - web based calendar, wikipodcast and a captcha class. Prizes include Zend Studio Enterprise, Zend Guard 4, tickets to Euroscon, and many more. All participants receive an O' Reilly book of their choice and a free yearly membership for webdevity.de. For more information, go to http://www.webdevity.de/codechallenge.html
DCPHP Conference Announced
There will be another opportunity for all of us PHP coders in the world to go to a conference and learn a thing or two. Washington DC's PHP User Group, PHP DC, has announced the DCPHP Conference, to be held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, on October 18-20, 2006. They are currently entertaining talk/tutorial proposals, and you can read more about that at http://www.dcphpconference.com/.
A quick note on the NYPHP Conference Website tells us they've made their final decisions on speakers and tutorials. We see some familiar names (Andrei Zmievski, Derick Rethans, Rasmus Lerdorf, Ilia Alshanetsky, John Coggeshall, David Sklar, Laura Thomson, Joe Stagner, Rod Smith) and some not-so-familiar names (Marc Isikoff, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Eero Teerikorpi, CEO, Continuent; Guillaume Jarysta-Dautel, CTO, Devolia; Kitman Cheung, IBM; Richard Rosa, SVP/CTO, Debt Resolve; Gregory Stoltz, CTO, Direct Response Technologies among others). Just a reminder, the conference itself will be held June 14-16, 2006, with June 12-13 set aside for pre-conference tutorials. For a look at the complete schedule with topics, go to http://www.nyphpcon.com/conference_glance.php.
Extending PHP Tutorial
Wez Furlong has posted a copy of slides (in PDF) from a talk he gave in October 2003 on extending PHP. The 24 slides are very comprehensive and he says "the content is based on PHP 4, but should still be applicable to PHP 5." To get your hands on a copy, visit Wez's blog at http://netevil.org/node.php?nid=824.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
DB_QueryTool - An OO-interface for easily retrieving and modifying data in a DB.
MDB_QueryTool - An OO-interface for easily retrieving and modifying data in a DB.