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  • Welcome, New Year, and Other Miscellaneous Things, by Ben Ramsey
    and in 2007 I published only one article so I resolved this year to get off my ass and remedy this In February php architect will publish my article entitled Grokking the REST Architectural Style This article attempts to explain what Representational State Transfer really is by going beyond peoples fascination with designing URLs using XML and focusing on HTTP methods Instead I ll look at the real heart of REST with hopes that readers will fully understand what it means to build a RESTful application A fellow web services aficionado said of the article I think you expressed very nicely what the concepts are all about and without a URL or HTTP verb in sight Following the REST article in March php architect will begin publishing my monthly column From the Cloud In From the Cloud I ll be looking at practical web services you can use as well as exploring trends that are transforming the way we use the Web Here s a quick blurb from the column that describes its focus bq As the Web matures and enters its third decade of life many services are turning to cloud based models of data storage End users are becoming more and more comfortable with the notion that their data lives in the ether of the Internet rather than on their personal computers Finding that data retrieving it manipulating it and using it in meaningful ways are the challenges that face the era of the intelligent Web I hope you ll join me each month as we explore these services and technologies From the Cloud Finally later this year php architect will publish another article I m working on that will take a practical look at using HTTP in your applications in a RESTful way There may also be a book idea or two in the works for me but more on that later Oh and I also had the privilege of being invited again to write a PHP Advent post during the month of December I wrote a post entitled Practice Safe Idempotent Methods Furthering my ramblings in this post I also wanted to mention some community projects I m working on this year As always I d like to see PHPCommunity org evolve and grow into a real website that offers real value to the PHP community so that s on my list of things to do I ll post more on that in the future In addition I have some plans for Atlanta PHP this year that include a new website incorporation so we can accept donations and an event to occur later in the year but you ll hear more from me about this as the details are finalized Inspired by my own writings for the From the Cloud column I ll also be developing a PHP library of classes for interacting with various web services This began with the Amazon Web Services library in PHP project but I ll be migrating that elsewhere to

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/01/welcome-new-year-and-other-miscellaneous-things/ (2016-04-26)
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  • The Death of SOA?, by Ben Ramsey
    become confusing and thus misleading All it is anymore is marketing speak just like Web 2 0 Everyone and their brother has a different idea of what Web 2 0 means and I suspect the same has happened for SOA However she says that although the word SOA is dead the requirement for service oriented architecture is stronger than ever She goes on to say that successful SOA i e application re architecture requires disruption to the status quo SOA is not simply a matter of deploying new technology and building service interfaces to existing applications it requires redesign of the application portfolio And it requires a massive shift in the way IT operates What is required is good software architecture not simply throwing on layers and layers of other services and hoping for the best I think this is her own attempt to disrupt the status quo She wants to do away with the terminology because it has clouded the real issue What s the real issue She highlights this when she concludes and that s where we need to concentrate from this point forward Services IMO bolting on services should never become a replacement for good software architecture

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/01/the-death-of-soa/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Seven Things, by Ben Ramsey
    I quit because I was burned out and tired of parents telling me what to teach their children I have now become jaded and cynical of organized religion maybe I ll get better some day I didn t drink any alcohol until I was 21 honest I was in a short lived lounge rock band in college called Not Quite Seven we played mostly at Uncle Calvin s in Carrollton GA our last show was at GA Tech in 2000 I played bass and sucked My degree is in English Literature not Computer Science I go by my middle name so consider Ben Ramsey a pseudonym of sorts and not my legal name I taught myself to play guitar and hammered dulcimer though I am long out of practice for both My first program was written in BASIC on an Atari 400 and it was a Mad Lib generator that prompted the user for input nouns adjectives adverbs etc and plugged these variables into a story it printed out I was 8 or 9 years old And now I get to tag people Yay Here are my tagees Brian DeShong because he s my boss and keeps telling me to stop saying that Aaron Wormus for being a good friend since the early days of phpc Eli White practitioner of anachronism and fellow lover of good beer Michael Kimsal who has PHPGUY on his car tag Greg Stein for always knowing the best places for drinks at OSCON Laura Thomson for despising all frameworks Rafael Dohms who is Mr PHP Brazil And here are the rules Link your original tagger s and list these rules on your blog Share seven facts about yourself in the post some random some weird Tag seven people at the end of your post by

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  • Slides from php|works & PyWorks, by Ben Ramsey
    now overdue article on REST for php architect and I m sure my editor would not like it if she knew I was blogging about REST instead of writing my article about it I ll announce that article here when it s published so you can go snag a copy I will say this one thing though In my talk I mentioned that the REST community doesn t care much for content negotiation I simplified the issue though because there are really two camps On the one side you have those who think content negotiation is the only way to go and on the other side you have those who prefer file extensions or query string parameters that denote the content type to return There is actually an interesting discussion about a proposal to use a type attribute in the a tag in HTML 5 to tell the client what content type to request for the resource identified by the URL in the href It might look something like this a type text html href user ramsey Ben Ramsey a a type application pdf href user ramsey Ben Ramsey PDF a And with that I leave you with the slides for my talk Representational State Transfer or REST has become the hip new buzzword of Web 2 0 But what really makes an application RESTful Is it pretty URLs Or the use of XML over HTTP Is it any web service that doesn t use SOAP In all of the hype the definition of REST has become clouded and diluted It s time to take a fresh look at REST In this talk Ben Ramsey reintroduces REST and its architectural style He shows that REST is not only an architecture for web services but that it describes an architecture for

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2008/12/works08/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Speaking At php|works In Atlanta, by Ben Ramsey
    PHP community and if you ll be in the Atlanta area you should come too I can t say it enough the price of this conference compared to the value you receive from the talks and networking is a steal In addition if you sign up for the tutorials you get a free training course at php architect You really can t get a better deal at any other conference

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2008/11/speaking-at-phpworks-in-atlanta/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atlanta PHP 11/08 Meeting, by Ben Ramsey
    us and as a group we ll come up with the solutions Bring your laptop or a thumb drive containing snippets samples of your code or application so we can look at it as a group This is sure to be a learning experience for us all Our meeting takes place at the Consulate General of Canada at 100 Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets Click here for directions You will need to see the concierge in order to gain access to the 17th floor PHP Basics at the Atlanta Web Design Group Meetup on November 11 On November 11 at 7 00pm Matthew Turland will speak to the Atlanta Web Design Group about PHP covering basics of the language and best practices from a designer s perspective This will include basic output variables conditional branches loops output modularization using includes coding style and escaping output for security purposes Matthew is the Lead Programmer for a Web application service provider is Zend PHP Certified and works with PHP and MySQL on a daily basis He s also a member of the PHP Community organization and serves as an organizer for the Acadiana Open Source Group You can also read his blog at matthewturland com There will be a 30 40 minute presentation followed by Q A and discussion You must RSVP at Meetup com for this meeting php works and PyWorks in Atlanta November 12 14 Atlanta PHP invites you to join us at php works and PyWorks in Atlanta GA November 12 through 14 Atlanta PHP user group members receive 100 off the price of registration The publishers of php architect and Python Magazine are proud to invite you to php works and PyWorks two great conferences that will take place in

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2008/11/atlanta-php-1108-meeting/ (2016-04-26)
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  • ZendCon 2008 Slides, by Ben Ramsey
    a platform upon which massively distributed applications run Rich clients turn personal computers into thin clients not storing or processing any data locally but rather connecting to a web service where the data resides These services may target intranets extranets or the global Web community but to work they need a common language One such language is the Atom Publishing Protocol Since its inception as a draft recommendation in 2003 the Atom Syndication Format RFC 4287 has been used as an alternative to Really Simple Syndication RSS feeds on blogs throughout the blogosphere Most have understood Atom as just another feed format but the publication of the Atom Publishing Protocol RFC 5023 opens the door for far more uses of the Atom format as both a means for distribution of data as well as publication Ben Ramsey will introduce the Atom Syndication Format and Atom Publishing Protocol explaining in depth how these can form the foundation of any web service for publication and distribution of data in any environment from the enterprise right down to the small business level Ramsey will also discuss RESTful design principles as they relate to the Atom Publishing Protocol View and download slides By Ben

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2008/09/zendcon-2008-slides/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Heading To ZendCon, by Ben Ramsey
    attendee to attend the Uncon it is good that they re opening up the space for anyone attending the conference to share ideas through presentation and discussion in an open forum The Uncon is the community space and the place to be if you want to engage the PHP Community while at ZendCon The round table discussion I m moderating at the Uncon is titled with tongue firmly planted in cheek PHP Developers Groups Cat Herding 101 User group leaders and volunteers will likely agree with me that organizing meetings often feels like herding cats This discussion is primarily for user group leaders and volunteers but it s not exclusive It s open to everyone who would like to listen learn and participate in discussion about planning for user group meetings and events and how to reach out and communicate with your user group members and the local developer community in your area If you ve ever had an interest in starting a user group by all means please be sure to attend The user group discussion will take place on Wednesday September 17th at 5 15pm in the Uncon space At the conference proper I ll be giving my Distribution and Publication With Atom Web Services presentation This is the second time I will have given this talk and it has been greatly improved since I gave it at DC PHP earlier this year The previous incarnation of this talk was geared more towards developers but this time I think the presentation will be of interest to both programmers and managers alike since I not only describe in technical detail how Atom works but I also give high level information explaining how Atom Web Services may be beneficial to your business or organization I make the case for why

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2008/09/heading-to-zendcon/ (2016-04-26)
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