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  • Zend/PHP Conference 2007, by Ben Ramsey
    case study of Schematic s use of the Zend Framework in building Nokia s mobile social networking website MOSH A month ago I wrote about the unconference being held at ZendCon this year The unconference is a community space provided by Zend and organized by Patrick Reilly to facilitate discussion among members of the PHP developer community This space is open to all conference attendees who are free to schedule a time slot to lead a discussion or give a presentation This is a perfect opportunity for you if you re interested in testing the presentation waters by giving your first talk at a conference trying out a new or rehashing an old presentation or just sharing your knowledge with and learning from others Be sure to add your session to the schedule soon I ll be giving a new talk at the unconference with the obnoxiously long title Getting Information About Your Upload Before It s Finished Uploading or How To Use A Very Long Presentation Title To Otherwise Say I m Talking About pecl uploadprogress Look for a blog post about pecl uploadprogress from me soon Finally don t forget about the zendcon channel on the Freenode IRC

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/zendphp-conference-2007/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Lampooning Benchmarks, by Ben Ramsey
    data I questioned the testing and I was prepared to dig through the PHP source to write up a post refuting his claims And then I did something smart I followed a link to his follow up post entitled Better Benchmarks in which he explains that his previous post was a lampoon that was supposed to be a spoof celebrating the worst aspects of these types of posts He went on to explain I had thought that with comparing aliases of functions seven times over people would realise what I was doing but apparently my post was just too close to the sad reality and lacking in sufficient humour for people to catch on When reading it in this light it actually is really humorous He goes on to explain another round of testing he did that was intended to show a more accurate measurement of the results His findings are not unexpected and he admits that Overall I conclude that there is no statistical difference between the aliases of a function in the tests that have been run Although this was the expected result I hope that the analysis presented is sufficiently rigorous to discount the possibility of personal bias in the benchmark However for the naysayers out there I ll post some lines from ext standard basic functions c in the PHP source This should prove that the only difference in these functions is the name itself All other code is shared Note that is int and is integer are actually both aliases of is long even though the manual prefers is int PHP FALIAS chop rtrim arginfo rtrim PHP FALIAS ini alter ini set arginfo ini set PHP FALIAS doubleval floatval arginfo floatval PHP FALIAS is int is long arginfo is long PHP FALIAS is integer is

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/lampooning-benchmarks/ (2016-04-26)
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  • SPL Article Published, by Ben Ramsey
    is why I wrote this article My article was originally intended to be part of a series of articles about features and functionality in PHP 5 that provided a case for adopting upgrading to PHP 5 Cal Evans editor in chief of Zend Developer Zone ultimately decided against publishing these articles in a series format but I think the individual articles that were published still fit together fairly well for

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/spl-article-published/ (2016-04-26)
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  • On Being a PHP "Star", by Ben Ramsey
    am lowly ol me who does a bit of PHP at work Wow I feel a little starstruck in a geeky kinda way I have to admit Wow I m a STAR Following this realization this conversation ensued on phpc CalEvans I m a bit player in the PHP drama jsut happy to be on the stage ramsey same here Elazar Pffft your names are better known than most of

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/on-being-a-php-star/ (2016-04-26)
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  • php|works 2007: Day 3, by Ben Ramsey
    Database Query about which others have written nice things As a side note Maggie presented this with live examples from the Oracle command line interface instead of using slides a difficult and risky way to present but she pulled it off flawlessly After that I sat in on Ed Finkler s Intro to Code Igniter presentation As a minimalistic framework which I love Code Igniter appears promising but I was a bit disappointed to see that it makes attempts to be supported on PHP 4 so there are no advanced OOP techniques being used The highlight of the day came next with Terry Chay s new talk The Internet Is An Ogre Finding Art in the Software Architecture where Terry was his typical self dropping the f bomb and pointing out where popular books are dead wrong I look forward to watching him present this again at ZendCon and seeing how it s evolved by then Finally Chris Jones and Ed Finkler rounded out the day with Next Generation Database Applications and Securing the PHP Environment With PhpSecInfo respectively In all this was one of the best PHP conferences I ve attended I agree with Ed who said php architect conferences lack pretension and that s really nice it s about the people and sharing knowledge This really was the case And there wasn t a time slot that I couldn t find something of interest to attend all the speakers and topics were interesting and relevant Kudos to the folks at php architect for having the discernment to select excellent presenters topics There was one thing however that was a shame although the event was held in Atlanta there were few locals in attendance I counted about five or six from the Atlanta PHP user group but apart from

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/phpworks-2007-day-3/ (2016-04-26)
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  • php|works 2007: Day 2, by Ben Ramsey
    Zmievski s keynote entitled The Future PHP6 or Im in ur endginn playin wif ur stringz Here are a few notes I gleaned from his presentation Unicode is so simple you could probably explain it to Paris Hilton or Miss Teen South Carolina might be able to explain it to you PHP6 PHP5 Unicode PHP5 PHP6 Unicode Unicode PHP6 PHP5 mojibake phenomenon of incorrect unreadable characters shown when software fails to render a text according to its associated encoding APC is the best thing to happen to PHP since Rasmus stopped working on it single handedly Ask yourself Can I live with PHP 4 Until 8 8 8 If yes you re done Thanks for playing Afterwards I supported my colleague Maggie Nelson by attending her talk You Don t Need A DBA I had the opportunity to see a preliminary version of her talk and while I enjoyed the preliminary version she had vastly improved it with great examples and information After Maggie s presentation it was my turn to give my talk Designing RESTful Web Applications The slides for this talk are already available on my site Due to some unavoidable distractions from work I had to miss the lunchtime keynote PHP 4 is dead Migrate your code delivered by Chris Shiflett This was unfortunate because I was apparently featured in all my drunken karaoke glory on one of the slides Now I ll never know how I helped to convince people to transition from PHP 4 to PHP 5 The highlight presentation of the day though was perhaps Sara Golemon s How PHP Ticks In this talk Sara explained how the PHP engine converts PHP code into tokens which get further converted into their opcodes that the Zend engine then runs It was very informative and not

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/phpworks-2007-day-2/ (2016-04-26)
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  • php|works 2007 Slides, by Ben Ramsey
    pattern that can be applied to Web applications While REST is generally applied to Web Services the principles that embody REST can be applied to all Web applications providing better information design cleaner URLs and a more semantic web approach This talk will explain the principles and theory behind REST starting with its basic foundation HTTP offer a detailed approach to design a RESTful application and examine several so called

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/phpworks07-slides/ (2016-04-26)
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  • php|works Begins Tomorrow!, by Ben Ramsey
    after hours dinner and drinks If you re interested in hanging out after hours this week look me up at the conference and let me know Also I ll be logged into phpc on Freenode IRC this week along with many other conference attendees The channel will serve as a sort of unofficial conference chatter channel to find conference goers make plans and make general mischief heckling the speakers behind

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/09/phpworks-begins-tomorrow/ (2016-04-26)
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