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  • XML & Web Services Slides, by Ben Ramsey
    slides from the presentation PDF 2 MB and what follows is the list of links for further reading Further Reading XML RPC XML RPC Specification PEAR XML RPC Zend XmlRpc SOAP W3C SOAP Recommendation W3C WSDL Recommendation PHP 5 Soap WSDL Generator REST Architectural Styles and the Design of Network based Software Architectures by Roy Felding How I Explained REST to My Wife by Ryan Tomayko SimpleXML DOM pecl json

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/11/zendcon06-talk/ (2016-04-26)
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  • ZendCon Day 1 Roundup and Keynote Thoughts, by Ben Ramsey
    brilliantly but while WiFi here has been excellent trying to connect to Sara s ad hoc network for the presentation hosed my wireless connection and I couldn t connect for the remainder of the day from the presentation rooms For another roundup of the conference tutorial day I d suggest reading Aaron Wormus s take on the day Unfortunately Aaron s server is currently down so he s unable to blog on his site or receive e mail for that matter so his roundup post is on PHPDeveloper org Be sure to check it out This morning the opening keynote of the conference was led by Mark de Visser Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski Mark is Zend s Chief Marketing Officer and I ve had the pleasure of talking with him at OSCON and again last night at the speakers ZCE dinner He has a great feel for the PHP and open source community and he s sensitive to the appearance and presence of a corporation within this community I think he brings a wealth of experience to Zend given his background at RedHat and he s doing a great job building Zend s relationship with the community and presenting them in a manner that is acceptable to the community as a whole The keynote covered a range of topics including the current state of the PHP Collaboration Project a demo of the new Google Data client library in the Zend Framework the Eclipse PHP project Zend Platform and Zend Studio and the future direction of PHP Mentioned also was the imminent release of PHP 5 2 which might be available this coming Thursday Overall the keynote was good informative and well presented though I felt the introductory part of the keynote in which some applications such as Joomla and

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/11/zendcon-day-1-roundup-and-keynote-thoughts/ (2016-04-26)
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  • PHP Throwdown (and Zend Con), by Ben Ramsey
    announced by Elizabeth Naramore PHP Throwdown The competition sounds exciting and I m hoping to get a group together from Atlanta PHP to participate It s still in the planning stages so you need to keep your eyes on it for announcements and more information For now here are the details What 24 hour coding competition to see who can code the best PHP app When January 27 2007 Who

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/10/php-throwdown/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Off to the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo, by Ben Ramsey
    entitled XML Web Services With PHP An Overview The abstract follows What is XML What are Web Services This talk will answer both of these questions exploring ways to use the powerful features of PHP 5 to consume and create XML based Web Services Topics will include SOAP XML RPC and REST giving real world examples and explaining the differences between and benefits of each There are many things I m looking forward to during this conference including Meeting Eli White of digg com and seeing his presentation on High Volume PHP MySQL Scaling Techniques Meeting and visiting with many phpc friends from Freenode IRC and wearing our t shirts on Tuesday Seeing Marcus Boerger s and Sara Golemon s Extending PHP tutorial Aaron Wormus s talk about migrating to PHP 5 The happy hour sponsored by OmniTI on Wednesday evening Rooming with Aaron Wormus Touring the Winchester Mansion on Halloween night Meeting old friends and making new ones For more information about the conference check out the Zend PHP Conference and Expo Web site Also be sure to check out the sample PDF program they have posted on their site It looks pretty slick and I can t wait

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/10/off-to-the-zendphp-conference-and-expo/ (2016-04-26)
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  • How To Teach PHP, by Ben Ramsey
    to introduce them early on to OOP and best practices rather than trying to get them started fast with a simple Hello World Web site While I agreed with the concept in general I questioned the marketability of this approach When a person picks up a book on PHP I asked what is it they want to do The simple answer is they want to create a dynamic Web site and they want to do it now Publishers will be very reluctant to publish a book that does not follow the traditional teach them to create an application then teach them the best practices model because the reader knows or has heard somewhere that PHP will enable and empower them to create an application albeit a simple one in a matter of minutes This is what makes PHP so attractive to newcomers Nevertheless David had some good points and while I was playing devil s advocate in my comments I agree that the way we introduce newbies to PHP needs to change at the fundamental level Newbies must learn the fundamentals first while still feeling like they are moving somewhere quickly and not being overburdened by a steep learning curve Thus David has followed up his original post with Learning PHP sans bad habits which includes a proposed TOC for such a book The proposed book introduces the reader to PHP syntax from the command line but by the second chapter takes them into Web development with a simple framework that will protect them from bad practices such as failing to filter input and escape output At this point the reader does not yet need to understand these principles or how the framework works these are covered later in the book but they are still learning how to protect themselves

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  • PHP Women, by Ben Ramsey
    my blogroll because women are underrepresented in PHP and these women provide a much needed voice for all female PHP developers However it still seems that there are very few PHP developers who are women or perhaps they re just not very active in the community which is my hunch seeing as how there are at least four women who frequent the Atlanta PHP meetings Tonight during a conversation on IRC my good friends Ligaya Turmelle and Elizabeth Naramore resolved to change this by announcing a call for the creation of a women s group for PHP programmers Now I m not a woman but I m blogging about this because I think this is an important opportunity for the PHP community to reach out to the female programmers of the world and make them feel included in what has largely been a man s industry So if you re a woman and you re a PHP programmer or you re just interested in the group drop by Ligaya s or Elizabeth s blogs and let them know You can also find them both in phpc on Freenode IRC By Ben Ramsey Posted on 9 Oct 2006 Zend PHP 5

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/10/php-women/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide Published!, by Ben Ramsey
    worked out well and I can honestly say that the final product is more than simply a study guide for the Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam In fact it is an essential guide to PHP 5 in general php architect s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide covers topics ranging from the basics of PHP to object oriented programming to databases to Web services and it does so all under the banner of PHP 5 If you want a general primer on PHP 5 then this book is for you If you want to study for the Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam then even better this book is especially for you Coinciding with the release of the book is the announcment of a competition in which the grand prize winner will receive a Zend Studio Professional license a voucher for the Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam one year s subscription to php architect and a signed copy of php architect s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide To find out more about the competition the book the authors and to read a sample chapter check out the book s official Web site at zceguide com And don t forget to

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2006/10/zend-php-5-certification-study-guide-published/ (2016-04-26)
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  • A Community of Diverse Backgrounds, by Ben Ramsey
    where they are by an odd arrangement of life circumstances we call coincidences Almost none elected to be where they are but nearly all enjoy the work they do many to a great degree of passion Joined by Elizabeth Naramore Chris Spruck Randall Bollig and James Logsdon we discussed how we all have diverse backgrounds ranging from marine biology to organizational behavior to literature to business to early employment from job offers while in high school I ll let the reader decide to whom each background belongs I think other programming communities do not have such diversity of backgrounds I could be wrong Yet it seems to me that other communities have developers who started with the intention of gaining a Computer Science degree for the purpose of being a programmer This does not seem to be the case to me with much of the PHP community Such were the conversations held in my Honda Pilot as we ascended into the Great Smoky Mountains with the intent to reach the summit of Clingman s Dome As I pulled into the parking lot near the summit visibility dropped to near zero as clouds enveloped us I opened the door to a great blast of icy wind and though we weren t exactly dressed for the occassion we saw a family wearing scarves and toboggans we proceeded to hike up the half mile trail to the summit We couldn t make out much of the way in front of us so as it began to sprinkle a freezing rain we made the decision to turn back not knowing how far from the top we were We determined this was a good thing for even as we were soaked in the rain walking back to the car it began to hail and sleet

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