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  • Rebooting Nashville PHP, by Ben Ramsey
    it can sustain itself without my involvement Now I m in Nashville A few months ago I moved here to pursue a job with a local web start up I never had any intention of running the local PHP user group but Will Fitch the former Nashville PHP organizer contacted me to see if I would be interested in taking over the reins He had moved out of the area and was no longer able to devote the time necessary to keep the group growing I humbly accepted the torch and that s why I m now the Nashville PHP organizer There have been several incarnations of PHP user groups in the Nashville area over the past ten years all with varied success It is my hope to build on those successes and to grow a sustained community of members who are personally invested in seeing a vibrant and active PHP community in the Middle Tennessee area That s a lofty goal that will require a lot of hard work so I ll need your help Nevertheless I m up for the challenge and I hope you ll join me in growing this community First of all a few matters of business Nashville PHP will hold regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the same location each month I am currently solidifying this location and I ll let you know when details are finalized June 8 at 7pm will be our first meeting Location and topic TBA Nashville PHP will continue to use Meetup com as our central place for membership and meeting announcements and RSVPs I m dropping the discussion forums on Meetup com in favor of a Google Group for discussions and job postings Please join the Nashville PHP Google Group Follow

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2010/04/rebooting-nashville-php/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Blasting Off with Moontoast, by Ben Ramsey
    connect with their customers and market their ideas skills and products to the Moontoast Social Commerce Network and beyond Businesses use Moontoast to build branded communities A Moontoast Branded Community generates new leads and creates new selling environments for businesses and businesses can turn their employees affiliates fans and members into revenue generating branded Guides That s Moontoast in a nutshell While all of this might sound like boilerplate marketing verbiage it s actually my own words about what Moontoast is Moontoast is a startup and we re still in the early stages As with all startups there are risks and considerations that must be made prior to joining one as Keith has outlined As such I didn t take my decision to join lightly but I firmly believe this is the right opportunity at the right time and place I ve moved to Nashville TN to make this possible My family is still behind in Atlanta but they ll be moving to join me later this year I ve joined Moontoast as the Senior Software Architect joining the team at a crucial stage in its development Moontoast is built on top of a LAMP stack a tried and true platform for scalable websites but we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us to ensure that we remain stable as our traffic increases and that s part of my job I ll also be focused on all the things that most software architects do team leadership mentoring code quality standards and practices task management performance tuning security and hardening data modeling UML diagraming lots of white boarding etc etc After just four months with Moontoast I m still very excited to be a part of the team and I believe we have a bright future ahead I

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2010/04/blasting-off-with-moontoast/ (2016-04-26)
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  • PHP Advent 2009, by Ben Ramsey
    three years prior to that I m privileged to be a part of the 2009 edition of PHP Advent This year my post is about the PHP community If you have any comments feel free to leave them here By Ben Ramsey Posted on 18 Dec 2009 Microsoft Web Dev Summit 2009 Blasting Off with Moontoast Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/12/php-advent-2009/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Microsoft Web Dev Summit 2009, by Ben Ramsey
    objective analysis This is good for Microsoft because many PHP developers continue to use Windows as their local development platform while deploying to NIX systems All performance arguments out of the way if developers can deploy to the same platform they use for development would they Other barriers for developers include cost and even open source philosophy but mostly cost Microsoft is eliminating this obstacle with their WebSite Spark and BizSpark programs The philosophy argument is addressed by licensing some Microsoft tools and libraries under Microsoft open source licenses which include BSD like and GPL like licenses There are many other reasons why this summit is good for Microsoft but I ll end with a third one for this post In the spirit of openness and transparency open source communities tend to be very vocal and honest often brutally honest So why would Microsoft invite a room full of PHP developers where the common laptop present will be running Mac OS X with a few Linux laptops sprinkled in the room and even fewer Windows laptops Our community doesn t hold back with our opinions That s why Each person in the room has ideas of how Microsoft can be better community citizens provide better and easier to use products for developers and improve support for PHP on Windows We may not use that platform but we all have ideas for how it can be better I don t think Microsoft is kidding itself that it will convert us to its platform but I do think they value our opinions and presence because our feedback will make their products better and we ll communicate the experience back to the greater PHP community i e through blog posts such as this improving their image Do I think Microsoft has done anything

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/12/microsoft-web-dev-summit-2009/ (2016-04-26)
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  • CodeWorks Wrap-up, by Ben Ramsey
    after several weeks of intermittent uptime to let them deal with the problems That s what delayed my posting and I apologize to those who have been looking for the slides To sum up CodeWorks New York I would have to say that the energy and enthusiasm at the New York conference was by far the best of all seven cities The turn out was great and the hallway track was the best yet with myriad discussions extending from the talks I m not sure what made the difference but it was definitely the best stop Seven cities in fourteen days CodeWorks was a whirlwind tour and I was privileged to be a part of it It was a pleasure to meet PHP developers in each city and to talk with those who lead user groups are starting a group or are thinking of starting one And the talks were excellent presented by some of the best and brightest in the PHP community It was an awesome experience and I m glad we were able to take the conference to developers rather than expecting the developers to come to the conference Though some cities had low attendance the quality of each event was never lessened If the conference continues next year I think we ll see more attendees in each city Yes I would do it all again So I hope Marco sees fit to organize it next year or at least every other year I blogged every city we visited If you re interested here are those posts Days 1 2 San Francisco Days 3 4 Los Angeles Days 5 6 Dallas Ft Worth Days 7 8 Atlanta Days 9 10 Miami Days 11 12 Washington Days 13 14 New York this post As promised here are the slides

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/12/codeworks-wrap-up/ (2016-04-26)
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  • POST vs. PUT, by Ben Ramsey
    of specificity is because the methods defined by HTTP are part of the Web s architecture definition not the REST architectural style Specific method definitions aside from the retrieval resource duality of GET simply don t matter to the REST architectural style so it is difficult to have a style discussion about them The only thing REST requires of methods is that they be uniformly defined for all resources i e so that intermediaries don t have to know the resource type in order to understand the meaning of the request As long as the method is being used according to its own definition REST doesn t have much to say about it The POST vs PUT debate however does rage on in different communities and some protocols have defined their usage For example the Atom Publishing Protocol RFC 5023 explicitly states in section 4 3 that POST is used to create and PUT is used to edit The important thing to note is that REST doesn t care how the HTTP verbs are used as long as they are used properly according to how they are defined in the protocol you are using For those interested HTTP RFC 2616 defines POST by saying The POST method is used to request that the origin server accept the entity enclosed in the request as a new subordinate of the resource identified by the Request URI in the Request Line The actual function performed by the POST method is determined by the server and is usually dependent on the Request URI The posted entity is subordinate to that URI in the same way that a file is subordinate to a directory containing it a news article is subordinate to a newsgroup to which it is posted or a record is subordinate to

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/11/post-vs-put/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Building Titanium with PHP, by Ben Ramsey
    Python and Ruby This however can t be done when using pre processing mode but in that case your PHP scripts will work just like you re used to them working on a web server Since it may still be a while before the next release of Titanium that includes PHP I ve decided to provide instructions here on how to build the SDK from the master branch and connect it to the Titanium Developer application Sorry but I don t have instructions for Windows these work on Mac or Linux Download and install Titanium Developer from http www appcelerator com products download Launch Titanium Developer and let it do its thing you ll have to create an acct Now you may close it You should now have a Titanium directory with the SDK in it at either Library Application Support Titanium Mac titanium or opt titanium Linux Now build the development SDK to use with Titanium Developer You ll need Python scons a compiler and possibly other prerequisites git clone git github com appcelerator titanium desktop git cd titanium desktop git submodule update init scons dist Unzip the built SDK to some location I like to use titanium dev unzip build osx dist sdk 0 7 0 zip d titanium dev Move Titanium Developer SDK out of the way and point to your build SDK cd Library Application Support Titanium mv modules modules old mv runtime runtime old mv sdk sdk old ln s titanium dev modules modules ln s titanium dev runtime runtime ln s titanium dev sdk sdk Now relaunch Titanium Developer You re now ready to build a project with PHP Click Create to generate a stub project I ll cover more about development with PHP in Titanium in the future but let s get started

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/10/building-titanium-with-php/ (2016-04-26)
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  • CodeWorks Days 11 & 12 (Washington), by Ben Ramsey
    of the United States Perhaps a tour to other parts of the world is in order to connect with the community on a global scale If I m ever afforded that opportunity and privilege then I will be certain to evangelize the PHP Community in each location hoping to grow our community bringing in new faces and new ideas As I mentioned our next stop was Washington DC Some of us took advantage of free time we had on the afternoon and evening of the tutorial day to visit the city and walk the Mall of the United States capitol We walked from the Washington Monument to the World War II Memorial along the Reflection Pool to the Lincoln Memorial along the Viet Nam Wall around the Ellipse and to the White House Andrei remarked that he was using this opportunity to consumate his citizenship Finally we had dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill apparently the oldest saloon in Washington After dinner our small group met up with some of the other speakers and conference attendees at The Brickskeller where we enjoyed each other s company and some great beer they have other 1000 beers The session day went well After some technical difficulties with my HTTP presentation I managed to get started and one of the attendees even remarked that he thinks my talk is perhaps the most important one at the conference That s the best compliment I ve ever received Everyone stayed for the end of my talk which ran fifteen minutes late eating into the lunch period My AtomPub talk later in the day was much smoother in delivery As I wrap up in Washington I m left wishing that I had more time to explore the capitol but now it s time to move on

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2009/10/codeworks-days-11-12/ (2016-04-26)
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