My last post about Wordpress and Capistrano made people ask why wasn't I using Phing, and staying within the PHP ecosystem. The answer was simple, I wanted to learn Ruby, and I wanted to learn Capistrano. The question kept nagging me though, so I decided to find out how easy would it be to duplicate this in PHP.
He lists some of his requirements (as laid out in his Capistrano build) like made over a secure connection and can work with the Rackspace Cloud Sites. He came up against a few issues - some dealing with the platform, another about the tools installed - but besides that, things got working quickly. He includes the XML configuration file he used for Phing to get it all working happily.