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Community News:
A Look Back at 2007
January 01, 2008 @ 11:05:29

PHP was a great year for the PHP community and had both his high moments and its lows (just like any other community on the web) so, in lieu of our usual monthly recap type of year en post, we present a summary of some of the things that happened this past year:

2007 Gave us:

  • Plenty to talk about on namespaces
  • GoPHP5
  • EMFs (Even More Frameworks)
  • the mysqlnd driver
  • lots of new tutorials
  • over 2,500 new PEAR and PECL package releases
  • Several new PHP releases (5.2.1, 4.4.5, 4.4.6, 5.2.2, 4.4.7, 5.2.3, 5.2.4 and 5.2.5)
  • The End of Life for PHP 4
  • The Month of PHP Bugs
  • A move for PHP in the Enterprise
  • a renewed effort for Unicode support
  • releases from the major framework players like CakePHP, Symfony, Zend Framework, Solar
  • IBM and Oracle working together with Zend
  • Over 130 new job postings
  • Increased interest in running PHP on Windows (FastCGI!)
  • The creation of and episodes 1 through 30 of the Zend Developer Zone podcast PHP Abstract

Books:

  • The Design of Sites: Patterns for Creating Winning Web Sites
  • PHP and MySQL by Example
  • PHP Solutions
  • PHP Programming with PEAR
  • PHP in Action
  • Pro Drupal Development
  • The eZ Components Developers Handbook
  • The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks (2nd Edition)
  • Learning PHP Data Objects
  • Enterprise PHP Development (announced)

Conferences:

  • 5th Annual eZ Conference
  • Vancouver PHP Conference
  • php|tek 2007
  • Dutch PHP Conference
  • SymfonyCamp
  • php|works 2007
  • Zend/PHP Conference & Expo 2007 (including the Unconference)
  • DC PHP Conference 2007
  • PHP London 2007 Conference

I know there's stuff out there that I've missed, so comment away and let the community know! (I might come back and link all of these things later on)

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