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Anthony Ferrara's Blog:
The True Problem With PHP
July 06, 2012 @ 13:21:58

In response to some of the "problem with PHP" posts that have been circulating lately, Anthony Ferrara has posted about the "true problem" with PHP - less about the language, more about the community.

The core of the PHP community is filled with a lot of really talented and smart developers doing some really amazing things. But on the fringes, there are a lot of people who are writing articles, tutorials, and posts designed to help beginners learn the language (and usually how to program). The problem with this is that the majority of those authors frankly don't have a clue what they are talking about.

He talks about why this is a problem (bad practices promoted, bad code) and what you, as a PHP developer, can do about it...and maybe help in creating a separate tutorials site with content "approved" to provide good practices and quality code.

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Henri Bergius' Blog:
Open Advice (Book)
March 19, 2012 @ 10:16:36

If you're into Open Source software (doesn't matter if you're new to it or an old hand), you'd do well to check out the book Henri Bergius has posted about - that he also contributed to - "Open Advice - FOSS: What We Wish We Had Known When We Started".

As quoted from the LWN review of the book:

Open Advice is a book that will be helpful to those who are new to FOSS, but, because of the individual voices, styles, and tones, it doesn't read like a "how to". It could even be recommended to those who aren't necessarily interested in contributing, but are curious about what this "free software thing" is all about.

It contains real experience from real developers that work on FOSS projects with chapters titled:

  • "Code First"
  • "University and Community"
  • "Love the Unknown"
  • "Quality Assurance"
  • "Good Manners Matter"
  • "Stop Worrying and Love the Crowd"

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA) and can be downloaded in multiple formats - ePub, mobi, PDF and paperback, if you prefer that.

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PHPWomen.org:
Best Practices Thread
March 20, 2007 @ 08:57:00

The ladies over on PHPWomen.org have opened up a new area in their forums - a place to discuss best practices in PHP.

Just a quick note that the Best Practices forum is now open and already has a couple of fast and easy articles in it for your viewing pleasure. For any aspiring writers - there is also a list of future articles if you want to try your hand at it.

There's already a few articles posted including ones discussing PHPDocumentor, spaghetti code, and variable abuse.

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PHP Magazine:
Weekly PHP Roundup [12th June- 16th June]
June 16, 2006 @ 09:03:48

PHP Magazine has posted their latest weekly roundup for all things happening in the PHP community. This roundup covers June 12th through June 16th.

Some of the topics touched on this week include:

  • the "Five Best Next Generation PHP Frameworks" article
  • "The Evolution of PHP on the Internet" - Nexen.net's latest stats
  • comparing mod_php and FastCGI
  • the announcement of "Baking Day" from the CakePHP group
  • and several of the new PEAR/PECL/Zend Framework updates from the week

Of course, this list only touches briefly on all of the happenings this week, so check out the full list on their site.

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Sebastian Bergmann's Blog:
Static Analysis of PHP Code
June 09, 2006 @ 05:51:11

In this blog entry Sebastian Bergmann notes a sudden surge of interest from the academi ccommunity about PHP.

At least with regard to using static code analysis to automatically detect security vulnerabilities in PHP applications.

I started to collect links to scientific papers on this subject here.

So far, he's already gathered a few - two from Pxy, one from Stanford, and another from the Secure Systems Lab (at the Technical University of Vienna).

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