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Cal Evans' Blog:
Microsoft and PHP
May 06, 2009 @ 10:26:33

In some of his research into PHP and Windows recently, Cal Evans has come across two surprising things about the (usually dismissed) combination of the two:

  • It actually runs well if setup properly
    I don't have a spare computer so I'm not going to discuss performance or show benchmarks. I am talking about ease of use in getting things setup. [...] No, I'm not nearly ready to give up my Linux servers in production and despite Sam Ramji's recent pleas to their open source vendors not to compete on price but compete on value, I can still fail fast and cheap using open source software and operating systems.
  • A lot of open source developers just don't trust Microsoft, just because.
    I am, however, willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I am part of the slim majority on the above poll who thinks they are sincere. The reason I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt is not because I believe that the core of Microsoft has changed in any way [...] but because I believe that inside of Microsoft, there are pockets of brilliance.

Check out more of Cal's thoughts on the matter and the results of his "unscientific" polls he mentions in the rest of the post.

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Felix Geisendorfer's Blog:
With jQuery & CakePHP to World Domination (Slides)
February 27, 2008 @ 08:47:00

Felix Geisendorfer has posted his slides from his presentation at this year's CakeFest covering the powerful combination of jQuery and the CakePHP framework.

Sorry this took so long, but here you can download the PDF or the much better Keynote version of my slides.

He also has an embedded Slideshare player on the post of you want to check out the presentation without the download.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Decorating with External Data
September 27, 2006 @ 08:50:00

On the Zend Developer Zone today, there's this new tutorial that looks at making the move from PHP4's object-oriented programming up to the "more complete obejct model of PHP5" - specifically with the Decorator design pattern.

While working on a project I realized one particular solution was a pretty good way to demonstrate the decorator design pattern together with some of PHP5's features, including abstract classes, interfaces, type hinting, the final keyword and the visibility of properties and methods. This article is intended for those of you who, like myself, are moving from object-oriented programming, including some use of design patterns, in PHP4, to the more complete object model of PHP5.

He sets up a scenario about the development of an online pizza ordering system to show how to "decorate" a pizza with each of the toppings on a list (instead of having to list out every pizza in every possible topping combination). Of course, all of the code is included and explained so you understand exactly what's happening. Finally, there's a demonstration of its usage - a simple call that grabs the stock level/name/cost of each of the items in stock (pizza combinations).

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