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SitePoint.com:
What Happened when we Talked PHP with the Experts
April 15, 2013 @ 09:05:56

On SitePoint.com today they've posted the transcript of a "Talk with the Experts" session they did with Lorna Mitchell (instructor of their recent OOP sessions). The transcript includes questions and answers to those in attendance as well as some good links and advice.

Last Thursday I broke with tradition slightly and ran a Talk with the Experts session in the evening (down under), making it a bit more time-zone friendly for our UK audience. It also meant that I was able to swap my usual coffee for a wine, which probably made the session run a bit more smoothly. The subject was PHP and our expert was Lorna Mitchell, tutor of Object-oriented PHP and co-author of PHP Master: Write Cutting-edge Code.

The transcript starts with a collection of some of the links provided during the discussion and then runs through the entire conversation. There's some good advice in there, especially if you're relatively new to the world of PHP object-oriented programming.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/what-happened-when-we-talked-php-with-the-experts

Reddit.com:
In Web Development is it better to be a Expert or All-arounder?
October 03, 2011 @ 12:32:16

In this new post to reddit.com the question is posed, "is it better to be an expert or all-arounder in web development?"

Is it better to be an Expert in a framework like Zend (a certified Zend Developer) or know a little bit about everything. [...] In sum, it's just taking too much time for me to master Drupal, Magento, and other popular CMS/Frameworks. So I'm wondering if I should just specialize is one framework/CMS.

Most of the comments follow along the same idea - it's good to be an "all-arounder" and know several different technologies, but it's also good to be an expert (or as close as you can) in one or more technologies. As one comment puts it:

In my experience, it's best to have a specialty, but not have a too narrow focus. There's a lot going into a web site - programming, design, usability, marketing, economy, etc. Understanding a number of those fields makes it easier to work with other people.
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Mashable.com:
8 Experts Break Down the Pros and Cons of Coding With PHP
November 23, 2010 @ 12:06:44

Mashable has posted the third part of their "PHP experts" series with a look at what the eight people on their panel think are some of the pros and cons about developing with PHP.

In recent posts, our "PHP masters" gave helpful hints for beginners as well as some pointers for intermediate and advanced coders. For the last post in this series, we've turned to the same experts with some more general questions: What makes PHP a good language? What are some of PHP's drawbacks? And what are the best apps or cleverest hacks you've seen made with and/or for PHP?

Some of the reasons the panels gave were some common issues you hear about with PHP every day - how easy the language makes "spaghetti coding", the low barrier to entry (both good and bad), a problem with copy and pasting and - a very good thing - the documentation the project provides. Disclaimer: I was a member of the panel.

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PHPClasses.org:
Book Review - Expert PHP 5 Tools
August 10, 2010 @ 08:38:38

On the PHPClasses.org blog today there's a new book review posted about a recent release from Packt Publishing - "Expert PHP 5 Tools" by Dirk Merkel.

"Expert PHP 5 Tools" is a book for every developer, beginner to expert. Even experts will find useful information between the lines. You do not really need to have much experience with PHP. If you are really beginning with the language, this book can boost your programming skills very quickly.

He mentions some of the topics in the book including continuous integration, deployment and some howto on debugging. The book won't teach you PHP, but it will introduce you to many of the tools offered to developers.

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Ian Barber's Blog:
Book Review Expert PHP 5 Tools
June 02, 2010 @ 12:08:14

Ian Barber has posted a book review to his blog today covering the Packt Publishing book Expert PHP5 Tools from Dirk Merkel.

[It] is a tour through a variety of processes and systems that the author suggests should be in use by any serious PHP developer. [...] The book is aimed squarely at developers, though most of the advice only really applies if implemented by an entire team, so the natural audience is team leads or one man bands, where decisions regarding coding standards or framework usage are under their control.

He talks about the quality of the writing and how well the topics are covered and how each chapter seems to read like an in-depth tutorial on the given topic (things like phpDocumentor, Eclipse, Subversion, frameworks and UML). He does mention one or two things he would have liked to see out of the book that weren't there like more of a description on problems/issues that popped up using the tools.

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PHPClasses.org:
Book Review Expert PHP and MySQL
May 20, 2010 @ 09:31:00

On PHPClasses.org there's a recent book review of a new offering from Wrox Publishing - "Expert PHP and MySQL" (by Andrew Curioso, Ronald Bradford, Patrick Galbraith). Udi Mosayev is the reviewer.

This book is for developers who have worked on several projects and have some good experience developing with PHP and MySQL, as well developers who develop high-demand applications or applications that handle lots of data and processing. OOP experience is recommended.

He talks about the subjects he specifically likes that the book covers like opcode caching, general caching techniques, Gearman and memcached.

The techniques discussed in this book are used by large sites that we all know like Digg, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube and more. If its good for them, I believe it is good for you too.
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Eirik Hoem's Blog:
Book review Expert PHP5 Tools
May 19, 2010 @ 10:42:14

Eirik Hoem has written up a review of one of the latest PHP-related books from Packt Publishing, "Expert PHP5 Tools".

If you are working with PHP you'll want to read this book. Covering topics like continuous integration, documentation and unit testing thoroughly it gives an insight of great value to any PHP developer.

The review touches on the contents of the book including unit testing, application deployment, version control and how to get your development set up in a more professional way overall. You can find out more about the book from the sample chapter Packt has on their site.

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Giorgio Sironi's Blog:
Expert PHP 5 Tools review
May 18, 2010 @ 08:29:24

Giorgio Sironi has posted a new review of one of the recent PHP-related books from Packt Publishing - Expert PHP 5 Tools - written by Dirk Merkel. The book covers some of the tools that developers can use to get their jobs done better and faster.

The book I'm reviewing today is Expert PHP 5 Tools, which in the last month has gained a lot of momentum in the blogosphere. [...] I'm not severe on this type of readings, because I always have to remember that a book is a starting point: you have to actually use the practices described here and gain experience to be effective. Thus, if you are a project manager which wants to really empower his developers instead of limiting them, check out this book.

He mentions some of the topics covered in this "starting point" book like unit testing, version control, open source frameworks, deployment technologies and an interesting addition, UML modeling. The only content he didn't particularly care for was the emphasis put on using IDEs over something simpler if there's not a need for something quite that heavy.

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Michelangelo van Dam's Blog:
Book review Expert PHP 5 Tools
May 13, 2010 @ 13:06:19

In a new post to his blog today Michelangelo van Dam has posted his review of a PHP-related book from Packt Publishing - "Expert PHP 5 Tools".

Expert PHP 5 Tools is a new book from Packt Publishing written by Dirk Merkel. In 10 chapters Dirk introduces the reader with several PHP tools that will improve development processes and quality of code from a single developer or a team of developers. From simply syntax checking and code validation to automated testing and deploying, each chapter discusses each tool in detail and contains sample code to put the theory into practice.

Michelangelo was impressed by the book and the depth of the tools it covered including PHPUnit, PHP_CodeSniffer, XDebug, Cruise COntrol, Phing and Eclipse PDT. He suggests it as a "must read" for any developer looking to further their professional development skill.

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CMSReport.com:
Expert PHP 5 Tools book
April 30, 2010 @ 09:33:42

A new review of a recent PHP offering from Packt - Expert PHP5 Tools - has been posted to cmsreport.com today. It gives a basic overview of the contents and highlights a few of the topics covered.

Written by Dirk Merkel, this book will enable developers to write unit tests and practice test-driven development from an expert. The developers will also learn to develop their own coding standard and enforce it automatically.

The book gives tips and techniques on things like creating well documented code, keeping it efficient and maintainable and some topics not directly related to PHP like version control and automated build tools.

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