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Atlanta PHP Users Group:
May Meeting Location Update
May 01, 2006 @ 07:41:51

The Atlanta PHP User Group has posted an update to the information for their May meeting - they've found a place to have it, temporary though it may be.

We have an interim meeting place for the May meeting! Kevin Roberts has secured a room at the Consulate General of Canada in Midtown at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets. Click here for directions. Again, this is only an interim meeting place. I am still trying to secure a more permanent location.

This month's meeting will be a discussion of the Zend Framework - taking it for a test-drive, mentioning its current state/direction it's going, and showing quickly how to use it all (a code tutorial).

tagged: atlanta user group meeting may 4th consulate general of canada atlanta user group meeting may 4th consulate general of canada

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Atlanta PHP Users Group:
May Meeting Location Update
May 01, 2006 @ 07:41:51

The Atlanta PHP User Group has posted an update to the information for their May meeting - they've found a place to have it, temporary though it may be.

We have an interim meeting place for the May meeting! Kevin Roberts has secured a room at the Consulate General of Canada in Midtown at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets. Click here for directions. Again, this is only an interim meeting place. I am still trying to secure a more permanent location.

This month's meeting will be a discussion of the Zend Framework - taking it for a test-drive, mentioning its current state/direction it's going, and showing quickly how to use it all (a code tutorial).

tagged: atlanta user group meeting may 4th consulate general of canada atlanta user group meeting may 4th consulate general of canada

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Justin Silverton's Blog:
PHP Games
Apr 24, 2006 @ 07:10:18

Justin Silverton has a list on his blog of some of the PHP-based games out there today, including several RPGs and various smaller, lighter games.

The list includes:

Not all of them are smaller, independant sites either - the Heroes of Might and Magic site is related to the widely popular Ubisoft game of the same title. Always great to see PHP being used in major ways!

tagged: games heros of might and magic rpg simple games heros of might and magic rpg simple

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Justin Silverton's Blog:
PHP Games
Apr 24, 2006 @ 07:10:18

Justin Silverton has a list on his blog of some of the PHP-based games out there today, including several RPGs and various smaller, lighter games.

The list includes:

Not all of them are smaller, independant sites either - the Heroes of Might and Magic site is related to the widely popular Ubisoft game of the same title. Always great to see PHP being used in major ways!

tagged: games heros of might and magic rpg simple games heros of might and magic rpg simple

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Professional PHP Blog:
PHP Games
Apr 07, 2006 @ 06:52:42

From the Professional PHP site today, there's an interesting new post about a game the author found (via digg) of "Heroes of Might and Magic" online minigame. What makes it even cooler? It's written in PHP and uses Prototype and Scriptaculous for the interface.

The interface is very drag and drop oriented and it uses Ajax to update game status. The graphics are very good. No flash as far as I can tell.

Their server is getting crushed right now, intermittently not responding and running out of MySQL connections. The javascript crashed my browser a couple times. Still, I was intrigued by the combination of Ajax and PHP and I liked the interface. Definitely one to bookmark for later.

The game is a bit less overloaded now, but still a bit slow. The interface is wonderfully done, and easy to understand. It's great to see the popular pairing of Ajax and PHP starting to show up in commercial applications, too.

tagged: game ajax heroes of might and magic minigame prototype scriptaculous game ajax heroes of might and magic minigame prototype scriptaculous

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Professional PHP Blog:
PHP Games
Apr 07, 2006 @ 06:52:42

From the Professional PHP site today, there's an interesting new post about a game the author found (via digg) of "Heroes of Might and Magic" online minigame. What makes it even cooler? It's written in PHP and uses Prototype and Scriptaculous for the interface.

The interface is very drag and drop oriented and it uses Ajax to update game status. The graphics are very good. No flash as far as I can tell.

Their server is getting crushed right now, intermittently not responding and running out of MySQL connections. The javascript crashed my browser a couple times. Still, I was intrigued by the combination of Ajax and PHP and I liked the interface. Definitely one to bookmark for later.

The game is a bit less overloaded now, but still a bit slow. The interface is wonderfully done, and easy to understand. It's great to see the popular pairing of Ajax and PHP starting to show up in commercial applications, too.

tagged: game ajax heroes of might and magic minigame prototype scriptaculous game ajax heroes of might and magic minigame prototype scriptaculous

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John Anderson's Blog:
Sip of Java
Mar 10, 2006 @ 07:42:23

John Anderson has posted some of his thoughts in a journey he was forced to travel by a school project - working with Java - from a PHP developer's perspective.

As you might be able to gather from my involvement with Cake, I've always been a pretty big fan of PHP for web development. For some reason, PHP gets a little bit of bad press, and I've always wondered why, because my own experience has been extremely positive. PHP is often cast in a light that shows it to be the language of 15 year old script kiddies, and smaller unmanageable websites. I've never seen it that way.

I'm finishing up my degree in Information Technology at BYU, and as part of that program, students must pass a year long capstone project course. On its face, the course feels like a mix of project management and organizational behavior, but underneath is a lot of project meetings, coding and politics. Our project is a web-based application, and the decision was made that the project be written in Java.

He looks at a few topics, explaining the difficulties/advantages that he found along the way. Topics he covers are:

  • Object Usage
  • Application Structure
  • Database Interaction
  • Error Reporting
  • Scalability and Performance
tagged: sip of java developer perspective objects structure sip of java developer perspective objects structure

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John Anderson's Blog:
Sip of Java
Mar 10, 2006 @ 07:42:23

John Anderson has posted some of his thoughts in a journey he was forced to travel by a school project - working with Java - from a PHP developer's perspective.

As you might be able to gather from my involvement with Cake, I've always been a pretty big fan of PHP for web development. For some reason, PHP gets a little bit of bad press, and I've always wondered why, because my own experience has been extremely positive. PHP is often cast in a light that shows it to be the language of 15 year old script kiddies, and smaller unmanageable websites. I've never seen it that way.

I'm finishing up my degree in Information Technology at BYU, and as part of that program, students must pass a year long capstone project course. On its face, the course feels like a mix of project management and organizational behavior, but underneath is a lot of project meetings, coding and politics. Our project is a web-based application, and the decision was made that the project be written in Java.

He looks at a few topics, explaining the difficulties/advantages that he found along the way. Topics he covers are:

  • Object Usage
  • Application Structure
  • Database Interaction
  • Error Reporting
  • Scalability and Performance
tagged: sip of java developer perspective objects structure sip of java developer perspective objects structure

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Justin's Blog:
Using PHP in large websites
Feb 07, 2006 @ 07:16:53

In one of his latest blog entries, Justin has posted an article from Aaron Crane that talks about using PHP in large websites - some of the issues, methods, and suggestions that he's noticed over time.

The PHP scripting language has an enjoyed an enormous growth in popularity over the past few years. It benefits from being particularly easy to pick up, and from having been designed as a language specifically for producing webpages. This means that choosing PHP as your implementation language allows you to build a dynamically-generated webpage quickly and easily.

However, it is not clear how well PHP scales for use in larger commercial websites. This paper examines the issues in trying to do so.

He invesigates topics like:

  • Separation of presentation from business logic
  • Areas where PHP's initial simplicity can actually make things more complicated
  • Using a team of developers to build a site

For each item, he looks in detail about what the topic is and how a manage/develoeper can get a handle on it. There are good and bad sides to all, but finding the right balance is key.

tagged: using large websites seperation of logic simplicity team using large websites seperation of logic simplicity team

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Justin's Blog:
Using PHP in large websites
Feb 07, 2006 @ 07:16:53

In one of his latest blog entries, Justin has posted an article from Aaron Crane that talks about using PHP in large websites - some of the issues, methods, and suggestions that he's noticed over time.

The PHP scripting language has an enjoyed an enormous growth in popularity over the past few years. It benefits from being particularly easy to pick up, and from having been designed as a language specifically for producing webpages. This means that choosing PHP as your implementation language allows you to build a dynamically-generated webpage quickly and easily.

However, it is not clear how well PHP scales for use in larger commercial websites. This paper examines the issues in trying to do so.

He invesigates topics like:

  • Separation of presentation from business logic
  • Areas where PHP's initial simplicity can actually make things more complicated
  • Using a team of developers to build a site

For each item, he looks in detail about what the topic is and how a manage/develoeper can get a handle on it. There are good and bad sides to all, but finding the right balance is key.

tagged: using large websites seperation of logic simplicity team using large websites seperation of logic simplicity team

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