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7PHP.com:
How To Start A PHP User Group - Hear It From Craig Willis Founder Of LeedsPHP Usergroup
May 27, 2013 @ 13:15:50

On 7PHP.com there's a new interview posted with a PHP community member, Craig Willis, about starting a user group.

This is the #1st set of How To Start A PHP user group in an attempt to help PHP guys all around the world to spring out a local PHP user group if they do not have one nearby. So before you embark on this journey, you need to know what you have to expect, how to prepare yourself, the pitfalls, the to-do lists, the workload behind, the commitment behind and above all the gratification this can bring to your PHP life.

Craig, the founder of the Leeds PHP User Group. He talks about starting the user group, some of the challenges involved and a few tips to help you get started. He also shares a few helpful hints about keeping the group going and how to plan/find speakers.

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Link: http://7php.com/howto-php-usergroup-craig-willis-leedsphp

DevShed:
Benchmarking with the Xdebug Extension
March 09, 2009 @ 15:11:17

DevShed has posted their next-to-last article in their look at using XDebug in your applications - part six, a look at doing some benchmarking with functions the extension provides.

You'll be pleased to hear that the Xdebug extension comes equipped with additional functions that allow us to perform other debugging tasks, such as benchmarking PHP applications and checking in what order certain functions were called by the PHP engine. Therefore, in this sixth chapter of the series I'll be discussing in depth how to take advantage of the benchmarking abilities offered by the Xdebug library, which rely heavily on its "xdebug_time_index()" function.

Their benchamrking example uses the xdebug_time_index function to compare the start and end times of a script. Dropping it into a method in a class makes it even easier - they call the getTime method in their Timer class to grab the latest value.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Zend Quick Start PHP for Experienced Programmers
April 17, 2008 @ 10:25:18

The Zend Developer Zone has pointed out a new course that's offered by Zend to help experienced programmers further their PHP education - Zend Quick Start: PHP for Experienced Programmers.

This course covers many of the same topics as both the PHP I: Foundations and PHP II: Higher Structures classes but at an accelerated rate with special emphasis on the differences between PHP and other commonly used languages.

The next session of the course starts on April 29th and will last through May 16th. There will be nine sessions during that time for two hours at a time. You can get full details, including how to reserve your spot, on the course's page on the Zend website.

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Derick Rethans' Blog:
Calculating start and end dates of a week
November 16, 2006 @ 15:13:37

Derick Rethans has posted a quick tip to his blog today:

A friend asked "How do I calculate start (monday) and end (sunday) dates from a given week number for a specified year?" Instead of having to come up with your own algorithm you can simply do the following in PHP 5.1 and higher.

The (technically) three-line code uses ISO format for the date to tell you which day is the starting day of that week and which is the end. He only explains this format just a bit, so if you want more information, check out the strtotime function page.

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Derick Rethans' Blog:
Calculating start and end dates of a week
September 06, 2006 @ 07:03:24

With just a quick handy code snippet posted on his blog today, Derick Rethans shares these two lines to help grab the start and end dates of a week in question.

A friend asked "How do I calculate start (monday) and end (sunday) dates from a given week number for a specified year?" Instead of having to come up with your own algorithm you can simply do the following in PHP 5.1 and higher.

The code makes use of the ISO8601 datetime functionality to grab the correct value from a strtotime command. Derick also briefly explains how it all works.

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Cake Baker's Blog:
FindABaker Job Board Started
August 27, 2006 @ 10:14:24

On the CakeBaker blog, there's a note about a new job board they've started up specifically aimed at helping companies/other developers look for CakePHP experienced coders.

This week there was a discussion in the IRC channel about a missing job board for cake related jobs. Voila, here it is: findABaker. Feedback is as always welcome.

There's no postings on it yet, but I could definitely see this resource growing right along side the growth of CakePHP. If you'd like to make a posting, you can do so for free up until September 15th - then it's only $20 USD to post.

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WebMonkey:
Get Your Feet Wet with WordPress
June 02, 2006 @ 08:37:23

From WebMonkey, there's a new article for all of the bloggers out there that just don't know where to get started with the look and feel of their site. Tim Ziegler wants to help, and in "Get Your Feet Wet with WordPress" he provides everything from day one.

The best thing about WordPress (apart from it being free) is that plug-ins are available to do all manner of things, from inserting tag clouds into your blog to adding surveys and shopping carts to integrating YouTube videos. Not to mention the fact that you have serious control over the design of each section of your site.

But here's the rub: WordPress' system for messing with your blog design and site functionality is powerful, but can be confusing and awkward until you figure out how all the pieces fit together.

This article will pull apart the templating system and make you a WordPress Grand Wazier or your money back! (Not really on the money back.)

He covers a few different topics, including installing custom templates, how WordPress template files work together, working a bit with PHP to pull in remote content (or local, for that matter), and the best places to grab some of those handy WordPress plugins.

The one thing he doesn't cover is the installation, so you'll need to have it up and working before you tackle this tutorial. He suggests starting with a good base theme and going from there - changing settings, modifying the HTML, and using plugins to your advantage to enhance the functionality of your site.

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