December meeting notes

The December meeting had a turn-out better than I’d expected. Despite being in the middle of a snow storm and during the busy holiday season, we had enough attendees to consider it a real meeting, including a few brand new faces.

There wasn’t a whole lot of structure, but it was a good meeting all the same. I gave a brief demonstration of my Google Spreadsheets browser, and everyone discussed the various projects they’re working on.

ThatGuy posted meeting notes in the Forums, check them out for more details.

November 2007 Meeting

Lots of great dialogue today. We had a visit from a very nice couple from St. Louis who are looking for some developer support. Expect to see a posting from them in our Jobs and Opportunities section soon.

We also shared concepts and ideas among the following areas:

  • XAMPP – PHP on Windows made Easy
  • PEAR’s delicious module
  • APD – gproff style profiler for PHP
  • Papervision 3D – Flash-based 3d environment
  • Adobe Flex
  • Notepad 2
  • textpad
  • Notepad ++
  • Three PHP Frameworks Compared/Contrasted

    IBM DeveloperWorks has posted the first part of a five-part series on three PHP frameworks: Zend Framework, symfony, and CakePHP. In this series, the author will build a web application using each of the three frameworks.

    Part I: Getting Started
    Part II: Building the application in each of the frameworks – compare and contrast.
    Part III: Weaknesses in each of the frameworks when extending the application
    Part IV: AJAX support
    Part V: Working outside of the frameworks

    Building a better Programmer

    Spend 2 minutes on Google, and I’m sure you can have a bunch of PHP is better than Ruby and visa-versa. That’s not why I’m posting this. This article doesn’t interest me because it is Ruby vs. PHP, nor does his use of cursing appeal to me all that much. What I like about it are the lessons the author provides.

    Look at that old cruddy PHP code you worked on two years ago. You know what I’m talking about. Seriously, it’s only cruddy because you are two years wiser–two years more experienced. The site is still up–still maintainible.

    Now, go learn Ruby and Rails…go learn .NET, J2EE or who knows what else. When you come back to PHP (and you will ;-) ) you are going to crank out the meanest, slickest, hottest code you ever wrote.

    That’s the lesson I liked so much: Never stop learning new ways to make the best tool for the job even better.

    http://www.oreillynet.com/ruby/blog/2007/09/7_reasons_i_switched_back_to_p_1.html

    Scripting Fun :: Automatic Next Meeting Date Calculation

    OK. I have finally taken the time to hack together a block for automatically stating the Next PHP Meeting date. What I needed was a way to get the third Saturday of the current month unless it has already past. Then it would get the third Saturday of next month.

    If you want to have some fun with a nice academic exercise, read the article and start hacking!

    The “algorithm” I hacked together was:
    [code]
    $t=getdate();
    $today = mktime(0,0,0,$t['mon'],$t['mday'],$t['year']);

    $this_month_start = mktime(0,0,0,$t['mon'],1,$t['year']);
    $next_month_start = mktime(0,0,0,$t['mon']+1,1,$t['year']);

    $this_month_date = strtotime("Third Saturday",$this_month_start);
    $next_month_date = strtotime("Third Saturday",$next_month_start);

    if($today <= $this_month_date) {
    $event_date = $this_month_date;
    } else {
    $event_date = $next_month_date;
    }
    print "Saturday, ".date('F dS, Y',$event_date)." 2:30pm";
    ?>[/code]

    Now make me proud and post your improvements.

    Happy Hacking!!

    PHP 4 End-Of-Life Announced

    Maybe this will get vendors to start switching their buggy code over to PHP 5, which is already 3 years old. Of course, PHP 6 is on the horizon… Support (patches, mostly) will be offered through the end of the year 2007. Then it’s game over for PHP 4.

    _QUOTEC


    The end is in sight for the 7-year-old but still popular version 4 of PHP, open-source software that lets servers create customized Web pages such as online catalog pages or a list of search results.

    Full Story via cNet News.com

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