Saturday, May 27, 2006

PHP DEVELOPMENT: Picasa for Linux

Let's say you happily use Linux, but you sometimes find yourself wishing you had access to interesting new apps that launch for Windows but not Linux. And maybe, like a lot of us, you have a lot of photos stored on your personal machine, and you've read about or even tried Google's photo organizer, Picasa. But using it means switching to Windows, even temporarily. (We know--thanks but no thanks.)


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

An Introduction to Sockets in PHP

Working with low-level sockets can be a painful task in PHP. Fortunately, PHP offers a nice library of socket handling functions to make your life easier. If you do a lot of network programming in PHP, you will want to check out this three-part series, which starts with the basics and takes you through more advanced approaches. This article is the first one in the series.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

PHP IDE Debug Protocol

Lately there were many questions and comments on blogs and in PHP related forums regarding the debugger protocol, which will be used in the PHP IDE project at For those of you who are not familiar with the ' debug protocol ' term or do not know what I am talking about here is a short explanation. PHP IDE Debug Protocol

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Making AJAX development easier

AJAX has the power to make your site more compelling and more dynamic, but AJAX development is often complicated, with much of the development time spent working around browser quirks and the fragility of AJAX components. Trust us, we know--the development of our own AJAX apps, like Google Maps and Google Calendar, caused us no small amount of AJAX-induced frustration.

Making AJAX development easier

Monday, May 15, 2006

Creating ZIP and TAR archives on the fly with PHP

In this tutorial you will learn how to create ZIP and TAR archives dynamically using PHP and the PEAR::Archive_Zip and PEAR::Archive_Tar packages.

Creating ZIP and TAR archives on the fly with PHP

Thursday, May 11, 2006

PHP Optimization

Php optimization is the skill of fine tuning an application to extract maximum performance with minimum server load. Many of my clients in the past have wondered why I spend extra hours just to get the script execution time to be cut down by 1 second.

PHP Optimization


The TIOBE Programming Community Index has been updated for April 2006 showing their view on the status of programming languages in the development community. PHP moves up a spot from 5th to 4th. The long-in-the-tooth C fades back a bit relinquishing 1st place to Java, while C++ gains on its brethren with PHP biting on its heels (a margin of 0.02 between their percentages). PHP has a higher climb rate so expect another big move in the coming year.

Monday, May 08, 2006

PHP : Zend Framework

PHP Powers the WebNow, the world's most popular web programming language gets even better with an easy to use framework for developing the next generation of web applications.


PHP Documentation

PHP Documentation - little collection of the docs,tutorials and howtos related to Linux/Unix programming, system administration and web development. PHP Documentation


Friday, May 05, 2006

PHP 5.1.4

PHP 5.1.4 fixes critical error in PHP 5.1.3 with the $_POST array.
All people that has upgraded to PHP 5.1.3 are recommended to download upgrade to PHP 5.1.4 from official site:

Download PHP 5.1.4

Completely free web design contract - checked in 2006 by qualified lawyers

Although not directly PHP-related, I'm aware that a lot of people who look over this blog are freelance or part time coders. It's always important to make sure that both you and your client stand on the same level, and as such, MediaSurgery have been kind enough to release their web design contract (checked by a lawyer) for free. The contract is available in both Open Office and Microsoft Word formats. Go get it!

Completely free web design contract - checked in 2006 by qualified lawyers

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

PHP 5.1.3. Release Announcement

The PHP development team is proud to announce the release of PHP 5.1.3. This release combines small number of feature enhancements with a significant amount of bug fixes and resolves a number of security issues. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

The security issues resolved include the following:

  • Disallow certain characters in session names.
  • Fixed a buffer overflow inside the wordwrap() function.
  • Prevent jumps to parent directory via the 2nd parameter of the tempnam() function.
  • Enforce safe_mode for the source parameter of the copy() function.
  • Fixed cross-site scripting inside the phpinfo() function.
  • Fixed offset/length parameter validation inside the substr_compare() function.
  • Fixed a heap corruption inside the session extension.
  • Fixed a bug that would allow variable to survive unset().

The feature enhancements include the following notables:

  • The use of the var keyword to declare properties no longer raises a deprecation E_STRICT.
  • FastCGI interface was completely reimplemented.
  • Multitude of improvements to the SPL, SimpleXML, GD, CURL and Reflection extensions.
  • Support for many additional date formats added to the strtotime() function.
  • A number of performance improvements added to the engine and the core extensions.
  • Added imap_savebody() that allows message body to be written to a file.
  • Added lchown() and lchgrp() to change user/group ownership of symlinks.
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE library to version 6.6

The release also includes over 120 bug fixes with a focus on:

  • Make auto_globals_jit work without too many INI changes.
  • Fixed tiger hash algorithm generating wrong results on big endian platforms.
  • Fixed a number of errors in the SOAP extension.
  • Fixed recursion handling in the serialize() functionality.
  • Make is_*() function account of open_basedir restrictions.
  • Fixed a number of crashes in the DOM and PDO extensions.
  • Addressed a number of regressions in the strtotime() function.
  • Make memory_limit work in Win32 systems.
  • Fixed a deadlock in the sqlite extension caused by the sqlite_fetch_column_types() function.
  • Fixed memory leaks in the realpath() cache.
For a full list of changes in PHP 5.1.3, see the ChangeLog

Dipping a Toe into Rapid Application Development for PHP

Dipping a Toe into Rapid Application Development for PHP: "[Summary]

As Andi Gutmans presented at his php|tek keynote, and reinforced by IBM in their showing of QEDWiki, there is indeed a place in PHP for the Rapid Application Development. As part of Andi’s keynote, he spoke about component architectures and showed a quick demo of what that might look like in the future. He did so with a proof of concept called phpBlox. Now, don’t get too excited, it looks nice and worked for the demo, but we are still only at the beginning of the Road to RAD."