This post focus on the question of whether it is useful for PHP developers to obtain a certification.
Maurício Garcia is a reputed PHP professional from Brazil that gives presentations about Zend PHP certification that help people to decide whether is it really worth taking the exam and how to get prepared to take it.
Maurício has given an interview that answers many questions that may help PHP developers decide whether it is worth obtain the PHP Zend certification and to prepare yourself to pass the exam. The complete interview is published in this article.
This article explains what are stream handlers and how they simplify PHP developers lives by allowing PHP applications to easily read and write data from containers, like remote Web pages or e-mail messages, as if they were files.
A real world example is presented to demonstrate how you can access messages in a POP3 mailbox and how it can be used to automatically process messages from the site users requesting support.
The article also presents more examples of cool stream handlers classes submitted to the PHPClasses site by several authors.
Unrelated to this topic, the PHPClasses site is announcing the availability of a Twitter activity stream that may be used to keep track in a single place of the submissions like: the latest classes, reviews, blog posts and trackbacks.