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148. Is PHP 5.4 really coming soon? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 12

Posted on: 2011-05-31

Slowly, PHP core developers are moving on towards the release of PHP 5.4.

On the episode 12 of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss the latest developments and what is still stalling the progress of the developments needed to make PHP 5.4 happen.

They also discuss the polemic around an article on whether Chrome is still not as good as Firefox for Web development.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript now to learn more of when PHP 5.4 is expected to be released and about other interesting subjects.


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147. Top 10 Reasons Why Firefox is still Better than Chrome for Web Development

Posted on: 2011-05-19

Sometime ago many of us, Web developers, have switched from using Firefox to Google Chrome because of important features like speed.

Now that Firefox 4 was launched it addressed some of the issues we had with past versions, thus making it better at least for Web development.

This article explains some of the top reasons why Firefox is still a better browser than Google Chrome to aid in our Web development work.


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145. JavaScript jobs for developers in the JavaScript Professionals directory

Posted on: 2011-04-25

Maybe you are already aware, but in case you aren't, the JavaScript Professionals Directory was just launched.

It is similar to the PHP professionals directory in PHPClasses site, except that it is dedicated to list JavaScript professionals available for hiring.

Developers that sign-up there may get JavaScript job offers of their interest. It is a free service. Companies looking for JavaScript developers may also post JavaScript job offers for free. There are already a few jobs posted there.

This is an small notice telling more about what is this initiative.


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139. PHP Zeitgeist 2010: What PHP developers have been looking for in the last year?

Posted on: 2011-01-03

PHP Zeitgeist is an initiative similar to Google Zeitgeist for presenting information about what PHP developers have been looking for in the latest times.

The PHP Zeitgeist 2010 edition was just published. This article presents an analysis about PHP developers search trends during 2010.


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138. 2010: Yet another great year for PHP

Posted on: 2010-12-23

2010 was an year full of interesting happenings for the PHP development and its community of developers.

This article presents a balance of what were the most important happenings in the PHP community in 2010, as well a reflection of what we can expect for 2011 for PHP, as well for the PHPClasses site.


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137. Hardware Accelerated PHP, PHP 5.3.4, PHP 5.4 hold off, mod_PageSpeed and AJAX 2 - Lately in PHP podcast episode 7

Posted on: 2010-11-30

On this episode of Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss the proposal of using video card GPUs to accelerate PHP.

They also comment on the upcoming release of PHP 5.3.4 expected for mid-December, as well the PHP 5.4 hold off debate that has been going on due mostly to the lack of consensus between core developers.

Apart from those PHP issues, they also comment of accelerating Web pages using Google mod_PageSpeed Apache 2 module, as well about the new features of XMLHttpRequest Level 2 JavaScript object to implement AJAX applications.


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130. PHP Performance Optimization, PHP Code Generation, AppIgnite - Lately in PHP podcast episode 5

Posted on: 2010-09-28

On the episode 5 of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert have as guest Jason Roberts, developer of the upcoming Web based application generation AppIgnite.

They have discussed several topics of interest like PHP code generation tools for speeding up PHP development, the video of Rasmus Lerdorf talk on PHP performance optimization techniques.

They also discuss the reasons and the progress status of things that sometimes annoy PHPClasses site users, like the advertising placement and the redirection during registration and login in the site.


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129. JSClasses, JSMag, PHP Alpha 1, PHP strict typing, IndieConf - Lately in PHP podcast episode 4

Posted on: 2010-08-30

On this episode of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert interview Michael Kimsal from the WebDev publishing company.

They talked about JSClasses, the just launched PHPClasses brother site for JavaScript components.

They also commented on the OpenID based single sign-on system that was implemented to reuse PHPClasses accounts on the JSClasses site to avoid making current PHPClasses users to creating new accounts on the JSClasses site.

It was also discussed about the latest developments for the eventual PHP 5.4 Alpha 1 version, such as the support type hinting of scalar arguments versus strict typing.

Also covered are some initiatives of Michael's company, the JSMag JavaScript magazine (promotion coupon included) and IndieConf, a conference for independent Web professionals.


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128. JSClasses - a new repository of JavaScript components

Posted on: 2010-08-27

The JSClasses site was finally launched. It is based on the PHPClasses site but with the focus of redistributing Object Oriented Programming components written in JavaScript.

This is a brief note about that site with a reference to the actual site launch post.


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126. PHP for Android, PHP 6 canceled, APC in PHP 5.4 - Lately in PHP podcast episode 3

Posted on: 2010-07-26

On this episode of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert comment on the launch of the PHP for Android project and the consequences for the PHP market.

They also talk about the cancellation of PHP 6 and the inclusion of features planned for PHP 6 in PHP 5.4, like the integration of the APC cache extension in the main PHP distribution bundle.

Some of the most interesting classes nominated for the May edition of the PHP Programming Innovation Award are commented, like the PDF text extract, PHP duplicate files finder, Fast Fourier Transform and splx_graph.


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