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75. And the award winner is...

Posted on: 2008-02-21

No, this is not the Oscar winners announcement. It is the announcement of the PHP Programming Award winner of 2007.

Here it is published details about the top ranked authors or 2007, the prizes that they got from the sponsors, and an interview with the winner, so we can know more about him and his work with PHP.


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74. A PHP killer feature - Streams abstraction

Posted on: 2008-01-31

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.


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73. Top 10 PHP Programming Innovators of 2007

Posted on: 2007-12-20

The PHP Classes site has introduced a new ranking that aims to distinguish the developers that have submitted to the site the most innovative PHP components in each year.

This article also mentions the latest enhancements to the PHP professionals directory, like the professional profile page access statistics that are now sent also by e-mail.


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72. PHP professionals map gadget and the profile statistics page

Posted on: 2007-11-29

The PHP professionals directory initiative has been enhanced to make it more efficient in its goal to bring together more PHP professionals and businesses willing to hire them.

Now there is a gadget available to provide more exposure to PHP professionals in iGoogle (Google personalized home page), Google Maps, Google Earth or in any other Web site page.

Another new feature is the profile access statistics page. It lets professionals see how many users are checking their profile, visiting their professional home page, or requesting to contact them by e-mail.


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71. Launched the PHP Professionals Directory

Posted on: 2007-11-01

A new resource was just launched to list the PHP professionals available worldwide for hiring.

This initiative is intended to let companies easily find PHP professionals anywhere in the world.


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70. A better package rating system

Posted on: 2007-09-30

The PHP Classes site package rating system was improved to let the users provide better feedback to the package authors.

This post also covers several news of interest like: PHPEdit now available as prize for the innovation award winners; I will be speaking about PHP at Borland/CodeGear Borcon 2007; a new aggregator site about PHP podcasts; and a new wiki about installing applications in PHP and other languages.


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69. 13 rules to optimize your Web site performance

Posted on: 2007-08-31

Everybody wants to squeeze as much performance of their Web applications as possible. Usually this requires skilled professionals to achieve. Fortunately, several performance evaluation tools are now available to make Web site performance tuning a much easier task.

This post discusses tools like YSlow and other techniques to tune your Web servers performance, as well the results of using such tools and techniques in a busy site like PHPClasses.


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68. Launched premium services for PHP developers

Posted on: 2007-07-05

The PHP Classes site is launching premium services for PHP developers that use the site.

If you noticed some changes in the site design, that is related with the premium subscriptions.

This article tells all about what are these premium services, what they provide, how you can obtain access to the services and even how you can get free premium subscriptions.


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67. PHP security exploit with GIF images

Posted on: 2007-06-20

This post talks about a PHP security exploit that can be performed using specially crafted GIF images that embed malicious PHP code. Advice is given on what to do and to not do to avoid the problem.

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66. More defensive programming practices to survive Web site traffic peaks

Posted on: 2007-05-29

This is a follow-up of last months post about defensive programming practices. This time the article focus on practices to survive Web site traffic peaks, just like what happened to the PHPClasses site last month when the previous post was approved to Digg's front page.

This article also announces a new Web hosting comparison service available to the PHPClasses site users.

The participation of Borland/Codegear as sponsor of the PHP Programming Innovation Award is also covered on this article.


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