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102. Microsoft promotes the careers of PHP professionals

Microsoft is launching a new initiative to promote the careers of PHP professionals.

This article presents an interview with a Microsoft manager to explain in more details what is this initiative and how the PHP professionals may take advantage of it.


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101. ShishKabab PHP IDE

A new Open Source PHP IDE, the ShishKabab PHP IDE, was released recently.

This article explains what it is, why it was developed, in what direction it is heading, and most importantly, how you can get it.


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100. PHP on Windows Azure

PHP is now officially supported as a language for developing applications that can run on Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud operating system.

This article is an interview with Teoni Valois, an independent PHP and .NET expert that answered some questions to give an overview of the PHP support on Windows Azure.

He also talks about the advantages and disadvantages of running PHP applications on this environment when compared to regular Windows or Linux based hosting or other cloud computing environments.


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99. India will become number 1 source of PHP developers soon

The number of Indian PHP developers has been growing at a large pace in the last few years, when compared to other countries. A few years ago, India was just one of the top ten countries with more PHP developers. Now India is number 2 and is almost surpassing United States, which is still number 1.

This article presents a reflection about why this growth happened just in the latest years, as well what it means for the PHP world.

Sandeep Kadam, a leader of the PHP community in India gave an interview to help clarifying this subject.


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98. HTML 5 for a better Web

The HTML 5 will definitely contribute to a better Web. Despite its specification is still being drafted, several browsers like Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 4, Chrome 2 and Opera 10 already implement a significant part of the current HTML 5 specification.

This article reviews a bit of the history of how we got to HTML 5 and presents an overview of the enhancements that HTML 5 introduces to provide a better Web.

It also presents a reflection about whether HTML 5 will render useless browser extensions like Flash, Silverlight and Java.


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97. 10th anniversary announcements

The PHPClasses sites completes 10 years of existence precisely today.

This article presents a reflection of the past, present and future developments of the site.

It includes the announcement of a contest to pick a new design for the site and an upcoming brother site that will be launched this year.


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96. PHP standards discussion group opens to the world

A discussion group was formed to define standards to be adopted by PHP frameworks and applications.

This article gives an initial overview of what is this group about.


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95. How large is the PHP market?

Sometimes it is necessary to know how large is the PHP market in the world or in a specific country.

It may help, for instance, developers to advocate for PHP, companies to decide for sponsoring PHP events, PHP training, developing of products targeting the PHP developers, or any other initiatives directed to the PHP market.

This article presents several sources of information that may help decision makers to invest more in the PHP market.

The article also covers the huge popularity of Firefox browser among PHP developers attributing it to the superb Web development extensions available for this browser. The most useful Firefox extensions for PHP developers are listed.


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94. Upcoming PHP 5.3 features and beyond

PHP 5.3 release candidate 1 was released a few days ago. The final version is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks.

This article presents an interview with core PHP developer Lukas Kahwe Smith that has pushed many of the new features of PHP 5.3 as release manager.

Lukas talks about PHP 5.3 new features such as lambda functions, closures and PHAR support. He also explains what are traits, which for now it is a feature that was left out of PHP 5.3.

He also talks about future PHP 5.x and PHP 6, as well how anybody can help in the development of PHP to make it come out faster.


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93. Winner of PHP Programming Innovation Award of the year announced

The winner of PHP Programming Innovation Award of 2008 was announced.

Now there is also a ranking of the innovation award of all time that considers the score of each author since the award started in 2004. There are also new rankings of author countries for each year and all time.

Cesar Rodas won the 2008 award. Here he gives an interview telling about many good things that happened since he won last year. He also shares his secrets to contribute so many innovative classes appreciated by the users that voted on them and made possible to win the 2008 award.


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