Category: php

Upcoming posts – keep watching

Just a quick note on what is going to be posted in the next few weeks – I’ve got a few significant pieces in mind for various topics – including: Doing the work elsewhere – asynchronous queues This is going

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I laugh at your ZCE exam prep tests #2

Back at the PHP London Conference at the end of February, iBuildings was offering a little test, with prize for people that could do well answering the sort of questions that are on the ZCE exam. Never one to turn

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Riddled me that

Well go figure. I’ve just won $50 (Canadian, that’s about $3000 USD by now) of books and ‘stuff’ from PHP Arch, care of its publisher, Marco Tabini’s, blog. He’d put a little puzzle up last night, some long numbers, and

Always have up to date documentation, part #2

see my previous post on the topic, #1. My last post ended up more as a how-to than what-to. This time, I’ll say why you should have local copies of the documentation for most of the tools you use. I’ll

Know thy tools first of all

When you have a library, like PEAR or Zend Framework – or even just the whole PHP language library – it’s absolutely vital you know what it can do. What you don’t know can cost you weeks of effort and

Always have up to date documentation, part #1

As I mentioned in my second post, ZCE prep – and dumb tests – about open book tests (like Brainbench), having a copy of all the relevant documentation can be incredibly useful, if only from a speed issue. Knowing you

ZCE prep – practice test #1

Well, I’ve just completed the PHP Arch ‘Vulcan’ practice test – the first of up to five such practice tests I’ve purchased. I have quite deliberately not gone through what study materials I have on hand before I took this

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A useful idea for helping to enforce PHP code standards

Extending PHP_CodeSniffer by Raphael Stolt shows how to quite easily add to a tool that will report what parts of your PHP source needs a clean-up, from the built in ‘sniffs’ for coding standards, and now adding to that for

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ZCE prep – and dumb tests

This week I’m going to take the first of my’s ZCE prep test – then I’ll read the book and see they they expect me to know. Going for the Zend Certification is something I’ve been thinking of doing

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