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The Buffalo PHP User Group Message Board › February 9, 2010 Meetup Notes

February 9, 2010 Meetup Notes

Buffalo, NY
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Upcoming Events

[2009-02-10] Webinar - Best Practices for Magento Development


February 10, 2010 - 9:00 am PST. Join the joint webinar with Zend and Magento - "Best Practices for Magento Development". Magento is the world's fastest growing eCommerce platform and also has a very vibrant and active developer community. Built using an Open Source model and industry leading technologies such as PHP and Zend Framework, Magento has over 1700 extensions through Magento Connect and also accep...

[2009-02-10] Ruby Meetup


Ruby Meetup! Feb 10th, 7pm (2nd Wednesday of every Month) See details at­. We usually order pizza, and request a couple bucks in exchange, but that’s optional.

[2009-02-18] Webinar: PHP Performance: Principles and Tools


February 18, 2010 - 12:00 pm PST. One of the more common problems that many organizations face is the perception of performance in their web application. Or rather, the lack of it. With this webinar we will take a look at several different performance “best practices” and also look at some ways you can analyze what is happening on your server. Not only will we look at PHP, but we will look at several different links in...


[2009-12-17] PHP 5.2.12 Released!


The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.2.12. This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.2.x branch with over 60 bug fixes, some of which are security related. All users of PHP 5.2 are encouraged to upgrade to this release.

[2009-12-19] PHP 5.3.1 Released!


The PHP development team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.3.1. This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 100 bug fixes, some of which are security related. All users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to this release.

[2009-02-01] HipHop for PHP: Move Fast

* http://wiki.developer...­
* http://developers.fac...­

HipHop for PHP isn’t technically a compiler itself. Rather it is a source code transformer. HipHop programmatically transforms your PHP source code into highly optimized C++ and then uses g++ to compile it. HipHop executes the source code in a semantically equivalent manner and sacrifices some rarely used features — such as eval() — in exchange for improved performance. HipHop includes a code transformer, a reimplementation of PHP’s runtime system, and a rewrite of many common PHP Extensions to take advantage of these performance optimizations.

The project has taken two years: eight months to have a version that could be demonstrated, ten months finishing up all the coding, and six months testing the service on production servers. ...we are serving over 90% of our Web traffic using HipHop... In total, we have written over 300,000 lines of code and more than 5,000 unit tests. All of this will be released this evening on GitHub under the open source PHP license.

Facebook sees about a 50% reduction in CPU usage when serving equal amounts of Web traffic when compared to Apache and PHP. Facebook’s API tier can serve twice the traffic using 30% less CPU.

[2009-01-28] Zend Framework Adds Support for Microsoft Windows Azure


Zend Technologies Inc., the PHP Company, announces the availability of Zend Framework 1.10, the new release of its open source PHP web application framework. Zend Framework 1.10 includes support for Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services and the Deutsche Telekom Developer Garden platform. The new release also provides documentation and tutorial enhancements.

Using the new Zend_Service_WindowsAzure component, contributed by Microsoft to the Zend Framework open source project, developers can easily call Windows Azure APIs from their PHP applications to accelerate web application development and scale up on demand. Zend_Service_WindowsAzure provides interfaces for all Windows Azure storage services, including Blob Storage, Table Storage and Queue Service. These services provide the advantages of persistent, redundant storage in the cloud.

Other News/Resources

* Visual Studio 2010, Release Candidate 1 is now available. Final release in April:­­
* Microsoft Gazelle: http://research.micro...­ http://research.micro...­
* Get Started with PHP on Windows with SQL Server Express: http://articles.sitep...­
* Brian Swan's Blog: Getting Started with PHP on Windows:­
* Brian Swan's Blog: Top 10 Microsoft PHP Resources:­
* Don Raman's Blog: Working with Microsoft SQL Server driver (php_sqlsrv.dll) for PHP on Windows:­
* Debug PHP with Firebug and FirePHP: http://www.sitepoint....­
* Symfony 1.0, 1.2 end of life, 1.4 preferred release, 3 years support (LTS): http://www.symfony-pr...­
* Symfony 2 Migration to Git: http://www.symfony-pr...­
* phploc is a tool for quickly measuring the size of a PHP project:­
* Facebook Connect Tutorial: http://www.barattalo....­
* Practical PHP Patterns: http://giorgiosironi....­
* Things you Probably Didn't Know About PHP: http://www.devtheweb....­
* CalDAV Server/library for PHP:­
* Drupal Gardens Hosted Druapl sites w/ the latest & greatest code (7 alpha): http://www.drupalgard...­
* 10 best IT Jobs: http://www.networkwor...­

1. Security specialist/ethical hacker
2. Virtual systems manager
3. Capacity manager
4. Network engineer
5. Open source specialist
6. Service assurance manager
7. Electronic health records systems manager
8. Sourcing specialist
9. Service catalog manager
10. Business process engineer
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