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@DragonBe is awesome

After I posted my slides for use by user groups Michelango van Dam of PHPBenelux posted on the Zend Facebook page that people could use his too. They are CC-licensed so you are free to use them as well. So I asked if he could provide the PPT versions so I could post the full deal for people and he agreed. So here are three presentations that Michelangelo did that you can use for your user group as well.

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How chickens and programming are kind of related

I believe that everyone should work on a working farm for at least a month. There are a few reasons for that. Firstly, it would probably make a bunch of people shut up about a bunch of pointless things. I heard one person say “a chicken is a person too” once. That person has clearly never been around chickens in their full glory. The person who said it had about a half dozen pet chickens. “Pet” chickens (wearing diapers, for what it’s worth) are not what chickens are truly like. Chickens are vile creatures that poke in their own fecal matter looking for a scrap of something worth eating. They are also cannibals. Thankfully, they are yummy too and so they do have some redeeming qualities, none of which are present in their live state.

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Free slides for user group meetings

One of the problems I have heard that user groups have had is that it is quite difficult to get content. Some of the larger, or more active ones, may not have as much of a problem with this but a lot of the smaller ones that I’ve talked to do. So what I’ve decided to do is, in effect, open source a lot of my presentations for re-use at user groups. What that means is that if you are looking for content specifically for a user group feel free to use some of my stuff to help you along. No warranty or support will be supplied, and they are provided “as-is”. What that means is that if you see something on there that is weird or perhaps even “wrong” I was probably using it as a keyword or reminder for something I wanted to say. So, if I wrote something that was spot-on, it was intended, if I wrote something that was wrong or inaccurate, I was trying to prove a point. It’s called nuance. 🙂

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I got me a Bumblebee

Zendcon is around the corner. I was at Adobe MAX last week and so I was debating whether or not I would stay the weekend in San Francisco. I’m not much of a night life person, or a partier. In fact, I usually prefer to work behind the scenes (kind of odd given my role next week). However, what I love to do is drive. Long, lonely highways or crazy windy roads. I love both. However, I live in Texas. We have plenty of long, lonely highways but nothing that’s really crazy windy (as in wind-y). So, if I ever stay in San Francisco over a weekend I like to take my car out and drive some of the roads out here. There are some great roads in the bay area that feed the crazy, windy person in me.

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Zendcon coming up

I had just tweeted something about Zendcon; how there were so many good sessions that it sucks that attendees have to choose between so many good ones. I mean, look at the sessions that immediately follow the keynote on Tuesday.

Integrating PHP with RabbitMQ – Alvaro Videla

A new approach to object persistence in PHP – Stefan Priebsch

The State of SOAP in PHP – David Zuelke

Advanced Date/Time Handling with PHP – Derick Rethans

Documents, documents, documents – Matthew Weier O’Phinney

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You want to do WHAT with PHP? GIVEAWAY

I just got my copies of my book “You want to do WHAT with PHP?” today. During my conversations with MCPress, my publisher, I had asked for 3 copies to do a social media promotion and they agreed. I posted that I would be giving away 3 copies on Twitter and got a whole bunch of “I WANTS”. So I asked my publisher for more copies to give away and they agreed to another 6. So that is a total of 9 copies I have avaialble to give away.

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Debugging a mobile app

I’m working on an example of mobile detection with the new Zend Framework 1.11 beta that was just released when I came upon an interesting problem. That problem is; how do I debug requests coming in from the mobile phone? The answer is actually relatively easy. I’m doing this using a Zend Framework application, but the concepts that you’ll see here can be used quite easily across any type of framework.