On his “MySQL Talk” blog Joe Devon has posted a (very) belated wrapup of ZendCon 2011 he attended earlier this year.
Zend Framework 2, Beta 2 has been released!
The key new features are:
- Refactored Mail component
- Refactored Cache component
- MVC updates
Check out Matthew’s blog post for the full details.
I’ve also updated my tutorial. This is a good time to get involved, try it out and let us know what you like/dislike.
Building web applications is nothing new anymore, as we’ve been doing it since the early days of the internet, but we’ve always done this on a single system. Even when Zend Framework came round, we kept doing the same thing and build apps for a single environment.
But as I’ve discussed already in my previous article, developing for the cloud requires another approach. [...] With Zend Framework developing applications running on these separate compontents becomes really easy. It’s like having your cloud toolbox right in your pocket.
He walks you through the settings needed to interact with a MySQL database backend, setting up sessions to write to the database, caching information to a memcache server and storing files on a remote destination (in this case cloud storage).
In a new post to his blog, Michelangelo van Dam starts off a series looking at Windows Azure for PHP developer, an introduction to the service and what sorts of features it has to offer.
Over on the Mayflower blog, the group has set up their own series of “advent calendar” posts on a wide range of topics. Here’s their list (updated as new items are posted):
Evan has posted the first of a series of articles on his blog about using git and github successfully:
Let’s face it, nobody likes a dirty fork. In this series, I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years to successfully maintain a clean fork on GitHub for projects I actively contribute to.
The first article covers creating your clone, adding remotes, keeping things up to date and working in topic branches. It’s definitely worth a read and I’m looking forward to the subsequent articles in the series.
I’m sure most of you noticed that with the recent upgrade of PHPUnit to version 3.6, a lot of breakage was introduced in various projects.
In a new post to his blog, Joshua Thijssen documents some of his first steps into the world of the Symfony2 framework (as a developer who has lived mostly in a Zend Framework/CodeIgniter world). His post doesn’t compare the frameworks, it’s just his discovery along the way.
A friend of mine who is a big supporter of Symfony told me to give Symfony1 a shot. Off course I was skeptical since I knew less about symfony1 than I did on Zend_Tool. That, plus the fact we needed to autoload, bootstrap and get two frameworks up and running simultaneously. What could possibly go wrong! Conclusion: I’ve got my tool up and running about a 45 minutes later…
He talks about the process he went through to download, setup and configure the framework and start using a “task” to create a simple executable script. He also briefly compares Symfony1 to Symfony2, noting that SF2 is a bit more “out-out-of-the-box friendly” than SF1. The overall experience was a positive one, though. You can find out more about Symfony1 here and Symfony2 here.