Let Me Count The Ways …

1 11 2014

Flickr: by Dom Dada

Elizabeth Barrett Browning pondered affairs of the heart when she penned her famous love poem, a fragment of which entitles this piece as an acknowledgment of PHP’s characteristic TIMTOWTDI (“there is more than one way to do it”) approach, particularly prevalent in displaying data.

One of the earliest ways to do output involved utilizing echo, first a function Read the rest of this entry »





A Lasting List Fix?

22 10 2014

Flickr: by Burstyriffic

One of PHP’s most convenient constructs is Read the rest of this entry »





Flattening a Multidimensional Array

16 10 2014

A 3D projection of an 8-cell performing a doub...

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To meet the challenge of flattening a multidimensional array, one should consider Read the rest of this entry »





Illuminating a Dark Alley

15 10 2014

Flickr: by I.Gouss

 

“PHP has its share of dark alleys that you really don’t want to find yourself inside.   Object properties with names that are numbers is one of them…”

Jon,  StackOverflow

 

Object properties with integers for names are illegal in PHP.  Yet, Read the rest of this entry »





One Way or Another!

27 09 2014

flickr: by Wiertz Sébastien

 

I recently dusted off an old tome among my PHP books, Read the rest of this entry »





Links 4 Surprise! It’s PHP :)

6 09 2014

Flickr: by Philerooski

A few notable links from my latest talk Read the rest of this entry »





Constant Consistency

31 08 2014

Flickr: by better_days.geo

For some time PHP has had the ability to create constant expressions with define(). Read the rest of this entry »





What is $This?

23 08 2014

Flickr: by by alles-schlumpf

I came across a curious bug report Read the rest of this entry »





Exploring the Question of Embedded Java in PHP

5 04 2014

flickr: by Mangiwau

Today, I discovered a curious tweet by Volker Dusch that may cause one to consider the wild possibility of embedding Java in PHP. Read the rest of this entry »





Taking Stock of the Stack in PHP

29 03 2014

flickr: by cvfyne

Introduction

You may have heard about ‘the stack’ or call stack, part of a computer’s random access memory (RAM), wherein a function, including its parameters and return value, reside temporarily. One retrieves them on the basis of FILO (First In, Last Out), synonymous with LIFO (Last In, First Out). Users of high-level languages like C and PHP are much less likely to directly handle this stack. Read the rest of this entry »





Post Script on POW

10 03 2014

Flickr: by Anders Sandberg (Arenamontanus)

The new pow operator ** has needed a little tweaking and at the same time we may need to rethink the usefulness of the pow().   Read the rest of this entry »





Networking Trivia

5 03 2014

flickr: by estebanvillano

In today’s post, I’d like to share some basic networking minutiae mostly from a Linux perspective as if it were a quiz. But, I’ll do one better, and share the results of all my Goog-ooling. Read the rest of this entry »





PHP Curiosities

22 02 2014

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
William Arthur Ward
Flickr: Photo by cirruspop 

This is the resource listing used for the talk entitled “PHP Curiosities” presented first at SCALE PHP BOF, February 22, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Reaching for the Stars

15 02 2014

Flickr: by OblongFlickr: by Oblong

Davey Shafik, the author of the study guide for the PHP5 Zend certification exam, has written a formal proposal for the consideration of the PHP Internals List, Read the rest of this entry »





Taming the Wild West of PHP

11 01 2014

Flickr: by Moyan_Brenn

In a previous posting, I briefly mentioned something bizarre that happened this past December 2013.   Read the rest of this entry »





Inching Along Through PHP

24 12 2013

Geometer Moth, Geometridae

Geometer Moth, Geometridae (Photo credit: Andreas Kay)

It begins its life journey first as larva.  Later, a metamorphosis occurs, Read the rest of this entry »





PHP on the Cusp of a New Operator

20 12 2013

Flickr: by yh828

For nearly two decades, if you include precursor PHP/FI,  PHP lacked a basic mathematical operator, the one for exponentiation. Read the rest of this entry »





Magic, Sugar & Lipstick – Resources

4 12 2013

by hohcdc

This is the resource listing used for the 2013 talk entitled “Magic, Sugar & Lipstick”. Read the rest of this entry »








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