Modulating the Modulo

28 11 2015

Flickr: by by Toño Garces


A recent article contrasting PHP with Ruby, denigrates making comparisons of one language with others, dismissing such efforts as worthless save for being a clickbait strategy. Yet, sometimes the best way to understand the familiar requires venturing out and exploring something new. If one only knows PHP, a developer may still write quality code. But, learning about C, JavaScript and Python, all of which have influenced PHP, may enhance one’s appreciation for its nuances.And, let’s not forget the other “P” in the pod, Perl, which had a pivotal bearing on PHP’s early development. Speaking of Perl, its creator Larry Wall drew inspiration from UNIX. Of particular interest, that operating system’s (OS) Bourne Shell has an open-sourced cousin bash (the “Bourne Again Shell”), knowledge of which may also enhance one’s appreciation for PHP. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power behind the Throne

21 09 2015

flickr: from British library


While looking forward to the upcoming official release of the latest incarnation of PHP, namely PHP7 (slated for November 12th), spending a moment or two reviewing such basics as the expression statement should enhance one’s appreciation for PHP and how this powerful feature contributes to its feasibility, permitting it to reign more than two decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Links for Best in Show

20 02 2015

flickr: by by Bryn Pinzgauer

The following links represent some of the resources I consulted for my talk “Best in Show” 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 »

Integers and Relativity in PHP

12 03 2013

What is universally true about integers in PHP is that they constitute whole numbers and their representations include a range of formats, such as hexadecimal, decimal, octal and even binary since PHP5.4. Surprisingly, Read the rest of this entry »

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