PHP: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

8 04 2018

PHP first appeared more than two decades ago, becoming wildly popular as if it were some bright, new shiny toy to the delight of developers around the world. Enthusiasts proudly displayed the lovely soft blue logo on their sites. What may be less than apparent even after all these years pertains to the impact of Perl on PHP.  
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PHP and the Gem Within

23 11 2017

Flickr: by Hetx

Ubiquitous and lithe, little characters, popping up anywhere from user-defined functions to control structures and class definitions, PHP’s curly braces depending on circumstances may exhibit a distinctly Perlish quality. Perl exerts an influence since it figures as one among three languages from which PHP, indelicately-speaking, purloins much of its syntax. PHP’s connection to Perl also relates to its predecessor PHP/FI, originally a Perl hack that Rasmus Lerdorf later rewrote in the C Programming Language. To better appreciate PHP, certainly its Perlish facet merits inspection, and complex (curly) syntax, lends itself well to this endeavor.

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PHP: Converting Numbers into English

9 10 2017

Flickr: By Maureen Barlin

Here’s a fun interview question for which you may wish to prepare. Create a PHP script to express integers ranging from 1-9999 in English.
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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 »





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 »








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