TechniqueNW 10

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 31st, 2010 in Training.

Whilst everyone else was over at PHP Benelux 10 (which sounded like a great conference according to the Twitter feedback!), I was up in Morecambe, at the Technique|NorthWest training event organised by Northwest Vision and Media and run by The White Room. A huge thanks to Paul Collins for inviting me up at the last minute to run the PHP workshop on the Saturday, and I’d love to be involved in further events like this.

I had a great time at the event, and I was delighted to see how the North West of England is trying to build and support a digital economy, instead of simply leaving it to chance. If only South Wales had such an initiative!

Perhaps the most interesting thing I took from the weekend was the large disconnect between the people who attended and many of my friends on Twitter. If you listen to the Twitterarti, you’d think that Adobe Flash is a technology that has run its course and is now in terminal decline (mostly because the iPhone and iPad do not support it, plus Adobe not seen as exactly a bastion of innovation these days). And yet, by far the most popular workshop at Technique|NorthWest was the Flash workshop. To these people, Flash is not only still relevant, but in their industry it is still the only real option for delivering online advertising campaigns.

Food for thought.

PS: I also took some photos of Morecambe before the Saturday workshops started.

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PHP 5.3 Adoption: Some Numbers

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 30th, 2010 in Conferences, Toolbox.

Last year, I ran a series of polls via Twitter to try and learn a bit more about your plans to move to PHP 5.3, and whether or not you actually followed through. A huge thank you to everyone who voted!

I’m not talking at any conferences this year, so I’ve published the planned PHP 5.3 adoption talk online for anyone who’s interested in what the PHP user community told us via these polls. As well as the raw data, I’ve included an analysis of what the data might mean, and some talking points about what the PHP Group might want to do differently when PHP 6 (or PHP 5.4 if there is one) is released.

You can find the talk online at Slideshare, along with all of my older talks. I hope you find it useful and informative.

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Playing With Storytlr

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 26th, 2010 in Storytlr.

I haven’t been blogging very much for some time now; since the car crash my weekends have mostly been spent recovering from the long commute to and from work during the week. But I do tweet a lot, and thought it would be a good idea to update my website to show more of a lifestream rather than just the blog.

Storytlr has been getting a few mentions recently, such as this story on Arstechnica, since its authors decided to release it under the Apache license. Based on Zend Framework, Storytlr is relatively simple to install, but not yet as polished as WordPress has become.

My first impressions are that it has promise, but that it’s not yet a 1.0 release in terms of quality. That surprised me, given that the guys used to run a business based on this, but full credit to them for placing the code under an open source license so that the community can keep it alive.

The Google project … I wouldn’t say it was dead, but at the time of writing it hadn’t been updated for over six weeks. There’s also a github project from the Storytlr authors, and jmhobbs has an active clone of the Storytlr project where he’s busy adding some much-needed polish. I’ve cloned the project too, and I’ll commit fixes and improvements (such as improving the Twitter plugin, and a new podcasting plugin) there as and when time allows.

I hope others pick up Storytlr and start contributing fixes and improvements too. I think it has the potential to be worth the effort.

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