Monthly Archives: March 2008

Magento 1.0

Magento 1.0 has just been announced. Magento is an open source eCommerce platform based on Zend Framework. I’ve used several shopping cart applications in the past and have been very disappointed with all of them. Magento looks promising and I hope to demo it soon.

API Design

Artima has an older (but still relevant and interesting) interview with Josh Bloch, a Sun Microsystems Architect. While the interview focuses on Java, Josh Bloch has some interesting things to say about software design in general. The main topic is thinking about design in terms of APIs instead of monolithic software construction. Reuse is extremely [...]

Open Source Business

Cal Evans has a post talking about his experience at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). Just like many small businesses, especially web development shops, open source software is a critical tool for us at Found Line. However, I’d like us to be more then just consumers of open source software. It seems like most [...]

Standards

I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase, “The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” I think we finally have a coding standard for everything we do at Found Line – from PHP to CSS to web file names. We’ve gone through a couple of iterations and various options [...]

PHP Users Group Meeting Last Night

The Burlington, VT PHP Users Group met last night. Thank you Bluehouse Group for hosting and providing pizza and soda! Rob Riggen gave a talk on PHP Frameworks: 3 different ones and we went around the room talking about a PHP function or tip that helped us in the past. I decided to talk about [...]

PHP Users Group Meeting Tonight

The Burlington, VT PHP Users Group will be meeting tonight at 6:00 pm in Richmond, VT. The theme for this meeting is, “My Favorite Function.” Come prepared to talk briefly about a PHP function (or tip) that has helped you out during your PHP development. I still haven’t decided what my function or tip will [...]

Zend_Layout and Zend_View Enhancements Webinar

I missed the Zend_Layout and Zend_View Enhancements Webinar but the recorded Webinar and slides are now available. The Webinar covers a few of the cool new features that became available in the Zend Framework 1.5 release last week. These new features give web developers who are using Zend Framework a way to solve the problem [...]

Plain Old Semantic HTML (POSH)

I didn’t realize someone had coined a clever phrase for this concept. The basic concept of POSH is creating (X)HTML that is semantic, or structural, rather than presentational. Most people experience the web as a visual medium and thus assume that it is a visual medium. Many web development tools (such as Dreamweaver’s WYSIWYG editor) [...]