News Wire: Is PHP Doomed?

By Kevin Yank
  • A few questions from the exam (or at least one of them) that Yahoo! administers to applicants for PHP development jobs. A few were a little bit “memorize the function names” for me, but others, like “How do you debug a PHP application?” are great!
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  • TechCrunch, the blog that spreads the good news about the latest Silicon Valley start-up, says that, these days, the Valley sucks. Sounds like Bubble 2.0 is in full swing…
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  • Joe Hewitt, the creator of Firebug, responds to the TechCrunch rant. In his opinion, the repeating bubble-to-burst cycle we are seeing has little to do with technology, and a lot to do with the way the US government raises money by provoking inflation.
  • CSS guru Eric Meyer explores the unsolved (and unsolvable) issues with the styling of HTML forms. In short, if you try to make the current standards apply to forms in a consistent way, you lose the ability to even set the background color of a text field.
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  • Andrew Dupont busts the myth that JavaScript associative arrays should be created with the JavaScript Array object. In fact, associative arrays are just objects in JavaScript, with the keys being stored as properties.
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  • “JavaScript is the world’s most ubiquitous computing runtime,” says Jeff Atwood, who has recently joined the rest of us who see just how subtle and powerful a language JavaScript can be.
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  • Jeremy Privett considers that the biggest thing holding PHP back from taking its rightful place in enterprise development is the attitudes of the people working on it, and the unprofessional manner in which they behave.
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  • Self-described “PHP terrorist” Terry Chay responds to Privett’s concerns about the PHP development community, and suggests that the communities surrounding other up-and-coming languages (like Ruby) are even worse.
  • Here’s a neat idea I’m surprised no one thought of sooner. In a single free-to-download package, you get a Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks templates for building grid-based web site layouts, and all the HTML and CSS code required to make them work.
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  • Although most developers will already be familiar with this stuff, this is truly the definitive reference for DOCTYPE switching behavior in current browsers. Some interesting historical tidbits and details on “almost standards mode” make it work the link.
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