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  • rlove 16:34 on Wednesday, 28 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Delphi for PHP Demo 

    Delphi for PHP was just recently released. If your intrested in learning more feel free to join the Salt Lake City Delphi Users Group at there next meeting.

    It’s Free and they are giving way product.

    CodeGear Delphi 2007 and Delphi for PHP Launch Tour
    April 11, 2007 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: U of U – EMCB 101

    Topics in the meeting include.
    CodeGear Update
    Delphi 2007 for Win32
    Delphi for PHP
    InterBase 2007

    Just register so we can get a head count (but if you forget to register show up anyway!)

  • mindjuju 16:26 on Wednesday, 28 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Geek lunch: Friday, 6 April 

    All you fellow Geeks, it’s time for Geek Lunch, and this month, we are headed north to lunch! Well, actually, we are eating right in the heart of SLC, but it’s close enough that Ray and possibly Tim will be able to join us. The eats here are great!

    Himalayan Kitchen
    4/6/2007 @ 1:30p
    73 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    (801) 328-2077

    For those of you that colo @ xmission, it’s 2 doors down from the colo.
    Bring your quarters for parking.

    Please RSVP for a headcount

  • wade 2:58 on Friday, 16 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Call for presentors 

    It’s time to fill the calendar again! We have reached the end of our list of scheduled presentations and thus are calling out for volunteers to pick their topic and date. Browse the past thirty-nine presentations for a review of previews topics and for ideas.

    Picking one more than a year old is fine (as we have many new members and those that have been around a while could use the review) and can cover anything related to PHP, programming, databases, and general web development. Presenters can be anyone—member or not and qualified or not—that desires to prepare some thoughts/examples on a topic or simply lead a discussion.

    We meet on the third Thursday of each month in a conference room with whiteboards and a projector. Post a comment to this post to volunteer and get your name on the calendar.

  • wade 2:47 on Friday, 16 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    March meeting cancelled 

    The March meeting has been cancelled. We’ll see you again next month.

  • wade 14:40 on Monday, 12 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Automated testing 

    For our February meeting, Alvaro Carrasco will present on Automated Testing as it applies to PHP web applications. He will be demonstrating tools like SimpleTest and Selenium, and a sample project setup.

  • SunSparc 10:02 on Thursday, 1 March 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    ZEND PHP 5 Certification Study Guide 

    I recently picked up a copy of the “ZEND PHP 5 Certification Study Guide” by php|architect. I have not yet finished it, however thus far I have liked it enough to want to tell other people about it.

    The book is around 250 pages long (short by most standards). To this point I have found that this book is a good way to brush up on things I already knew and learn some things that I did not. I am personally using the book to help me study for the PHP 5 certification. However, certification or not, it is turning out to be an excellent tool for honing my skills. It has the added benefit of showing me areas that I need to work on as well as indicating to myself how much about PHP I really know.

    I would recommend this book to the PHP programmer of any level.

    • thinbegin 19:16 on Monday, 21 January 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have read this book, and taken a couple of the Zend PHP5 *prectice* exams, getting ready for the official PHP5 certification. When reading the book, I was happy with it. I, like Jon, found it worthy of reading. It did highlight an area or two that I, being a self taught software developer, knew that I needed work.

      The pitfall to this book is that, even though it touts its self as *the* prep guide for the Zend certification, it seriously lacks a lot of the info needed to actually pass the test. If you are using it as *the* study guide, I would emphasize getting another book or two to complete your studying.

      In the interest of full disclosure, I have not yet taken the actual Zend PHP5 certification test, but I have taken 2 of the official *practice* tests and, even though I passed them both, I know that I wouldn’t have if I had only relied on this one book. I believe that my 10+ years of programming, in conjunction with this, and other books, were the reason I passed.

      What the book is good for is letting you see inside the mind of the test, to some degree. Giving you a feel for the various topics that the questions will revolve around.

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