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  • wade 10:27 on Monday, 18 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    RTFM and Basic Linux Server Administration 

    For our January meeting, Justin Carmony will cover PHP fundamentals with a presentation on reading the fabulous manual. For a new person to PHP, reading the documentation can be a daunting task. Even worse when you have legions of other developers screaming the acronym “RTFM!” Hopefully we can shed some light on how to get the most out of PHP Documentation, how to search it, how to understand it, and how to get help if the documentation doesn’t answer your questions. Justin Carmony will be giving the presentation, and will leave time for questions. You’re not alone in learning PHP, let the Utah PHP Usergroup help you.

    Justin Carmony has worked in web development professionally for the last
    five years. With emphasis on PHP, .NET, and Web Services, he has worked on
    projects ranging from simple websites to complex communications between
    thousands of remote systems. He currently is working as an independent
    contractor & private consultant. If you have any questions, comments, or
    curiosities you can contact him (justin AT justincarmony DOT com) or read
    about his latest endeavors at his blog.

    Trevor Sharpe will then follow with Basic Linux Server Administration, covering the advanced topic. Many programmers are finding themselves needing to understand and administer linux servers. This presentation is focused on learning how to effectively use the server through scripts, etc. Q & A session on admining to follow.

    Trevor Sharpe is a Systems Administrator for a company in SLC and is also a board member for Utah Open Source.

    • josephscott 10:58 on Monday, 18 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The documentation on php.net is done pretty well. Having user submitted comments on the docs page has helped fill in holes that the docs don’t always mention.

    • Steve Dibb 11:26 on Monday, 18 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can you guys update the calendar?

    • wade 11:45 on Monday, 18 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fixed. Thanks for the heads up, Steve.

  • mindjuju 10:09 on Monday, 18 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    A new year, a new start, and a new way to do things 

    Being in my seat, I’ve heard from many people over the course of this past year who have lost / changed employment. I know there is concern by many who are employed as to what will happen long term. The reality of the matter is this, though. Recession or no, change happens and the best way to be ready for it is to have a great skill set. To that end, we are
    restructuring the way our meetings will be.

    New Meeting Structure

    We will be splitting our PHP meetings into 2 parts. First part is basic skills / best practices training. This is for you new guys who want to learn, but don’t know where to start. This section is called PHP fundamentals and will be hosted by Justin Carmony. He and I are working on some printed materials and are ramping this up as we speak. We also have several very senior and tenured members who are VERY friendly to questions. The second portion of our meeting will be a more advanced topic that will be of benefit to intermediate / advanced members, but will still be of great benefit to those who are new.

    Still Social!

    For those interested in the social aspect of our meeting, we still have the famous UPHPU Afterhours party.


    As far as learning resources, Ray Hunter and I are working on having books available at our meetings. While we will have some fun / zany way of handing out the books, there is an understood condition of receiving the book. You MUST write a review of the book and post it online. If you don’t want to write a review, don’t take the book. I will be breaking arms on this!

    Online Resources

    I know that our recordings have been sporadic. i’m working on allocating more time to this.

  • wade 13:02 on Friday, 1 January 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Read boolean HTML attributes with jQuery 

    After much testing, I have concluded that in order to use jQuery with boolean attributes (and have it work in the big four browsers), the following markup must be used: checked=”checked”.

    While browsers except any of the following…


    …only the last option works with jQuery in all browsers.

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