Hilarious post.
http://www.addedbytes.com/blog/if-php-were-british/

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Tonight we’ll be saying goodbye to Eric Thelin, who has been with and owned the group for many years (since the beginning AFAIK).

We’ll also be discussing what to do (and how, where, why, etc) for a group project, so bring a laptop so we can get set up.

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Nice article: http://blog.stuartherbert.com/php/2011/03/30/setting-up-your-own-pear-channel/

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We had fun looking at Ext.js last night. Nothing fancy; mainly just looking through the examples focusing on datagrids.

Extjs home:
http://www.sencha.com/

We also talked about some of the differences in a few of the popular javascript frameworks and a few good jQuery plugins.
Jqgrid Plugin
jQueryUI Themeroller

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Little tutorial to add a bit of dynamic text to your site’s favicon (the icon that appears on the tab or window border). Google added a feature to gmail (available in Labs), which shows the number of new messages in your inbox using this kind of method.
http://viralpatel.net/blogs/2011/01/dynamic-unread-count-favicon-in-php.html

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Before you go reading this comment thread (link below) be aware that just because something is possible in a programming language, it doesn’t mean you should do things that way.  Also, there’s a LOT of BAD code in the main post.

masklinn comments on Today I learned about PHP variable variables; “variable variable takes the value of a variable and treats that as the name of a variable”. Also, variable..

[The following is the opinion of Gordon, not necessarily AzPHP as a whole]

Personally, I avoid variable variables like the plague.  If you feel the need to use one, step back and see if you can use an associative array instead.  You will thank me later.  An array structure is much easier to deal with than a bunch of unlinked funky-named variables that you have to rebuild each time you need them.  Arrays are increasingly useful if you have to loop through said data structures or easily store them.

Variable variables are both powerful and a curse.  Use them if you feel you must, but I only ask that you use them wisely.

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15 Best Ever PHP Frameworks | Admix Web.

A few in the list I’ve never heard of.

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We had a great presentation from Eric on Tuesday showing us a ton of jQuery plugins.  Here’s the list, so have fun!

“tipTip”
simple tool tip plugin
http://code.drewwilson.com/entry/tiptip-jquery-plugin

Please note, with tipTip, there is an IE bug that will cause the background of the tip to be transparent.   Adding the following to the CSS code will fix it:

#tiptip_content {
...
       background-color: rgba(25,25,25,0.92) !important;
       background-color: rgb(25,25,25);
...
}

“Flexigrid”
cool grid that is easy to use and looks good. But it doesn’t do editing.
http://www.flexigrid.info/
http://code.google.com/p/flexigrid/

“jqgrid”
a very full featured grid. still in development (not abandoned). not quite as simple to use as flexi but it does more.
http://www.trirand.com/jqgridwiki/doku.php

“jQuery Notes”
cool photo tagging like facebook
http://jquery-notes.rydygel.de/samples.php

“fancybox”
a slick looking lightbox. Unlike many it can display almost anything in the box.
http://fancybox.net/

lightbox
Another lightbox
http://leandrovieira.com/projects/jquery/lightbox/

jplayer
Utilizes flash or HTML5 audio tag to show a nice styled audio player.
http://www.happyworm.com/jquery/jplayer/

form plugin
Allows you to easily create ajax-ified forms.
http://jquery.malsup.com/form/

jCarousel
An image carousel.
http://sorgalla.com/projects/jcarousel/

Farbtastic
A non-scary color picker
http://acko.net/dev/farbtastic

Or here’s a colorpicker that’s more developer/designer-friendly
http://www.eyecon.ro/colorpicker/

A star-rater
http://www.m3nt0r.de/devel/raterDemo/

Keyboard-navigation
http://mike-hostetler.com/jquery-keyboard-navigation-plugin

Fullcalendar
A nice google-calendar-like calendar complete with event editing
http://arshaw.com/fullcalendar/

Nice form-tweaker to show labels inside form fields until they click on the field
http://www.csskarma.com/blog/sliding-labels-v2/

gmap
Google maps via jquery
http://gmap.nurtext.de/

jQueryUI
A nice suite of widgets with good theming capabilities
http://jqueryui.com/demos
Don’t forget to check out ThemeRoller, which can easily create styles for you.
http://jqueryui.com/themeroller/

The definitive jquery plugins list
http://plugins.jquery.com/

And to wrap up, a few articles listing a bunch of other plugins (some of them already mentioned here)
http://speckyboy.com/2010/03/01/25-amazing-and-fresh-jquery-plugins/
http://www.noupe.com/ajax/37-more-shocking-jquery-plugins.html
http://www.tutorial9.net/resources/22-beautiful-jquery-plugins-for-web-designers/
http://www.tuttoaster.com/41-remarkable-and-useful-jquery-plugins/
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/27/45-useful-jquery-techniques-and-plugins/

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Pretty bizarre…the idea is to programmatically create, extend, and modify objects directly from your code at run time instead of pre-creating your classes.  Not saying it’s good or bad, just different.  And yes, he does know the acronym is unfortunate.

http://dhotson.tumblr.com/post/1167021666/php-object-oriented-programming-reinvented

Related, someone figured a way to serialize closures into objects using reflection files.

http://www.htmlist.com/development/extending-php-5-3-closures-with-serialization-and-reflection/

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An interesting video on open source technologies used to scale Facebook.

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