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WordPress Custom Post Types

WordPress is best known as a blogging engine, but new features in recent releases and the ability of plugins to add functionality have made WordPress a viable CMS (Content Management System) for sites.

WordPress 3.0 added ‘custom post types’ which allows a developer to define new types of content in addition to the 5 inbuilt types. No longer will posts or pages need to be twisted into shape by use of custom fields or lots of PHP coding. Don’t let the name ‘custom post types’ have you believe the new content is just an extension to WordPress posts. The more correct title is ‘custom content types’.

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PHP News #5

PHP news to August 6th, 2010.

  • New PHP drivers for for SQL Server released, under an Apache 2.0 license.
  • Zend framework 1.10.7 released. Bug fixes including an update for Zend_Service_Twitter, as Twitter moves to OAuth.
  • PHPNW conference on October 9 & 10, 2010 in Manchester, UK.
  • New PHP Excel extension from Ilia Alshanetsky.
  • Call for proposals at OSDC (Open Source Developers Conference) 2010 to be held in Melbourne, Australia from November 24th to 26th, 2010.
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PHP News #4

News to July 30th, 2010. Slow week for new releases.

  1. ZendCon 2010. November 1 – 4, Santa Clara, CA. Early bird registration until August 28th.
  2. Zend Unlimited Subscription program for business that need unlimited number of subscriptions to Zend’s software and technical support services
  3. crVCL PHP Framework, rapid application development framework inspired by JEDI VCL and Java Spring
  4. RDSFramework, lightweight open source MVC framework
Software Development

Evolving PHP Frameworks

There are no shortage of PHP frameworks, some grow large vibrant communities and a number wither and die over time. A number of the larger frameworks by user base have announced plans for the next steps in their evolution. Specifically we examine the next major versions of Zend Framework, Symfony, CodeIgniter and CakePHP.

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PHP News #3

PHP developer news for week ending July 23rd, 2010.

  • PHP 5.2.14 released. Bug & security release and the end of active support for the 5.2 line.
  • PHP 5.3.3 released. Over 100 fixes with a number of security enhancements.
  • CakePHP 1.3.3 rainbow icing edition released.
  • Phalanx PHP Framework. Event driven PHP5.3+ framework.


  • CodeIgniter Con 2010. August 14 & 15, Bristol UK.
  • Symfony day. October 8th, 2010 in Cologne, Germany.
  • indieconf. Conference for independent web professionals. November 13, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
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PHP News #2

PHP developer news for week ending July 16th, 2010.

  • PHP For Android (PFA). Use your PHP skills on an Android device.
  • CouchDB the document-oriented, Non-Relational Database Management Server (NRDBMS) goes 1.0.
  • WebMatrix. Microsoft making it easier to install PHP apps on Windows.
  • A new book – Pro PHP Refactoring from Apress.

  • Swiftlet. Another lightweight MVC style framework for PHP 5.1+. Actually has some documentation.