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Here is a list of web application frameworks that are written in PHP. Some of those were inspired by Ruby On Rails, or seek to imitate it. Others are frameworks with varying goals. All are PHP based.
Here is another web application framework written in PHP.
WASP is a "powerful web application framework built on PHP5". It is object oriented, and strives to be suitable for enterprise class applications with less code.
What is interesting is that WASP uses Drupal to power its site.
After completely forgetting about it, the Google Summer of Code T-Shirt has finally arrived. I participated as a code review mentor for Drupal on three student project.
Some time ago, I ran across this lengthy humor article on how to write unmaintainable code.
Look at this gem:
Capitalisation Randomly capitalize the first letter of a syllable in the middle of a word. For example ComputeRasterHistoGram().
How many times did you see this CamelCase notation in code on Words? Too many times!
I ran into The Daily WTF web site by chance. Programmers send the web site maintainer coding mistakes they have seen by colleagues. Some submissions indeed have a high WTF factor, for example, this overly verbose way of negating a number.
I was recently approached by a client who wanted a custom Drupal module.The module was supposed to be a clone of Drupal's "Who's New" and "Who's Online" modules, but with user defined input. The specifications were that would be an admin defined list of users, and the module will select some of them at random. There would also be a user defined list of how many users to show online at a certain time (how many registered users, and how many guests). In other words, it would give a fake sense of the site being a very busy one.I politely told the person who requested this module that this amounts to deception. Their answer was it was like the opening day of a restaurant when it is packed with guests, but all of them are really relatives and friends of the owner who invited them for the opening night.
PHPonTrax is another Model-View-Controller architecture using PHP. It used to be called PHP on Rails, attempting to be the Ruby On Rails version for PHP.It uses Active Record for Object/Relational Mapping (ORM), much like Hibernate for Java.
One technology that has been getting good reviews and lots of attention laterly is Ruby On Rails (RoR). It is a Rapid Internet Application Development framework that is easy to use and really fast to write applications in.
One of the drawbacks is that it requires the Ruby programmng language, which although powerful, is less widespread than other languages, and hence not available at most web hosts.
Now there is CakePHP, which is supposed to be Ruby On Rails but for PHP, the most widely deployed web development language. CakePHP follows the Model-View-Controller architecture, and provides basic CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations. Of course, it is fully object oriented, just like RoR is.
Most of the world does not know that many of the famous actors they see in Hollywood movies or TV productions are not Americans, but rather Canadians.Names such as Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), William Shatner (Star Trek), John Candy, Dan Akroyd, and even Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) and Lorne Greene (Battlestar Galactica, Bonanza), are all Canadians. There was even a mockumentary (Mock Documentary) in HBO in 1985 called The Canadian Conspiracy poking fun at the fact that lots of Canadians are in the US, and are not overtly saying they are Canadians.
A question that often arises as an objection to Open Source software is: How can I make money from software if I am giving it away for free?Let us start by a few news items first.Techworld reports that the German National Railway has successfully migrated 55,000 users to Linux. The roll out was overseen by IBM.Reuters reports that in Extremadura, Spain, 14,000 medical professionals will be given access to a system that is based on Open Source software. This is also an IBM contract for 33$ million.
OnStep is a full featured telescope controller. A low cost controller based on the STM32 Blue Pill was created by myself. You can order kits for building your own, as well as a Smart Hand Controller.
More info can be found here:
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