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php|architect’s Guide to Programming the Zend Framework

programming_with_zend_frameworkDear Reader,

Last week, php|architect announced my book, “php|architect’s Guide to Programming the Zend Framework”. Today I posted the announcement over on DevZone. I’ll admit that I was very nervous posting the announcement on DevZone because I’m not keen on using DevZone for self-promotion. However, in the end, it came down to the fact that I announce other books so I needed to announce this one.

Anyhow, for the both of you who read this, I have a new PHP book out titled “php|architect’s Guide to Programming the Zend Framework”. There’s been a link to it in my sidebar since it was announced but I thought that since I announced it on DevZone, I would post about it here as well.

Until Next time,

Dr Dobbs Part 2

Dear Reader,

Previously, I mentioned that my article that I wrote in May, PHP: The Power behind Web 2.0, finally got published in Dr. Dobbs . I wasn’t’ sure if it was going to be in the print edition or just in the web version. Well it came today, I was actually in the print edition.

It’s a minor victory but one I’m proud of, This one goes in a stack with a bunch of Visual FoxPro advisor’s and a copy of php|architect.

Until Next time,

Goals for the New Year

Dear Reader,

Ok, that last post was as close as I’m gonna get to a “year in review” post. I just don’t like looking backwards that much. So let’s take a moment to look forward and set some goals.

  • Lose 30 lbs.
    Yeah, I know it’s a cliche but I really want to drop 30 this year. These guys just opened up down the street, I think I’ll give them a try. Aside form the fact that they use ColdFusion for their website, they seem to be pretty cool.
  • One blog post per week in 2008.
    Guess what, I’ve got the first week covered. Seriously, I’ve been real lax in posting here for the past year, mainly because most of my writing efforts go to DevZone. However, I do have several ideas that I want to discuss here that revolve around technology but are not necessarily related to PHP.
  • Write One new article per month.
    With all the opportiunities I have to write, you would think this is a no brainer but like everything else, I get sidetracked on other projects. So I hope to post or have printed, one new article per month.
  • Another Book in 2008.
    Ok, so my first book isn’t officially released yet but even so, it was all written in 2007. I’d like to come up with another idea and sell it to a publisher. I’m guessing my ability to do so is greatly dependent on the sales of my first book. So do me a favor…go order a copy.
  • A picture a day in 2008.
    Inspired by people like Chris Wage, Andrei Zmievski, Sebastian Bergmann and Terry Chay, I really want to post one new picture per day in 2008…I’m already behind, this being Janyary 2nd and I’ve yet to post a picture. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll start figuring out what and where to shoot. Note: my goal is not to be as good as any of those four, just to post a new picture every day. I’m shooting for goals I can actually hit.
  • Learn a new language
    The Lovely an Talented Kathy and I will be learning French this year.

So those are my goals for the year, only time will tell whether I can hit them. Hey, have you posted your goals for the year? let me know, I’ll link to them.

Until next time,

2007 was a Good Year for Me

Dear Reader,

In 2007 I was privileged to achieve the following in my career as Editor-in-Chief of DevZone.

  • Attended 9 conference
  • Visited 3 foreign countries
  • Attended 2 barCamps
  • Spoke at 2 conferences
  • Started 2 podcasts
  • Started 2 web projects.
  • Had 1 article published in php|architect
  • Spoke at 1 PHP User Group
  • Wrote my first book
  • Was Master of Ceremonies at my second PHP conference

So yeah…2007 was good…but 2008 is looking even better.

Until Next Time,

I’ve been published in Dr. Dobbs!

Dear Reader,

Wow, I wrote this article back in May/June and it finally got published! “PHP: The Power Behind Web 2.0“. This was the very first version of the FNN that I wrote. I used the concept in “Flex and PHP: Party in the Front, Business in the Back”.

Thanks to Andi because I’m sure without his name on the article, they wouldn’t have given me a second glance.

That makes two magazine articles this year and I’ll miss my other goal for the year, a book published, by a month or so.

It’s been a productive year.

Until next time,