Adobe and Zend announce collaboration

Categories: Adobe Flex AS3 PHP


via The Official Flex Team Blog

Adobe and Zend have announced their collaboration in bringing together the benefits of open source Flex with the reliability and flexibility of the enterprise-grade PHP Zend Platform (official press release). A recent article on Adobe Developer Connection details how to get up and running with Zend Studio and the Eclipse plugin version of Flex Builder 3.


Spreeder Bookmarklet

Categories: Cool Sites General JavaScript PHP

While I’m still skeptical about the comprehension and retention of text read using Spreeder (, a JavaScript-based speed-reading tool, they do provide a handy bookmarklet and Opera plugin that makes using the service more efficient. For the bookmarklet, simply drag this

Thanks to Ryan Lanciaux for this tip.

Book review: php architect’s Guide to Enterprise PHP Development

Categories: Adobe AIR Books PHP Reviews

Currently I’m helping to lead the development of an enterprise-grade rich internet application. We’ve decided that the front-end client is going to be a desktop app running on Adobe AIR and using the Flex framework, but we’re still discussing options as to what the back-end should be running on. Java, .NET, Ruby on Rails, even Python…all have been discussed, but the one we were initially writing off was PHP. In an effort to be fair, I’m re-considering, and recently finished reading a book, php|architect’s Guide to Enterprise PHP Development, that aims to position PHP as a viable enterprise platform.

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