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Passing the PHP 5.3 ZCE exam

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I passed the PHP 5.3 ZCE exam
Today I passed the exam to become a PHP 5.3 ZCE. Like everyone else I had to sign the non-disclosure contract so I can’t go into detail about the questions that were asked, I can however tell my impressions of the exam and how prepared for it.

Differences with the previous exam
The first thing I noticed when I bought the PHP 5.3 exam voucher was that there was no option to order a bundle of preparation tests. There was however a free study guide. The new study guide can not be compared with the previous php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide. Were the new free study guide gives a quick overview (including some example questions) of each topic in the exam the original study guide starts with basics of PHP and really covers each topic thorough, except for the new PHP 5.3 features. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 30th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Separating your controller from your view

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What is a controller?
A controller can best be described as the set of instructions and algorithms that are responsible for making your application actually doing something. Often based on user input. You could say your controller is your business logic.

What is a view?
The view is the presentation of your application, the part that our user sees. The view won’t do any processing (like math, checking data,…) it will just show data.

Why don’t you separate your logic and view?
I don’t know how or I don’t use a framework. Those are both often heard excuses when I ask someone why he doesn’t separate the logic and view of his application. Even when you Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

PHP alternative, lazy syntax

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Alternative, lazy what?

Consider the next example:

  2. < ?php foreach($aNewsItems as $oItem) {
  3.      echo ‘<li>’;
  4.      echo ‘<a href="/news/’.$oItem->id.‘-‘.$oItem->rewrite.‘.html">’.$oItem->title.‘</a>’;
  5.      echo ;
  6. } ?>

We could write the above like this: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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