PHP Advent

With Christmas over it also means the annual PHP Advent calendar has been concluded. As with previous years, there is a good bunch of authors with a great choice of articles, worth reading if you haven’t done so already. You can also read 2008.

I find the idea of article driven advent calendars absolutely fantastic, as it gives authors an interesting venue to write for and readers new quality material to read every day for 24 days. With a lot of my TV shows going on a break in December, I cherish the opportunity queue up a few quality article and putting aside an hour or two to read through, with hot chocolate. PHP Advent is not the only one I read, two other advents I’ve been keeping tabs on is the Web Design Advent and the Performance Advent, and you should as well.

I would like to applaud both Chris Shiflett (@shiflett) and Sean Coates (@coates) for starting PHP Advent and keeping it going. They do a lot of work that goes unnoticed, ranging from finding authors way ahead of time, to cat herding the authors and making sure everyone is on time, over to doing copy writing on our scribbles to make us sound at least mildly coherent, at least they did for me :-)

They are the men behind the scenes, so please show them your appreciation and drop them a line and say thanks, since we all want this to keep on going next year. Chris & Sean, I take my hat off for you for spending countless hours making this happen, especially during those evenings in December where you slaved over copy writing articles and making sure everything ran smoothly.

I would like to point out that I’ve been an author for PHP Advent for the past 2 years, so I’m fairly bias about it being so great :-)
Also a shameless self plug, here are my articles of last 2 years:  Coping with the Holiday Shopping Spree (2008) and Designers versus Developers (2009). I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had writing them.

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4 Responses to “PHP Advent”

  1. I really give it up for PHP advent as well. I think a revolutionary programming language like PHP should not only be used and talked about but also examined and idealized. PHP Advent has created the necessary platform for that to happen.

  2. Thanks so much, Helgi. This was a tough year, and for now, I’m just happy that we managed to pull it off. :-)

    Happy New Year!

  3. Chris actually started it; I just helped for the last two years, and I totally agree with him: I’m just glad we (mostly //he//) managed to make it happen this year.

    We’ll definitely need to re-think some things for next year, but for the next 9 months, we’ll happily put it on the back burner (-:

    S

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