There seems to be some activity gathering around the Bangalore PHP User Group initiative, with some (hopefully) useful meetups scheduled in the months to come. The first of these is the one upcoming in Aug, where we plan to discuss ways to get an informal but more active group up and running.
We've requirements for the following species of developers.
* Python, Django developers: 2+ years of experience.
* PHP, Drupal developers: 3+ years of experience.
KDE -> Ratpoison -> Awesome
KDE is great to flaunt (esp to your friends on shiny Winedwhores 7 junk), but too bulky for my liking. Htop reported that I was using approximately 350MB of memory consistently (no Nepomuk *)) and this sounded ridiculous enough to warrant a full-scale switch to Ratpoison.
[8:32:32 am] * pavan_ just switched over to Ratpoison from KDE.
[8:33:20 am] Quit SandGorgon has left this server (Ping timeout: 265 seconds).
[8:35:51 am] <wheels> [10 minutes pass]
[8:35:59 am] <wheels> * pavan_ just switched back.
Apart from the curious lack of direction (virtual-solo projects and the FUDs thereof), there hasn't been too much worthy of interest in the last 3-4 months or so.
node.js: Finally, JS outside all the pot-plumbing in DOM-land. It's been a tremendous journey discovering node all the way this far, and it looks like a project for the future.
[UPDATE]: Facebook plans to release a rewritten PHP runtime shortly. There was some speculatory report which made claims of a 10Ximprovement over mod_php.
Lately, I've managed to push myself to work on a new (and hopefully useful) pet project. For somebody whose constrained world-view of PHPLand was centered around producing or maintaining MVC frameworks that weren't full of
shit bloat, It's been an interesting experience treading previously uncharted territory.
The most bitter truth is complicated
Let's accept it. PHP (for it's 33% share of the web, facebook, wikipedia, yahoo! and everything else included) is a tough nut to scale. The conventional way of scaling the PHP-layer for an application from scratch involves getting your hands dirty in the world of web servers, load balancers, opcode-caches and more.
Matter of notice, especially for PHPers, MySQLers in one of the EU nations.
This is a laughable account of profound hypocrisy. MySQL maintained a smart dual license policy throughout (I'm not complaining!), and sold out to Sun in it's ailing days(?) (This was disappointing) and eventually Oracle got a runaway deal on everything, but it's now that Monty expresses moral outrage over Oracle's ownership.