22 February 2009

Finally something worth waking up for!

Well well well... it is a funny old life. I got made redundant last month. Yes that's right, it's taken me a month to write about it! Basically I couldn't be bothered: big news everyone, another hard-working Joe gets punted. Shame.


Also (and slightly more importantly) I have been extremely busy. Finding a new job? No! Starting up my own business. You see, my previous employment taught me many things, and the parting words of my old boss gave me the needed incentive. I can do this.

The point of this post though is completely different to that. I just wanted to throw it in there as I think it needs to be said. These are interesting times, hewing out new opportunities. Hopefully I will have a lot to say for myself when I'm done.

So without further babbling, I wanted to point out that I am now available for all sorts of web work, software development and would welcome a challenge. If you think you can make use of my humble services, check out my new venture: FlipStorm

We're going to be offering a wide range of services, but the focus is on high-performance web apps that are completely managed by "the team" (a.k.a. moi) for meeting any and all business needs. Starting a new business that needs a web site? Got some interesting ideas for web app but don't have the needed skills to do make it a reality? Come to FlipStorm and see what could be done.

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Zend Server

Zend Server Public Beta was released recently. I took it upon myself to find out what road Zend are going down with this new product. It appears that they have managed to licence an Apache/PHP stack that will run on Windows/Mac/Linux with the latest builds of all products, tuned to a fine major key, in two flavours - one for the enterprise and one for the community (with pricing accordingly, i.e. free for the community sans some whistles).

So it seems they are creating a halfway house between Zend Core and Zend Platform, probably with the intention to merge the product lines and consolidate their offerings, thus making for easier upgrades and slightly less training.

It's also given them a chance to rethink the web management console interface (something that was in need of much attention). Managing the loaded modules in PHP on the various platforms is now easier than ever. It seems likely that upgrading will be much simpler too.

This is really great news for all PHP developers, but I find it particularly useful for me on my Macbook. You see there has been fewer and fewer decent stable builds of the latest released versions of PHP floating around, so I'm having to "make do" with 5.2.6 (the Apple-adjusted version). It's not bad, but there's no clear upgrade route and I like to try latest and greatest... especially in anticipation of a stable release of PHP 5.3!

So it looks like I may be retiring the built-in Apache/PHP stack and moving over to Zend Server as soon as it reaches a stable release. Goodness all round!

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