In this edition…
- About This Newsletter
- On the Road => Speaking at Boston PHP
- On the Road => True North PHP Conference
- On the Web => Bootstrap, from Twitter
- Book Giveaway => “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide”
- Larry Ullman’s Book News => “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming” and “The Yii Book”
About This Newsletter
As always, questions, comments, and all feedback are much appreciated. And thanks for your interest in what I have to say and do!
On the Road => Speaking at Boston PHP
I’ve been invited to speak to the fantastic Boston PHP, user group (nearly 3,000 members!), who is currently using my “PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide” for Season 4 of their PHP Percolate! program. On Wednesday, December 12th, I’ll be presenting “How To Be A Web Developer”. This will be a new, 75-minute presentation on the tools and technologies needed to be a Web developer today. Along with the presentation, there will be socializing opportunities both before and after, and a Q&A session.
If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to join Boston PHP (you don’t have to live in Boston to do so), which is free. Then you can indicate your attendance (the presentation is also free).
Currently, I don’t know if the session will be recorded and distributed, but I will post my presentation slides afterwards regardless.
My thanks to Boston PHP for the hospitality!
On the Road => True North PHP Conference
Speaking of speaking, I am happy to say that my presentation on the Yii framework was officially selected for the inaugural True North PHP conference. This conference is taking place in Toronto, Canada, on November 2 and 3, 2012 (I don’t know yet which day I’ll be speaking). If you’d like to meet me and/or see my presentation, make sure you get your ticket to the conference. I figured I would also make myself available for lunch on those two days if anyone would like to chat with me more directly.
My thanks, too, for those that voted for my presentation!
On the Web => Bootstrap, from Twitter
- Modal windows
- Dropdown menus
As is often the case, Bootstrap was not on my radar for some time, and then all of a sudden, I’ve used it on three projects in the past month (including the revision of my own site). And for someone like me, with practically no design skills and only a perfunctory understanding of CSS, being able to quickly create stylish-enough Web components is a real boon.
UPDATE: As this newsletter was “going to press”, it was announced that Bootstrap is being separated from Twitter and turned into its own open source project.
Some time back I stumbled upon impress.js, a truly amazing Web-based presentation tool. You have got to check out the demo page (in a modern browser), you will be blown away. After running through the presentation (which will only take a minute), check out the HTML source code to be further amazed. I’m normally not this hyperbolic, but I was quite stunned by what was possible with impress.js. Besides being a useful tool for HTML-based presentations, this library is capable of changing how one thinks of presentations as a concept. Instead of presenting information in a linear, traditional format, with impress.js, you can do things like go from a bigger picture to a smaller picture, to be able to zoom in on content, as it were. If you pay attention to the URLs, you’ll note that impress.js also creates bookmark-able pages, which is an added bonus.
If you check out the examples and demos page on GitHub, you’ll find links to other presentations created with impress.js. A couple of presentations are quite useful in that they demonstrate, in my opinion, an overuse of impress.js. Those particular presentations use the rotation feature to such as extent that it makes one dizzy, which is normally not a good quality in a presentation (although one presentation is talking about 3D transformations, so there’s some justification there). One does worry that if impress.js catches on too much, we’ll all be sick of rotating transitions in no time.
Book Giveaway => “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide”
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Larry Ullman’s Book News => “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming” and “The Yii Book”
Just a quick bit of news…The “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide” book (the third edition of my PHP Advanced text) should be available at US bookstores now. You can also buy the Kindle version at Amazon or other electronic formats at Peachpit.com.
I’m now writing away on the Yii book. The table of contents have been posted on my blog, if you’re curious. My hope is to begin selling the book next month. I should have at least the first part done at that point. A new Web site is being created to sell the book; once it’s up, I’ll make the URL known. Thanks to everyone interested in this book!