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When I compose a newsletter, I look at my well of possible materials–questions, links, blog posts, etc., and try to come up with a theme, if at all possible. When looking at these this time around, the ones that seemed most worth sharing immediately all focus on, well, me. For example, there’s the presentation I gave to Boston PHP: you can view the slides and the raw video of it. Or there are some articles that I’ve published online that you might like. And there’s the status on “The Yii Book”.

So this newsletter is far more me-centric than most, but hopefully it’ll be of use to you still. Because, presumably, you subscribed to this newsletter in the first place because you were interested in what I’m doing, thinking, interested in, and so forth.

Also, if you do have something you’d like me to write about, address, or answer in future newsletters, now is a good time to send that in, as my well of topics is getting shallow. I think my next newsletter is going to be on goals, if you have any thoughts or questions along those lines (e.g., technologies to learn, ways to learn, etc.). I’ve also got an upcoming newsletter planned on public speaking.

And, as always, thanks for your interest in what I have to say and do!

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An article, titled “Social Media Authentication and Authorization Using PHP“, which I recently wrote for Peachpit Press has been posted online. In the article, I explain how to use the HybridAuth library to perform authentication and authorization against common social media sites. I specifically demonstrate the code for interacting with Twitter, but the library works for other sites too.

This is the fourth article I wrote in support of my “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming” book.

An article I wrote titled “Creating a Shopping Cart Class using Object-Oriented Programming in PHP” was just published online by Peachpit Press. This article, which goes nicely with my “Advanced PHP and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide” book, explains how to use more recent features of PHP, such as the Standard PHP Library (SPL), to create a great, reusable shopping cart system. Just two classes will give you all the functionality you need!

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An article I wrote, titled “How to Store and Retrieve Binary Data Using PHP and MySQL“, was just published online by Peachpit Press. In the article, I explain how you store and retrive binary data using PHP and MySQL (it’s a clever title that way). I also explain why you might want to do this, which is equally important.

This is the first of four new advanced PHP articles that will be published online over the next couple of months.

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