I saw a question come up involving chained selects on the sitepoint php forums. I have wresteled with that problem quite a bit and as a result it lead me to publish almost a books worth of info to the thread.
So after my shoutbox warning (I know I know…the spam is automated) I came in this morning to see yet another shoutbox spam. So I have now banned the stupid man/woman/computer’s IP from my website. I also decided to go look through the comments I have recieved that have been identified as spam and indeed they were all spam…so I blocked their IPs too.
My wife was so kind as to get me what I’ve always wanted and never bought for myself….a Gift Certificate to Border’s Books. Needless to say I was ecstatic and immediatly went and spent the gift certificate plus a few more dollars on an nice O’Reilly book: Head First Design Patterns. At first glance it looks like a pretty fun approach to design patterns. Now, as far as design patterns go I have a pretty good, broad understanding of several different types of patterns, but I figured this book would go the rest of the way in embedding the concepts deeply into my brain. I just started reading the introduction a couple of minutes ago and I’ll let you know how it goes. It should be fun.
For those of you interested in how Design Patterns can be used in PHP I recommend you go to PHP Patterns. That site was created by Harry Fuecks. He hasn’t added new content in quite a while as he is kep pretty busy with his blog over at Sitepoint, and the info is only for PHP4. (PHP5 has better ways to do a few of his examples…but it wasn’t out when he made them.) In any case it’s still a good launching ground for patterns in PHP.