A New Direction

It’s been quite some time since my last blogging. Most of the reason for this is that I have been extremely busy with my current job as well as a few other responsibilities. However, the time has now come for me to move on and try something new. Early this month I accepted an offer to work for The Selling Source in Las Vegas. It is a hard move since I have been employed by my current employer, FT11 Interactive, for my entire professional career. I am looking forward to the change and the new people I will meet. Since I will be moving away from a smaller startup type atmosphere I am hoping I will have a little more time to work on some of the little projects I have been chipping away at for the last year.

Late Static Binding

I haven’t been able to touch this in what seems like ages and have (unfortunately) completely missed the boat for PHP 5.2. But I am hoping to take a look at the current patch, come up with some solid use cases and tests, and submit the whole package to PHP Internals for review.

Scriptable Browser for PHP 5.1+

This is actually a fairly new project and one that I haven’t put alot of time into yet. The goal behind this is to create the scriptable browser and then soon thereafter create a binding for it so it can be easily used with PHPUnit 3. I am sure there are at least 3 or 4 people wondering why I don’t just work with SimpleBrowser or Selenium, and the simple answer to that is: Cause that’s no fun.

Refactoring Tools

This little project is actually one that I haven’t even talked about yet. I am finding that there is a real lack of tools to assist in refactoring php scripts. What tools we do have (aside from testing tools) are not at all php specific. With the advent of Greg Beaver’s PHP lexer it has all of a sudden became fairly trivial to do in-depth source code analysis. I have almost completed a small code metrics suite and will (hopefully) be releasing it to the public soon.

A Bigger, Badder Looking Site

I promised myself around 2 years ago that I would create a site that wasn’t a s9y stock theme, I have yet to do that, so that’s also going to be on my agenda for the very near future.

So, I have to thank FT11 Interactive and it’s management for 5 excellent years, and while I am sad to be leaving I would be lying to say I am not excited about this new opportunity. Hopefully now I can hit some of those conferences :P.

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