Spending my recent days reading more academic writings and books has brought some enlightenment and gradually changed how I think and approach a solution for certain problem. To some extent, I have to admit that technical skills and experiences may not always solve the problem. In certain cases, they may but when it comes to fundamental issues which require solid understanding of the concept and bearing novel ideas, technical skills and experiences will only play their roles as validation tool, a method of realizing the concept and ideas into (imperfect) implementation or solution. A flaw in the concept may result in fragile implementation which is a patient of endless technical hacks and fixes.
Realizing this, I’d like to share what I’ve got so far, random reading and thought about technology, mainly web related. The articles written will be arranged as whitepapers with necessary technical aspect and general language which is easily understandable (hopefully). I hope they will be useful for you and surely they are useful for me as connecting path to my search of novel ideas that will bring impact to larger audience.
Fellow developers may have noted that Zend released their Zend Framework 1.5 (including the 1.5.1 branch) last March. As a person who was away from ZF development milestone for a while (and when i was back i noticed bunches of emails in the mailing list), it’s interesting for me to see the changes made in the framework. I come up with a slideshow presentation which is grabbed from the ZF homepage.
Interesting feature sets from this release are Open ID integration and the availability of Zend_Form. When I was building my application on the beta platform or the first stable release, creating advanced form with complex view was quite a problem. I will delve more into current source code and documentation and see the logic and approach behind this component. It will also be interesting in finding the approach for ajax interaction model. Regarding Open ID, it’s great that it’s finally bundled in the framework. I believe, Open ID will be more widely adopted and Zend has played its role by supporting the technology in its Framework.
Congratulations to all Zend Framework developers. I hope I will start contributing especially on solving the performance issues.