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Matthew Pennell

November 8, 2006 at 6:16 AM

Recent news from the coding world:

Two of the more popular PHP frameworks came out with new releases recently; CakePHP put out its last update before the big 1.2 release, and Code Igniter has now progressed to version 1.5, which features several cool new features including a database export class (supporting XML and CSV format), an FTP library, and, uh... a Smiley Helper class. If you haven't tried programming within an MVC framework before now, why not get downloading and see if this new programming paradigm is for you.

The lightweight JavaScript library moo.fx has reached the big 2.0 and is out for use with both mootools and Prototype. It's sporting a nice redesign, too - check it out if you prefer your libraries to weigh less than your entire images directory... ;)

Top JS blogger Dustin Diaz recently posted some enhancements of JavaScript's Array methods to bring it into line with version 1.6 (currently only supported by Firefox 1.5). Good stuff.

Finally (and not particularly recent, but worth a look anyway), Tim Huegdon's 6-part introduction to object-oriented development in both PHP and Javascript (covering OO concepts, JavaScript, and PHP Parts 1, 2, 3,and 4) is a great primer if you're still not quite sure what all this talk of inheritance, encapsulation, and polymorphism really means. For more on the subject, make sure you read Jonathan Snook's recent DW article on Objectifying JavaScript.

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