Nixon Shares the PHP Wealth at TriPUG

One of Viget Labs’ newest members, Clinton R. Nixon, has been busy discussing the troubles of dealing with legacy PHP code. Fresh from a presentation on the topic at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, OR, Nixon – who is based in Viget’s new Durham office – will again deliver a chat at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2007, at the Triangle PHP User’s Group (TriPUG).

“PHP is both praised and defamed for its ease of entry,” Nixon said. “The worst PHP code is comprised of global variables, hundreds of lines of procedural code, includes used like gotos, and a morass of mixed view, controller, and even model code, written because it’s very easy to do.”

The senior developer, who officially begins with the Lab on August 1, will address the issues often encountered in unstructured PHP code. He will offer solutions to tackle common problems, then provide refactoring techniques such as transitioning included code into classes and templates, extracting loop-based data processing from view code, and turning up error reporting to catch problems early.

TriPUG is a two-year-old PHP and database users group based in the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) in North Carolina.


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