OSCON, PHP 5.2 Windows Installer, and Testing

OSCON Portland is over and there are plenty of postings and images covering it, e.g from Chris Shifflet and Zak Greant .  I only took a few snaps myself: here and here.

OSCON is a busy conference.  I met some sharp minds.  I missed catching up with others.  I got over jet lag on the day I flew home. A week later I'm getting over jet lag from the return flight.  Luckily the photo of me in Cal Evans's PHP Trading cards was also taken while I had jet lag - that way you can recognize me.

In my spare time, I'm testing the PHP 5.2 Windows installer that John Mertic is writing.  At the moment John is working hard on getting the installer neat and reliable.  Sometimes I find it hard to express gut feelings about why, for example, always logging the install instead of making it optional is a good idea.  Hopefully I've convinced John to do this, if he can work out how.

What else is happening at the moment in PHP?  Well, technology marches on but the fundamentals stay the same.  There were at least three mentions of testing at the OSCON PHP Lightning talks (my talk may just have been one of them).  Afterwards, Marcus Boerger briefed me on the incantations that should eventually lead to getting OCI8 included in the PHP gcov code coverage reports.

One final thought on testing is about building quality from the ground up.

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