Well, no more being anxious about the Zend Certification Exam (taken two weeks ago – does that make me impatient?) – an email came today that sealed my fate for the PHP 5 version of the test…
I passed! 🙂 I am officially a PHP 5 Certified Engineer 🙂
Woo! It’s funny how, no matter how old you get, you always (well, I always) seem to feel the the same way after I’ve taken a test and am waiting on the results. Either way, it’s always a relief to find out the result – good or bad. Thankfully, it turned out good this time 🙂 Congrats to all of the others out there that took the test and are new ZCEs!
So, I wanted to wait until we found out for sure on Friday, but here it is:
We’re going to have a baby 🙂 woo!
We now return you a regularly scheduled coding…
My wife and I visited England (up by York and Manchester) and much fun was had by all.
Too bad I came back with an addiction. It’s taken hold of me and is constantly with me. I can’t stop thinking about it and I wonder when I can get my next fix. I feel the constant need to spend lots of money to feed my habit (and with the exchange rate right now, that’s not a good thing), and I just can’t get the stuff I need over here.
That’s right, I’m an addict.
I’m addicted to Tom Holt books (not quite what you were expecting, eh?)
Yes, I casually picked up one of his books (“Falling Sideways“) in a shop while we were over there and finished it in about two days. I have to say, I haven’t read anything so delightfully light-hearted and funny in a long time (we’ll, that wasn’t something I’d read a million times over).
Alas, my probem still remains – the Amazon.com US store doesn’t carry them all (only like 10 or so) and ordering them from overseas is a bit expensive right now for us U.S-ers. I’ve ordered “Omnibus 5: Tall Stories” and “The Portable Door” from Amazon, and I’m counting the days.
It’s always fun to discover a writer you really enjoy, especially when you find out that that writer has loads of books for you to catch up on 🙂
Following in Lig’s lead on the number of books she’s reading, I thought I’d take stock of what kinds of books I’ve been reading on lately. Now, whether I’ll make it finishing them by the end of the year – that’s another story, but at least I’ll have a better idea of where I lie.
These aren’t in an order either other than my own train of thought as I write this:
- php|architect’s Guide to PHP Design Patterns
- Theo’s book, Scalable Internet Architectures
- Ajax in Action
- Creating Web Pages with Ajax
And, I dont know if it counts, but I also read over 205 feeds worth of information each day to grab the content for PHPDeveloper. Of course, those are all quick reads (well, most of them – some of you bloggers out there get a bit long winded at times – hehe).
Oh, and as far as fiction – I’m rereading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the umpteenth time, but it’s always a good, light read.
So, remember the t-shirt idea I mentioned before for the conference? Well, I’ve thrown something together for it and wanted to get some feed back on it from all of you lovely readers out there. Here’s the thumbnails.
I wanted to keep in mind both promoting the site (woo!) and the community too (yay!), so I kept the front simple with the PHP opening tag and my domain on the front and on the back….drum roll please….a tag cloud of the people/projects/companies that help make the PHP community what it is today. The different terms are different sizes, but that’s more for stylistic reasons than any kind of reference. There’s no way I could ever figure out how much each of them has contributed to the community and rank them, so I just went with picking at random.
So then, two questions for you all:
- First off, do you like the design? Would you wear it and enjoy it?
- And, secondly, would you buy one? Really what I’m getting at here is asking how big of a first run I would need to do. I’m going to have them at this year’s Zend Con but I didn’t know what the demand would be for them outside of that.
So, let me know on the above points – I’d appreciate any kind of feedback you can give!