After many months of work, a couple of weeks ago php[architect] published the 3rd edition of the Zend Certification Study Guide.

Zend Certification Study Guide

I am really proud of this edition, which has been updated completely up to PHP 5.6 (the certification is currently up to 5.5), making it a great desk reference for everything new in PHP.

It includes 3 new chapters, and 2 new appendices, including one on the new debugger added in PHP 5.6, phpdbg — that’s over 80 pages of new content.

All of the new additions indicate which version they were added in, and based on a comprehensive scouring of the NEWS file, I am confident that anything worth mentioning as new in PHP has been included.

Additionally, I just announced a new project of mine, The Definitive Guide to PHP and MySQL. This is intended to be a comprehensive, in-depth book on vanilla PHP and MySQL.

The Definitive Guide to PHP and MySQL

It will cover everything from SQL basics, to MySQL Native Driver, making it ideal for all skill levels, and hopefully turning even the most novice user into an accomplished developer.

This book will be published via Leanpub, and I will start making it available as soon as I have some of the beginning chapters completed — currently it’s about 30-35% complete, but the majority of it is intended to end up towards the end of the book.

If you are interested in this book, please show your support by filling out the form — this is crucial for me to gauge interest and pricing.

Yesterday I published a blog post on the Engine Yard Blog, Celebrating 10 Years of PHP 5.0.0.

As part of this post I researched and put together a timeline of the last 12 years (since the initial public release of Zend Engine 2) for PHP.

It’s always fun to be nostalgic, you should check it out.

I’ve been involved in PHP since right before PHP 4.0 went final, which means I never wrote code for PHP 3, and in that time I’ve seen our community grow alongside the language I love, and while other languages have come (and gone in some cases!) PHP has continue to grow, and at a pace that seems to be accelerating rather than slowing down as some seem to think.

This year has also seen the 5th anniversary of PHP 5.3 and PHAR (PHP Archives), and next year will be 15 years since PHP 4.0.0.

Obviously time marches ever forward, and the current question on every bodies mind is: what’s next? It looks like we’ll continue to see major improvements in performance thanks to phpng, and with that meaning a new major version due to internals BC breakage… hopefully we’ll see even more radical changes to the language.