Who Needs Frameworks?

Here is my latest editorial for the May 2013 issue of php|architect magazine:

php|architect - May 2013

Who Needs Frameworks?

Beth Tucker Long

The title alone may get me some hate mail, but anyone who has discussed frameworks with me knows that I’m not shy about saying that I really don’t have a use for them. That’s not to say that I don’t think there’s a time and a place for them, just that for the majority of the projects that I do, a full-fledged framework is way over the top. There is something to be said for having more features than you know what to do with, but there’s also something to be said for not having to slog through 30 files to find what you need – or having to autoload 12 files to do one thing. Continue reading “Who Needs Frameworks?”

E-mail Stuck in Outlook Outbox

A client just called me, and they had three messages stuck in their Outbox in Outlook 2010 on a Windows 7 machine (though these instructions apply to other versions of Outlook and Windows as well). The messages had unusually large attachments, and Outlook could never send them before timing out (or getting stuck, not sure exactly what was holding them up). When I checked the Send/Receive Progress screen, it showed that the messages were being sent and had no errors listed. Here’s what I did to solve the issue: Continue reading “E-mail Stuck in Outlook Outbox”

Security-driven Development

I am the Editor-in-Chief of php|architect magazine, and I wanted to share my most recent editorial that I wrote up with all of you in case you aren’t subscribers to the magazine. Here it is:

 

php|architect April 2013

Security-driven Development

Beth Tucker Long

Security breach – these are words no one likes to hear. It means disaster for development teams and management, and yet, when projects are being planned, it is often an afterthought that is pushed aside when budgets and timelines get tight. Continue reading “Security-driven Development”

Whirlwind Tour

I’m starting to learn just how much work it is to be a speaker at conferences. I always thought you just showed up and spoke. Now that I’m on the other side of this, I realize just how much work it is to find flights, coordinate the hotel, make sure that none of your trips overlap, and finally, see if you can afford to attend if the speaker package doesn’t cover your travel expenses. So, be sure to take a moment and thank your favorite conference speakers. It really is a labor of love for all of them. Continue reading “Whirlwind Tour”