CakeFest 2010 Wrap

A quick run down of CakeFest 2010. It was great meeting a bunch of programmers and enthusiasts and finding out how they use CakePHP.

Here are my brief notes for the talks I attended and links to the presentations if I have them.

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Using MSSQL with PHP – Date Format Error

If you are running with the latest version of PHP & SQL Server on Windows. Make sure you control how dates are formatted especially for smalldatetime. If you let PHP use its built in function you could get strange results ranging from Chinese to French. Jui isn’t the same as Jul and that confuses strtotime().
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Sending files to a WebApp 101

One challenge that comes up a few times a year for various clients is moving data from a legacy system to a web application. For instance if your billing system or ERP system creates a report that you want to display to your customers online, you may want to send that report to the webapp.
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Finding things faster using Sphinx

Today Wordpress announced they are using Sphinx to help developers find plugins faster on their site. Sphnix is an open source search engine for indexing primarily databases and is much faster than the standard full text search feature of most databases. I’ve put together a brief tutorial to help you get started with this application.
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