Application specific Zend_Tool providers in Zend Framework

Currently the only way for Zend_Tool to pick up your custom providers is to add the provider directory to the php include path. This is especially problematic if you have multiple applications in one server.

One workaround I use is to create a script wrapping zf.sh in [APP_ROOT]/script:

#!/bin/sh

ZF_CONFIG_FILE = $(pwd)’/application/configs/zf.ini’

export ZF_CONFIG_FILE

ZEND_TOOL_INCLUDE_PATH_PREPEND = $(pwd)’/providers’

export ZEND_TOOL_INCLUDE_PATH_PREPEND

`which zf` $@

If you have integrated the Zend library in your application, you can add the zf scripts in the same folder as the script. The last line then becomes:

$(pwd)/script/zf.sh $@

Now you can use script/zfc instead of zf and all of your custom providers should get loaded correctly.

India soon to be the biggest source of PHP developers?

From Manuel Lemos of PHPClasses:

The number of Indian PHP developers has been growing at a large pace in the last few years, when compared to other countries. A few years ago, India was just one of the top ten countries with more PHP developers. Now India is number 2 and is almost surpassing United States, which is still number 1.

While it is difficult to take such broad conclusions seriously based on member statistics of a single community, PHPClasses does have a large user base and can arguably be considered representative. Any article tagged India and software these days attract the usual crap about how Indian developers are the worst and how everybody who outsources to India never does it again. So I was surprised when some of the usually ‘silent’ majority of the client base who continue outsourcing development to India came out to defend their decision.

I did come away with a very interesting statistic; Indian developers have won most awards this year for their contribution against sizable competition. Most Indian developers I meet have difficulty understanding the concept of giving back to the community, so it’s always refreshing to see a number of people doing exactly that.