1. I love that now has shiny namespacing and a thriving code sharing community, but I think the heavily hierarchical namespacing practises used by some of the community (e.g. symfony components) are unhealthy.

    They are difficult to memorise, relying on (often slow) IDE autocomplete, and encourage a use statement for each class. That’s pretty much a scoped equivalent of from x import * in python — not a good practise! It’s still namespace pollution, it just takes longer to write.

    I am trying to use a more python–like, package-centred approach with much fewer subnamespaces. The outcome of this should be that you use the package name:

    use BarnabyWalters

    …and then using all the classes/subnamespaces from that root, e.g: $t = Posse\Helpers::convertHtmlToTwitterFormat($s);

  2. Doing a mass find-and-replace operation on the Perch Blog app so I can have more than one running at the same time. If you want to do something similar, here are the strings you need to replace:

    • blogyourName
    • BlogYourName
    • perch_blogyourPrefix_yourName
    • PerchBlogYourName

    And then obviously rename the .class.php files and activate as you would any other app.

  3. Security component is a beast. Once I’ve got it sorted, there’s a BIG tutorial on it’s way. The symfony components have taught me a huge amount, so improving their documentation the least I can do.