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January 2008 Meeting

When: Thursday, January 3, 2008 — 7pm-9pm
Where: Consulate General of Canada

Presentation: Sphinx Full-text Open Source Search Engine

Zack Huston and Robert Swarthout will present an overview of the capabilities of Sphinx search.

Hear how used Sphinx to replace MySQL full text searches and run approximately 100 times faster. Also, hear how Sphinx is used on to create suggested searches — similar to Google Suggest.

Key features include:
* The ability to interface with a MySQL database, PostgreSQL database or any XML feed.
* Search any combination of text fields and weight each field differently on the fly.
* Sphinx is published with APIs for PHP, Python, Perl and Ruby.

More information can be found at

Mini-Series: TBA

We will announce the new mini-series topic soon. It will either continue with our IDE series or start a new series on frameworks.

PHP Year In Review

Ben Ramsey will lead a discussion about the many decisions made — and those left to be made — over the course of 2007 that will impact the future direction of PHP. Topics will include PHP 5.3 and 6, namespaces, late static binding, garbage collection, Unicode support, etc. What are these features? How will they affect you? Are they important to you? As 2008 begins, we will look ahead to see what lies on the horizon for PHP. This promises to be an interesting discussion that will likely bleed over into our after-meeting dinner/drinks.


Our meeting takes place at the Consulate General of Canada at 100 Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta (at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets). Click here for directions. You will need to see the concierge in order to gain access to the 17th floor.

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