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The father of PHP

I was so fortunate to have a chat with the Father of PHP (the programming/scripting language, not Philippine Peso) Rasmus Lerdorf last Thursday in Makati City during the PHP Conference Philippines 2016. The Greenlandic-Danish programmer is in Manila for the conference, where he was the keynote speaker. I asked him to tell the story of how he created PHP and as a fanboy, myself hearing it straight from Rasmus is the best thing one would wish. According to him, “I needed a tool for myself. I didn’t set out to create for anybody else. Just solving the web problem and the tools at that time was 1993 or so; I didn’t like any of them out there. I had written a whole bunch of CGI programs in C (programming language) and …

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Animahenasyon 2016: “Inspiration. Creation. Animation.”

Now on its 10th year of celebration Filipino talent and ingenuity in animation, the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), together with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), Embassy of Spain, and SM Retail Inc. is set to hold Animahenasyon 2016: “Inspiration. Creation. Animation.” at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig from November 22-24, 2016. Animahenasyon 2016 will showcase the best and the brightest animators of the Philippines and bring in world-renowned professionals, who could impart their expertise to both aspiring and professional animators in the country. Different activities will compose this year’s animation festival, to include plenary sessions, workshops, a cosplay event, and exhibition. On November 26, special film screenings featuring Spanish animation and previous Animahenasyon entries will be held at the De La …

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Getting kids started with the internet of things (IoT)

Many say that kids these days are quite far advanced compared when our generation were at their age. True! With electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers getting more affordable each day, kids would choose to play with these gadgets rather than interacting with their friends on physical games and activities. The interest of kids in building just about anything, from structures made out of blocks to robots, is pretty much high these days. We can attribute that to the popularity of games such as Minecraft and Growtopia. Being a father to an 8-year old kid, I can attest that these seem to be the “in” thing now. Last summer, I bought myself an Arduino to get myself prepped to deep drive to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Arduino …

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