Sunday, 11 May 2008

My wildest dreams get wilder every day

The Flatlanders, not a prolific band but it terms of country music - absolute perfection. What made me think of them? Partly the Dutch - literally the “flat landers”, the land of windmills, clogs, tulips and now, PHP tests.

On May 10th, led by Sebastian Bergmann and Stefan Koopmanschap a team of 10 dedicated PHP programmers wrote 37 tests tests for the Reflection extension and had a lot of fun doing it.

The Dutch beat the UK[*] team, led by Scott MacVicar, Steve Seear, Ant Phillips, Josie Messa and YT[**], into an honourable second place. With 18 skilled PHP programmers we managed 26 tests for the DOM extension in 3 hours.

Why? It's a PHP TestFest. This is the wild dream – that PHP should have a complete set of test cases for the implementation.

With the extraordinary power of open source and the good will of PHP programmers around the world, this particular wild dream is fast becoming a reality!

Zoe Slattery

[*] I say UK, but have to admit help from several people with the sort of names and accents that romantic novelists give their heros.

[**] I really mean Yours Truly. Not the YT of SnowCrash , that would be a wild dream. In Snowcrash terms I'm more like YT's mom but with Poor Impulse Control.

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