Today, Zend Developer Zone published my article on the Standard PHP Library (SPL).
All too often, I think developers overlook the SPL because it appears massively unwieldy and difficult to understand. While it is often difficult to understand due to lack of proper documentation (articles/tutorials/examples), it is not unwieldy. Rather, it’s fairly easy to use… once you get the hang of it. And getting the hang of it requires a good introduction, which is why I wrote this article.
My article was originally intended to be part of a series of articles about features and functionality in PHP 5 that provided a case for adopting/upgrading to PHP 5. Cal Evans, editor-in-chief of Zend Developer Zone, ultimately decided against publishing these articles in a “series” format, but I think the individual articles that were published still fit together fairly well for making a case to upgrade to PHP 5.
The articles are: