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PHP Blogs Not on Planet PHP

I've been keeping up with Planet PHP for a while now. I like the Planet style of feed aggregation, and I think Christian and Toby have done a good job with it.

Unfortunately, the blogs I read and the blogs Planet PHP aggregates no longer match very well. Sean has a nice greasemonkey script that lets me read only the blogs I care to read on Planet PHP, but that only solves half of my problem.

Here are a few of the PHP blogs I read that are not on Planet PHP:

Note: Please feel free to add a URL to your blog in the comments if PHP is one of the topics you write about.

If someone is looking for a project, it would be cool to have a simple PHP script that uses the del.icio.us API to create a personalized Planet based on the blogs tag.

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PHP Blogs Not on Planet PHP was posted on Wed, 12 Apr 2006. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Daniel Krook said:

Thanks for the link Chris. As for the del.icio.us project, it appears that Edward Eliot has created just that (Interestingly, the link appeared on the same Planet PHP page that I first saw this post).

PhpDelicious - a class for accessing the del.icio.us API

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 16:12:12 GMT Link

2.Chris Shiflett said:

Here's the link in a way my pitiful regex won't mangle:


That looks like another PHP library for accessing the del.icio.us API. I want something to give me a personal Planet based on the bookmarks I've tagged as blogs.

Davey just reminded me that this would probably be trivial with some of the Zend Framework components. Maybe we'll create a cool demo. :-)

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 16:17:17 GMT Link

3.Jacques Marneweck said:

I occasionally blog about PHP on my blog.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 16:58:17 GMT Link

4.Scott Mattocks said:

If you are interested in PHP-GTK you can checkout my blog: http://crisscott.com or Ron Tarant's which is more of a series of tutorials: http://www.writingup.com/blog/phpgtk2

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 17:41:03 GMT Link

5.Jacques Marneweck said:

Started compiling a list over @ http://www.powertrip.co.za/blog/archives/000519.html seeing that there is an issue with your regex.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 18:01:07 GMT Link

6.Hatem said:

Since everything is already done : PhpDelicious, MagpieRSS. Just a small database and a script to browse and search that's all ?

And btw I'm testing a planet based on blogs I read here http://planet.phpmagazine.net/. But since I don't add new blogs everyday I just edit a config file manually. I'm not really a big fan of delicious.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 18:24:03 GMT Link

7.Chris Shiflett said:

Yeah, I don't support HTML. URLs are converted to links, but embedding them in an anchor tag apparently breaks the regex. Sorry. :-)

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 19:40:13 GMT Link

8.Chris Shiflett said:

Hatem, I like your site. :-)

I like the Planet style enough that I'd prefer that type of interface for my personal feed aggregator. You're right that the pieces are already there - if someone could package them up into a nice interface, I bet a lot of people would use it.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 19:51:46 GMT Link

9.Santosj said:

I personally blog about building web games in PHP and other PHP or JavaScript problems I might have.

http://www.absidongames.com it would probably not be of any interest to most people.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 20:00:35 GMT Link

10.stefan said:

I've been using Drupal to have my own "planet" aggregator. It's basically a default functionality of their news aggregator. You can see it at http://www.stefankoopmanschap.com/rss/

Quite useful if you want to keep control over what you read ;)

Oh, and of course, feel free to occasionally read my weblog, though it's about more than just php :)

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 20:18:03 GMT Link

11.Piku said:

I have a PHP blog (http://www.madphp.net/piku/) but I don't have very much free time to write.

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 20:43:44 GMT Link

12.Matthew Turland said:

I occasionally blog about PHP here:


Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 20:48:21 GMT Link

13.Chris Shiflett said:

Thanks for posting your blogs. I definitely have more reading to do. :-)

(By the way, I fixed the regex.)

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 21:04:12 GMT Link

14.Mike Willbanks said:

I normally will post about little random programming tidbits every now and again. Hopefully I will have more time to do more. I have a few PHP blogs that I have been working on but never time to complete ;)


Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 23:21:36 GMT Link

15.Joey Howell said:

I remember the days of CSC 470/570, Database Management Systems, when you first learned about the magic of Perl and PHP. Well played old friend.

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 01:52:14 GMT Link

16.Chris Shiflett said:

Hey Joey!

Yeah, those were the good old days. I learned Perl and PHP in some earlier computer engineering class, but that was definitely back when I was still very much a beginner (and writing CGIs in C). I hear Srini is the head of the department now.

Send me an email sometime:


Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 02:38:13 GMT Link

17.Ligaya Turmelle said:

OK - I'll take advantage of your invitation to post my blog since it has PHP stuff on it occasionally. Shameless self - promotion I admit - but i can live with that. ;)


Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 05:27:07 GMT Link

18.Hasin Hayder said:

Hi Chris

I am a fan of your writing and I read your blog for a long long time. Well, I also occasionally blog about PHP in these two sites





Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 05:34:26 GMT Link

19.Ken Guest said:


I also blog about my php [and javascript etc etc] experiences

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 11:37:06 GMT Link

20.Mike Lively said:

Thanks for the link...again... :)

I am actually entering a slight lull at the office and looked a little bit into the delicious idea and started playing around with it a bit. When I get a working beta I'll let you know.

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 17:24:51 GMT Link

21.Peter said:

I have a PHP category and write semi-regularly to it (as regular as I blog anyhow).


If you're just interested in the entries, this is a direct PHP-only feed:


Thu, 13 Apr 2006 at 21:16:36 GMT Link

22.Douglas Clifton said:

Thanks for the mention Chris, I appreciate it. Like you, at one point I was focused on Perl/CGI and C. In my university days they were still trying to teach us structured programming (gulp) with Pascal. I guess I just dated myself there. Anyway, this was just after the Web started to flower, so to speak, and I became intensely interested in PHP as an Apache module rather than an simple collection of CGI scripts. Although I still have misgivings about the monolithic design of the language, it works well.

Keep up the good work improving PHP's image.

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 at 01:57:31 GMT Link

23.Martin Jansen said:

Not to forget Jon Parise' journal at http://jon.livejournal.com/.

Sat, 15 Apr 2006 at 21:08:38 GMT Link

24.Christopher Jones said:

My PHP-Oracle blog is at http://blogs.oracle.com/opal/ - I'll share what I know.

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 at 10:30:20 GMT Link

25.Jared White said:

I write a blog regarding PHP and application development at:


I've had a link to your blog for some time now -- keep up the good work. :)


Tue, 18 Apr 2006 at 21:08:38 GMT Link

26.Michael Kimsal said:

I podcast about web and PHP stuff at http://webdevradio.com and also write about PHP stuff on my blog at http://fosterburgess.com/kimsal/?cat=8. That's the specific category for PHP - I write about other stuff too which may or may be all that interesting to others. :)

Wed, 19 Apr 2006 at 15:22:26 GMT Link

27.Robert said:

I just rolled my own aggregator a couple years ago, and have been using that to keep abreast of news:


Works reasonably well, though I'm sure there are plenty of feeds I could add to keep it more up to date...

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 at 17:29:01 GMT Link

28.Jeff Loiselle said:

So i went ahead and created a quick alpha version of what you were asking for Chris. Did I win the race? ;-)


Tue, 25 Apr 2006 at 20:06:59 GMT Link

29.David Olinsky said:

Jeff, the concept is there, but I'd say it's in quite the alpha stage. I'm also not keen on providing my del.icio.us password to someone so it only returned blank pages (I don't even see why it's necessary, as tag groups are publicly shared as http://del.icio.us/~user/tag). I'd contact you on your site but you have no contact info.

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 at 13:33:31 GMT Link

30.Chris Shiflett said:

Hi David,

The problem is that del.icio.us only provides 30 items in an RSS feed like that, so the RSS feed is useless when you bookmark more than 30 blogs (as is the case for me). The only option is to use the API, and that requires HTTP authentication using your username and password. So, Jeff has to solicit that in order to make this work.

I understand why you wouldn't want to do this. In my opinion, del.icio.us needs to provide complete RSS feeds and make this entire problem go away.

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 at 18:50:57 GMT Link

31.David Olinsky said:


Excellent point, and after I removed my foot from my mouth after reviewing the RSS API page again I noticed the same thing :) Even the linkroll/tagroll/JSON options have a limit of 100. Given the API & HTTP-Auth is the only option in this case, there's very little of a security risk by providing a username/password combo for a site like del.icio.us (worst-case scenario is someone deletes my del.icio.us account...an inconvenience for sure).

However (and this is where my and most likely others hesitancy lies) is in the social engineering aspect of it, and that the same username / password combo is most likely used on other websites (banking, email, web hosting) which increases the worst-case scenario possibilities.

Maybe if Jeff could roll his solution up into an installable package (it'd mostly be people like us who have access to some sort of personal web host) this could be quite useful without such privacy concerns (while we wait patiently for del.icio.us to roll out unlimited RSS feed entries).

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 at 00:02:58 GMT Link

32.Chris Shiflett said:

Yeah, what do you think, Jeff?

Sun, 30 Apr 2006 at 16:10:56 GMT Link

33.Chris Shiflett said:

Sara Golemon has a blog:


Sun, 30 Apr 2006 at 18:37:08 GMT Link

34.Ben Ramsey said:


Since you have way more than 30 blogs in your del.icio.us blogroll, you should put all those blogs into a feed reader and then generate an OPML file that you upload to your server so that you can generate your blogroll from that. It's what I do. :-)

Thu, 04 May 2006 at 14:59:43 GMT Link

35.Chris Shiflett said:

That would require me keeping up with them in two places. :-)

I already use del.icio.us, and my blog list keeps growing. It would be nice if there were some services out there to target del.icio.us users:

1. Planet del.icio.us (as a service and a software download)

2. del.icio.us -> OPML

3. ?

4. Profit!

Thu, 04 May 2006 at 15:06:01 GMT Link

36.Brett Kromkamp said:

PHP, Zend Framework and more web development-related stuff on my blog: Adventures in building web applications.

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 at 16:20:03 GMT Link

37.Jim said:

I often write about LAMP development at http://jimkeller.blogspot.com. Additionally I run a blog for the Fuse PHP Framework at http://fusephpmvc.blogspot.com

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 at 05:28:51 GMT Link

38.Kiran said:

I also write blogs on PHP development, I want some feedback

from your side regarding this. my blog is Kiran's Space.

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 at 14:19:25 GMT Link

39.Nathan Wilkins said:

I'm new to PHP and I'm posting anything about PHP to my blog PHPMule.com

. Just a good way of learning PHP by blogging myself. Feel free to check it out

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 at 01:51:53 GMT Link

40.Er Galvao Abbott said:

Hi, Chris. I blog about PHP at:


Been waiting for it to show at Planet PHP. :)



Sun, 12 Apr 2009 at 21:10:48 GMT Link

41.Jonathan Montgomery said:

And here's my PHP blog:


I just tried submitting to Planet PHP. It sounds like it might not go up any time soon?

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 at 00:38:14 GMT Link

42.Jesse Smith said:

I've only recently started blogging on web development, mostly PHP. I'm loving this blog right now, great post Chris. Thanks


Mon, 14 Sep 2009 at 20:52:04 GMT Link

43.Nathan Sepulveda said:

I just started a PHP blog. Please let me know what you guys think!


Thu, 22 Mar 2012 at 23:46:59 GMT Link

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