Chris (Enygma) Cornutt explains that "It’s Not Just About the News"

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April 26th, 20110 »

Chris (Enygma) Cornutt explains that "It’s Not Just About the News"

If you have been around PHP for more than a few months, you have probably discovered If not, run, don’t walk, your browser over there and book mark it. Add the feed to your favorite feedreader and check it regularly. (like every 5-10 minutes, you don’t want to miss anything) If you know about it already though, you probably know the guy behind it, Chris “Enygma” Cornutt.

For years, Chris has scoured the web looking for interesting articles to highlight. His work as a “Human RSS Filter” has helped all of us sort through the flotsam and jetsam of the web and find the true gems out there. As someone who also does this, I can tell you that Chris makes my job so much harder because he’s fast. I usually don’t want to post things that Chris has already highlighted because…well because Chris already found it. Many times, I’ve found a real gem of a blog post only to check and sure enough, Chris already has it, has read it, and written thoughtful insight into it.

Today though, Chris wrote his own post on titled “It’s Not Just About the News”. In it he discussed the origins of, the process he uses to find stories, and the technology behind it. Here’s a quote to give you a taste.

So, how far have things come since the site’s birth back in 2000? Well, without trying to sound too boastful about it, I think PHPDev has become one of the most respected PHP news sites out there and provides a valuable service to the community that can only come from a human behind the helm. As of my latest post, the database now hosts 16232 articles that chronicle the history of the years the PHP community has been through, both the good and the bad.

Chris, from all of us who have been reading all these years, I want to say thank you for the time and effort you put into it. is one of the most useful sites to PHP developers and it takes a lot of effort to keep it up.