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

April 21, 2011


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.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is currently based in Nashville, TN and is gainfully unemployed as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Parabola, LLC. Cal is happily married to wife 1.28, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Day Camp 4 Developers

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