A Bible For The Symphony Business? : Adaptistration

According to an article by Burl Burlingame in the 9/4/2009 edition of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has received a $2.131 million influx of cash from the Honolulu Symphony Foundation with the caveat that the HSO “[appoints] a new executive director and development of a comprehensive balanced budget and a detailed business action plan.”

The article continues by reporting that orchestras only cover 30 percent of their income from ticket sales and the remaining necessary revenue is developed from contributed sources. Anyone remotely involved in the field already knows this is Orchestra Business 101 info but it’s important to note that the article tends to suggest that the orchestra’s new business plan is going to move away from that model.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the article is littered with buzzwords that circle back to very old discussions. You’ll find a host of oldies-but-goodies such as “balanced budget,” “flexible,” “largest expense was musician pay,” “increase public confidence,” and more. Although the HSO’s board chair, Peter Shaindlin, projects an image of invention and innovation, the organization may encounter a few surprises along the way.

“This new financial plan was created in incredible detail, to prove to donors we care about every aspect of the business and will carry through,” said Shaindlin. “We’ve written a bible for the symphony business.”

On one hand, it is heartening to see the HSO motivated to meet upcoming challenges. On the flip side, based on the information in the article, it seems as though what the HSO perceives as new isn’t entirely accurate. Regardless, any organization claiming to have authored a “bible” for the business should catch your attention. It will be fascinating to learn more details once the organization (hopefully) releases a copy of its new plan.

There is no mention about whether or not the organization intends to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the musicians but given the balanced budget provision and apparent realization that the “largest expense was musician pay” along with the need for a flexible expense structure that changes from concert to concert, it seems hard to imagine that negotiations wouldn’t be required.

If the HSO is planning on implementing a per-service structure that relies predominantly on ticket sales as the primary revenue source, it will be interesting to see how that process unfolds.

On the positive side, the article does mention that the influx of revenue allows the HSO to catch up on musician back pay. Disappointingly, there’s no mention as to whether staffers were provided with back pay although it would be surprising to learn that they weren’t. Nonetheless, every one of the HSO’s stakeholders will have to decide where their personal level of confidence rests in the new business plan.

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PHP Frameworks:

PHP is finally getting the attention that i deserves, yes I have always believed that PHP is one of those neglected languages, neglected because they are used in abundance but there isn’t enough programs or as we call them frameworks to work on PHP. But that was until the release of PHP 5. After the release of PHP, there is a range of Frameworks available.

Today we review and understand closely the various frameworks available for PHP. Some of the most popular frameworks for PHP are:

  1. The Zend Framework.
  2. The Prado Framework.
  3. CakePHP Framework.
  4. Symphony Framework.

These frameworks are ofcourse the most popular ones and there are more than 40 frameworks for PHP and it is very difficult to know which framework suits you the best and will be the most productive for your web development and enterprise goals.
Ofcourse all these frameworks are free and provide a host of services to satisfy almost all of the web development needs of a web designer or a website owner. Some of the most common features of all these PHP Framework are as follows:

  • PHP 5: Thats obvious! All the frameworks support both PHP 5 version of the PHP.Only “The Prado Framework” support the PHP 4.x version of the PHP as well as the PHP 5 version of the PHP.
  • Multiple DBs: All the above mentioned frameworks support multiple databases to be used without making any setup and configuration changes.
  • Validation: All the four frameworks have an inbult validation and a filtering component which can be used.
  • MVC: All the four frameworks have the MVC that is the Model View Controller setup.

So, these are the few components and controllers that are common in most of the PHP based frameworks and therefore one should look out for these components when downloading or using a PHP framework.

Now let us see a brief introduction about each of these PHP based frameworks and their salient features:

  • Zend Framework:Zend Framework is a component based framework with components for almost all of the programming needs of a PHP programmer or PHP developer.

Some of the components in the Zend Framework are:

  1. zend_acl
  2. zend_auth
  3. zend_cache
  4. zend_config
  5. zend_consolegetop and many more.

  • Prado Framework: The Prado framework provides the following benefits for web application developers.

  1. reusablility
  2. Ease of use
  3. Robustness
  4. Performance
  5. Team Integration

  • CakePHP:

Some of the important features of CakePHP are as follows:

  1. Model, View, Controller Architecture
  2. View Helpers for AJAX, Javascript, HTML Forms and more
  3. Built-in Validation
  4. Application Scaffolding
  5. Application and CRUD code generation via Bake
  6. Access Control Lists
  7. Data Sanitization
  8. Security, Session, and Request Handling Components
  9. Flexible View Caching

Like all other frameworks cakePHP is also component based framework.

  • The Symphony Framework:

Some of the features of the symphony framework are as follows:

  1. simple templating and helpers
  2. cache management
  3. smart URLs
  4. scaffolding
  5. multilingualism and I18N support
  6. object model and MVC separation
  7. Ajax support
  8. enterprise ready

Thus these are the best options available for frameworks relating to PHP and one should review all these features of all these frameworks against his needs and choose the appropriate framework to work on!

Any suggestions and comments as always are welcome.

PHP Frameworks – Zend, Prado, CakePHP and Symphony | itSpice.net

PHP Frameworks – Zend, Prado, CakePHP and Symphony

PHP Frameworks:

PHP is finally getting the attention that i deserves, yes I have always believed that PHP is one of those neglected languages, neglected because they are used in abundance but there isn’t enough programs or as we call them frameworks to work on PHP. But that was until the release of PHP 5. After the release of PHP, there is a range of Frameworks available.

Today we review and understand closely the various frameworks available for PHP. Some of the most popular frameworks for PHP are:

  1. The Zend Framework.
  2. The Prado Framework.
  3. CakePHP Framework.
  4. Symphony Framework.

These frameworks are ofcourse the most popular ones and there are more than 40 frameworks for PHP and it is very difficult to know which framework suits you the best and will be the most productive for your web development and enterprise goals.
Ofcourse all these frameworks are free and provide a host of services to satisfy almost all of the web development needs of a web designer or a website owner. Some of the most common features of all these PHP Framework are as follows:

  • PHP 5: Thats obvious! All the frameworks support both PHP 5 version of the PHP.Only “The Prado Framework” support the PHP 4.x version of the PHP as well as the PHP 5 version of the PHP.
  • Multiple DBs: All the above mentioned frameworks support multiple databases to be used without making any setup and configuration changes.
  • Validation: All the four frameworks have an inbult validation and a filtering component which can be used.
  • MVC: All the four frameworks have the MVC that is the Model View Controller setup.

So, these are the few components and controllers that are common in most of the PHP based frameworks and therefore one should look out for these components when downloading or using a PHP framework.

Now let us see a brief introduction about each of these PHP based frameworks and their salient features:

  • Zend Framework:Zend Framework is a component based framework with components for almost all of the programming needs of a PHP programmer or PHP developer.

Some of the components in the Zend Framework are:

  1. zend_acl
  2. zend_auth
  3. zend_cache
  4. zend_config
  5. zend_consolegetop and many more.

  • Prado Framework: The Prado framework provides the following benefits for web application developers.

  1. reusablility
  2. Ease of use
  3. Robustness
  4. Performance
  5. Team Integration

  • CakePHP:

Some of the important features of CakePHP are as follows:

  1. Model, View, Controller Architecture
  2. View Helpers for AJAX, Javascript, HTML Forms and more
  3. Built-in Validation
  4. Application Scaffolding
  5. Application and CRUD code generation via Bake
  6. Access Control Lists
  7. Data Sanitization
  8. Security, Session, and Request Handling Components
  9. Flexible View Caching

Like all other frameworks cakePHP is also component based framework.

  • The Symphony Framework:

Some of the features of the symphony framework are as follows:

  1. simple templating and helpers
  2. cache management
  3. smart URLs
  4. scaffolding
  5. multilingualism and I18N support
  6. object model and MVC separation
  7. Ajax support
  8. enterprise ready

Thus these are the best options available for frameworks relating to PHP and one should review all these features of all these frameworks against his needs and choose the appropriate framework to work on!

Any suggestions and comments as always are welcome.

Original Article Posted at
http://comparelinux.com/2007/05/15/php-frameworks/

Short and sweet & sour: Star Trek and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Life has been a bit ordinary lately. One of my best friends has moved to New Zealand, the workplace is full of adult women who have regressed to the age of 14, I broke a dish which belonged to my late grandmother and I’m another year older. So it was with much excitement that I headed to the Sydney Opera House for a performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on Friday night.

I was trawling the internet on Thursday night when I remembered reading somewhere that the SSO were doing a performance of highlights from the Star Trek motion picture soundtracks. Google led me to the Opera House website where I discovered that the performance was the following evening. Surely it would be sold out? No. Just four tickets left. I hastily ordered myself a ticket – row A in the circle, almost smack bang in the middle. With booking fee the total cost was just over $106.00. I calculated it as just over 5 taxi rides home from work. Sold.

I was slightly apprehensive about going out on my own to such a fine venue on a Friday night, all Billy No Mates, until a friend pointed out that I would hardly be the only single attendee for a Star Trek event. Hrumph.

Anyway. I went. And it was Bloody Brilliant. Absolutely Bloody Brilliant.

The SSO were accompanied on stage by conductor Guy Noble. He kept us all entertained with his witty asides and by reading from his ‘Captains Log’. I wasn’t expecting him to be so communicative but I think he enjoyed the experience as much as the audience did.

A large screen was set up behind the orchestra and scenes from the various movies were shown with each piece of music.

The first half was non Trek stuff but still had a space theme. We started off with Sprach Zarathustra, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey along with The Blue Danube from the same film. Next up was Holst’s Mars from The Planets. I’ve always had a soft spot for Holst thanks to my old headmaster,Mr Windridge. He used to play classical music as we filed into assembly at primary school and make us think about what we were listening to. It was an awe inspiring experience listening to the same music over 30 years later on the other side of the planet. The main difference of course was the lack of record player and presence of a symphony orchestra.

Things really ramped up after the interval. Guy Noble reappeared in a classic Trek captains shirt, much to the delight of the audience. Clips from all eleven films appeared on the screen as the music filled the concert hall. There was a slight glitch when the wrong clip was shown for the wrong piece of music – just what it with the one with the whales anyway? – but it didn’t detract from the sheer brilliance of the evening. The final piece came from the most recent Star Trek movie and the accompanying footage made me want to rush straight out and buy the DVD. I couldn’t do that, of course. The shops were shut and it’s not even out on DVD yet. But that’s just detail.

I didn’t fully appreciate the genius of Jerry Goldsmith until last night. Hearing the theme tune from the original movie – subsequently used as the theme for TNG – played by a full orchestra was a moment I will savour for a long time.

The seat next to me remained empty the entire night despite having been sold. Whoever had that ticket missed out on a truly magical night. As I walked out of the Opera House I looked up at the night sky and saw the full moon in all its glory. A perfect end to a wonderful night.