PHP Frameworks

After the end of three of my six co-op work terms, we are required to write a work term report. This report may be based on my previous work term or any other topic that is a technical software engineering topic. I decided to use my previous work term at Syncapse for the motivation in making my first work term report about What PHP Framework to use in a Social Media Management Web Project. I worked using cakePHP in my previous work term report so I analyzed PHP frameworks in general but more specifically, I go into detail whether cakePHP or Symfony is the best framework to use for this particular web project.

To view my work term report, click here. The report follows the software engineering guidelines. I received an excellent evaluation on my report.


The new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and Urus

As a BIG Lamborghini fan, I instantly fall in love with every car that Lamborghini comes up with. With the release of the Aventador a year back, I thought this car was one of the best Lamborghini cars I’ve ever seen (very close to the Diablo and Gallardo LP560-4). It has a stunning exterior, the performance on paper looks outstanding and its price, it’s a bargain (well if you can afford it). The Aventador was one of my top three cars of all time (one of the main reason why I bought Need For Speed: The Run). With the official announcement of the Sesto Elemento and Urus, I couldn’t be pleased to see what Lamborghini came up this time around. However, once I saw the pictures, my emotions were mixed.

Let’s begin with the Lamborghini Urus (FYI, urus is a spanish breed of bull).

– Lamborghini Urus

This will Lamborghini’s first SUV in almost two decades (Lamborghini LM002 was the first). However, this would be considered Lamborghini’s first SUV that someone can buy for regular use. This 600 horsepower will not be launched until 2015. Details and concepts have come out to the press recently, and I would have to say that I’m impressed so far.

It’s promised to be the most economical friendly SUV in its class, it will be a 4 door SUV packed with tons of space in the boot and for the 4 passengers, and both the interior and exterior will be developed with the latest technology and best material (ie carbon fibre). With an estimated price to be around 200,000+ US, its a lot to spend to get an SUV with similar design features to the BMW X6, or even the Porsche Cayenne. However, I still personally think this looks a lot better than any of those SUVs mentioned, espically the Cayenne (I don’t like Porsche). With more details of its top speed, and more specs about the engine still yet to come (most likely a V10), I am interested in what the Urus can offer.

– Interior of the Lamborghini Urus

The Sesto Elemento was a surprise to me due to the cancellation of producing the Lamborghini Estoque (yes!). Now I got to talk a good look at the new concept and read into details and I have to say, I am not impressed at all (disappointed actually).

– Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

First and far most, this is not the usual Lamborghini car. It is actually a racing car. This car is only designed to be used in tracks. That’s disappointing. Secondly, the car doesn’t look that nice. From looking at the images of the concept car, it seems like the designer went crazy over this car. It has sharp edges everywhere, the headlights shrunk, triangles everywhere, and from the rear-end, there are some weird red squares along with a huge bumper. It looks like someone squished the car. It doesn’t have the same elegance that a Lamborghini should have. Instead, its more of a fierce-looking Lamborghini (I guess that design is acceptable since it is a track racing car).

Although I’ve been bashing about the exterior looks, I feel like supercars designed for the tracks will look like this. With cars becoming much lighter, and more complex engineering, this car will be extremely fun to drive in a track. It is important to notice that Lamborghini is dedicated in keeping V10 engines rather than switching them for a V8 turbo charged (more economical friendly).

Lastly, I want to end this post with the price of the Sesto Elemento. It is estimated to between 2-3 million dollars. WHAT? Yes, the Sesto Elemento track car will be in the same range as a Bugatti Veyron. This was a surprise to me at first, but after googling the price for a Ferrari FXX, it was in the same region. Both cars are designed for the track and by looking how the Ferrari FXX ran on the Top Gear’s track, I am quite excited to see how the Sesto Elemento favours. But of course the one thing I find annoying about the FXX is that you can’t keep the car. Ferrari keeps it for you and whenever you want to use it, they will deliver it to you with a pit crew monitoring you. I suspect Lamborghini would do the exact same thing.

Lakers Dynasty? Heat Repeat? My analysis of the 2012-2013 NBA season

This off-season, in my opinion, was much busier and more exciting than last year. Really bad teams have gotten better from draft picks, and really good teams have gotten better from block-buster trades, re-signs, and picking up dropped players. In this post, I’ll be looking at some teams that have improved vastly with new additions and thoseĀ  teams who were big losers this offseason.

Let’s begin with the winners (more interesting to analyze). I’ll be looking at the Mavs, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, and the teams affected by the Dwight Howard trade.

I’ll begin the trade that I think will repeat next season; the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat had the best team last season with the Big 3 and friends (Chalmers, Battier, Miller, etc). But now with the addition of the best shooter Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they become a very dangerous team in and outside the paint. The starting line-up with Chalmers, Wade, Allen, James and Bosh…unbeatable.

Briefly, I think the Warriors and Nets are going to very good teams. Although they weren’t playoff teams last season, they are completely different teams this upcoming season. Warriors, in my opinion, are always a playoff team ever since Curry, Ellis, and Lee were with the team. However, the coach nor the conference gave them an edge to be the team they can be. Although Howard would benefit the Nets more, with Joe Johnson in the front court, Deron Williams (top 5 PG) along with Magic, and Atlanta not being playoff contending teams, the Nets will be 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Finally, I’ll talk about the Mavs and Knicks. The Mavs, I thought for a moment, lost their chance of becoming a NBA champion contender team. They lost two traitors, Terry (Boston) and Kidd (Knicks). This made Cuban made and apparently according to Cuban, he will not retire Kidd’s jersey with the Mavs. However without Williams or Howard, the Mavs have gotten better with new additions, Collison, Mayo, Brand, and Kamon. These players have the potential to be all-stars and are excellent additions with my favorite player, Nowitzki. On the other hand, the Knicks will not be the same team. Felton comes back and they’ve added Kidd. The point guard problem at the Big Apple is officially gone. Felton and Amare had great chemistry before the Anthony trade. Kidd is a pass first point guard so playing with Tyson and Amare will work well. I think the Knicks will be the top 4 team in the Eastern Conference.

Before I talk about the Dwight Howard trade, I’ll briefly mention the teams that will not be good this upcoming season. Both Houston and Chicago will not be good teams next season. Houston signed Omir Asik and Jeremy Lin to ridiculous contracts. Overpaid and overrated players plus no Dragic, Scola, Lowry and Camby = bottom of the western conference (sorry McHale). Lastly Chicago (surprise)? Yes Chicago. Why? With Rose out with a serious ACL injury, most of their bench role players gone, they won’t be the same team (although they will be a playoff contending team).

Now the Dwight Howard trade. I always thought that Dwight will end up in New Jersey or stay in Orlando for the last year in his contract. But this surprised me. Not only did Lakers keep Pau Gasol and get Dwight Howard, the Magic DO NOT get Andrew Bynum? WHAT?

Lakers get Dwight Howard. Big Win and makes them real contender. However with Kobe’s contract expiring in 2 years, Nash’s age, Dwight’s back, and having Mike Brown as their coach, they won’t be a threat for long (potentially 3 years max). Denver gets Iguodala who is an all-star and a member of the 2012 Gold winning US olympic team. 76ers get Richardson and Bynum. Getting Bynum is a huge win for 76ers who I thought Kwame was going to be their center (that would be a joke). However, they get the second best center in the leadge and he seems to be happy. Big win! Orlando get some players and first-round picks from each of the three teams. The draft picks aren’t high picks and the best player from the group of players they got is Afflalo. And all that for Dwight. They could have gotten Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries or even Bynum. In summary, they were Big LOSERS. Orlando is officially out of the playoff picture for the next 3-5 years.

In addition, Orlando gets three first round picks (one from each team in the trade), Josh McRoberts, and Christian Eyenga. Lakers get Chris Duhon and Earl Clark.

In conclusion, the Heat will repeat, Lakers have a potential short dynasty, Orlando is screwed, and other teams that I haven’t mentioned have gotten better (Boston – Terry, Hornets – Davis and Rivers), and have gotten worse (Atlanta).

P.S. Since I do live in Toronto, I should have said something about the Raptors. Well with Colangelo’s poor judgement with draft picks, Field’s expensive contract, and my strong opinion on Valanciunas not being the star player that Colangelo portrays him to be, I don’t think they will be a playoff team (maybe 9-10th place in the conference since Casey is a great coach and Bargnani is a lethal scorer).