Although a difficult process, I have finally chosen the winner for the Pro PHP XML and Web Services contest. I received a large number of entries (more than expected), but did read every single one of them. The majority were very well done and ranged from someone threatening to bite their own leg off (nice picture btw) to the other extreme of threatening to beat with me a stick (was very funny if you happen to be familiar with Theo Schlossnagle's post for a junior programmer). Both of these were among the finalists, but the entry finally chosen stood out a bit more than the rest.
Congratulations to Brian Wurster from Arlington, Virginia (United States).
What really set this entry apart was the creativity. The entry was submitted as a lone PHP script. Lucky for Brian it ran without errors because there was no way I was going to read all that code :), other than to notice it used the new PHP 5 OO features. I wish I had more books that I could have given out to many of you that entered, as there were a number of good entries, but unfortunately I was only allotted a limited amount and you know those family members; always have to mooch something from ya (just kidding everyone ... I think). Brian, the book is on its way. I hope you enjoy it and that it serves you well.