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282. Extending PHP Classes and the Object Model

Posted on: 2015-05-20

Nowadays many PHP developers use Object Oriented Programming (OOP). However not every PHP developer really understands why that is a good thing.

Some use OOP just because they see others using it, without knowing very well its benefits nor how to create a consistent object model that addresses the needs of their applications.

Read this article to learn how objects can represent the real world through classes and how you can create an object model for your PHP application.


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281. Are You Ready for MySQL extension Removal from PHP - Lately in PHP podcast episode 59

Posted on: 2015-05-18

When PHP 7 will be released it will have the mysql extension removed from the core distribution. PHP 5.4 will stop being updated. Many PHP developers will have to move to PHP version 5.5 or higher, on which the mysql extension is deprecated. Many shared hosting providers already use PHP 5.5 without the mysql extension.

Alternative solutions to deal with legacy code that relies on the old mysql extension was one the topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 59 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on proposals for future PHP versions like fixing the division by zero issue, adding static constructors to classes, the PHP RFC Watch site to keep up with new PHP proposals and voting.

They also explained the new initiative to promote reviews of books of authors that have written books of interest for PHP developers, as well writing great PHP tutorial articles for the PHP Classes blog and being compensated for that. The latest tutorial articles were also reviewed here.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn more about these interesting PHP topics.


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280. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report May 2015 Edition - February 2015 nominees

Posted on: 2015-05-13

This is the May edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of February 2015.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative.


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279. 3 Ways to Access Application Common Data in PHP

Posted on: 2015-05-11

Every PHP application needs to use throughout its code, the same kinds of common data or functions, like for instance configuration values.

Read this article to learn about the Gateway pattern, an additional way to access common application data besides better known ways that use global and static variables.


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278. Have Your PHP Book Reviewed

Posted on: 2015-05-06

The PHP Classes site is reviving its sections for book reviews and tutorial articles. This is an initiative to give more exposure to the work of those that can teach the PHP developers sharing their knowledge about important subjects.

The PHP Classes site book reviews and blog articles are notified by email to over 400,000 PHP developers. This initiative is a great opportunity for authors to expose their work to the PHP community at large.

Article authors and book reviewers may also receive be rewarded either monetarily or by getting free review book copies provided by their publishers.

Read this article to learn how you can have your PHP book reviewed, or you can publish interesting blog articles and be compensated for sharing useful knowledge with the PHP community.

If you are a book publisher you should also read the article to learn how you can reach out to have reviewed in PHP Classes site books of the interest of the PHP community.


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277. Fix the AJAX Requests that Make PHP Take Too Long to Respond

Posted on: 2015-05-04

Nowadays we develop applications that depend a lot on AJAX requests, in some cases close to 100% of the pages. Sometimes we notice that when a Web page sends two or more AJAX requests, PHP takes too much time to respond and then the responses are returned almost at the same time.

Chances are that the problem may be caused by the way you handle PHP sessions. Read this article to understand this problem and what you can do to avoid it.


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276. PHP IPC with Daemon Service using Message Queues, Shared Memory and Semaphores

Posted on: 2015-04-23

In a previous article, we learned how to create a simple daemon service in PHP to monitor and process an important activity on a machine in the background.

Now we move with a more advanced topic which is how daemon processes can communicate with other programs, or with other instances of the same daemon process.

Read this article to learn how to perform IPC, Inter-Process communication in PHP to send and receive data using message queues, as well as to transmit large volumes of data using shared memory, an using semaphores to prevent problems caused by simultaneous accesses.


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275. Readying PHP 7 for its Release - Lately in PHP podcast episode 58

Posted on: 2015-04-22

According to the proposed PHP 7.0 timeline, on March 16 started a period on which there will be only finalization and testing of the implementation of proposed features.

This was one the main topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 58 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on important approved features like the scalar type hinting, exceptions in the engine, anonymous classes, and the proposal to have consistent function names.

They also talked about interesting articles like one about urgent maintenance tasks site owners need to perform, improving MongoDB applications with Symfony listeners and creating PHP daemon services.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn more about these interesting PHP topics.


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274. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report April 2015 Edition - January 2015 nominees

Posted on: 2015-04-20

This is the April edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of January 2015.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative.


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273. 5 Urgent Maintenance Tasks You May Need to Perform on Your Site Now

Posted on: 2015-04-15

The recent times have been crazy for developers and Webmasters that strive to keep their sites running without disruptions.

What happens is that several important external sites and services are changing their APIs or introducing new rules that may break the code of your sites.

Read this article to learn about some important sites and APIs that are changing, so you can check if you need to perform urgent maintenance tasks to keep your sites working without troubles.


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