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409. PHP Classes Completed 17 Years: A New Type of Classes

Posted on: 2016-06-29

The PHP Classes site has just completed 17 years of age. It is a long time for a site that continues to evolve to serve better its users.

The big news this year is about a new project that is being launched in a separate site that aims to help other developers to learn what to do to create their own software product businesses.

Read this article to learn about the latest developments in PHP Classes,] as well the new project about creating software product businesses.


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372. How to Win a Big PHP ElePHPant Plush Mascott Every Month and Innovation Award Certificates?

Posted on: 2016-04-25

Lately the PHP Classes site has been listening to many class authors about improvements that they wanted to see in the site.

Some of them would like to be able to buy the elePHPant plush mascot. So starting this month they will be able to earn an elePHPant for free for participating in the Innovation Award.

Other requests that were implemented follow here. The article shows also screenshots of the requested improvements:

- Notable packages get more instant exposure to the site users by email and in the site blog
- Simplified package submission with less instructions and forms
- Responsive interface for package submission pages so you can do it from a mobile device with a small screen
- Faster importing of packages from GIT repositories without filling file description and role forms
- How to get more contributors to collaborate in your package development
- Faster package approvals (one day at most)
- Download printable certificates for all past and future Innovation Award nominated packages

Finally, at the end of this article there is an invitation to participate on a new project I am starting.

That project aims to teach and help to all of you developers that want to create your own software businesses working just for themselves on your own software products, from home or anywhere else, anytime you want, without putting up with bosses that make you do boring tasks.

Read this article to learn more about these improvements and how you can participate in the new project.


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352. Quickly Finding the Best PHP Packages Recommended by Other Developers

Posted on: 2016-02-29

Sometimes you need to find good recommended PHP components for your needs. However, often you do not find any qualified developer that can give you quick advice.

Usually you resort to search engines or specific sites like PHP Classes or similar sites. The problem is you often find so many components that you would take you a long time to evaluate and determine which one is the best.

Now the PHP Classes site is launching a new feature that combines the accuracy of good developer advice with the speed of good search engines.

Read this article or watch a short tutorial video to learn how you can now quickly find the best PHP packages recommended by other PHP developers.


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291. Get Useful PHP Packages Recommendations Faster

Posted on: 2015-06-22

Since last year the PHP Classes site has a section for users to request recommendations for packages that address their specific needs.

The recommendations section has been growing a lot lately but until recently authors could not recommend packages that were not approved in the site. The site just implemented a new feature to overcome this limitation.

Read this article to learn how this feature works and how can authors quickly submit packages that address the users' needs and eventually be nominated for the innovation award faster without waiting for their turn in the approval queue that sometimes gets too long.


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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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250. There Is a (PHP or JS) Class for That: Community based Best Package Recommendations

Posted on: 2014-11-04

If you tried to find good packages for certain purposes but you ended up wasting a lot of time trying low quality packages, you will like that the PHP Classes and JS Classes site are launching a new solution for that problem.

It is a package recommendation system that lets you get advice from experts on the topics of the problems you need to solve.

Read this article and watch the demonstration video to learn how it works, so you can start getting good package advice or even give advice to other developers looking for packages about topics that you understand.


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243. The Future of PHP 7 Is Bright - Lately in PHP podcast episode 49

Posted on: 2014-08-07

With the plans to bring the PHPNG performance improvements, the future PHP 7 is bright. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and CÚsar Rodas in the episode 49 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about the discussions of Node.js developers moving on to the Go language and the parallel of PHP developers moving to the Facebook Hack language, the proposals to drop PEAR for Pickle as PHP extension installer and several other PHP proposals, and the latest and future improvements of the PHP Classes site user interface features.

Now listen to this podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript text to learn more about what was said during these interesting PHP discussions.


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240. 15 Years Promoting PHP Innovation

Posted on: 2014-06-30

The PHP Classes just completed 15 years of age, promoting PHP innovation in many ways.

Read this article to review the innovations introduced the year that just passed, as well learn more about the plans for the upcoming innovations, and how you can help defining the features to be implemented in the future.


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238. 5 Steps to Build Perfect Web Sites using the Design Thinking Process

Posted on: 2014-06-25

The PHP Classes site is launching a new design for the package pages. The Design Thinking process was applied to determine exactly what needed to be added or improved to make it perfectly address the users needs.

Read this article or watch the demonstration video to learn how the Design Thinking process was used to create this new design and upcoming features that will address other users needs that no other site is satisfying.


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233. Automatic Update of Packages from Version Control Repositories

Posted on: 2014-04-30

The PHP Classes and JS Classes sites just enabled a new feature that allows to automatically update a package when its files have changed in the origin version control repository.

Read this article to learn more how it works and how to disable it in case you do not want your packages to be automatically imported from the repositories when you update them there.

The article also talks about the upcoming new design for the package pages that soon you will be able to beta test if you are interested in helping to evaluate it.


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