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173. PHP 5.4 Features: Shall you Upgrade to the newer PHP Version?

Posted on: 2012-01-30

PHP 5.4 is being released after many months of development and tests.

Read this article to get a brief overview of the features of this new release and learn about criteria that you may follow to decide if and when you should upgrade to the new version.


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172. PHP Zeitgeist 2011

Posted on: 2012-01-18

The PHP Zeitgeist is an initiative that allows us to understand what were some of the main new trends and concerns of the PHP developers in the past year.

Read this article to learn about what new things PHP developers have been searching more in 2011 and what are their needs that probably still need to be fulfilled.


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165. Talented Web Developers Are Easy to Hire, Employers Are Just Not Looking Right

Posted on: 2011-11-30

Once in a while, we hear company managers and recruiters complaining about how hard is to find talented Web developers that are willing work for them.

The problem is that they are not looking right. Not only there are plenty of talented Web developers out there, they are easy to find, and many of them are available for hire.

The employers just need to make a very small concession. Doing that the developers can flock to the companies that are willing concede.

Read this article to understand better what employers are missing and how can they find the talented Web developers they need.


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160. PHP 5.4.0 Will not Include APC, Is MODX CMS better than Wordpress? Top PHP Developers in Every Country - Lately in PHP Episode 16

Posted on: 2011-09-30

PHP 5.4 beta 1 was released but APC is not going to be included at least in PHP 5.4.0. Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss this and other happenings in the PHP world, like the adoption of more robust Continuous Integration methods to prevent shipping buggy PHP versions like what happened with PHP 5.3.7.

Bob Ray, a book author and contributor of the MODX CMS project was interviewed in the podcast to talk about this revelation CMS and how it compares with other popular systems like Wordpress.

Also commented on this podcast was the recent launch of a feature in the PHPClasses site that allows to distinguish Top PHP Developers in the each country of the world.


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155. Top 10 Wrong Ideas About PHP That You Should Get Right

Posted on: 2011-08-18

PHP is often a misunderstood language by people that either love or hate it.

On one side there are developers that hate PHP apparently because they do not quite understand how it works. They do not respect PHP and prefer other languages. So they lose many opportunities to make good money from the PHP market, which has so many high paying jobs for qualified developers.

On the other side there are developers that love PHP but do not take full advantage of the language because they are not fully aware of all they can do with it.

This article attempts to clarify some of the most common wrong ideas that many developers have about PHP.

Read the article to the end, so you may eventually start having a better perspective about PHP and take advantage of the opportunities that this language and the PHP ecosystem can provide you.


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154. PHP 5.4 Alpha Features - Lately in PHP podcast episode 14

Posted on: 2011-07-31

PHP 5.4 Alpha versions just started to be released. On episode 14 of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss the purpose and interest of the new PHP 5.4 features already implemented in these alpha releases.

They also discuss the repercussion in the PHP community of the plan to deprecate the original PHP MySQL extension.

Additionally they also talk about a newly released feature of the PHPClasses and JSClasses sites that allows developers to import the files of their project packages from SubVersion repositories hosted in another sites, and so get a much larger visibility to those projects.

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153. The Plot to Kill PHP MySQL Extension

Posted on: 2011-07-15

PHP core developers are planning to kill the PHP original MySQL extension.

If you are using MySQL in your PHP applications for a long time, this may seriously affect you.

Read this article to learn what this means in practice and what you can do about it.


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152. Dedicated PHP in Cloud Solution with PHPFog - Lately in PHP podcast episode 13

Posted on: 2011-06-30

PHPFog is one of the first Cloud Hosting solutions dedicated specifically to PHP.

On the Lately in PHP podcast episode 13, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert interview Lucas Carlson, founder and CEO of PHPFog, to tell us about the advantages of using a Cloud Hosting service that is optimized to address needs that are specific to PHP Web sites and applications.

They also comment on the PHP 5.3.6 forked version released by Robert Eisele and the PHP features being voted for inclusion in version 5.4.


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150. Top 10 PHP 5.4 features to vote

Posted on: 2011-06-22

The process to release PHP 5.4 is moving on. Now it is the time to vote the features that should be included or not.

Read this article to learn which are the features being voted for inclusion in PHP 5.4 and when the first release is expected to happen.


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149. New PHP Version Fork

Posted on: 2011-06-15

A fork is a new version of a project that a separate group of developers that want to give the project a different route.

A new PHP forked version was created by Robert Eisele to address needs that he felt were important.

Read this article to know in more detail about this PHP fork.


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