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302. Top 10 PHP Tips Every Developer Should Know

Posted on: 2015-08-04

Being a good PHP developer means that you apply many good practices that show that you know what you are doing and that reflects in the quality of the PHP projects that you work on.

You may give more importance to some practices than others because your criteria may be different from other developers.

Read this article to learn and see an infographic about what are the top 10 good practices that every PHP developer should know (IMHO of course).


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299. Can PHP Run Faster as Module of NGINX? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 61

Posted on: 2015-07-21

A recent article in the NGINX blog claims that its thread pools feature can enhance the performance by 9 times of that Web server.

PHP core developers have been debating the pros and cons of implementing a new SAPI to make PHP work as NGINX module and hopefully take advantage of the thread pools feature to enhance PHP request serving performance.

This was one the topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 61 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on the latest PHP 7 alpha and beta versions, PHP 5.4 EOL and PHP 5.5 releases going into security fixes mode, the 20 years of PHP and 16 years of the PHP Classes site, and many interesting PHP articles and book reviews published recently.

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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293. 20 Years of PHP and 16 Years of PHP Classes

Posted on: 2015-06-25

In the same month that PHP completes 20 years of age, the PHP Classes site completes 16 years of age precisely today.

It has been a long journey but this last year has been particularly exciting due to many things happening as we come close to the release of PHP 7.

Read this article to read about what has been going on in the PHP world and what I think PHP still misses and should be address after PHP 7.0. The article also covers the latest developments and future plans for PHP Classes and JS Classes.


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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.

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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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266. Features and Extensions to be Removed from PHP 7 - Lately in PHP podcast episode 57

Posted on: 2015-03-16

As the launch date of PHP 7 is coming closer, PHP core developers have been discussing about features and extensions to be removed or deprecated in PHP 7.

This was one the main topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 57 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented about the possibility to enable the opcode cache extension by default in PHP 7, the proposal for caching PHP opcode when reading PHP code from custom streams, the proposal for an API to access parsed PHP code abstract syntax tree, the announcement of Zend Open Source JIT engine, and an article about how to check if OAuth tokens are still valid.

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259. PHP 5.7 Release not approved - Lately in PHP podcast episode 55

Posted on: 2015-01-19

The proposal to have an eventual PHP 5.7 release before PHP 7 is not going to happen because PHP core developers voted against it. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 55 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about what PHP developers have been looking for in 2014 by analyzing the latest PHP Zeitgeist edition, the possibility to get a DOS attack against PHP applications that use json_decode function, as well several of the latest proposals for PHP 7 features.

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257. PHP Zeitgeist 2014: Top PHP Trending Topics of 2014

Posted on: 2015-01-12

The 2014 edition of the PHP Zeitgeist 2014 was just published with the analysis of new topics that PHP developers have been interested in 2014.

Read this article to learn what were the trends in terms of new topics that PHP developers have been looking into in 2014.


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254. How your PHP Programming Style Can Hurt Your Code Performance - Lately in PHP podcast episode 54

Posted on: 2014-12-15

The recent article of Anthony Ferrara explaining how disabling garbage collection improved the performance of Composer exposed how certain programming styles can hurt PHP code performance. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Cesar Rodas in the episode 54 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed proposed features for PHP 7 like built-in annotation support, Unicode character escaping, the removal of PHP 4 constructor style, among other related topics.

Now listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn about the details of these interesting PHP discussions.


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251. PHP 7 Release Date Settled - Lately in PHP podcast episode 53

Posted on: 2014-11-18

Now that the main features of PHP 7 are practically decided, the PHP 7.0 release date is also being settled for late 2015. This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 53 of the Lately in PHP podcast episode.

They also discussed the proposals to provide better Unicode support in PHP 7, as well the plans to remove deprecated features and the proposal to remove the function keywords from class declarations.

They also commented on a new article about accessing OAuth based APIs without user interaction.

Finally they talked about a new PHP and JavaScript best package recommendation system.

Now listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript text to learn more details about these interesting PHP topics.


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