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217. PHP 5.6 Roadmap and New Features - Lately in PHP podcast episode 39

Posted on: 2013-09-10

Now that PHP 5.5 stable versions were released, it is time to plan the roadmap of features for PHP 5.6.

This was the main topic discussed by Manuel Lemos and Cesar Rodas in episode 39 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented about a new PHP core developer that was hired by SmugMug to work full time on PHP development as a sort of sponsorship of the PHP project.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video or read the transcript to learn about these interesting discussions on the PHP present and future.


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216. What is making PHP more popular: Wordpress or PHP Frameworks? Lately in PHP podcast episode 38

Posted on: 2013-08-05

The debate of what is making PHP grow in popularity was motivated by the recent suggestion from Tiobe that it could be due to a recent Zend Framework release.

The discussion of whether PHP growth is caused more by popular applications like Wordpress or by PHP frameworks was one of the main topics brought by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 38 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about the end of line of development for the PHP 5.3 releases and the newer PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5 releases, the proposal to import global functions from namespaces, and the call for speakers for the Ski PHP event.

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


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215. 7 Reasons Why WordPress Made PHP Popular, not PHP Frameworks

Posted on: 2013-07-30

Recently the Tiobe Index of published an update of their programming language index on which they claim PHP has been raising in popularity due to Zend Framework 2 but they do not justify why.

Read this article to learn about an opinion why this claim is unfounded and PHP popularity has more to do with WordPress than with PHP at one language may be more popular than PHP Frameworks.


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213. The Maturity of PHP - Lately in PHP podcast episode 37

Posted on: 2013-07-11

With the release of version 5.5, PHP has reached a new level of maturity that helps making it be taken even more seriously.

That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and CÚsar Rodas in episode 37 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about the new design of the PHP.net site, the PHP Internals book site, and the proposals for anonymous exception catches and checking function return types.

They also discussed the latest major enhancements of the PHP Classes site and the plans for future features.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript so you can learn more about what was discussed regarding these and other PHP related topics.


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209. PHP 5.5 Release Date Imminent - Lately in PHP podcast episode 36

Posted on: 2013-06-17

The PHP 5.5.0 final release is about to happen. After about 16 months of development PHP 5.5 is bringing even more maturity to the PHP language, which by Google numbers is present in 75% of the Web sites.

This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 36 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed some new features proposed for PHP 5.6 like incremental decoding of large JSON data streams and overloading arithmetic operators for arbitrary precision math.

They also debated the meaning of Google finally adding support to PHP in their cloud hosting platform Google AppEngine.

Also in this episode it was discussed an article about good practices to quickly detect and fix PHP code bugs that only show up in production environments.

Listen to the podcast, or watched the Google hangout video, or read the text transcript to learn more about these very interesting PHP topics.


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208. 5 Reasons Why the Web Platform War is Over: PHP Won with 75% says Google

Posted on: 2013-05-20

During Google I/O 2013 event a Google manager said PHP runs on 75% of the Web sites. So they decided to finally support PHP as in their AppEngine hosting service.

Read this article to understand why this puts an end to years of false claims that PHP was losing market, as well what it means to Web developers using PHP or other languages.


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207. Better Documentation for PHP internals - Lately in PHP podcast episode 35

Posted on: 2013-05-09

With the inclusion of Zend Optimizer+ extension in PHP 5.5, the need for better documentation of PHP internals became more evident, so PHP contributors can write extensions that take the most of the core PHP features.

That is one of the topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 35 of the Lately In PHP podcast.

They also talked about having more optimized PHP opcodes, some interesting PHP feature proposals that got rejected, as well the article about the top version control systems used by PHP developers.

Listen to this podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn more about this and other interesting PHP discussions.


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205. Top Version Control Systems used by PHP Developers

Posted on: 2013-04-29

Version Control Systems are important tools that every developer should be using. However, for many developers version control systems do not make part of their development tool set.

Read this article to learn what are version control systems, why they are so important to be used by all developers, and what are the most popular systems used by PHP developers.


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204. A Better PHP Feature Voting Process - Lately in PHP podcast episode 34

Posted on: 2013-04-10

The current PHP feature voting process causes problems to those that do not know why features are approved or rejected by each voter. A better solution was proposed to require justification for each feature vote.

This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Cesar Rodas on the episode 34 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed about the latest PHP releases, updating PHP with minimized downtime, as well how brilliant are some developers for creating pure PHP components that overcome PHP limitations without upgrading to a newer PHP version.

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203. 26 Ways to Show that PHP Can Be Better Than PHP

Posted on: 2013-03-21

The fact that PHP has limitations does not mean that it is not possible to overcome some those limitations with alternative solutions that use only pure PHP code and do not require a newer PHP version.

Read this article to learn about many creative solutions that several PHP developers implemented to overcome some of the PHP limitations.


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