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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.

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


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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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201. 6 Reasons Why PHP is a Hobbit

Posted on: 2013-02-18

Sometime ago a user of the Quora site asked a question if there was a language war, which languages you support and why.

Another user gave a very creative response comparing programming languages with characters of the Lord of the Rings story of JRR Tolkien.

Read this article to understand why PHP or its fans should be compared with Hobbits.


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200. Zend Optimizer+ Cache in PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6 Performance Improvements - Lately in PHP podcast episode 32

Posted on: 2013-02-07

MySQL 5.6 GA version is finally available for download. One of its main features is the new NoSQL interface to access tables much faster than using SQL via a connection compatible of memcached.

MySQL 5.6 speed improvements and how it affects PHP applications was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert on the episode 32 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on the eventual adoption of the Zend Optimizer+ as the PHP code caching extension that may be shipping with PHP 5.5 as alternative to APC, the implications of this to the PHP community.

Other topics discussed in the podcast include the switch of OpenSuSE and Fedora Linux distributions from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB MySQL fork, the use of test driven development in the Zurmo PHP Open Source CRM, using advanced HTML5 based animations to get the attention of site users, and the launch of the JavaScript Innovation Award that just happened in the JSClasses site.

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198. The Urge to Kill Older PHP Versions - Lately in PHP podcast episode 31

Posted on: 2013-01-14

As PHP 5.5 is getting ready to be released in the next months, the end of line for PHP 5.3 is being planned, while the original MySQL extension is being deprecated in PHP 5.5 to be killed in a later version.

Whether this is a good or a bad thing for PHP developers, was one of the main topics of debate between Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 31 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed new PHP 5.5 features such as class variable type hinting and accessor functions, the apparent lack of interest of core developers to participate in the PHP FIG standards group, and what PHP developers have been searching for in 2012 by looking at the PHP Zeitgeist initiative.

Listen to the podcast now, or watch the podcast video, or read the audio transcript to learn more about these and other interesting PHP discussions.


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