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337. PHP Articles and Book Reviews Report December 2015 Edition

Posted on: 2015-12-17

This is the December edition of the podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the latest outstanding PHP Articles and Book Reviews published recently.

They commented on articles about Dependency Injection, improved security with paranoid computing, searching DOCX, DOC and PDF documents, handling SMS messages in your site with the DotGo SMS gateway, automated building of regular expressions, interacting with users via SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook or Telegram, migrating MySQL code to use MySQLi, deploying PHP applications with Docker, creating an utilities framework, using queues to speedup processing tasks.

They also commented on the review of PHP Web Services tutorial video.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn more about these PHP articles and reviews.


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336. PHP Tutorial to Detect User Location from the IP address With IP2Location Geolocation

Posted on: 2015-12-16

Sometimes it is necessary to determine the user geographic location for instance to serve more appropriate content. One way to do it is to determine the location associated to the IP address of his computer. IP2Location provides a free solution for this using the IP2Location Lite database.

Read this article to learn how to detect the user location using the IP2Location Lite database service.


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334. PHP Tutorial on using the Official Google Search API

Posted on: 2015-12-09

Appearing in the Google Search results is very important these days but it is not that easy. The competition is very high and your pages need to rank with the right keywords.

Finding if you are ranking with the right keywords is very difficult. You need to take every keyword and test it against a search, then look for your site in the search results list. However, Google blocks scripts that scrape the search result pages.

Fortunately there is an official API from Google that lets you search for certain keywords and you can use it from PHP or any other language.

Read this article to learn how to use the Google Search API from PHP to automate searches and find your site in the results.


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332. How to Use Queue To Speedup PHP Processing Tasks Part 1: Queueing Slow Tasks

Posted on: 2015-11-30

Queues are an important solution, especially when need to create a processing task that may take a long time to complete and the user or the creating process cannot wait until the task is finished.

This is the case for instance of sending newsletter email messages to many users.

Read this article to learn how queues work and how you can implement one in PHP using a simple database.


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331. PHP Articles and Book Reviews Report November 2015 Edition

Posted on: 2015-11-26

This is the November edition of the podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the latest outstanding PHP Articles and Book Reviews published recently.

They commented on articles about creating Microsoft Word DOCX documents from HTML, PHP 7 Anonymous classes and nested classes, tracking accesses to your site API using Google Analytics, and reading and writing Microsoft Excel files using PHP stream handlers.

They also commented on the review of the Hack and HHVM book.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn more about these PHP articles and book reviews.


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330. Improving Your PHP Application Deployment with Docker Part 1: Setting Up Docker

Posted on: 2015-11-24

Docker is a sensational tool for building containers for applications with any tools that you need like PHP, MySQL, Nginx, or whatever else you need, with much greater efficiency of resources like CPU, RAM, etc..

Read this article to learn more about Docker and how you can set it up to run your PHP application development or production environment.


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327. How to Easily Search DOCX, DOC, PDF Documents in PHP Converting them to Plain Text

Posted on: 2015-11-10

In the last decades, the massive digitalization of processes has made companies and individuals produce a lot of rich text documents in the DOCX, DOC and PDF formats.

This caused a problem because when we need to search the contents of these documents we need to look at the text content that they contain.

Read this article to learn how to solve the problem of searching and indexing these documents using a PHP class that can easily extract the text contents.


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325. PHP 7 Nested Anonymous Classes Tutorial

Posted on: 2015-10-28

PHP 7 has introduced a new class feature called the Anonymous Class which will allow us to create objects without the need to name them. Anonymous classes can be nested, i.e. defined inside other classes.

Read this article to learn how to defined and use anonymous classes nested inside other classes.


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324. Read and Write Microsoft Excel Files in PHP Part 2: Writing XLS files

Posted on: 2015-10-26

The first part of this article talked about reading an XLS file and downloading it using PHP a XLS stream handler.

Read this article to learn how to do the opposite, writing an Excel file using Ignatius Teo's XLS stream handler class to write spreadsheet rows as arrays to files.


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322. Read and Write Microsoft Excel Files in PHP Part 1: Reading XLS files for Download

Posted on: 2015-10-21

Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program in the world. This is why many Web applications need to provide means to export or import files in Microsoft format.

In general reading and writing Excel files is not a trivial task. However Ignatius Teo had a brilliant idea of using PHP streams to read and write Excel files just and simple and reading and writing arrays of data.

Read this article to learn how to use the MS-Excel Stream Handler class to read and write Excel files from the xls:// stream.


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