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276. PHP IPC with Daemon Service using Message Queues, Shared Memory and Semaphores

Posted on: 2015-04-23

In a previous article, we learned how to create a simple daemon service in PHP to monitor and process an important activity on a machine in the background.

Now we move with a more advanced topic which is how daemon processes can communicate with other programs, or with other instances of the same daemon process.

Read this article to learn how to perform IPC, Inter-Process communication in PHP to send and receive data using message queues, as well as to transmit large volumes of data using shared memory, an using semaphores to prevent problems caused by simultaneous accesses.


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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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274. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report April 2015 Edition - January 2015 nominees

Posted on: 2015-04-20

This is the April edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of January 2015.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative.


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273. 5 Urgent Maintenance Tasks You May Need to Perform on Your Site Now

Posted on: 2015-04-15

The recent times have been crazy for developers and Webmasters that strive to keep their sites running without disruptions.

What happens is that several important external sites and services are changing their APIs or introducing new rules that may break the code of your sites.

Read this article to learn about some important sites and APIs that are changing, so you can check if you need to perform urgent maintenance tasks to keep your sites working without troubles.


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271. How PHP 7 Can Help You Write Better Tests

Posted on: 2015-03-30

With the introduction strict type hinting, PHP 7 will creating more robust tests that will help us to develop better quality code.

Read this article to learn how you can write more robust tests in practice with the help of strict type hinting.


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270. Creating a PHP Daemon Service

Posted on: 2015-03-27

Daemons are special applications that can monitor and process an important activity on a machine in the background.

Read this article to learn how to create a daemon in pure PHP, handling signals, handle multiple asynchronous I/O and events with libevent, monitoring daemon performance, starting the daemon and distribute your daemon application as a PHAR archive.


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269. PHP 7 Scalar Type Hinting Finally Approved

Posted on: 2015-03-23

After a long debate, a proposal to implement type hinting for scalar function parameters and return values was just approved with the highest vote count so far.

Read this article to understand what scalar type hinting is and how you can benefit from it when you will run your code with PHP 7.


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268. Improving the use of a MongoDB database with the help of Symfony Listeners

Posted on: 2015-03-20

Sometimes applications need to filter large amounts of information to show to the user a small subset of relevant data.

However, when the amount data to filter is too large, it may not be feasible to filter the information retrieving the whole data into memory.

Read this article to learn about an alternative approach using a MongoDB document and Symfony listeners to limit the amount of data that needs to be traversed in memory.


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267. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report March 2015 Edition - December 2014 nominees

Posted on: 2015-03-18

This is the March edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of December 2014.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative.


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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.

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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