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241. PHP Core Developers versus Facebook: Round 3 - The PHP Specification

Posted on: 2014-07-25

Recently Facebook developers played on another episode of a saga that seems to antagonize Facebook and PHP Core developers.

This time they announced an initiative to create a formal specification document for the PHP language.

Read this article to learn more about this and previous episodes of this saga, and what this may mean for the PHP future.


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239. To TDD or Not TDD? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 48

Posted on: 2014-06-27

Lately the debate about whether you should use TDD or not in all software projects all the time has been very intense. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 48 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about the upcoming end of life release of PHP 5.3, getting information of parameter type hinting with reflection, using object methods on native data types, security problems of OAuth implementations, and the built-in support of Composer to access password protected repositories.

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


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238. 5 Steps to Build Perfect Web Sites using the Design Thinking Process

Posted on: 2014-06-25

The PHP Classes site is launching a new design for the package pages. The Design Thinking process was applied to determine exactly what needed to be added or improved to make it perfectly address the users needs.

Read this article or watch the demonstration video to learn how the Design Thinking process was used to create this new design and upcoming features that will address other users needs that no other site is satisfying.


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237. 7 Reasons Why TDD Failed to become Mainstream

Posted on: 2014-06-11

Recently the creator of Ruby On Rails declared that TDD (Test Driven Development) is dead.

Despite he used to be a supporter of TDD as the right way to do software development, he finally decided to announce that he really does not agree that TDD is really the right way.

Read this article to learn more about what happened and what does this mean for developers that support TDD or not.


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236. PHP Composer Private Repository Automatic Access

Posted on: 2014-05-29

PHP Composer was just updated to add built-in support to automatically login to private or public repositories that require a password to be accessed.

Read this article to learn how it works and how you can use this feature to automate the installation of packages from PHP Classes and other Composer repositories that may require password based authentication.


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4. Is Your OAuth 2.0 Application Secure?

Posted on: 2014-05-26
Blog: PHP OAuth API package blog
Package: PHP OAuth API

Recently, a security vulnerability named Covert Redirect was discovered in certain implementations of the OAuth 2.0 protocol.

If you have a site that uses OAuth to access the APIs of other sites on behalf of your users, your site may be inadvertently helping attackers to steal your users' data.

Read this article to learn how to check if your application is vulnerable and what you can do to fix it.


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235. PHP is the Best Competitor of PHP - Lately in PHP podcast episode 47

Posted on: 2014-05-23

PHP developments gained new life thanks mostly to Facebook Hack language and Zend reaction with PHPNG. Since Facebook Hack is mostly a fork of PHP, it seems PHP is the main competitor of PHP.

These developments were one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Michael Kimsal in the episode 47 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed new proposals for the next PHP versions like negative string offsets, offsets to Reset() and End(), a mail handling interface similar to session handlers, error handling in PHP.next, and return type hinting declarations.

Now 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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234. PHPNG Dramatic Speedup Features Coming in PHP 6 Release

Posted on: 2014-05-12

Not a very long after Facebook announced the Hack language, Dmitry Stogov of Zend announced a somewhat secret development branch of PHP called PHPNG that brings a JIT engine, significant speed and memory management improvements eventually to PHP 6.

Read this article to learn more details about what happened and what this means for the future of PHP.


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233. Automatic Update of Packages from Version Control Repositories

Posted on: 2014-04-30

The PHP Classes and JS Classes sites just enabled a new feature that allows to automatically update a package when its files have changed in the origin version control repository.

Read this article to learn more how it works and how to disable it in case you do not want your packages to be automatically imported from the repositories when you update them there.

The article also talks about the upcoming new design for the package pages that soon you will be able to beta test if you are interested in helping to evaluate it.


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232. Is the Hack Language Going to Replace PHP? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 46

Posted on: 2014-04-21

The release of the Facebook Hack language has shaken the PHP community since it implements several frequently requested features that were never implemented, many users are considering to drop PHP in favor of Hack.

This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 46 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talked about the OpenSSL Heartbleed security bug may affect PHP sites or not, ideas for the PHP 6 engine, the need for an official PHP specification, and an advanced email validation that can provide suggestions for address typos like Google did you mean feature.

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


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