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171. PHP Vulnerability May Halt Millions of Servers

Posted on: 2012-01-12

A security vulnerability found in PHP and many other programming languages may allow attackers to halt servers with vulnerable PHP installations.

Read this article to learn more about this vulnerability and what you can do to avoid that your servers running PHP may be brought down due to this problem.


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170. The Debate of Making PHP Faster using a JIT Compiler - Lately in PHP podcast episode 19

Posted on: 2012-01-05

The official PHP implementation is evolving too slowly, while alternative implementations like Phalanger and Facebook HipHop can run PHP faster thanks to the use of JIT compiler engines.

JIT compilation was the main topic of the episode 19 of the Lately in PHP podcast presented by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert who received as guests Miloslav Beno of the Phalanger team and Nuno Lopes of the PECL LLVM project to discuss this and other interesting topics of the PHP scene.

They also made a brief retrospective of what happened in the PHP world in 2011 and what they expect for 2012.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript here.


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168. Can .NET make PHP run faster than the official PHP implementation?

Posted on: 2011-12-15

Phalanger is compiler that generates .NET assemblies from PHP code, so it runs in a .NET virtual machine.

The latest benchmarks seem to indicate that PHP applications compiled by Phalanger execute noticeably faster than when they are executed by the official PHP implementation based on Zend engine, even when a caching extension is used.

Read this article to learn how Phalanger works and what lessons can be learned to make the official PHP implementation run at least as fast, eventually in PHP 6 based on Zend Engine 3.


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167. The Easy Way of Running Your MySQL Applications in the Cloud

Posted on: 2011-12-07

More and more sites are moving to cloud hosting services to assure a smooth growth path, as the sites require more servers to handle the audience growth.

As a developer, you want to ensure that your database is running smoothly in the cloud, but you do not want to be bogged down by tedious operations and everything else that goes into it, like the manual configuration, optimization, maintenance and development.

Read this article to learn how to connect your PHP app to a cloud database solution to simplify the way you run your database.


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166. The Debate on Remote Work for Web Developers - Lately in PHP podcast episode 18

Posted on: 2011-12-01

The recently published article on attracting talented Web developers by offering remote job positions raised an interesting debate on the challenges, advantages and disadvantages of this way of working.

This debate was the main topic of discussion of the episode 18 of the Lately in PHP podcast with Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert, who were joined by CÚsar Rodas. CÚsar is a top PHPClasses contributor that has been working remotely for several years for companies around the world.

They also comment briefly on the PHP 5.3.9 and PHP 5.4 release candidate versions announced earlier in November.


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165. Talented Web Developers Are Easy to Hire, Employers Are Just Not Looking Right

Posted on: 2011-11-30

Once in a while, we hear company managers and recruiters complaining about how hard is to find talented Web developers that are willing work for them.

The problem is that they are not looking right. Not only there are plenty of talented Web developers out there, they are easy to find, and many of them are available for hire.

The employers just need to make a very small concession. Doing that the developers can flock to the companies that are willing concede.

Read this article to understand better what employers are missing and how can they find the talented Web developers they need.


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163. PHP 5.4 Release Date, PHP-GTK Apps Running on a Web Browser - Lately in PHP podcast episode 17

Posted on: 2011-10-31

PHP 5.4 beta 2 was just released, so the final version of 5.4.0 is coming soon. Many PHP Developers want to know when it will be the final PHP 5.4 release date. Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert talk about this and other interesting PHP related topics in episode 17 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

The other topics they cover are about the possibility to serve PHP-GTK applications over the Web, the eventual migration of PHP development to Git, the optimization techniques used by Amazon Silk Browser that will come with Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, and how to get more exposure to PHP developers work by contributing innovating components.


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162. Using PHP-GTK to serve Web Applications to HTML 5 Browsers

Posted on: 2011-10-27

Yes, you read it right, GTK+, the Gnome Toolkit library, normally used to create desktop applications, can now be used to serve the same applications via the Web to a browser that supports HTML 5 canvas objects.

PHP-GTK is a PHP extension that uses the GTK+ library to build PHP desktop applications. So it can eventually benefit for this GTK library enhancements to build PHP-GTK based applications that can be served over the Web to HTML 5 browsers.

Read this article to learn more about GTK+ 3 HTML 5 canvas backend and how it could be used to run remote PHP-GTK applications that can be accessed over the Web.


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1. Google URL Shortener PHP Class

Posted on: 2011-10-13
Blog: Goo.gl short URL package blog
Package: Goo.gl short URL

This article describes how to use the Google URL Shortener PHP class to create a short URL with the goo.gl service.

It also explains how to achieve the opposite, i.e. take a goo.gl short URL, retrieve the respective long URL, as well obtaining analytics information about the clicks on the short URL links.


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160. PHP 5.4.0 Will not Include APC, Is MODX CMS better than Wordpress? Top PHP Developers in Every Country - Lately in PHP Episode 16

Posted on: 2011-09-30

PHP 5.4 beta 1 was released but APC is not going to be included at least in PHP 5.4.0. Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss this and other happenings in the PHP world, like the adoption of more robust Continuous Integration methods to prevent shipping buggy PHP versions like what happened with PHP 5.3.7.

Bob Ray, a book author and contributor of the MODX CMS project was interviewed in the podcast to talk about this revelation CMS and how it compares with other popular systems like Wordpress.

Also commented on this podcast was the recent launch of a feature in the PHPClasses site that allows to distinguish Top PHP Developers in the each country of the world.


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