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296. Controlling Autonomous Hardware Devices Using PHP Software Agents

Posted on: 2015-07-13

Some hardware devices can perform useful actions autonomously by the means of software agents, like for instance monitoring objects in the space around an unmanned vehicle (robot).

Read this article to learn how to implement PHP software agents that can process actions using sequences of actions defined in JSON.


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295. How to Use Vagrant to Improve Your Web Development Process

Posted on: 2015-07-08

A great part of the production Web sites are hosted on Linux based systems. However the vast majority of the Web developers run Windows or Mac OS X on their development machines.

Vagrant is an application that creates and configures virtual development environments. It can be used as a simpler wrapper solution around virtualization software such as VirtualBox, VMware, KVM and Linux Containers (LXC), and around configuration management software such as Ansible, Chef, Salt and Puppet.

Read this article learn how to use Vagrant to easily setup your Web applications development environment in a way that it is as close as possible to the Linux based environment that you have on your production server.


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2. MySQL Extension, Going, Going, almost Gone

Posted on: 2015-07-02
Blog: PHP MySQL to MySQLi package blog
Package: PHP MySQL to MySQLi

When the warnings change from "the extension may go away" to "the extension will go away", things just became serious. For some of us, the race is on to keep our projects from collapsing.

Read this article to learn about a method to analyze your PHP code and find functions and extensions that are being deprecated, as well a quick and easy solution to deal with the removal of the MySQL extension in PHP 7 or even sooner in your current hosting provider.


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294. Online Boot Camp for Modernizing PHP Legacy Applications

Posted on: 2015-07-01

Over the years the recommended practices to develop PHP applications have evolved but applications developed in the past were not maintained and suffer with several problems for being what are usually called legacy applications.

Read this article to learn how you can participate in an online course to learn the best practices to modernize your legacy PHP applications.


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1. Tutorial on Creating an AJAX based Chat system in PHP

Posted on: 2015-06-29
Blog: AJAX driven simple chat package blog
Package: AJAX driven simple chat

AJAX is not a new technology. Many years ago I published this class to implement an AJAX based chat system. It is still useful but AJAX also evolved a bit, so the class also has evolved too.

Read this article to learn how you can implement an AJAX based chat room in your own site using this class that could well be used for instance as the basis of a live customer support system.


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293. 20 Years of PHP and 16 Years of PHP Classes

Posted on: 2015-06-25

In the same month that PHP completes 20 years of age, the PHP Classes site completes 16 years of age precisely today.

It has been a long journey but this last year has been particularly exciting due to many things happening as we come close to the release of PHP 7.

Read this article to read about what has been going on in the PHP world and what I think PHP still misses and should be address after PHP 7.0. The article also covers the latest developments and future plans for PHP Classes and JS Classes.


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292. Tapping Into the Untapped User Experience: Combining User Analytics and Feedback In One Essential Tool

Posted on: 2015-06-24

With the speed at which technology is changing and advancing, it is disappointing that as developers and designers we still canít get the big picture of our siteís user experience.

On the one hand, there are many great Web analytics tools out there today that measure user behavior. There are also many popular customer feedback tools that help to understand the voice of the customer. But fusing these two disparate pieces of information into one concise tool is a largely untapped area in our industry.

As a developer, more tools means more headaches and more overhead. As a designer, you need several key data points to create better sites and solutions around your users, but this data can be hard to find and take action on when you need to use a handful of independent tools and draw insights from them yourself.

Read this article to learn about a powerful new approach to understanding the whole user experience and how to improve it with Hotjar, an all-in-one analytics and feedback tool.


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291. Get Useful PHP Packages Recommendations Faster

Posted on: 2015-06-22

Since last year the PHP Classes site has a section for users to request recommendations for packages that address their specific needs.

The recommendations section has been growing a lot lately but until recently authors could not recommend packages that were not approved in the site. The site just implemented a new feature to overcome this limitation.

Read this article to learn how this feature works and how can authors quickly submit packages that address the users' needs and eventually be nominated for the innovation award faster without waiting for their turn in the approval queue that sometimes gets too long.


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290. Simplify Your PHP Applications Testing Using LXC in Your Development Environment

Posted on: 2015-06-18

LXC is a lightweight virtualization technology that runs on top of Linux to create application testing environments without having to install full virtual machines.

Read this article to learn how to setup LXC to test your PHP applications on your development environment without waste of resources of your machine and with great control of the software you use to test your PHP software with all other software packages and tools you need just like if you were running them on your production enviroment.


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289. PHP 7 to Be Even Faster Than Expected - Lately in PHP podcast episode 60

Posted on: 2015-06-16

With the latest experiments with the Feedback Directed Optimization patch, it is possible that PHP 7 will be event 10% faster than the implementation with other optimizations already implemented for PHP 7.0.

That was one the topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 60 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on proposals for future PHP versions like having a numeric type hint, options for preloaded scripts, making Libsodium a core extension for applications that need cryptography, the updated roadmap for PHP 7.0.0 and creating a new branch for PHP 7.1 development.

They also talked about the latest PHP tutorial articles and book reviews published lately on the site.

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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