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193. PHP 5.5 Release Date and Plans - Lately in PHP podcast episode 28

Posted on: 2012-10-15

PHP 5.5 release is already being planned. The release manager was picked, some of the new features are decided and the release date is estimated. This is one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in episode 28 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed the interpretation from VentureBeat that Zend is working on mobile version of PHP, using abstract syntax trees to optimize PHP further, and creating classes that provide APIs that are simpler for the users.

Now listen to the podcast, or watch the podcast video or read the transcript to learn more about these and other interesting topics of the PHP world.


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1. Painless OAuth with PHP

Posted on: 2012-10-10
Blog: PHP OAuth API package blog
Package: PHP OAuth API

OAuth is a widely used protocol to access APIs of certain Web sites on behalf of users of those sites.

Despite OAuth is relatively easy to explain, it is not easy to implement it without dealing with the headaches of the multiple protocol settings, the different protocol versions, the details of specific site implementations, and the worst of all having to know more about the details of the protocol than you would like to care.

Read this article to learn how to use this PHP OAuth API class to access any API of any site that supports any version of OAuth without having any of those headaches.


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1. Processing XML with a single PHP call

Posted on: 2012-09-12
Blog: Generic XML parser class package blog
Package: Generic XML parser class

PHP provides several extensions to parse XML documents but you still have to write a lot of custom code to validate and extract data from the parsed XML.

Read this article to learn how to use this XML parser class to validate and extract the parse data from XML documents with a minimal amount of code that only requires a single call to the class.


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192. Running PHP code with JavaScript and Python VM - Lately in PHP podcast episode 27

Posted on: 2012-09-06

PHP applications popularity is so high that developers which prefer using other languages are trying to compile PHP code in languages like JavaScript and Python using new virtual machine projects.

That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 27 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also cover the latest PHP releases and the new features planned for PHP 5.5, as well the new PHP elephant plush toys that were produced by the PHPClasses site to give away to the best contributors of the site.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the podcast video or read the transcript to learn about these and other interesting PHP topics discussed in this episode.


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191. Accelerating PHP 5.4 with updated PHP cache extensions - Lately in PHP podcast episode 26

Posted on: 2012-08-02

Despite PHP 5.4 was released some time ago, only now PHP caching extensions like eAccelerator and APC are being adapted to work with PHP 5.4.

This was one of several topics discussed in the episode 26 of the Lately in PHP podcast on which Manuel Lemos received Michael Kimsal as guest co-host.

The also discussed the latest PHP 5.4.5 and PHP 5.3.15 releases, the planned implementation of generators and the yield keyword in PHP 5.5, the usability problems of the current Web browsers, and the upcoming Indieconf 2012, the independent Web professionals conference.

Listen to the podcast audio, or watch the podcast in video, or read the transcript to learn more about these and other interesting PHP topics.


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190. Google Chrome vs Firefox: Chrome is Catching Up on Features for Web Developers

Posted on: 2012-07-26

Google Chrome browser seems to have practically reached the leadership of the market share of browsers among the generality of the users. However, Firefox still leads in the preference of the majority of Web developers.

This article is a follow-up of another written last year entitled "Top 10 Reasons Why Firefox is still Better than Chrome for Web Development".

This time it includes a point by point response from Renato Mangini of Google Chrome Developer relations team on the issues raised in the past article to explain which issues were addressed or can be overcome somehow.

Read this article to learn more on how Google Chrome is catching up on Firefox, as well find out about other less known cool features of Chrome that can improve your Web user experience.


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189. The 7 Main Optimizations of PHP 5.4 - Lately in PHP podcast episode 25

Posted on: 2012-07-04

The PHP 5.4 includes 7 main optimizations that made PHP work more efficiently in terms of the speed and memory usage efficiency.

That is the main topic discussed in episode 25 of the Lately in PHP podcast on which Manuel Lemos received Gustavo Lopes, a PHP core developer.

Listen to the podcast, watch the podcast video or read the transcript to learn more about these and other interesting PHP topics discussed on this episode.


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188. Share the Best PHP Content on Social Networks

Posted on: 2012-06-26

The PHP Classes site just made 13 years of age in June 24. Coincidentally, just these days the site reached 1.1 million registered users.

On this anniversary a new feature was released to make it easier for you to automatically share the best content of the site in social networks.

Read this article to learn how this automatic sharing feature works and how you can get more recognition by raising in the friends of the site ranking.


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187. The Secret PHP Optimization of version 5.4

Posted on: 2012-06-14

PHP 5.4 introduced several performance optimizations. One of them was not discussed much in the PHP community but it may affect the performance of your code depending on the way you write it.

Read this article to learn more about this less known PHP 5.4 optimization and what you need to do to make your PHP code take advantage of this optimization to run faster spending less memory.

The article also talks about a speculation of what PHP 6 and Zend Engine 3 can be in the future using explicitly declared types of variables and function return values to generate code that makes PHP applications run much faster.


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186. Do PHP Developers Need and will Adopt PHP Coding Standards? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 24

Posted on: 2012-06-04

The PHP Standards Group is trying to push new specifications for PHP coding standards. Whether PHP developers need and will adopt these standards was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in episode 24 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed the complaints of Linus Torvalds on the limitations of GitHub handling Git pull requests and whether that will affect the processing of pull requests to the PHP core project.

Other topics include the latest PHP 5.4.3 and 5.3.13 bug fixes, the chart of PHP releases over time, and the JavaScript Innovation Award initiative that is about to start and repeat the success of the PHP Innovation Award.

Listen to the podcast, watch the video recording or read the transcript to learn about these and other interesting PHP related topics here.


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