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388. How PHP 7.1 May Eliminate Frameworks BootStrap Overhead - Lately in PHP podcast episode 71

Posted on: 2016-05-18

One of the greatest performance killers of applications that use large frameworks or libraries the overhead of bootstrap processes that is necessary to initialize the objects of their classes.

The good news is that a new feature called startup snapshot inspired on V8 engine (used by Chrome and Node.js) is being discussed to implement on PHP 7.1, so applications based on those frameworks take less time to startup and run.

The startup snapshot optimiziation was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 71 of the Lately in PHP podcast hangout.

They also talked about many proposals to make PHP 7 type hinting more complete, better text character set detection, PHP attributes similar to annotations, among many other new proposals.

The article also covers the latest enhancements to make PHP Classes package submission much smoother and more rewarding like the new monthly elePHPant prize and printed certificates that Innovation Award winners may get.

This article includes a transcript of the podcast summary.

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


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387. Notable PHP package: Corcel (Laravel + WordPress)

Posted on: 2016-05-17

WordPress is certainly one of the most popular and successful PHP based projects that was ever created apart of the PHP language itself, but great part of it is not even written using object oriented programming.

On the other hand Laravel is one of the most recent PHP frameworks that gained great traction supporting MVC and other design patterns.

The Corcel framework brings the world of WordPress to the Laravel developers, so you can write Laravel based applications with the WordPress backend.

Read this article to learn more details about how this notable PHP package works.


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386. How to Contribute to PHP Development Writing phpt Tests

Posted on: 2016-05-17

The main PHP development comes with test suite that evolved over the years to test all sorts of aspects of the PHP features. The definition of the tests are written in text files in a format called phpt.

Read this article to learn how to create phpt tests, so you can help making PHP a more robust language with the least bugs as possible.


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385. Get the Coding Job You Want

Posted on: 2016-05-16

Evolving in your career as software developer often means seeking a better job than you have now.

Read this article to learn about 3 important tips that will help you in the journey to get the coding job you want.


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384. Notable PHP package: PHP Photo Wall Gallery

Posted on: 2016-05-12

Photo walls are useful for Web sites that need to show many images at once in a Web page.

This class can generate photo wall images composed from groups of other images that may have their sizes adjusted to align better in the photo wall.

Another interesting effect provided by this class is the ASCII art rendering of images that appear with colors.

Read this article to learn more details about how this notable PHP package works.


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383. Fast Debugging of PHP Code Using PHPEd Part 2: Debugging Symfony Applications

Posted on: 2016-05-10

In the first part of this article it was covered how we can take advantage of a PHP IDE like PHPEd to find and fix bugs using its debugger capabilities.

Read this part of the article to learn how to debug a framework based application, specifically using Symfony, combining the power of PHPEd debugger and common framework principles to debug code faster.


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382. Notable PHP package: PHP Reports

Posted on: 2016-05-10

Many Web applications are developed to serve the interests of users or companies that need to view reports in a printed format.

Usually PDF is the common format used for printing documents but many users prefer to create documents in Microsoft Word.

This package provides a solution with the help of Web service that can use templates in Microsoft Word DOCX format, replaces variables in the document with given values, and then generates the output in either PDF or DOCX format as well.

Read this article to learn more details about how this notable PHP package works.


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381. Notable PHP package: PHP Tracking User Activity

Posted on: 2016-05-05

Sometimes it is necessary to understand what is going on the browser side to verify if what the user is seeing is the same as he is expected to see after certain interactions.

This class can address this need with the help of jQuery plugin that can capture screenshots of the current page after certain user interaction events like click or form submissions for instance.

The PHP class receives the screenshot images sent by AJAX and records logs of the associated activities so the developers can analyze it in the future to determine what could be wrong and fix eventual issues.

Read this article to learn more details about how this notable PHP package works.


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380. PHP 7 Migration Guide Part 4: New Classes, Interfaces and New Global Constants

Posted on: 2016-05-05

In the previous part of this migration guide tutorial series it was covered new and changed functions in PHP 7.

But maybe more interesting to all developers that live and breathe Object Oriented Programming every day is what is new in terms of built-in classes and interfaces.

Read this article to learn not only about new classes and interfaces added in PHP 7 but also relevant global constants.


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379. Turn Your WordPress Site into More Than One Blog with the Easy Content Types Plugin

Posted on: 2016-05-04

WordPress started as a blogging platform but thanks to many thousands of plugins, nowadays it can be practically anything else other than a blog.

The custom post types feature is very powerful because it can turn what would be a blog post page into anything, as long as you know how to take advantage of it or you can use a plugin to simplify your task.

Read this article to learn about the Easy Content Types plugin and you can use it to easily create new custom post types, taxonomies and meta boxes.


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