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178. Why is it better to develop in PHP with classes (OOP)?

Posted on: 2012-03-21

Some developers code their PHP projects writing classes of objects.

Others also write classes but do it just because they see others doing it without being able to explain why classes are a good thing.

Others do not write classes but reuse other people code written in the form of classes.

Others completely refuse to write or reuse other developer classes because they do not see much point in doing it.

Read this article to learn why it is better to develop your PHP projects based on object classes.

You may also learn how to convert your global code based classes into properly written classes that you can reuse in multiple projects besides other benefits of using Object Oriented Programming in PHP.


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177. Is PHP Source Quality really Good or is it still Insecure? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 21

Posted on: 2012-03-01

A study from Coverity claims that the source code of Open Source projects such as PHP has a low defect rate.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the security expert Stefan Esser claims that PHP source security bug prevention has a lot to be desired because PHP core developers do not have the habit of using source code auditing tools to prevent security bugs.

The matter of the PHP source code quality and security bug prevention was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in episode 21 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

Among other interesting topics, they also discuss the new features of Apache 2.4 and whether it is already possible for PHP sites to take advantage of this new Apache release.

Listen to the podcast now or read the transcript to learn about these and other interesting PHP related topics.


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176. Good Friends Bring More Friends to Make the Site Better

Posted on: 2012-02-28

Since 2002 the PHPClasses site has a feature that allows giving credit to friends of the site that bring more new users to the site.

This feature has been enhanced and now it is easier to lead more new users to the site and get even more recognition for that.

Read this article to learn how to take advantage of the new features and help making the site even better with the help of new contributors that you may bring to the site.

Learn also how to make other suggestions to improve the site further.


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175. Another Serious Security Bug on PHP 5.3.9

Posted on: 2012-02-03

PHP 5.3.9 release was mostly meant to fix a security bug, but it introduced a new more serious bug. PHP 5.3.10 was just released to fix this issue.

Meanwhile Debian Linux maintainers decided to stop enabling the Suhosin extension by default. This extension is used by several Linux distributions to provide protection against present and future security bugs of PHP.

Read this article to learn more about the just fixed bug what you should do to avoid these security issues. You can also learn more what is the current PHP security status and the importance of the Suhosin extension to prevent PHP security problems.


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174. MicroPHP vs Complicated PHP - Lately in PHP podcast episode 20

Posted on: 2012-02-01

Earlier in January Ed Finkler announced the MicroPHP manifesto. It seems to be a rant about against the practices of developers that make PHP development more complicated than it should be. This is one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert in the episode 20 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discuss the final release of PHP 5.4.0 and whether you should upgrade it or not, the repercussion of the PHP Hash Collision Vulnerability, as well the trends of PHP world based on the analysis of the PHP Zeitgeist 2011 initiative.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript now to learn more in detail about these interesting PHP topics.


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173. PHP 5.4 Features: Shall you Upgrade to the newer PHP Version?

Posted on: 2012-01-30

PHP 5.4 is being released after many months of development and tests.

Read this article to get a brief overview of the features of this new release and learn about criteria that you may follow to decide if and when you should upgrade to the new version.


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172. PHP Zeitgeist 2011

Posted on: 2012-01-18

The PHP Zeitgeist is an initiative that allows us to understand what were some of the main new trends and concerns of the PHP developers in the past year.

Read this article to learn about what new things PHP developers have been searching more in 2011 and what are their needs that probably still need to be fulfilled.


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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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169. Encouraging the Authors to Do Better

Posted on: 2011-12-22

The site just launched a new feature that hopefully will encourage the authors that contribute to the site to do better and eventually get more feedback and recognition from the users that take advantage of their work.

It is basically a personalized report message that is sent by e-mail regularly with information about how each author is doing, as well insights that give them ideas on how they can do better.

Read this article to learn more about this initiative as well others there were implemented this year to make this a better site for authors and users that participate in it.


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