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378. PHP Articles Report April 2016 Edition

Posted on: 2016-05-03

This is the April edition of the podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the latest outstanding PHP Articles published recently.

They commented on articles about PHP source code protection solutions, the parallax WordPress theme, email verification solutions, PHP 7 backwards incompatible changes and new features, and fast debugging methods using PHPEd.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn more about these PHP articles.


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377. Notable PHP package: Scripd

Posted on: 2016-05-03

Every SQL database driven application needs to update the database schema once in a while to support new features.

This class can perform that process of generating SQL for database updates with elegance, as it allows developers to defined database schema additions in a JSON based file format, so it can work with different types of databases.

Since the format is based in JSON it can be used eventually by similar packages written in other languages.

Not only it supports the creation and modification of databases, tables and indexes, but it also supports triggers, views, stored procedures and functions.

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


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376. Notable PHP package: PHP Get All Words

Posted on: 2016-04-30

PHP provides an extensive set of functions to manipulate text strings including several ways to split a string into its words.

However, there is no built-in way to detect and exclude stop words.

This class can extract the words of a text excluding stop words. I can also consider words that may appear duplicated but with different case.

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


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375. Notable PHP package: PHP Image Mosaic Generator

Posted on: 2016-04-27

Some applications need to present groups of images in an attractive way for their users.

One nice way to present images is to create a mosaic effect. Several images are displayed as tiles next to each other, so the users can see many images at once.

This PHP class can show tiled images using the mosaic effect. There is one main background image and all the group images are displayed over that image using transparency in a way that looks like small glasses over the background image, causing great visual impression.

The class can generate the mosaic effect in a PDF document that can be printed but using the same algorithm it could eventually generate the same mosaic effect outputting as an image.

The package comes with a nice screenshot of the output so you can see the effect in practice.

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


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374. PHP 7 Migration guide Part 3: 11 Changed Functions and 21 New Functions

Posted on: 2016-04-27

In the first two parts of our series on PHP 7 migration guide we cover backwards incompatible changes and new features.

Read this article to learn more about functions that were changed and other new functions that were added.


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373. Using Microsoft Visual Studio as PHP IDE with the PHP Tools extension: Part 1 PHP Editing Support

Posted on: 2016-04-26

Microsoft Visual Studio is a very popular IDE among developers using Windows but it does not come with built-in support to PHP. On the other hand, 75% of the PHP developers use Windows when they are developing their PHP projects.

Fortunately for Visual Studio fans there is an extension called PHP Tools that adds PHP support to that IDE and works with the Microsoft Visual Studio.

Read this first part of the article to learn how to use the PHP Tools extension so you can setup and edit PHP code projects from Visual Studio.


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372. How to Win a Big PHP ElePHPant Plush Mascott Every Month and Innovation Award Certificates?

Posted on: 2016-04-25

Lately the PHP Classes site has been listening to many class authors about improvements that they wanted to see in the site.

Some of them would like to be able to buy the elePHPant plush mascot. So starting this month they will be able to earn an elePHPant for free for participating in the Innovation Award.

Other requests that were implemented follow here. The article shows also screenshots of the requested improvements:

- Notable packages get more instant exposure to the site users by email and in the site blog
- Simplified package submission with less instructions and forms
- Responsive interface for package submission pages so you can do it from a mobile device with a small screen
- Faster importing of packages from GIT repositories without filling file description and role forms
- How to get more contributors to collaborate in your package development
- Faster package approvals (one day at most)
- Download printable certificates for all past and future Innovation Award nominated packages

Finally, at the end of this article there is an invitation to participate on a new project I am starting.

That project aims to teach and help to all of you developers that want to create your own software businesses working just for themselves on your own software products, from home or anywhere else, anytime you want, without putting up with bosses that make you do boring tasks.

Read this article to learn more about these improvements and how you can participate in the new project.


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371. Notable PHP package: PHP Search Large Files

Posted on: 2016-04-21

PHP provides a great set of functions for manipulating and searching text. However the text to be searched needs to be loaded in memory as string.

If you need to search text in large files, the regular PHP string search functions will not do, because it may exceed the configured PHP memory limits.

The PHP class provides clever solutions to overcome the limitations of PHP string search functions so it can work on text from large files.

It can even perform regular expression matching on large text files.

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


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370. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report April 2016 Edition - January 2016 nominees

Posted on: 2016-04-20

This is the April edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of January 2016.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative, as well the current rankings of the Innovation Award Championship by author and by country.


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1. Tutorial on How to Convert HTML to PDF using PHP

Posted on: 2016-04-19
Blog: HTML to PDF Webkit package blog
Package: HTML to PDF Webkit

Generating PDF documents programmatically is a pain. A better approach for Web applications is to take the HTML templates and output that we already generate for the site Web pages and convert it somehow to PDF.

Converting HTML to PDF used to be a fairly simple task when HTML was simpler. With new standards based on HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, getting the result we want to generate printable documents in PDF from Web applications has become more complicated.

Read this article to learn about a simpler solution based on Web services that takes the complication out of your PHP application.


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