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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 Micros

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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369. Notable PHP package: PHP CRUD REST API Server

Posted on: 2016-04-19

Nowadays, many sites provide an API, especially when they have a mobile application that needs to store and retrieve information from the site.

Many APIs provide function calls that execute CRUD operations (Create, Retrieve, Update and Delete) with data stored in a database.

This PHP package provides a solution to simplify all those goals. It provides means to easily create a REST API with functions that map to class methods.

At the same time it provide means to implement CRUD operations with a MySQL database.

The demonstration API provided with the package shows how you can easily implement an API to manipulate user records stored in a MySQL database.

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


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368. 10 Aspects on Which BitBucket Is Better Than GitHub

Posted on: 2016-04-18

Most of us are familiar with Git, which is a very popular version control system. GitHub contributed to make Git very popular to the point that some people even confuse Git with GitHub.

However there are several other project hosting sites that provide better features than GitHub. BitBucket is one of those sites.

Read this article to learn about those features of BitBucket that in my opinion make it better than GitHub.


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367. Better Type Hinting Proposal for Class Properties in PHP 7.1 - Lately in PHP podcast episode 70

Posted on: 2016-04-14

PHP 7.0 brought us type hinting for class functions and return values, but there was still a missing piece in this giant leap for PHP which is type hinting for class properties.

The latest improvements to the proposal for class property type hinting in PHP 7.1 were one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 70 of the Lately in PHP podcast hangout.

They also talked about several other proposals like Null Coealesce Equal Operator, the glitch of not evaluating arguments of new operator for classes without constructors, the latest proposal on catching multiple exception types, allowing empty property names to support json_decode, the spaceship assignment operator, the result of the var deprecation proposal vote.

Special attention to a call for donations to the family of Nate Abele, the core developer of CakePHP and Lithium PHP frameworks.

This article includes a transcript of 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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