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1. Calculating Periodical Events in PHP Part 1: The Problem Challenges

Posted on: 2015-08-31
Blog: PHP Sweepstakes package blog
Package: PHP Sweepstakes

Sometimes it is necessary to calculate the days of periodical events, like for instance sweepstakes, contests, regular publications, etc..

In general, it is an easy problem to solve. However when the events span multiple days and must not occur in holidays, the problem becomes less trival to solve.

Read this article to learn how you can use the PHP Sweepstakes class to compute the days of regular event taking in account these nuances that may complicate the calculations.


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311. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report August 2015 Edition - May 2015 nominees

Posted on: 2015-08-27

This is the August 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 May 2015.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative.


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310. The Benefits of Using Git in Your Software Projects Part 2: Collaboration, Web Platforms and Migration

Posted on: 2015-08-25

Nowadays working with a version control application like Git is mandatory for all software developers, even those that work alone in private projects that are not going to be published anywhere.

In the first part of this article we covered the basic benefits of working it explaining some of the most commonly used features, some very well known, others not so much.

Read this part the article to learn how use Git in projects the involve collaboration between multiple developers, how to take advantage of existing Web platforms that support Git, and how to migrate from older version control applications like SubVersion.


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1. Sentiment Analysis in PHP Part 1: Introduction to the Problem and a Solution

Posted on: 2015-08-24
Blog: PHP Sentiment Analyzer package blog
Package: PHP Sentiment Analyzer

With growth of people that go on the Internet to express their opinions about brands and other matters, Sentiment Analysis tools are becoming increasingly important to help companies and individuals to react in a timely manner to incidents that affect their business and reputation.

Fortunately we already have the Machine Learning technology necessary to implement sentiment analysis even using pure PHP code.

Read this article to learn more about how you can implement your own sentiment analysis tools in your PHP own applications.


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309. The Benefits of Using Git in Your Software Projects Part 1: Important Advantages

Posted on: 2015-08-19

Git is a very popular source version control application but not every software developer uses it.

Even many developers that already use Git sometimes do not quite realize all the benefits it provides.

Read this article to learn about the most important advantages of using Git and how you can benefit from them to have greater quality in your software projects of any language.


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308. How to Make Better Reuse of PHP Code using Traits Part 2: Advanced Traits Usage Explained

Posted on: 2015-08-18

In the first part of this article we learned how to use PHP traits to organize better functionality to be reused by multiple unrelated classes.

Read this article to learn more about advanced features of traits like solving conflicts when using traits that define the same properties, changing the visibility of a trait method in the class that uses it, reusing traits within traits, examples of packages that provide general purpose traits for use by many other packages.


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307. Google and Intel to Help PHP 7 to Become Faster and More Secure - Lately in PHP podcast episode 62

Posted on: 2015-08-17

Recently researchers from Google and Intel have approached the PHP core developers to offer to contribute to PHP development by implementing features that will make PHP fast and more secure.

These Google and Intel researchers help offers and their first proposals was one the main topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 62 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also commented on a proposal for having type hinting in class variables in future PHP 7 versions, new reports that show how PHP 7 performance is improving on day by day basis, as well other PHP 7 feature proposals.

They also commented on the latest PHP tutorial articles and book reviews published in the last month.

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


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306. How to Create a PHP C Extension to Manipulate Arrays Part 2: Adding ArrayAccess and Traversable interfaces

Posted on: 2015-08-13

In the first part of this article we learned how to create an extension for PHP written in C to create a class that works like arrays. However, to make the class objects really behave as arrays you need to implement certain interfaces in the class.

Read this article to learn how to make a PHP class defined by a C extension implement ArrayAccess and Traversable interfaces, as well understand how to solve problems that you may encounter that can make your extension slower than you expect.


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305. How to Make Better Reuse of PHP Code using Traits Part 1: Basic Code Reuse

Posted on: 2015-08-12

When you want to share common methods across multiple unrelated classes, in PHP, traits are the way to go.

They contain the power of an abstract class with the added ability to resolve conflicts which makes them the perfect place to store your favorite methods to quickly use in any project.

Read this article to learn what are traits using simple analogies and how you can use them to make better reuse of your code in multiple classes for very different purposes.


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304. How to Create a PHP C Extension to Manipulate Arrays - Part 1: Basic Array Class Extension

Posted on: 2015-08-11

In PHP projects, arrays are used every where because they are useful and flexible to store all sorts of data structures.

However, when you need to maximize the performance the manipulation of arrays for specific purposes, you can achieve great gains if you implement a PHP extension written in the C language.

Read this tutorial to learn how to build your own basic array manipulation extension in C.


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