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Weekly newsletter of Thursday - 2014-07-24

  • Contents

    • Latest PHP Classes blog posts

    • 15 Years Promoting PHP Innovation (24 days ago)

      Posted on: 2014-06-30
      Summary: The PHP Classes just completed 15 years of age, promoting PHP innovation in many ways.

      Read this article to review the innovations introduced the year that just passed, as well learn more about the plans for the upcoming innovations, and how you can help defining the features to be implemented in the future.
    • To TDD or Not TDD? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 48 (28 days ago)

      Posted on: 2014-06-26
      Summary: Lately the debate about whether you should use TDD or not in all software projects all the time has been very intense. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 48 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

      They also talked about the upcoming end of life release of PHP 5.3, getting information of parameter type hinting with reflection, using object methods on native data types, security problems of OAuth implementations, and the built-in support of Composer to access password protected repositories.

      Listen to the podcast now, or watch the hangout video, or read the transcript text to know more about these interesting PHP discussions.
    • 5 Steps to Build Perfect Web Sites using the Design Thinking Process (29 days ago)

      Posted on: 2014-06-25
      Summary: The PHP Classes site is launching a new design for the package pages. The Design Thinking process was applied to determine exactly what needed to be added or improved to make it perfectly address the users needs.

      Read this article or watch the demonstration video to learn how the Design Thinking process was used to create this new design and upcoming features that will address other users needs that no other site is satisfying.


    Top friends of the site

    Friends of the PHP Classes site is a initiative to provide recognition to the users that contribute to the growth of the site community.

    For more information on how to become a friend of the site look here.

    Rank Friend Referrals
    1 Arturs Sosins Latvia Latvia 32
    2 Cesar D. Rodas Paraguay Paraguay 8
    3 Alexander Skakunov Ukraine Ukraine 4
    4 solomongaby Romania Romania 4
    5 lixlpixel Germany Germany 3
    6 Roberto Aleman Venezuela Venezuela 2
    7 Eric Sizemore United States United States 2
    8 Manuel Lemos Portugal Portugal 2
    9 Olaf Lederer The Netherlands The Netherlands 2
    10 Protung Dragos Germany Germany 2


    Innovation award results

    Innovation Award winners Congratulations to Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo!

    Rank Class Author Score Points Prize
    1 PHP Query Terminal
    Run command classes from an interactive console
    Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo Spain 50.00% 6 One book of choice by Packt
    2 PHP Image cURL
    Emulate getimagesize function remotely using cURL
    Mike Jordan United States 17.86% 5 One copy of the Zend Studio
    3 PHP SiteMap Maker
    Create and edit XML sitemaps
    Ali Sharifi Iran 14.29% 4
    4 Forker PHP
    Split tasks into multiple forked processes
    Daniel Martinez Spain 10.71% 3
    5 PHP Mercator Projection
    Render coordinates with the mercator projection
    Chi Hoang Germany 3.57% 2
    5 PHP Merge XML
    Merge XML sources from strings, files, DOM objects
    Vallo Reima Estonia 3.57% 2

    Award page

    Nominees to win the award of June of 2014

    Class: Unified Archive Picture of wapmorgan
    Description: Manage archives in the ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZ formats
    Author: wapmorgan
    Age: ???
    Country: Russian Federation Russian Federation

    Class: PHP Price Calculator Picture of Sergii Pryz
    Description: Calculate prices using arbitrary precision math
    Author: Sergii Pryz
    Age: 30
    Country: Ukraine Ukraine

    Class: PHP Online Help System Picture of Mark Cole
    Description: Get site help topics from file defined with macros
    Author: Mark Cole
    Age: 60
    Country: Great Britain

    Class: Prefix Converter Picture of Alex F. Bustos
    Description: Convert a number to a string appending a prefix
    Author: Alex F. Bustos
    Age: 19
    Country: Colombia Colombia

    Class: PHP Nearest Neighbor Picture of Chi  Hoang
    Description: Find nearest neighbor of a set of location points
    Author: Chi Hoang
    Age: 29
    Country: Germany Germany

    Class: PHP Solr Client Picture of Enrico Anello
    Description: Index and search content using a Solr server
    Author: Enrico Anello
    Age: ???
    Country: Italy Italy

    Class: ALGPDF Picture of José Filipe Lopes Santos
    Description: Generate PDF reports of links in Joomla content
    Author: José Filipe Lopes Santos
    Age: 43
    Country: Portugal Portugal

    Class: PHP Push Advert Picture of Er. Rochak Chauhan
    Description: Display ads on pages that self-update regularly
    Author: Er. Rochak Chauhan
    Age: 35
    Country: India India

    Class: Magic PHP Auto-Instantiator Picture of Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo
    Description: Include and create objects with a single command
    Author: Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo
    Age: 24
    Country: Spain Spain



    Latest support forum threads

    Subject Posted on Class
    Add output functions (CSV, ARRAY)
    output functions CSV ARRAY
    2014-07-19 Simple XLSX
    if bug
    2014-07-19 eiseXLSX
    MySQL to Excel
    Output MySQL to Excel file
    2014-07-19 MySql To Excel
    Mostrara la data del shape
    Mostrara la data del shape
    2014-07-18 Shape File Reader
    The ideia is good, but the consistency of the code may cause ...
    Package rating comment
    2014-07-18 Horus Framework
    Will not be as useful than a simple grep/sort line.
    Package rating comment
    2014-07-18 Bad PHP Code Scan
    login_with_flickr.php reports "SSL is required"
    login_with_flickr.php reports "SSL is required"
    2014-07-18 PHP OAuth API
    eventful accident?
    just noticing the account name is defined as the developer..
    2014-07-17 PHP OAuth API
    curly brace syntax in url strings ?
    how are variables being substituted in the url strings?
    2014-07-17 PHP OAuth API
    Zip folder and its files and download
    Zip folder and its files and download
    2014-07-17 Zip


    • Latest package entries

    • El Pais Lottery API

      Picture of Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo
      Author: Andoitz Jordan Marmolejo
      Date: 2014-07-23 (1 day ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Games, Web services
      Description: This class can retrieve Spanish lottery results using El Pais API.

      It can send HTTP requests to the El Pais API Web server to retrieve the results of different types of lottery in Spain.

      Currently it can retrieve the results of Loteria del Gordo de navidad and Loteria del niño.
    • Curl Post Master

      Picture of Anthony Amolochitis
      Author: Anthony Amolochitis
      Date: 2014-07-22 (2 days ago)
      Groups: HTTP, PHP 5
      Description: This class can send HTTP POST requests with the Curl extension.

      It can take the names and values of parameters and sends a HTTP POST request to a Web server with a given URL.

      The class can configure the HTTP request options send secure and non-secure requests, as well send requests with custom option values. HTTP Basic authentication requests are also optionally supported.
    • PHP Image Based Login

      Picture of Alexandru Ocheana
      Author: Alexandru Ocheana
      Date: 2014-07-22 (2 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Graphics, User Management
      Description: This package can authenticate users using colored images.

      It creates an image file in PNG format with random colored pixels.and 5 hot pixels placed based on registration time.

      A separate class can check if a given image is the correct by verifying the placement of the hot pixels.
    • PHP Color Picker

      Picture of Sazan Dauti
      Author: Sazan Dauti
      Date: 2014-07-21 (3 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Graphics
      Description: This class can extract the main colors of a given image file.

      It can read an image in the GIF, JPEG or PNG format and extracts the list of colors that are used in the pixels of the image.

      The class takes in account a similarity factor to consider very similar colors as if they are the same.

      It returns an array with the colors used in the picture sorted by the frequency of the pixels that use each color.
    • PHP Image Fragmentator

      Picture of Juraj 'Puerdraco' Hajdúch
      Author: Juraj 'Puerdraco' Hajdúch
      Date: 2014-07-21 (3 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Graphics, Utilities and Tools
      Description: This class can create a tile view of an image of given size.

      It can take a given image file and creates multiple images with a given width and height that contain tiles of the original image.

      The resulting image tile fragments can be saved to a files with a given file name pattern or served as the current script output.
    • PHP Random Number Generator

      Picture of Er. Rochak Chauhan
      Author: Er. Rochak Chauhan
      Date: 2014-07-20 (4 days ago)
      Groups: Algorithms, PHP 5, Text processing
      Description: This class can generate a random string based on Mersenne Twister algorithm.

      It can generate a random text string of configurable length made of digits or upper and lower case letters.

      The class can also include a list of given characters that can be included the generated string.
    • PHP Validar CPF e CNPJ

      Picture of Pablo Veinberg
      Author: Pablo Veinberg
      Date: 2014-07-19 (5 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Finances, Validation
      Description: This class can validate Brazil fiscal numbers.

      It can take either a CPF or a CNPJ number, clean separator characters and validate it by verifying its length and the check digits.

      The class can also return the fiscal number formatted with separator characters.
    • Files upload

      Picture of vasinsky
      Author: vasinsky
      Date: 2014-07-18 (6 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Files and Folders
      Description: This class can validate and process uploaded files.

      It can validate an uploaded file checking if its size is under a given limit and if its MIME type is one of the accepted types.

      Valid files are copied to a given destination directory. The original uploaded file may be optionally deleted.
    • PHP Function Profiler

      Picture of Tony L. Requena
      Author: Tony L. Requena
      Date: 2014-07-17 (7 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Time and Date, Performance and optimization
      Description: This class can measure the time a PHP function takes to execute.

      It takes a given function and calls it consecutively a given number of times.

      The class returns the output of the function and the time that it took to execute the function in microseconds and milliseconds.
    • Bad PHP Code Scan

      Picture of Max Stemplevski
      Author: Max Stemplevski
      Date: 2014-07-17 (7 days ago)
      Groups: PHP 5, Files and Folders, Security
      Description: This class can scan PHP code files to find malicious code.

      It can traverse a given directory recursively to find files with a given file name extension that defaults to .php .

      The class can scan the found files to determine if they contain code using eval and base64_decode function calls, which is a sign that the code may be hidding malicious code.

      The class return an array with all potentially infected files, or list them in a HTML table.