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

Updated on: 2015-01-18

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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

Updated on: 2013-01-03

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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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168. Can .NET make PHP run faster than the official PHP implementation?

Updated on: 2011-12-15

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Phalanger is compiler that generates .NET assemblies from PHP code, so it runs in a .NET virtual machine.

The latest benchmarks seem to indicate that PHP applications compiled by Phalanger execute noticeably faster than when they are executed by the official PHP implementation based on Zend engine, even when a caching extension is used.

Read this article to learn how Phalanger works and what lessons can be learned to make the official PHP implementation run at least as fast, eventually in PHP 6 based on Zend Engine 3.


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165. Talented Web Developers Are Easy to Hire, Employers Are Just Not Looking Right

Updated on: 2011-11-30

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Once in a while, we hear company managers and recruiters complaining about how hard is to find talented Web developers that are willing work for them.

The problem is that they are not looking right. Not only there are plenty of talented Web developers out there, they are easy to find, and many of them are available for hire.

The employers just need to make a very small concession. Doing that the developers can flock to the companies that are willing concede.

Read this article to understand better what employers are missing and how can they find the talented Web developers they need.


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157. PHP 5.3.8 Upgrade, PHP 5.4 beta, Wrong Ideas About PHP - Lately in PHP Episode 15

Updated on: 2011-09-02

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Another PHP 5.3 version was released. Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss whether you should upgrade to this new version of PHP, as well if you should try the new PHP 5.4 beta version.

They also talk about the repercussion of the article about the Wrong PHP Ideas You Should Get Right and why it is important to clarify PHP haters and lovers about these PHP misconceptions.

The latest enhancements on the PHPClasses and JSClasses site user interface are covered, as well the balance the 1st year of age of the JSClasses site.

Listen or read the transcript of this podcast to learn more about these and other topics of what has happened lately in the PHP world.


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155. Top 10 Wrong Ideas About PHP That You Should Get Right

Updated on: 2014-02-15

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PHP is often a misunderstood language by people that either love or hate it.

On one side there are developers that hate PHP apparently because they do not quite understand how it works. They do not respect PHP and prefer other languages. So they lose many opportunities to make good money from the PHP market, which has so many high paying jobs for qualified developers.

On the other side there are developers that love PHP but do not take full advantage of the language because they are not fully aware of all they can do with it.

This article attempts to clarify some of the most common wrong ideas that many developers have about PHP.

Read the article to the end, so you may eventually start having a better perspective about PHP and take advantage of the opportunities that this language and the PHP ecosystem can provide you.


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153. The Plot to Kill PHP MySQL Extension

Updated on: 2011-07-15

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PHP core developers are planning to kill the PHP original MySQL extension.

If you are using MySQL in your PHP applications for a long time, this may seriously affect you.

Read this article to learn what this means in practice and what you can do about it.


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149. New PHP Version Fork

Updated on: 2011-06-15

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A fork is a new version of a project that a separate group of developers that want to give the project a different route.

A new PHP forked version was created by Robert Eisele to address needs that he felt were important.

Read this article to know in more detail about this PHP fork.


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147. Top 10 Reasons Why Firefox is still Better than Chrome for Web Development

Updated on: 2011-05-19

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Sometime ago many of us, Web developers, have switched from using Firefox to Google Chrome because of important features like speed.

Now that Firefox 4 was launched it addressed some of the issues we had with past versions, thus making it better at least for Web development.

This article explains some of the top reasons why Firefox is still a better browser than Google Chrome to aid in our Web development work.


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146. Is Cloud the Right Solution to Host PHP Sites? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 11

Updated on: 2011-05-01

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Given the latest problems that occurred in sites that are based on cloud hosting services, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss if the current breed of cloud services are the right solution to host PHP sites.

They also comment on the JavaScript Professionals Directory and the JavaScript jobs board which were recently launched to address the increasing demand of developers from companies that have JavaScript job openings.


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