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544. Boosting the Visibility of Your PHP Projects with Data Mining and Business Intelligence

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If you ever tried to get attention to your Open Source software work but it did not get very far, now you can learn how to fix that.

Thanks to basic data mining techniques on search engine traffic statistics and business intelligence methods, it is possible to help you to optimize the content that you publish to promote your Open Source work beyond the traditional methods of publishing the code in a repository and waiting to see what happens.

Read this article and watch a demo video about search engine optimization tool that is being used to optimize the content of many Open Source projects to leverage the number of interested users.


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529. PHP Articles Report February 2017 Edition

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This is the February 2017 edition of the podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the latest outstanding PHP articles published recently.

In this edition they discuss articles about the fastest method to evaluate the performance of a PHP Web application hire a server that can handle its needs in terms of CPU, RAM and disk, sending postal mail and cheques using an API, gamify a site the site link secret path, parsing and converting text with an amount in English to the respective number, and a simple tutorial on how to use MySQL with PDO in PHP 7.

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


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528. The Best WordPress Security Plugins of 2017 and 2016 - Comparison of Free and Commercial Versions of New Plugins and Support Services

Updated on: 2017-03-14

Posted on: 1 month ago

WordPress is the most popular Web publishing platform. Since it is used by many Web site owners, it is also a target of many security exploits.

Many WordPress site owners do not know enough about security to protect their sites from being abused. Therefore they need to use plugins and tools to help them prevent and eventually fix security issues.

Read this this article to compare the features of the most recommended WordPress security plugins so you can pick one that addresses your needs.


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521. MySQL vs MySQLi vs PDO Performance Benchmark, Difference and Security Comparison in 2016 and 2017 - Find Converter Wrapper and ORM Packages

Updated on: 2017-02-25

Posted on: 1 month ago

Since PHP 7 was introduced and PHP 5 end of support life was reached, many hosting companies dropped PHP 5 from their servers and PHP developers were forced to migrate their code to work with PHP 7.

One of the changes of PHP 7 was the discontinuation of the original MySQL extension. Developers had to choose to migrate their code to use either the MySQLi or and the PDO extension.

Read this article to learn about the differences and decide which is the best for you to migrate your code to work on PHP 7 or later, as well learn about some recommended packages that use PDO or MySQLi for performing common database purposes like backup, security, user registration and login, database abstraction, ORM (Object-Relational Mapping), etc..


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517. PHP Articles Report January 2017 Edition

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This is the January 2017 edition of the podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the latest outstanding PHP articles published recently.

In the edition they discuss articles about PHP performance comparison and evolution since PHP 5 to PHP 8 or PHP 7.2, a tool for helping to develop scalable PHP applications, tutorial on how to create a PHP secure login and registration system, and tutorial on processing Word Processing documents in RTF format.

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


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516. Tutorial on Sending Postcards, Letters and Checks by Postal Mail Using LOB REST API using PHP

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Lob is a suite of REST APIs for building applications for the enterprise market. It provides very useful services controlled via a Web API that allow businesses to order the print and deliver materials by postal mail.

The most interesting API is a print and mail service that enables companies to send postcards, letters, checks, and more, with the same as effort as sending emails.

Read this article to learn how to take advantage of the LOB APIs to send all these types of physical world mailings from PHP applications.


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514. The Fastest Method to Evaluate Tune the Performance of Any PHP Web Application Server using MySQL or PostgreSQL

Updated on: 2017-01-27

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In the Web development world, we often have the problem of choosing the right server to use in the production environment of a Web application.

Maybe we need to buy a new server to handle the expected load, or maybe the customer wants to deploy in an existing server.

In any case, if after deploying and running the application it will show poor performance, then we need to ask the team what we can do to make the application faster or use a better server.

Therefore we need to determine if the application is performing well. Read this article to learn how to quickly determine the performance of an application on the current server.


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495. Developing for PHP Scalability using Web Application Performance Testing of a Load

Updated on: 2016-12-13

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If your web site project is expected to handle many concurrent requests, then you must develop with scalability in mind, so you can eliminate or minimize down time.

While there are many facets to scalability, load testing is how you prove your concept in development instead of crossing your fingers and hoping everything works out in production.

Learn some of the basic concepts behind load testing, like bottlenecks, scaling, concurrent virtual users and instantaneous peak.

Read this article learn how to perform proper Web site load testing with the WAPT tool.


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493. PHP Performance Comparison 2017 and 2016 - PHP Benchmark Script to Compare the Version Speed Improvements between PHP 5 vs PHP 7.0 vs 7.1 with OpCache vs PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 with a PHP JIT Features

Updated on: 2017-03-12

Posted on: 3 months ago

Since its creation in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf, the PHP language has gone through many improvements. Performance is one of the main criteria developers consider when they evaluate upgrading to a newer version.

Read this article to learn how performance improved across the latest PHP versions starting from PHP 5 up to the latest developments, including the recent version 7.1 with opcache optimizations, as well as the experimental JIT branch that will be become part of PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 the next version.


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482. The Best PHP IDE 2016 and 2017 Comparison - The Most Popular Editors for Development under Windows, Mac and Linux either Open Source, Free or Commercial

Updated on: 2017-03-27

Posted on: 4 months ago

Most PHP developers use an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to become more productive. There several PHP IDEs, some more advanced than others, some are commercial and others are free.

Read this article to compare the features of some of the most popular IDEs being used by PHP developers, so you can decide which one suits you best.


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