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535. Christhian Vigh and France Won the 2016 PHP Innovation Award Edition

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The results of the PHP Programming Innovation Award edition of 2016 were announced and the winner is Christian Vigh from France. Collectively France also won the championship by countries thanks to the contributions the year of Christian Vigh, Lionel Lebeau and Chi Hoang.

The site interviewed the winners to know them better. Listen to the winner interview or watch the interview hangout video, and read the interviews with the France team winners to learn more about the outstanding innovative packages that allowed them to win the 2016 award and how they can be contacted in case you are interested to hire them.


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534. Notable PHP package: PHP CSS to Inline Styles

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When you want to send email messages formatted as HTML, usually the mail services will filter the CSS style sheets it may use for security reasons, thus making the message be rendered in a different way than it was intended.

This package provides a solution for that. It consists in parsing the message HTML and apply the CSS stylesheets to the HTML attributes.

However, this may generate much larger HTML messages. Therefore it provides options to either remove the original CSS in the HTML file to make it small, as well remove the original style attributes from the tags and exclude media queries from the original CSS to minimize the final HTML size.

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


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533. Notable PHP package: PHP Generate Memorable Password

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Many sites generate passwords for users that want to access for the first time or recover a lost password. However, many times those passwords are made of many random characters that are hard to remember.

This class provides a more user friendly solution by using real words as basis to generate random passwords. These words are taken from test in RSS feeds, so they are easy to remember because they are real words, not a random set of text characters.

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


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532. Notable PHP package: PHP Elastic Search for MySQL

Updated on: 2017-03-02

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MySQL has a good full text search engine built-in but when you try to use full text searches and at the same time have the application updating the database, it may be very slow because updating the indexes slow down the rest of the database accesses.

It is often faster to index the data to be searched with a separate database.

Elastic search is an independent engine for indexing and searching data using a REST API.

This class can index and search MySQL records using Elastic Search. This way you can provide a full text search on data in a MySQL database without overloading the main MySQL server.

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


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531. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report February 2017 Edition - November 2016 nominees

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This is the February 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 November 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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530. Notable PHP package: PHP Sodium Compat

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Many PHP projects use the mcrypt extension to implement features that require encrypting, decrypting or hashing of data. However, mcrypt will be removed from PHP 7.2 core distribution because extension is based on code that is not maintained for more than 8 years.

Alternatively, developers should use the sodium extension that is now available in PECL and will make part of the PHP 7.2 core distribution.

This class provides a polyfill for sodium extension, so you can use it in your current PHP projects to prepare for PHP 7.2 upgrade, even if you are using an older PHP version and the PECL sodium extension is not available.

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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

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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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527. Notable PHP package: PHP JSON API Server

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Nowadays PHP is used to implement APIs that serve mainly mobile applications. Implementing an API consists mainly of defining how PHP code will handle requests for different URL endpoints.

This package makes the process as simple as defining as specifying a directory that contains scripts for handling requests for each of the supported API endpoints.

Each endpoint script will be loaded and a function is called to handle the endpoint request and returns the response data to be returned to the calling client in JSON format.

The package also comes with a simple JavaScript library to make calls to an API implemented with this package.

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526. Notable PHP package: PHP Address Autocomplete and Verification

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Many sites need to request users to enter their postal addresses, like for instance in ecommerce sites. This may be a tedious task for the user, especially those that do not like to type on mobile devices.

Often users give up registering or buying a product when they need to fully enter their postal addresses on forms. So bureaucratic form filling may cause loss of customers.

This package provides a solution to minimize the pain of the users that need to enter postal addresses in forms. It provides means to autocomplete an address partially entered by the user in a Web form.

When used in conjunction with AJAX requests, it can autocomplete the address while the user is typing in on the form without having to reload the current page.

The possibility to validate if an address is correct is also very useful as it may avoid problems of delivering goods to addresses that are incorrect.

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