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490. Notable PHP package: PHP HTML Minify Class

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Compressing the HTML of the pages is one way to increase the speed of serving Web pages.

Most packages that perform this task, simply try to remove whitespaces and comments, but this is only one way to reduce the the size of the final HTML.

This package goes father by performing less obvious compression approaches like default removing attributes, changing anchor names to id, removing script and document charset attributes, removing types from script tags and style sheet link, empty attributes, removing http prefix from attributes, and removing values from empty input.

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


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489. PHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report November 2016 Edition - August 2016 nominees

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This is the November 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 August 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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488. Notable PHP package: PHP Post-it Notes

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PHP can render text on images but sometimes the necessary extensions or fonts may not be available to render text on images with the usual image functions.

This packages provides an alternative solution that can render text on BMP images using pure PHP code.

The fonts are defined as XML files provided by the package with the definition of lines to render letters as vectorial text.

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


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487. Faster PHP Debugging using Session Replay - Lately in PHP podcast episode 77

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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One of the greatest time consuming problems of current PHP debuggers is to step over some code that leads to some unexpected results, but if you want to get back and understand why it went wrong, you need to restart the debug session from scratch.

Now there is a better debugger extension named DontBug that allows to go back and replay code execution steps. This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 77 of the Lately in PHP podcast now also being streamed using livecoding.tv.

In this episode they also commented proposals to make PDO support driver specific parameters and debug emulated prepared statements, adding generic object type hinting, implementing big number math with OpenSSL, among other proposals of great interest for the next PHP releases.

This article also contains the transcript of the podcast summary.

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


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486. Notable PHP package: PHP Secret URL Path

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Passwords are the most common way to authenticate users. However, if somebody sees a user typing a password, the password may be stolen and the user account may be taken over.

A better approach is used by some bank ATMs. They show a bunch of buttons with lists of letter and number sequences on each button. The user has to use the right buttons by the correct sequence.

Since the buttons show different types of letter and number groups, even if somebody sees which buttons the user pressed, he will not know exactly what is the correct sequence.

This class provides means to implement a similar security system in PHP. It presents a list of links with values that the user needs to click, one after another by the correct sequence to be authenticated successfully.

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485. PHP YouTube Downloader Script 2016 Working in 2017 - How to Download a Video of Any Website using a Converter from YouTube to MP4 or Convert to MP3

Updated on: 2017-07-17

Posted on: 8 months ago

Many users want to download YouTube videos, either to watch offline or to take backups of their own videos.

Despite it is against YouTube terms of use, many of those users resort to PHP scripts to automate download. However, since YouTube has changed the way their video players work, PHP scripts that worked in the past, do not work anymore.

Read this article to learn about existing PHP scripts that can solve the problem of downloading YouTube or Vimeo videos using PHP in any Website.

As a bonus you may also learn how to search in YouTube for movie trailers of 2018, 2017, 2016, or any other year, as well get more information about movies and TV show episodes from the IMDB site.


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484. Notable PHP package: Serialize

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When you want save the information of an object you can use the serialize function or even the json_encode function.

However, these functions may generate serialized strings that contain much more information than you actually need to save.

This class provides a more efficient solution for saving only the relevant information of an object. It uses reflection to determine the name of the getter functions.

This way the class can retrieve only the values of the relevant class variables to save. It returns an object representation with their values in the JSON format.

Furthermore, getter objects that return other objects can be also serialized recursively.

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483. Notable PHP package: PHP Alexa Rank Checker

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Alexa is a well known site that keeps track of traffic statistics of many sites in the world. This way Webmasters can evaluate how their site ranking is evolving, as well of other sites.

This class can use the Alexa API to obtain traffic statistics of any site provided by Alexa.

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

Updated on: 2017-05-28

Posted on: 8 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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481. PHP Modern Practices Latest Evolution Steps

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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For the last years PHP has gone through a great evolution steps, not just in terms of the language itself, but also in the practices that the developers that write PHP code apply to do their job.

Some of those evolution steps are very well known, but others only recently are having noticeable consequences.

Read this article to learn more about the recent modern practices that have been helping the lives of PHP developers, as well something cool you can expect for the near future.


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