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Paul Jones:
Book Announcement Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP
December 10, 2013 @ 09:23:53

Based on his popular conference session "It was like that when I got there", Paul Jones has announced the release of an ebook covering the migration of legacy applications to a more recent, well-structured system. The book, "Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP", is still in the works, though.

My upcoming book, "Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP", [shows how to improve your application with small changes]. Using my talk "It Was Like That When I Got Here" as a starting point, I condense 15 years of fixing PHP codebases into a collection of specific steps to complete in order. As you apply these small fixes, each one building on the last, you will be able to restructure your codebase from a spaghetti mess to a testable, organized, modernized application, free of globals and mixed concerns.

If the premise sounds interesting, be sure to sign up to be notified of updates as they happen. There's also some freebies that'll come along with the subscription including a pre-publication chapter.

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Link: http://paul-m-jones.com/archives/5828

Community News:
"PHP Beyond the web" (ebook)
December 04, 2013 @ 12:22:46

Rob Aley pointed me towards a new ebook he's created that wants to help you understand what kinds of things PHP can do "beyond the web" and the usual web-based applications - PHP Beyond the Web.

Leverage your existing web based PHP skills to write all types of software. CLI scripts, desktop software, network servers and more - this book will give you the tools, techniques and background necessary to write just about any type of software you can think of, using the PHP you know.

The book covers topics like interactive shell scripts, system daemons and desktop software. It also looks at some more general development topics like licensing, deployment and system interactions. If this sounds interesting and you want a sample of the content, check out the table of contents or the sample chapter.

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Link: http://phpbeyondtheweb.com

Cal Evans:
Signaling PHP
October 28, 2013 @ 09:21:42

Cal Evans has a new post to his site today about a book he's published covering a topic not really focused on in the PHP world - command-line usage. The book, "Signaling PHP" covers the use of the process control extension to handle command-line signals.

Most of the PHP I write these days is CLI scripts. I really wanted to be able to trap signals in some of my scripts. I struggled with this for a while; I even spent an entire weekend googling and reading only to find out that most of the information out there was either wrong, confusing, or incomplete. I decided that once I figured it out, I was going to put everything I learned together in one place to help others that were struggling with this topic as well.

The eBook is available for purchase and download now at a suggested price of only $5 USD. If you've been looking for a quick, concise guide to using process control in PHP, you should check it out.

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Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2013/10/27/signaling-php/

Eric Ritz:
BOTW PHP Array Filtering (Book Review)
July 25, 2013 @ 10:35:30

In a new post to his site Eric Ritz shares a book review of Sam Hennessey's "PHP Array Filtering" ebook in his "Use Case" series.

This week I read "PHP Array Filtering" by Sam Hennessy. My intent was to read another book but in the middle of the week Mr. Hennessy asked me to check out his book. I don't know the author and we'd never spoken before, so I was surprised. I find it humbling when anyone asks my thoughts on anything programming related, so because of that - and since the book is a short read anyways - I decided to write about it today and write about my previous choice next Sunday.

Eric walks through some of the contents of the book noting that, because of the vast amount of array support in PHP, is probably a viable topic on its own for an ebook. He goes through the sections of the book, picking out specifically picking out the filtering section (main topic of the book and all). He also points out a few problems with the book, two things that were suggestions, not really errors. He recommends it for what it is, though - a reference book for those working with arrays.

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Link: http://ericjmritz.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/botw-php-array-filtering

Alison's Blog:
Upcoming WordPress Security Book
November 08, 2010 @ 10:11:21

WordPress developers (or just site admins) will be happy to know that a new book is in the works (by Alison) about securing, monitoring and generally "unhacking" WordPress.

I'm at the very early stages of writing a book about how to secure, monitor and un-hack WordPress. This book will be the culmination of everything I know about keeping WordPress hardened against attacks, how to keep an eye on your install so that you're the first to know if something has happened, and how to handle the situation if you bought the book too late and got pwned anyway.

The book will be released as an e-book and she explains some of the specifics of that in the post - cost, pre-ordering, why an e-book and her qualifications to write and release the book as a good thing to follow.

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Giorgio Sironi's Blog:
Testing ebook upcoming
November 25, 2009 @ 16:00:15

Giorgio Sironi has a new post talking about his upcoming eBook for all of those interesting in testing PHP applications - "Practical PHP Testing (Don't Let Your PHP be Eaten Alive)".

This publication focuses on testing and designing php code, with the aid of the leading tool for test automation, PHPUnit. Testing is a skill which is often neglected by php developers, but testable code inherit many benefits of the good design rules it is forced to observe.

The book will include the content of his testing series of posts, code examples, a glossary of commonly used terms and several Test-Driven Development exercises in each chapter. He looking to have it published during the beginning of December and will be released under a Creative Commons license. Here's a sneak peek at the cover.

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PHP in Action Blog:
PHP in Action Book in Print
July 26, 2007 @ 07:05:00

The PHP in Action blog has a new note about something that's been a long time coming - the release of the print version of their book.

Again a somewhat belated announcement: PHP in Action is in print. [...] Strenuously objective as always, I have to say that it's a pretty good book. I've had to read it about fifteen times already, and I still sort of enjoyed it the last time.

You can get more information on the book from its page on the Manning Publishing website as well as purchase a copy - $39.99 USD for the print version (plus PDF ebook) or just $20.00 USD for the PDF ebook by itself.

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