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PHPClasses.org:
Lately in PHP, Episode #39 - PHP 5.6 Roadmap and New Features
September 11, 2013 @ 10:36:14

PHPClasses.org has released their latest episode in their "Lately in PHP" podcast series, Episode #39 - "PHP 5.6 Roadmap and New Features".

ow that PHP 5.5 stable versions were released, it is time to plan the roadmap of features for PHP 5.6. This was the main topic discussed by Manuel Lemos and Cesar Rodas in episode 39 of the Lately in PHP podcast. They also commented about a new PHP core developer that was hired by SmugMug to work full time on PHP development as a sort of sponsorship of the PHP project.

You can listen to this latest episode either though the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by watching the video of the live recording.

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Link: http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/217-PHP-56-Roadmap-and-New-Features--Lately-in-PHP-podcast-episode-39.html

ServerGrove.com:
New features of PHP 5.5
August 27, 2013 @ 09:17:21

For those that might not had a chance to try out the latest major release in PHP (PHP 5.5), there's a new post to the ServerGrove blog talking about the new features and includes some sample code of each in action.

PHP 5.5 was released on June, 20th and soon after we made it available on ServerGrove VPS images. Since then, many users have upgraded their virtual servers to PHP 5.5 taking advantage of its performance improvements, bug fixes, and several of its new features. Here are some of the new features that stand out...

In his list of new features are things like:

  • generators
  • finally handling in exceptions
  • empty accepting expressions
  • array and string dereferencing
  • Class name resolution via "::class"
  • foreach support for list() and non-scalar keys
  • OPcache extension added
  • Password hashing API
  • GD

Some of the items in the list were added pre-5.5, but they're all in there now, so give it a spin in your application and try out some of these new features!

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Link: http://blog.servergrove.com/2013/08/26/new-features-of-php-5-5

Antonin Januska:
Cool Stuff I Learned About Laravel 4
August 20, 2013 @ 12:41:34

In this new post to his site Antonin Januska shares some of the "cool stuff" he learned about Laravel 4 while he was working on a project using this recently released version.

I started using Laravel 4 for testing, hobby projects, and actual work (ha!) a couple of months back and was genuinely excited about the upgrades as well as features I wasn't aware of from previous versions as well. So here goes...

On his list are things like: Composer and its easy-to-implement autoloading structure, overriding default fields, using "remember" to cache data from queries and database seeding. There's a few others in the list, each with some example code (though sometimes just one line) that shows it in action. If you'd like to find out more about the Laravel framework, check out the project's main site.

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Link: http://antjanus.com/blog/web-development-tutorials/cool-stuff-i-learned-about-laravel-4

Inviqa techPortal:
Rasmus Lerdorf at PHP London
August 02, 2013 @ 10:52:31

On the Inviqa techPortal today there's a new post talking about the most recent speaker at the PHP LondonRasmus Lerdorf.

July's PHP London had a particularly notable speaker - Rasmus Lerdorf himself presenting what's new in PHP. So many people wanted to attend that, with limited venue capacity, a live (and recorded) video stream was used for the first time. You can skip straight to seeing the slides and video of the session if you like, or keep reading for my impressions of the evening.

They include a brief overview of what Rasmus talked about including: a brief history and evolution of the language, a few points about PHP 5.4 and then on to the "shiny and new" of PHP 5.5. and the features it introduced. He also added in a bit at the end about two tools that his employer, Etsy, has released to help with more atomic deployments.

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Link: http://techportal.inviqa.com/2013/08/02/rasmus-lerdorf-at-php-london

PHPMaster.com:
Lesser-Known "Features" of PHP's OO Model
July 22, 2013 @ 12:21:22

On PHPMaster.com there's a new tutorial from Lorna Mitchell about some of the lesser known OOP features that are built in to the PHP language. She talks about things like interface inheritance, private properties and autoloading and type hints.

The vast majority of today's applications written in PHP are object-oriented, and in general the core OOP concepts are pretty well understood by PHP developers. This article pushes the boundary of your understanding and shows you some tricks, or potential pitfalls depending on your perspective, of OOP in PHP.

Besides the ones mentioned above, she also looks at abstract classes and their use as well as the use of "finally" to handle the cleanup after exceptions.

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Link: http://phpmaster.com/lesser-known-features-of-phps-oo-model

PHPMaster.com:
What's New in PHP 5.5
July 15, 2013 @ 13:41:33

The latest (and greatest so far) major version of PHP was released not too long ago - PHP 5.5 - complete with several major improvements. Over on PHPMaster.com they've posted a new tutorial with explanations of these new features and some example code to show them in action.

PHP 5.5 was recently released, introducing several exciting new features to the language. In this article, we'll go through some of the most interesting additions and discuss the benefits they provide to developers.

Their list includes the major updates:

  • Generators
  • Password Hashing
  • Finally
  • Array and String Literal Dereferencing
  • Using empty() with Function Calls and Expressions
  • Class Name Resolution
  • Changes to foreach

Each feature comes with a little bit of sample code, showing its functionality at a minimum level. If you're interested in more information about how some of the features work, there's other tutorials around the web you can find to help - this is just a basic overview.

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Link: http://phpmaster.com/whats-new-in-php-5-5/

JetBrains Blog:
Introducing PhpStorm Video Tutorials
June 25, 2013 @ 10:22:05

If you're a PHPStorm user, you already know some about what the IDE can do and the features it brings to the table. If you're not, though, the folks at JetBrains have put together a set of tutorial videos to help introduce you to this powerful tool.

A lot of PhpStorm users have been asking us to create a series of video tutorials. Today, we're happy to announce the availability of about two hours of video tutorials around PhpStorm which Maarten has been working on for the past few weeks. JetBrains.TV and YouTube playlist are also available.

Videos already in the list introduce you to the IDE and its basic features, actions and navigations, several PHP-specific development topics as well as ones related to HTML-specific development.

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Link: http://blog.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/2013/06/introducing-phpstorm-video-tutorials

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.0 released
June 20, 2013 @ 14:13:20

The long awaited release of PHP 5.5 has finally happened - 5.5.0 has been made available via the PHP.net site (and mirrors).

The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.0. This release includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. [...] For users upgrading from PHP 5.4 there is a migration guide available here, detailing the changes between PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5.0. For a full list of changes in PHP 5.5.0, see the ChangeLog.

There's a long list of new features that comes with this release as well including generators, "finally", class resolution via "class" keyword, support for list in foreach and the enabling of the Zend Opcode caching by default. You can download this release now from PHP.net.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2013.php#id2013-06-20-1

Symfony Blog:
Symfony 2.3.0, the first LTS, is now available
June 05, 2013 @ 11:25:14

As is mentioned in this new post to the Symfony blog, the latest milestone release of the popular framework has been made - Symfony 2.3.0.

We were all waiting for it and many of us have been working hard for the last four years to make it happen. Today, Symfony 2.3.0 is available and this is the first long-term support release for Symfony version 2. I'm so happy that we were able to achieve this important milestone in the life of the framework. THANK YOU for making it possible. [...] That gives us the best of two different worlds: small teams and agile companies can benefit from the latest features by upgrading every six months (they have two months to upgrade); large teams and traditional companies can standardize on a release. [...] And 2.3.0 is our first long term support release. We, the community, are going to maintain it for the next three years (until May 2016).

The post includes some statistics about this latest release as well as some of the new features that come along with it. For those that want to upgrade right away, there's also some instructions on what to change in your "composer.json" file to try it all out.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-2-3-0-the-first-lts-is-now-available

Lukas Smith:
What is needed to REST in Symfony2
May 06, 2013 @ 10:24:05

Lukas Smith has a new post to his site that asks the question "what's needed to REST in Symfony 2?" In it he talks about some of the current issues surrounding REST support in Symfony (bundles) and a "call to arms" to create something better.

I think we already have quite a nice toolchain for REST in Symfony2 with Bundles like FOSRestBundle, JMSSerializerBundle, NelmioApiDocBundle, FSCHateoasBundle and HautelookTemplatedUriBundle. What is great about these Bundles is that they are all nicely integrated with each other. But there are still some limitations which should be addressed.

Some of the still outstanding issues he points out include issues with content-type and routing, dynamic content in the NelmioApi bundle, Behat context testing, JSONP support and more. He suggests gathering together a product backlog of these items and possibly making a kickstarter to fund its development.

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Link: http://pooteeweet.org/blog/2221


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