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Leonid Mamchenkov:
CakePHP 3, here we go again.
July 02, 2014 @ 13:18:55

In this new post Leonid Mamchenkov looks at the latest version of a PHP framework that's been around since the PHP4 days, CakePHP, and some of the improvements that will come with version three.

Currently, I am at the start of a couple of projects, which require a bit of the future support. CakePHP 2.x can handle the job now, but I'm looking more into the next 3-5 years. And that's why I'm looking at CakePHP 3, which is still in the early development stage, with an alpha release coming not too long from now (have a look at the CakePHP 3 roadmap document). Let's have a look at the high level goals for CakePHP 3.

Among the items he mentions are things like:

  • The adoption of broader PHP community standards
  • An increase in modularity
  • Developing for PHP 5.4+
  • Composer support (and using PSR-4 autoloading)
  • The removal of some more complex, brittle code in favor of simpler, easier to extend options

Check out the roadmap and migration guides for full information.

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Link: http://mamchenkov.net/wordpress/2014/07/01/cakephp-3-here-we-go-again/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0RC1 is available
June 20, 2014 @ 09:09:28

On the PHP.net site a new announcement has been posted about the release of PHP 5.6.0RC1, the first release candidate in the PHP 5.6.0 series.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of the first release candidate of PHP 5.6. As we entered the feature freeze with beta1, this is a bugfix-only release. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs in the bug tracking system.

As this is a release candidate, it is not valid for production use but any testing that can be done is appreciated. There's several new features coming in PHP 5.6 including constant scalar expressions, variadic functions, argument unpacking, "use const"/"use func" and many more. Check out this page in the manual for full details and code example of each. As always, you can download this preview release from the QA downloads page or here for the Windows binaries.

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Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-06-19-1

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Enable PhpMyAdmin's Extra Features
June 13, 2014 @ 13:53:48

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a new post introducing you to some of the extra features in the popular phpMyAdmin tool, how to enable them and their use.

PhpMyAdmin is one of the most used tools when it comes to managing your databases. By default, PhpMyAdmin does a great job. However, it comes with a lot of handy extra extensions which can be easily activated. In this article, we will activate these extensions and see what they can do for us.

Among the extra features he talks about are things like:

  • Bookmarking
  • Clickable links for relations
  • Exporting relation information to PDF
  • Adding comments to column names
  • Viewing a history of queries run through the tool
  • Working with users and groups

There's lots more he covers too, so be sure to check out the rest of the post for more details and screenshots of the UI changes that come with them.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/enable-phpmyadmins-extra-features/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP 5.6 End of Beta
June 09, 2014 @ 12:08:15

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post from editor Bruno Skvorc looking at the final beta for PHP 5.6, the latest bugfix release for this upcoming version. He talks about some of the major changes, security upgrades and other fixes included in the release.

On June 5th 2014, the PHP group announced the fourth and final beta of the 5.6 version. This milestone ends the beta program and begins the RC program (currently planned for June 19th), which will from now on focus exclusively on making sure the version is stable enough for release. As is customary with a beta program, no new features were added since beta 1 - all the releases were bugfix and improvement patches only.

New features coming in PHP 5.6 include exponentiation via the "**" operator, the change of the default character set to UTF-8 and several security updates (based on releasely released vulnerabilities in underlying libraries PHP uses). There are a few backwards compatibility breaks that come with the new release as well as deprecated features and various other smaller updates.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-5-6-end-beta

Allan MacGregor:
Swiss Army Knife Syndrome
May 21, 2014 @ 10:47:12

In his latest post Allan MacGregor talks about something commonly referred to as Swiss Army Knife Syndrome, a common problem in software development where features and functionality are added "just in case" and aren't needed.

The inspiration for the "Swiss Army Knife Syndrome" came from my frustration in dealing with project managers, clients, and even other developers, that think in too much of a narrow, particular way. I call it the "Swiss Army Knife Syndrome". [...] The term 'Swiss Army Knife' is often used to describe a collection of useful items or tools that are able to perform well in multiple scenarios. While this may be useful, there are risks to be aware of as well.

He points out that not only can software with unnecessary features become cumbersome over time, it can also have the potential for being mostly useless (and unmaintainable). He suggests a few ways the syndrome can show up in your process including scope creep, early optimization and anything that assumes that "more features" is the same as "more value" in the product. In his opinion, software with a clear purpose and that does its job well is more valuable that one packed with features, especially ones no one wants to use.

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Link: http://coderoncode.com/2014/05/20/swiss-knife-syndrome.html

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


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