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PHP 5.4.32 Released
August 22, 2014 @ 12:48:52

The PHP development team has officially announced the release of the latest version in the PHP 5.4.x series that fixes several security issues: PHP 5.4.32.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.32. 16 bugs were fixed in this release, including the following security-related issues: CVE-2014-2497, CVE-2014-3538, CVE-2014-3587, CVE-2014-3597, CVE-2014-4670, CVE-2014-4698, CVE-2014-5120. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

You can view the full list of changes and what part of the language they effect in the changelog. To download this latest version, you can get the source from the downloads page or windows.php.net for Windows users.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-08-21-1

Tobias Hermann:
Programming language subreddits and their choice of words
August 21, 2014 @ 12:14:13

Tobias Hermann has put together some interesting statistics pulled from the various programming subreddits on the Reddit.com site. He measures the choice of words for each community based on how own they're used.

While reading about various programming languages, I developed a hunch about how often different languages are mentioned by other communities and about the average conversational tones used by relative members. To examine if it was just selective perception on my site, an unconscious confirmation of stereotypes, or a valid observation I collected and analysed some data, i.e. all comments (about 300k) written to submissions (about 40k) in respective programming language subreddits from 2013-08 to 2014-07 using PRAW and SQLite. In this article I will present some selected results.

He first covers the "mutual mentions" for each of the groups with the largest connection from the PHP subreddit being to Python. He also compares the results to the TIOBE index for each (average popularity). He gets into more details about the words used (abstract, category, pure, etc) with PHP placing somewhere roughly in the middle for most data sets. The most interesting result, however, came with the set of curse words and the frequency of their use. In the PHP Reddit community the usage of these terms is, by far, the most of any group. Unfortunately, PHP also ranks lower on the "happiness" scale.

If you're interested in seeing how he came up with these results, you can get the raw results and the code he used.

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Link: https://github.com/Dobiasd/programming-language-subreddits-and-their-choice-of-words/blob/master/README.md

Lorna Mitchell:
Running Multiple Versions of PHP
August 20, 2014 @ 09:28:57

In the latest post to her site Lorna Mitchell has posted a helpful hint on how you can run multiple versions of PHP at once, mostly how to get the latest version without messing up your current install.

When I advise people about upgrading their PHP version, I say things like "just run your test suite with the new version" "just grab the new version and try your site with the built-in webserver". A couple of people recently have asked for more detail on how to actually achieve these things so here's a quick primer on getting new PHP without touching anything to do with your existing PHP installation.

You'll need a bit of knowledge around compiling software to get the job done, so if you're only used to aptget-ing or yum-ing you might be a little lost. She does include all the commands you'll need including the special "prefix" flag on configure telling it to put PHP in a different location than normal. She also includes a brief test to ensure that it's all up and working (using the built-in web server).

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Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2014/running-multiple-versions-of-php

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0RC4 is available
August 15, 2014 @ 10:58:13

The PHP development group has announced the release of the latest Release Candidate in the PHP 5.6.x series - PHP 5.6.0RC4. This is a not-for-production release of 5.6 prior to the stable version being released.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of the fourth and hopefully lates release candidate of PHP 5.6.0. 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.

This latest release candidate includes changes related to the Fileinfo handling, GD functionality, an OpenSSL socket issue and many more. You can download this latest release from the QA downloads page (or here for Windows users).

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-08-14-2

Johannes Schlüter:
PHP 5.3 - Thanks for all the Fish
August 15, 2014 @ 09:42:56

Johannes Schlüter has a new post on his site today saying "so long and thanks for all the fish" to the PHP 5.3.x series of releases. With PHP 5.3.29 being released yesterday, that marks the end of the release cycle for the 5.3 series. He takes a bit to look back and reflect on how far things have come during the 5.3.x series, its history and his role as the release master.

PHP 5.3's history starts somewhere in 2005. We knew what a pressure point of PHP was - a language made for solving The Web Problem needs a good Unicode story. [...] As this was a big and pressing issue and the need was obvious and the solution looked promising it was quickly areed on making that the base for a future PHP 6. And then time passed, initial enthusiasm passed and the sheer amount of work became obvious. Two years in we noticed that the ongoing PHP 6 work blocked other work - new features couldn't be added to 5.2, the current version at that time, and adding them to (at that time) CVS's HEAD.

He talks about Lukas Smith getting involved as the "co-release manager" for the series and the contribution he made to the project. He mentions the over five thousand commits and around eighty people that contributed to the releases and the over ten thousand files that were changed. Major features were introduced during this series including namespacing, anonymous functions, goto and late static binding. He also talks more meta about the process the PHP development follows and how things changed over the 29 bugfix releases in the 5.3.x series.

Thank you Johannes and Lukas for all that you've done to get PHP 5.3 to where it is today and your work ensuring the introduction of these major features made it out in a timely manner.

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Link: http://schlueters.de/blog/archives/178-PHP-5.3-Thanks-for-all-the-Fish.html

Allan MacGregor:
Exploring Hack Building a MicroFramework
August 11, 2014 @ 09:09:13

Allan MacGregor has started a new series of posts to his site where he creates a microframework in Hack, the language created by Facebook to compliment their HHVM (Hip-Hip Virtual Machine) project. He sees it as a "learn by doing" kind of thing and wanted to share his results.

I honestly believe the best way to learn something is to get your hands dirty and make mistakes; so instead of writing dozens of post on the many new features of Hack and why they are awesome (in theory) let's build something useful. So to get started I've decided to build a micro-framework using HACK and HHVM, building a simple microframework should be a challenging enough task to illustrate some of the more interesting features of the language and at the same time it has an achievable goal so we don't end on a never ending development cycle.

His framework, one he calls "Slash", will mostly be about creating RESTful applications but it could, in theory, be for any kind of web application. He also mentions some of the other great microframeworks out there already that are well-developed and have good communities behind them (including Slim and Silex. This is just the first part of the series and introduces some of the "why" around his goal. In the next part of the series he'll get into the structure and routing with some actual framework code.

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Link: http://coderoncode.com/2014/08/06/exploring-hack-part1.html

Joshua Thijssen:
Internal PHP function usage revisited
August 06, 2014 @ 11:53:34

Joshua Thjissen has revisited some of his PHP internal function statistics, an update from this previous post with some results showing the most (and least) used internal PHP functions in several large projects from GitHub.

A lot of people are asking about functions like isset, empty, print, echo etc, as they are not present in the current result list. The thing is, is that these are not really functions, but language constructs. This means that PHP treats them a bit different than normal functions, and this results sometimes in seemingly "strange" behaviour when trying to use them like regular functions.

He's updated his results, though, to reflect the usage of these "functions" and shared the numbers. Not surprisingly, these constructs show up pretty highly in the new "top 22" list he's produced. With the inclusion of the constructs, the number one item on the list is now "isset" by a very large margin. The full results can be found in this gist.

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internal function usage statistics github revisit construct language

Link: https://www.adayinthelifeof.nl/2014/08/05/internal-php-function-usage-revisited/

PHPClasses.org:
PHP 7 Features and Release Date
August 04, 2014 @ 12:54:58

As Manuel Lemos mentions in his most recent blog post the official name for the next major release of the PHP language has been decided...and no, it's not PHP 6. Based on the results of this vote, the next major version will start off the PHP 7 series.

Manuel talks about some of the reasoning behind skipping over the PHP 6 naming and how it's possible that the PHPNG branch could become the base for PHP 7. Some of the improvements in this release could include:

  • Huge Performance Improvements
  • JIT (Just In Time) Engine
  • AST: Abstract Syntax Tree

As it stands now, there's no predicted release date for PHP 7, but guesses put it between one to three years out, depending on the functionality it plans to include.

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php6 php7 language update major version release

Link: http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/242-PHP-7-Features-and-Release-Date.html

Loosely Coupled Podcast:
Episode 8 Do You Even Polyglot?
August 04, 2014 @ 09:05:30

The Loosely Coupled podcast has posted the eighth episode of their podcast (hosted by PHP community members Jeff Carouth and Matt Frost) asking "Do you even polyglot?"

In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of polyglotism, the benefits, practical advice about choosing which languages to learn and how to be successful while learning new languages. You should go out and find a new language and prepare to give it the time it deserves. It's best to find a mentor or someone to help you and step out of your language or paradigm comfort zone.

They mention several other topics including Clojure, the splat operator and fellow community members Joel Clermont and Igor Wiedler. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly.

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looselycoupled podcast ep8 polyglot multiple language choice success

Link: http://looselycoupled.info/blog/2014/07/22/episode-8-do-you-even-polyglot/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0RC3 is available
August 01, 2014 @ 10:50:40

The PHP development team has officially released the next Release Candidate in the PHP 5.6.x series today - PHP 5.6.0RC3. Reminder, this is not a production (stable) release so do not use it in live applications.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of the third 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.

You can download it from the usual QA-related places: qa.php.net for the source and windows.php.net for the Windows binaries. The release timeline is expecting the next Candidate to be posted on August 14th.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-07-31-1


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