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NetTuts.com:
What's New in Laravel 5
February 13, 2015 @ 10:24:47

The NetTuts.com site has a new post today sharing some of what's new in Laravel 5, the latest release of the popular PHP framework. Version 5 was announced back on February 5th.

The PHP community has recently been blessed with a new release of one of its most loved frameworks, Laravel. Version 5.0.1 is a major release, so not only are there some great new features available, but the architectural foundations of the framework have also been altered to some extent. So, without any further ado, I am going to dive right into the framework and show you all the good things the latest release has to offer.

He touches on a few of the main differences between version 5 and the previous versions including:

  • Differences in directory structure
  • How method injection is handled
  • The use of contracts (interfaces)
  • Route caching and middleware
  • Authentication changes
  • Events and commands

There's more on his list, each with a description and sometimes a bit of code to help explain the changes. Check out the full post for the remainder of the list and details on those listed above.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/whats-new-in-laravel-5--cms-21842

Resonant Core:
Building Secure Web Applications in PHP
February 09, 2015 @ 10:26:19

The Resonant Core blog has a post today with a selection of tips and techniques you can use to help build secure applications in PHP, preventing several of the most common issues (several as mentioned in the OWASP Top 10).

There are but two causes for the unintentional creation of insecure web applications: A lack of knowledge about security [and] bad development habits. Developers who don't know about the risks involved with writing a widget a certain way are unlikely to make the secure choice. Thanks to the work of MITRE and OWASP, the most common vulnerabilities (and their consequences) are widely known and accessible. However, when teams are under pressure to meet a tight deadline, bad habits and insecure development practices may still emerge.

Most of the examples (at least the solutions) center around a framework they've created (Tuner) but the concepts are all there and could be adapted to other tools easily. They talk about the "pain" that can come with secure coding and how the right tools can make it much easier for the developer. He talks about how the framework offers a better database interface based on PDO and prepared statements to prevent SQL injection issues (with examples for each of the CRUD operations). He also shares a list of pre-existing PHP libraries that can help make the rest of you application secure too including:

He also mentions a PHP extension that adds in scrypt support, another option for hashing strings and passwords as an alternative to bcrypt.

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Link: https://resonantcore.net/blog/2015/02/building-secure-web-applications-in-php

Phil Sturgeon:
Developer Fallacies of 2014
January 12, 2015 @ 10:50:47

Phil Sturgeon has a post with several "developer fallacies" of 2014, a tongue-in-cheek list of things that some people were sharing as facts that just weren't.

Let's take a look back at some of the silly, shortsighted or patently false things people have been saying around the PHP community, and the development community in general, starting from January 1st 2014 and going through in rough chronological order.

Included in his list are things like:

  • No programmers ever get hired by recruiters
  • Framework agnostic code takes drastically longer to develop and release than framework specific code
  • Micro-services should probably always be .jar files instead
  • PHP 7.0 is a better name than PHP 6.0 because 7 is lucky in China
  • PHPNG is Zend's response to HHVM and they are the same thing
  • Maintaining CodeIgniter - when actively used by thousands of people - is a waste of time

Of course, all of these (and the rest of the list) are false and several of them are just based on things spread word of mouth or misinterpreted when shared from one person to another.

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Link: https://philsturgeon.uk/php/2015/01/10/developer-fallacies-2014/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP Tips, Resources and Best Practices for 2015
January 05, 2015 @ 09:59:18

The SitePoint PHP blog has shared a list of their suggestions of the best tips, resources and best practices for 2015. This includes tips about your environments, tools and techniques you can use to improve your everyday work.

PHP has had many reputations over the years, but being insecure as a language never really was one of them. The core team, all its faults notwithstanding, is rather quick in pouncing on all security matters, and updating PHP to the latest version will often allay all worries. But the end users, such as we are, tend to mess things up. We don't update, we use outdated packages or packages with holes in them we're not aware of, we use ancient extensions… we expose ourselves to risk in some truly creative ways.

Some of the things mentioned include:

  • Keeping your PHP up to date
  • Adopt HTTPS
  • Secure your PHP
  • Stay on the Right Way
  • Avoid Bad Packages
  • Dodge common mistakes
  • Use Virtualization

Each section comes with a description and plenty of links to point you in a good direction and get you started off right for 2015.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-tips-resources-best-practices-2015/

Laravel News:
75 Laravel Tutorials, Packages, and Resources from 2014
December 30, 2014 @ 10:32:57

The Laravel News site has posted their own kind of wrap-up of 2014 in this latest post sharing a monthly list of tutorials, packages and resources they've found useful for the Laravel community.

2014 is coming to a close and to celebrate I put together this post of all the greatest hits each month. This features cool packages, resources, and tutorials that came out over the year.

Among the items on their list are things like:

Check out the full post for the complete list.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/75-laravel-tutorials-packages-resources-2014/

Cal Evans:
Five influencers you should thank this year for making the PHP community so awesome
December 22, 2014 @ 11:47:56

Cal Evans, PHP community member extraordinaire, has a new post sharing his suggestions of the top five influencers in the PHP community that "make it awesome" and help make it one of the best he's been involved in.

It is no surprise to anyone who has talked to me for more than five minutes that I think the PHP community is the most vibrant and engaging developer community out there. So as we approach the end of the year, I am going to list out the influencers that help keep this community at the top. These are the people that you need to seek out and thank because without them, the PHP community would not be what it is today.

He goes with categories rather than mentioning names (because, really, there's way too many too name them all):

  • 5: Core Developers
  • 4: User Group Leaders
  • 3: Conference Organizers
  • 2: Conference Speakers, Bloggers, and Teachers
  • 1: Any developer using PHP

That last one, while it might seem like an "everyone else" kind of category, is one of the most important in my opinion. After all, what is a language without its users. Core developers and community group/event leaders wouldn't have anything to talk about if no one was there to talk. There would be no one to teach or be taught to and the core developers wouldn't have any reason to drive the language forward. Even if you're not well-known in the PHP community, you and your code are making a contribution to the community, even if only in a small way.

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Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2014/12/21/five-influencers-thank-year-making-php-community-awesome/

Christoph Rumpel:
10 Things That Will Make You a Better Developer
December 15, 2014 @ 10:56:19

Christoph Rumpel has posted a list of ten things he thinks will help you be a better programmer overall.

It is easy to become a web developer these days. The only things you need is a computer and Internet. But I believe there is big difference between a developer and a good one. Good developers are like little heroes. They are awesome in what they do and are there when you need them. A real benefit to the our world and definitely someone you can look up to! I believe everyone can make this step and start being a better developer today. This is why I asked great developers from all around the world what they think makes someone a really good developer.

His list covers more than just good coding practices too. He suggests things like:

  • Experimentation
  • Reading the code of other good developers
  • Just build websites
  • Contribute to other projects
  • Watch out for the Hypetrain
  • Never give up

He includes a quick summary of each of these and the rest of the top ten list too. Be sure to check out the full post for more.

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Link: http://christoph-rumpel.com/2014/12/10-things-that-will-make-you-a-better-developer/

Jordi Boggiano:
Composer 1.0 alpha9
December 09, 2014 @ 13:22:10

In this new post to his site Jordi Boggiano talks about the tagging of the 1.0 alpha9 release of Composer and some of the updates that will be coming along with the release.

I tagged Composer's 1.0.0-alpha9 release yesterday and wanted to write down a more detailed update on the highlights of this release. It includes many changes as the last tag was almost one year old. You can also check the full changelog if you want more details.

The updates (so far) include:

  • Requiring packages from CLI just got easier
  • Installing dependencies on the wrong environment is now possible
  • You now get warnings when installing abandoned packages
  • Custom composer commands via scripts
  • Autoloading tests and related files
  • Performance improvements

He also includes a brief note of thanks to all of those that have contributed to the project and for the support from Toran Proxy customers to help pay for the time he spends working on the tool.

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Link: http://seld.be/notes/composer-1-0-alpha9

SitePoint PHP Blog:
More Useful Jenkins Plugins for PHP Projects
December 08, 2014 @ 13:27:32

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted the latest article in their Jenkins + PHP tutorial series (part four) with a look at some other useful plugins for use in your projects.

In the previous articles in this series, we set up Jenkins and our project and did an analysis of the first few builds. So far, we have seen interesting results come back regarding the quality of our project. In this article, we are going to take a look at some more tools and plugins which we can use for inspecting the front end assets.

The list includes tools for evaluating a wide range of technologies involved in web development like:

  • CSSLint
  • JSHint
  • Open tasks (aka @todo)

Each tool has an example of what the output looks like and how to integrate it into the Phing build and in the Jenkins setup.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/useful-jenkins-plugins-php-projects/

AirPair.com:
Best Practices for Modern PHP Development
December 05, 2014 @ 09:50:22

On the AirPair site today they've posted an article from developer Brian Fenton covering several things he sees as the best practices for modern PHP development, a listing of several tool, practices and suggestions to improve your skills as a PHP developer and bring them to the next level.

He breaks it down into five main sections (each with their own subsections):

  • Setup and configuration
  • Use Composer
  • Follow good design principles
  • Object calisthenics
  • Unit testing

Some of the points made under each of these sections include suggestions about using sensible defaults, installing and using Composer, the SOLID design principles and unit testing tools. Check out the full post for more great suggestions and techniques to improve your skills.

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Link: https://www.airpair.com/php/posts/best-practices-for-modern-php-development


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