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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

PHP.net:
Our modern web theme goes live!
November 21, 2013 @ 09:13:31

If you haven't visited the main PHP.net site in the last day or two, you may have missed it but they've officially released the new look for the site, a more modern look for both the manual and rest of the site.

The PHP web team are delighted to announce the launch of the new web theme that has been in beta for many months. Lots of hard work has gone into this release and we will be continually improving things over time now that we have migrated away from the legacy theme.

From an aesthetics point of view the general color scheme of the website has been lightened from the older dark purple. Lots of borders and links use a similar purple color to attain consistency. Fonts are smoother, and colors, contrast and highlighting have significantly improved; especially on function reference pages. Code examples should now be much more readable.

This new version updates the technologies used as well, including HTML5, Google Fonts and the Twitter Bootstrap. Go take a look at the new version and, if you spot any issues or bugs in it, be sure to report the problem on the PHP bug tracker.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-11-20-1

McGlockenshire.com:
Waiting for PHP 5.4 Death to prehistoric cruft
August 01, 2011 @ 10:20:04

On McGlockenshire.com there's a recent post looking at some of the features of the upcoming PHP 5.4 release and how they'll be glad to get rid of the "prehistoric cruft" that's accumulated around the language over the years.

It's incredibly rare for the Internals crew to ever consider breaking backwards compatibility, but some of the most important changes in PHP 5.4 do just that by removing old "features." None of these changes should impact modern PHP code. If somehow you get bitten by any of these changes, chances are that your code dates from the PHP 4 era.

Included in his list of updates/removals/improvements are things like the full removal of safe_mode, dropping register_globals, pulling out call time pass by reference and the removal of the session registration methods.

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