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December 2015 Issue Released - Winter Tooling
Dec 01, 2015 @ 10:49:25

php[architect] magazine has just released their December 2015 issue, Winter Tooling, focusing on some of the great tools and libraries out there to help make your job as a developer easier.

In this issue, you’ll learn how to Profile your applications to identify bottlenecks, see how the FigDice engine offers a novel approach to templates, why you should be using the MySQL native driver, and how to use R and PHP to create data visualizations. Also inside, are a look at the power of interfaces, why validation is important in security, how to use the Plates templating engine from the League of Extraordinary Packages, and an interview with Rafael Dohms.

If you're interested to check out the magazine, be sure to read the free article first and see what you think. You can get just this issue (a digital copy) for just $6 USD or a full year subscription for just $49 USD (or a print/digital for a bit more).

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/december/

November 2015 Issue Released - New Horizions
Nov 02, 2015 @ 12:29:50

php[architect] magazine has officially released their November 2015 issue: New Horizons:

We’ve just published the November issue of php[architect] magazine. With the release of PHP7 scheduled for this month, we take a look into what new features the language has to offer.

In this issue, you’ll learn about PHP 7 changes including errors that now are Exceptions and Scalar Type Hinting, writing clear PHP. We also share how to use RabbitMQ to implement a service oriented architecture and have tips for running a PHP user group.

Also, learn how to assess exploit risk in our new Security Corner column, how to write a web scraper with Symfony, an interview with Nate Abele, and more.

They're also offering an article for free if you'd like to get a sampling of the quality of the magazine. You can pick up your copy, either print, digital or both, directly from the php[architect] website.

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/november

Community News:
Update on php[cruise]
Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:04:24

php[architect], the group behind the php[tek] and the php[world] conferences has posted more information about the latest addition to their conference lineup coming in 2016 - php[cruise]. They've launched the full conference site over at cruise.phparch.com

Well we’ve already actually announced it at php[tek] 2015, but it’s time to start sharing some information about it.

Yes, we are going to revive php[cruise], and once again host a conference-cruise for the PHP community. This 7 day cruise will take place from July 17-23, 2016 and leave from the port of Baltimore.

We still have lots of details to work out – but wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of this early! We will be working on making this a family friendly experience. Daycare/kids activities are included in the cost and we are even looking at scheduling some 'teach kids to code' type events.

The cruise will be happening in July 2016 (17th through 24th) and will feature several days of talks as well as plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and evening activities. One thing to note, the cost of the ticket for the conference does not include the cost for the cruise itself. That is paid separate because of the wide variety of accommodations available (and how many will be in your party). One of the goals with this event was to make it as family-friendly as possible, so the schedule isn't wall-to-wall talks like a normal conference. There's plenty of time to enjoy the trip and be with loved ones should they come along.

You can find out more about this conference at sea over on the official php[cruise] website.

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Link: https://cruise.phparch.com

October 2015 Issue Released - Integrating Extensions
Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:12:46

The php[architect] magazine has released their latest edition, their issue for October 2015 - "Integrating Extensions":

This issue shows you how to use Solr search directly from PHP and put it to good use, explains how PHAR files work to bundle PHP applications in a single file, and provides a case study in using libfann from PHP to create and train a neural network.

Also, you can read up on how to prepare for PHP 7, learn PHP type casting peculiarities, migrate from WordPress to Sculpin, a chat with Stefan Koopmanschap, and more.

This month's issue also includes a free article so you can get a sampling of the magazine: Casting Tales in PHP. You can pick up just this issue or grab a year long digital/print/combo subscription directly from the php[architect] website.

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/october/

September 2015 Issue Released - Security Boot Camp
Sep 02, 2015 @ 12:19:02

The latest issue of the php[architect] magazine has been released for September 2015. In this latest issue they focus on security in PHP along with the same columns you know and love.

In this issue, we have an overview of the various techniques that malicious users can use to attack your application, a deep dive into how passwords can be stored securely and how PHP’s built in password functions make this easier, a look at how to setup a PHP based Intrusion Detection System, and how to use PDO to guard against SQL injection attacks

Elsewhere, there’s a look at how to think like a functional programmer, an introduction to using Sculpin for generating a static site, an interview with Elizabeth Naramore, and more.

This month's issue includes articles like:

  • Basic Intrusion Detection with Expose (Greg Wilson) (read this one free here)
  • Keep Your Passwords Hashed and Salted (Leszek Krupi?ski)
  • Leveling Up: DeLoreans, Data, and Hacking Sites (David Stockton)

...as well as the "Education Station", "Community Corner" and "finally{}" columns from returning authors. You can purchase your copy of this month's issue directly from the php[architect] website either as a single issue or as a part of a subscription.

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/september/

June 2015 Issue Released - APIs (and it's free!)
Jun 02, 2015 @ 13:48:38

php[architect] has a new post about the release of their latest issue (June 2015) - "APIs" - and how it's been made free for download.

That's right-thanks to Nexmo, June's issue on APIs is free of charge for the month! [...] The promise of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is really bearing fruit in today's Web. Of course, we are not talking about internal APIs but of HTTP-based ones that allow us to interact with external systems-whether its saving or searching images in Flickr, getting weather conditions, or transcoding video. For many tasks, if you sign up to use the right APIs, you can build a fully functional application by writing PHP scripts which coordinate the workflow and communications between APIs.

This issue includes articles like:

  • "SPOIL Your Users with Great Helper Libraries" (Keith Casey)
  • "High-Performance PHP APIs" (Simone Di Maulo)
  • "Putting the Pieces Together: Building APIs with Aura (and Other) Libraries" (Ian Littman)
  • "The API Toolbox" (Tim Lytle)

If you've ever been interested to see what php[architect] is all about or want to find out more about making and working with great APIs, be sure to grab your free copy today!

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2015/06/june-issue-on-apis-free-download/

May 2015 Issue Released - "Hunting for Clues"
May 04, 2015 @ 12:07:31

The May 2015 edition of php[architect] magazine has officially been released - "Hunting for Clues".

“Hunting for Clues” is the theme title for this month’s issue. It focuses on automated testing and how it can help you hunt down bugs as they appear. In Michael Bodnarchuk’s Codeception: Testing for Human Beings he talks about integrating automated testing in your workflow. Xander Guzman discusses two testing and mocking libraries for PHP in Integrating Mockery and Hamcrest into a Project, and Brad Bonkoski discusses leveraging Docker for Reusable Containers for Automated Testing.

Other articles include the continuation of the series for creating PHP extensions, manipulating images with Glide, Facebook's accessibility toolkit and Phpspec testing. You can pick up a copy (physical or digital) directly from the php[architect] site. They also provide one article for free if you'd like a sample of the magazine content.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2015/05/may-2015-phparchitect-issue-launched/

April 2015 Issue Released - Front-End Polish
Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:05:47

php[architect] magazine has officially released their April 2015 edition - "Front-End Polish".

It’s safe to say that a majority of PHP programmers prefer working on “back end” code. Many interesting problems live in that domain. But we can’t forget that the front end—usually HTML, CSS, and JavaScript—is where users will interact with our applications. The joy or frustration they experience trying to get a task done affects their perception of how good (or poor) your solution is for a long time. Even if you don’t want to be a front end designer or developer, you must be familiar with User Experience and the technologies used in the user interface (UI) to understand how people will use it, to help reduce sources of frustration, and to prevent errors.

Articles in this month's issue include:

  • Object Oriented JavaScript (Part the Second)
  • The Browser Capabilities Project in 2014
  • UX Without the Process
  • PHP Conference Newbies 101

Head over to the php[architect] website to pick up a (print or digital) copy of your own!

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/april/

February 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched - "Other Shores"
Feb 19, 2015 @ 13:19:23

The February edition of the php[architect] magazine has been released with the theme "Other Shores".

This month’s theme, “Other Shores”, explores other languages you may want to try. Tobias Nyholm introduces us to Hack, Julien Pauli talks about PHP Extensions, and Ricky Robinett talks “Swift for PHP Developers”.

Other articles in this issue include:

  • "MFA with Authy" by Dirk Merkel
  • “Access Any File - Anywhere - With the PHP League’s Flysystem” from Matthew Setter
  • "Teaching and Mentoring" in the "Leveling Up" column (David Stockton)

You can pick up a copy of this month's edition directly from the php[architect] website.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2015/02/february-2015-phparchitect-magazine-launched/

January 2015 Issue Released - Be the Boss
Jan 27, 2015 @ 13:18:45

php[architect] magazine has just released their January 2015 issue - "Be The Boss". This issue includes articles talking about freelancing, the importance of communication in open source and the usual columns.

This month is a personal favorite of mine, as the theme is “Be the Boss”. It speaks to those who wish stop working as an employee and strike out on there own, something I’ve done twice in my life. In Get Off the Freelance Roller Coaster!, Yitzchok Willroth (@coderabbi) talks on the importance of not placing all of your eggs in one basket (or projects with one vendor). In Choose Your Own Adventure—Freelancer or Founder?, Joshua Warren talks about the two avenues that are open to those going it on their own, freelancer or business founder.

Articles in this month's edition include:

  • Get Off the Freelance Roller Coaster! (Yitzchok Willroth)
  • Choose Your Own Adventure - Freelancer or Founder? (Joshua Warren)
  • PHP and OS Communication (Julien Pauli)
  • An Introduction to NodeJS

The usual columns (Laravel Tips and Education Station) return once again as well as a a new one from David Stockton called "Leveling Up" to help you become a better developer. You can pick up your own copy from the php[architect] website.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/january/