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Peter Aba:
phpmetrics of popular php projects
September 15, 2014 @ 10:11:01

Peter Aba has put together a a set of visualizations around the popularity of various PHP projects using the phpmetrics tool. He decided to run it against several projects he knows of and share the results.

I came across a new tool called phpmetrics. It can be used for, what a surprise, calculating and displaying metrics for php. I fell in love with this cute little tool in an instance and decided to run it on some php projects that I consider important. I'm aware of the fact that the list is currently far from complete, but it's probably still worth a look. I especially love the "maintenability" (sic!) reports, I find those big red spots just as disgusting as I find ugly code the same.

He's broken it up into a few different sections with lots of different projects under each:

  • Frameworks
  • CMS
  • E-commerce
  • Development tools

There's also an "Other" (and "Backfire") category that contains the results for the results of phpmetrics itself. He also includes a few issues he ran across during the processing of the metrics, some with the phpmetrics tool itself and some with the libraries themselves.

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Link: https://peteraba.com/blog/phpmetrics-of-popular-projects/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Best PHP IDE in 2014 - Survey Results
March 24, 2014 @ 13:15:42

The results are in and the SitePoint PHP blog has officially announced the most popular PHP IDE based on the answers to their survey. The overall winner is PHPStorm (from JetBrains) but several others weigh in on their editor of choice too.

This article will focus on the IDE results alone. We'll analyze the PHP community in general in a future piece after the data has been cleaned to a greater extent. Please note that these are preliminary results, and not much detailed filtering has taken place yet. The data will still be processed and additionally verified. The ballpark is in the correct ranges, but cannot be deemed precise (might be off by a couple dozen in every category - not enough to influence the end result), hence only percentage values will be displayed in the charts. For exact figures, see the raw data.

The results show PHPStorm coming in at first place in both the business and personal votes with Sublime Text and Netbeans pulling in behind for 2nd and 3rd. The post also shares comments from some of the votes, people adding some of their own thoughts and reasons for their choice of editor/IDE. Other tools that were mentioned include Vi, TextMate, Eclipse/PDT and Dreamweaver.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/best-php-ide-2014-survey-results/

Phil Sturgeon:
The "Framework" is Dead, Long live the Framework
January 14, 2014 @ 11:16:22

Phil Sturgeon has stirred the pot once more with a new post to his site suggesting that the "framework" is dead, but the framework still lives on (the difference being one is a structured whole, the other is made up of packages).

There have been a few posts over the last few months saying that the age of the framework is dead, and that Composer is the true savior, and other similar messages. This is half-true, but lots of people have been using the word "framework" differently over the years and I wanted to really work out a good definition of what a "framework" was in relation to PHP development, and in relation to these discussions.

His suggestions, sparked by a conversation on Twitter, suggest that frameworks should only provide the architecture of the application, a "set of lines to color inside". He goes back in time and looks at PHP frameworks past (like CodeIgniter and Kohana) and compares them to some of the popular ones of today like Zend Framework 2, FuelPHP, Laravel and Aura. He also talks about the good and bad of traditional frameworks, how they can be harmful to beginners in PHP and how much more difficult it's getting to be to say "That framework is popular" because of the changing definitions.

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Link: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2014/01/the-framework-is-dead-long-live-the-framework

9Lessons.info:
Login with Instagram OAuth using PHP
May 23, 2012 @ 08:46:46

On the 9Lessons blog there's a recent tutorial showing you how to log into Instagram via OAuth with the help of their Instagram class.

The very quick registration gives you many users to your web project, we already published login with Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus now time to think about very popular photo sharing portal Instagram. This post explains you how to login with instagram Oauth API and importing user data. Create an instagram account and take a quick look at this demo thanks!

The tutorial walks you through the process of setting up an application in the Instagram service, configuring the scripts with the API key/secret and callback as well as the code for a simple login page. They've also included code to grab the user's information and "popular media" from the web service and pull that information into a local MySQL database.

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Dzone.com:
Open source PHP projects of 2011
December 29, 2011 @ 08:21:07

On Dzone.com today Giorgio Sironi has posted what he considers to be some of the most popular Open Source PHP projects of 2011 including Symfony2, Doctrine and HipHop.

This non-scientific analysis of the popular and exciting PHP projects starts from researches on active projects on SourceForge and GitHub; the latter is where most of the collaboration and involvement of PHP developers is today. I've also crowdsourced the question on Twitter to catch projects I wasn't aware of, and I hope to do the same with you.

Other projects included in his list are:

  • Symfony2 Components
  • Moodle
  • Composer and Packagist
  • Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress

Have a project you think he missed? Let him know!

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DZone.com:
Social Comparison of PHP Frameworks
December 23, 2011 @ 09:56:32

In this post to DZone.com today, John Esposito points out a site that compares popular PHP frameworks socially, a collaborative resource to keep track of things like framework features, popularity and their last update.

There's this wiki-ish comparison of PHP frameworks from socialcompare.com -- presently incomplete, but already containing quite a few frameworks and interesting details of each. You can add comparison criteria (rows; folksonomically) or update existing criteria -- which currently include, among other details, ORM specifics, cache storage, template system, and testing libraries.

Frameworks currently covered include Zend Framework, CakePHP, Fat-Free, Symfony, Yii and Kohana. As it stands now, Yii is the most popular framework with 8 votes and Symfony and Zend Framework are tied for second with 5 points each.

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Sameer Borate's Blog:
Generating a color palette from a image in php
June 21, 2011 @ 13:09:38

Sameer Borate has posted a simple method for creating a color palette from a given image using just PHP and GD.

In the previous post we saw how we can generate a screenshot from a url. In this post we will see how we can create a color palette of the screenshot (or any other image for that matter) using PHP and GD. This can be useful if you need to quickly get the color scheme of a website or a image. Below are a few example images and their palettes generated using the program.

With the help of his code it's as easy as a call on a GetMostCommonColors object (get_color) to return the hex codes for the values found most. Also included in the post is a sample snippet showing how to pull the details from the file and output it in a grid similar to this.

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Adminxweb.com:
PHP Frameworks Benchmarked Here Are the Results
June 13, 2011 @ 08:50:27

The Adminxweb site has put together some framework benchmarks for several of the popular frameworks out there, some of which you may not have heard of before.

There are various PHP frameworks and they all have different speeds. The only way to judge a framework by its speed is by benchmarking - conducting tests and comparing the results. [...] Comparing various benchmarks is less of a scientific comparison and more of a subjective application. So in this post, I will review the performance of these frameworks according to the same metrics. This will allow us to arrive at the closest thing there is to an objective winner.

Among the ones they profiled, the DooPHP framework was the only one that came up with a 10 of 10 rating based on speed. It's compared to other frameworks like CodeIgniter, symfony, Solar and the Zend Framework. Take the findings with a grain of salt, however - the author doesn't provide the methods she used to arrive at the numbers. If you would like something with a bit more substance, check out Paul Jones' framework benchmarking tool posted on github.

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NETTUTS.com:
How to Write a "Most Popular By Views" WordPress Plugin
June 18, 2010 @ 08:37:26

On NETTUTS.com today there's a new tutorial for the WordPress users/developers out there showing you how to create a "Most Popular By Views" plugin for your site.

As you continue writing for WordPress more and more, the level of difficulty and complexity of your plugins will eventually reach far beyond the simple back-end data manipulation, as demonstrated in our beginner's article. In this installment we'll cover in-depth: database interaction, Admin Widgets, and Sidebar Widgets. Today's example will be a custom built "Most Popular by Views" plugin, which creates an admin area widget for us to view, and a sidebar widget for visitors to see.

Besides waling through the whole process, the tutorial offers a download of the source if you want to get started right away. The resulting plugin can be used on both the admin and public sides of the site as a widget that can be dropped in easily. Code to create both the widget and the database table it needs for a backend are included.

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Andi Gutmans' Blog:
10 million downloads and counting...
December 09, 2008 @ 07:52:14

As Andi Gutmans mentions on his blog, the Zend Framework has reached the 10 million downloads mark and is still going strong:

When I started the Zend Framework project back in 2005 I was sure that we could make a difference. Some thought it was a long shot with too ambitious goals, after all I wanted to start from scratch without a single line of code, no community contributors and no corporate contributors. We are now 3.5 years later and I have to say Zend Framework's success has exceeded my own foresight and expectations.

He mentions the teams behind the Framework and some of Zend's partners that have helped to make it an amazing success.

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