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Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
The First Q&A Show with Justin DeLucia
July 31, 2014 @ 12:29:54

The Three Devs & A Maybe podcast has posted their latest episode with guest Justin DeLucia. In this new episode they try out something different - a full, dedicated Q&A episode.

This week we have good friend of the show Justin DeLucia on to help host our first dedicated Q&A episode. Not only that, but Fraser is back! along with some crazy adventures that he discusses since his last time on the show. We have been fortunate to receive many questions throughout the past couple of weeks, and thought it would be good to release the answers as a dedicated show. Topics discussed include, breaking into the industry, the PDO vs. Mysqli debate, bespoke vs. off-the-shelf CMS debate and what to consider when building a Web API.

Other topics mentioned in this latest episode include: the Doctrine project, mutual recursion, Laravel Forge and Phil Sturgeon's book Build APIs You Won't Hate. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, consider subscribing to their feed too.

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Volker Dusch:
Errors will be fixed. Warnings will be 'looked at'
October 04, 2012 @ 08:25:43

In a new post to his site Volker Dusch shares his thoughts about warnings in coding style checks (and how they differ from real errors).

When it comes to coding standards there is one rule that always makes me cringe when I stumble upon it: "Lines SHOULD be less than 120 chars long. If not a warning will be issued." Let me try to make a point why I consider WARNINGS in coding guideline checks hurtful.

He defines a warning first, so there's no confusion (something that should be done, but doesn't have to) and why he thinks there's not much of a place for them in the code guidelines. He suggests that, by having them, they take away time from the real issues, the errors. He notes that "should" rules on formatting shouldn't be added to your QA tools right away. Adding too many of these that spit out too many warnings (not errors) could just muddy the waters and make the developers more confused.

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.0 RC6 released
January 24, 2012 @ 07:32:05

The PHP.net has announced the availability of the latest Release Candidate in the PHP 5.4.0 series - PHP 5.4.0 RC6:

The PHP development team announces the 6th release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. [...] The 6th release candidate focused on improving traits. Please test them carefully and help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release is solid and all things behave as expected.

You can download this latest release from the PHP QA site (Windows binaries) and test it on your local instance/applications. Any and all feedback about issues should be reported to either the QA mailing list or on the bug tracker. A complete list of updates is available in the NEWS file.

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.0RC3 Released!
December 15, 2011 @ 11:27:09

As mentioned on the main PHP.net site, the latest Release Candidate in the PHP 5.4.x series has been released - PHP 5.4.0RC3:

The PHP development team is proud to announce the third release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!. This is the third release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features should be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

Major changes include the introduction of UTS #46 mapping support in the intl extension and the inclusion of SERVER_NAME and SERVER_PORT into the $_SERVER superglobal for CLI. You can find more changes listed in the NEWS file and can download the latest from the PHP.net site (or your favorite mirror): source, Windows binaries.

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4 RC 1 Released
November 11, 2011 @ 10:36:51

On the PHP.net site today they've announced the release of the latest Release Candidate in the PHP 5.4 series - PHP 5.4 RC1.

The PHP development team is proud to announce the first release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. [...] This is the first release candidate. No new features will be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release.

Major changes include class member access on instantiation, array to string conversion now throws a notice and bugs fixes/improvements to Core and other extensions. For a complete list, check out the NEWS file. Download this latest release

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4 beta2 released
October 27, 2011 @ 10:12:59

The PHP.net site has a new announcement about the latest version of the language in the PHP 5.4.x series - beta 2 has been released for testing.

The PHP development team is proud to announce the second beta release of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. [...] Please help us to identify bugs by testing new features and looking for unintended backward compatibility breaks, so we can fix the problems and fully document intended changes before PHP 5.4.0 is released. Report findings to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker.

Remember - this is not a production release, so do not use it in your live applications (unless you really like to live dangerously, of course). You can look at the NEWS file for a complete list of changes.

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Community News:
PHP 5.4 alpha3 Released for Testing
August 05, 2011 @ 08:34:22

The PHP development group has officially released the alpha3 of PHP 5.4 as ready for testing. Rasmus Lerdorf comments:

PHP 5.4 alpha3 is available for testing now. Please give us a hand and compile it on your platform and run a "make test". Download it from http://qa.php.net and you can see the changes in the NEWS file at http://t.co/bBVGj8P

Updates in this alpha include the shortened array syntax, binary numbers format, support for the "Class::{expr}()" syntax, removal of magic quotes related features, a change to include E_STRICT in E_ALL and several others. Head over to the PHP QA site and download this latest version to test in your environment. Remember, environments are unique, so the more test results the better - it helps make for a better quality end result.

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Zend Developer Zone:
ZendCon Sessions Episode 043 Improving QA on PHP Projects
March 30, 2011 @ 11:03:39

On the Zend Developer Zone today they've posted the latest episode of their ZendCon Sessions podcast series - the recording of Michalangelo van Dam's talk "Improving QA on PHP Projects".

In this series we will be releasing sessions from ZendCon 2010! This episode of The ZendCon Sessions was recorded live at ZendCon 2010 in Santa Clara, CA and features Michelangelo van Dam giving his talk: "Improving QA on PHP Projects"

His session looks at various technologies you can use to help improve the QA process for your code including phpDocumentor, PHP_CodeSniffer, PHPDepend and PHPUnit. You can listen to the episode either via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed to get this and other great episodes. You can also follow along with his slides over on SlideShare.

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Quality Assurance in PHP Projects:
PHPQABOOK Status Update
March 09, 2011 @ 09:27:54

In this new post to the "Quality Assurance in PHP Projects" site today, Sebastian Bergmann gives a status update for the English version of their popular (currently German-only) PHP QA book.

The video below [in the post] shows a visualization of activity in the book's Git repository since April 2010. During this timeframe we mostly worked on translating chapters from English to German and editing the chapters for the German edition followed by translating chapters from German to English and editing the English edition's chapters.

The visualization shows the work on the English translation all but stopped at its conclusion. As it stands, the book is scheduled to ship on May 10th, 2011 as Real-World Solutions for Developing High-Quality PHP Frameworks and Applications. You can pick up your copy over on Amazon if you'd like to reserve one before the shipping date.

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IBuildings Blog:
TestFest 2009
May 08, 2009 @ 08:46:47

On the IBuildings blog there's a new post by Soila Patajoki taking a brief look at TestFest events around the world.

The PHP TestFest is a gathering by PHP enthusiasts that get together to write automated test cases for PHP. These test cases help prevent future incompatibilities and bugs in PHP. The event has grown global over the course of the years, with user groups everywhere in the world participating.

She points out some of the European TestFest events that Ibuildings is helping out with including ones in London, Manchester and Belgium. You can find out more about TestFest-ing and see if there's a group in your area participating on the TestFest page off the main PHP QA site.

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