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PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.0RC6 Released
Nov 10, 2017 @ 12:19:16

On the main PHP.net site they've posted the announcement about the release of the latest (and last) Release Candidate of the next major version of the PHP language: PHP 7.2.0 RC6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.0 RC6. This release is the sixth Release Candidate for 7.2.0. Barring any surprises, we expect this to be the FINAL release candidate, with Nov 30th's GA release being not-substantially different. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

This development preview release includes changes to GD image handling, SOAP functionality and core bugfixes. You can download this latest release for testing with your own applications either via the source QA site or the Windows QA site for the Windows executable.

tagged: language release php72 php72rc6 preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-11-09-1

php[architect]:
November 2017 Issue Released - Modern Magento
Nov 07, 2017 @ 11:30:20

php[architect] magazine has released their latest issue - the November 2017 edition, "Modern Magento".

Articles in this month's issue include:

  • 11 Debugging Tricks in Magento by Sergii Kovalenko
  • Editing the Magento Core For Fun and Profit by Joshua Warren
  • Command and Query API Design in Magento 2 by Igor Miniailo
  • Headless and Serverless: Writing Modern PHP Applications by Eugene Tulika

All of the usual columns are returning too including the "Education Station", "Community Corner" and "Artisanal". This month's issue is completely free to give you an idea of what kind of content you can expect from the magazine. You can pick up a copy of your own (or subscribe for the year) over on the php[architect] site.

tagged: phparchitect magazine november2017 modern magento issue release

Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2017-2/november/

PHP.net:
Releases for PHP 5.6.32, 7.0.25, 7.1.11 and 7.2.0 RC 5
Oct 27, 2017 @ 10:53:12

The PHP.net has announced the release of several new versions of the language including a few bugfix versions for stable releases and the latest Release Candidate for the upcoming PHP 7.2.0. The versions that have been released are:

Most of these releases take care of similar bugs found across the different releases with some differences between them. While the others are production releases and it is recommended that you upgrade to those where possible, the Release Candidate is pre-production and should not be considered stable yet.

You can download the stable releases from the downloads page for source or windows.php.net for the Windows binaries. The Release Candidate can be downloaded from the source package QA site or the Windows QA site for the binaries.

tagged: language release bugfix releasecandidate php56 php71 php70 php72rc5

Link: http://php.net

Freek Van der Herten:
Introducing Browsershot v3: the best way to convert html to PDFs and images
Oct 23, 2017 @ 09:13:57

In a new post to his site Freek Van der Herten has an announcement about the release of the latest stable version of the "Browsershot" package, version 3.

To convert html to a pdf or an image using wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage tends to be the popular option. Unfortunately those tools contain an outdated browser engine to do their thing, so you can’t use any newish css syntax. A while ago Google added a headless mode to Chrome. They’ve also released a javascript library called Puppeteer that gives you programmatic and fine grained control over Chrome.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just use Chrome and Puppeteer to convert html to PDFs and images? Browsershot is package that does exactly that. In this post I’d like to introduce v3 of Browsershot, which was recently released.

He starts with some basic usage of the package, taking screenshots of example URLs and saving them locally as PDFs. Version 3 now has integration with Puppeteer to perform more complex logic on what parts of the page should be captured and how it should be saved. There's examples of this and a look behind the scenes at what the package is doing with the page grabs are called.

tagged: browsershot package screenshot puppeteer version3 release

Link: https://murze.be/2017/10/introducing-browsershot-v3-best-way-convert-html-pdfs-images/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.0 Release Candidate 4 Released
Oct 12, 2017 @ 10:35:30

The main PHP.net site has posted the latest release announcement for a pre-release of the next major version of the language: PHP 7.2.0 Release Candidate 4.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.0 RC4. This release is the fourth Release Candidate for 7.2.0. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

This pre-release version fixes some bugs found in previous Release Candidates and can be downloaded from the QA sites: source packages and Windows binaries. Based on the release schedule, the next release candidate will be posted on the 26th of October and will be the last (RC5) before the official branching of PHP 7.2.0 happens.

tagged: php language release php72 releasecandidate php72rc4 preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-10-12-1

php[architect]:
October 2017 Issue Released - Composing Software
Oct 04, 2017 @ 11:19:48

php[architect] magazine has an announcement on their site about the release of the latest edition of the publication, the October 2017 issue: Composing Software.

Articles in this month's edition include:

  • Managing Private Dependencies by Andrew Cassell.
  • Alain Schlesser writes about Uncommon Ab(Uses) of Composer.
  • Read about Building Software that Lasts by Susanne Moog.
  • Continue Building Software that Lasts by Edward Barnard.

The usual columns return as well - Education Station, Artisanal, The Dev Lead Trenches (and many more). You can pick up a copy of your own directly from the site, either opting to get the single issue or a year-long subscription. If you want to "try before you buy" and see what the content is like, you can check out this free article about managing private Composer dependencies.

tagged: phparchitect magazine october2017 composing software issue release

Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2017-2/october/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.1.10 Release Announcement
Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:47:02

On the PHP.net site there's an announcement about the release of the latest version in the PHP 7.1.x series: PHP 7.1.10.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.10. This is a bugfix release, with several bug fixes included. All PHP 7.1 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Changes in this release includes updates to the CLI server, cURL handling, gettext functionality and internationalization. As always you can get the latest release from the main downloads page or from windows.php.net for the Windows binaries.

tagged: download changelog bugfix release php71 language

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-09-29-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.0 Release Candidate 3 Released
Sep 28, 2017 @ 10:48:30

As announced on the main PHP.net site, the latest release candidate for the PHP 7.2.0 series has been made available for download: Php 7.2.0 RC3.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.0 RC3. This release is the third Release Candidate for 7.2.0. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

[...] For source downloads of PHP 7.2.0 Release Candidate 3 please visit the download page, Windows sources and binaries can be found at windows.php.net/qa/.

You can find out the changes that happened in the latest NEWS file and find out how to upgrade your installation in the UPGRADING guide.

tagged: language release php72 releasecandidate rc3

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-09-28-2

Laravel News Podcast:
Episode 46 - Laravel 5.5 releases, dynamic templates, and community surveys
Sep 28, 2017 @ 09:58:31

The Laravel News podcast, hosted by Jacob Bennett and Michael Dyrynda, has released their latest episode - Episode #46: Laravel 5.5 releases, dynamic templates, and community surveys

In episode 46 of the Laravel News Podcast, Jake and Michael discuss several new Laravel 5.5 minor releases, dynamic templates, and community surveys.

You can read the full episode transcript which includes time markers and links.

Other topics mentioned in this show include the site Servers for Hackers, the release of Sublime Text 3 and the posting of the Laravel EU 2017 talks over on YouTube. You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by subscribing to their feed to get the latest.

tagged: laravelnews laravel podcast release template community survey

Link: https://laravel-news.com/podcast/46

Laravel News:
Laracon EU 2017 Talk Videos are now on Youtube
Sep 25, 2017 @ 11:52:23

On the Laravel News site they've announced the release of the videos from Laracon EU 2017 on YouTube - perfect for those that couldn't make the event this year.

Today, Laracon EU uploaded all of the speaker videos to YouTube and here is the link to the full playlist.

The playlist features 20 videos and is sure to keep you busy for a few days. Also, be sure and join the wait list for the 2018 event.

Sessions presented at this year's event included:

You can check out the full playlist for these and more great sessions.

tagged: laraconeu17 conference video release youtube playlist

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laracon-eu-2017-videos