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Zend:
5 Things You Must Know about PHP 7
March 27, 2015 @ 11:07:39

There's been a lot of talk in the community about PHP 7 and what features will be included but there's been a *lot* of it. To help distill it down a bit Zend has posted this infographic of the Top 5 features that will be coming in this next major version.

Their top five list includes both the main points and a quick summary for:

  • When it comes out (hint: this year)
  • The spaceship operator
  • Return type declarations and scalar type hints
  • Performance improvements

...and #5, even more performance improvements. There's also some links to other information about some of the topics to provide even more detail for those wanting to dive in.

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Link: https://pages.zend.com/TY-Infographic.html

Derick Rethans:
Xdebug 2.3 Improvements to Debugging
March 25, 2015 @ 09:13:34

In the latest in his series covering some of the improvements in the latest Xdebug release, Derick Rethans has posted this new article detailing some of the performance enhancements related to remote debugging that come with this new version.

This is the fourth article in a series about new features in Xdebug 2.3, which was first released on February 22nd. In this article we are looking at the improvements towards "remote" debugging.

The updates include showing the values of user-defined constants, being able to set an exception breakpoint on all exceptions and additional features around debugging the exceptions themselves. The output now includes the exception's error code and which exception the flow was broken on (though in his example of PHPStorm, the IDE won't report that information back). The last change he mentions is a change that reverts the output to a log if it can't write to a socket (usually SELinux related).

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Link: http://derickrethans.nl/xdebug-2.3-debugging-improvements.html

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.6.7, 5.5.23 and 5.4.39
March 20, 2015 @ 10:45:27

The PHP development group has announced the release of the latest versions in all three major versions of PHP currently supported: PHP 5.6.7, 5.5.23 and 5.4.39. These releases are bugfix only with several security updates included.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of [these new versions]. Several bugs have been fixed as well as CVE-2015-0231, CVE-2015-2305 and CVE-2015-2331. All PHP [5.6, 5.5 and 5.4] users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

As always, you can get the latest released for each of these versions from the main downloads page (for Windows users on windows.php.net) and if you'd like to see the other changes besides the security-related fixes check out the full Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2015-03-20-2

php[architect]:
March 2015 Issue Released - DB Migration
March 16, 2015 @ 12:50:49

php[architect] magazine has released their March 2015 edition of their magazine - DB Migration:

Because databases store the data our applications, they need proper care and feeding too. In "DB Migrations", David Berube shares what he's learned to properly design your databases, Harrie Verveer looks at "Database Versioning with Liquibase", and Patrick Schwisow shows you how to consolidate Doctrine Migrations that have gotten unwieldly.

Other topics included in this month's edition include a "deep dive" into PHP extensions, object oriented Javascript, bitwise math and much more. You can pick up your own copy - either virtual (PDF) or in print - from the php[architect] website.

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

Derick Rethans:
Xdebug 2.3 Moar var_dump()
February 27, 2015 @ 09:58:40

Derick Rethans has a new post to his site starting a series of posts about the new features of Xdebug 2.3. In this new post he talks about an improvement that's been made to the output provided by var_dump with more information than before.

One of the new features relates to one of the first things that I added in the original Xdebug: making the var_dump() output "pretty". Xdebug replaces PHP's standard var_dump() function with its own version, as long as the xdebug.overload_var_dump setting is not set to 0. [...] Xdebug 2.3 enhances the overloading of var_dump() with the inclusion of the file name and line number where var_dump() is called at. This has been a long standing feature request.

He provides a few sample screenshots comparing the old and new output formats and mentions another handy setting, xdebug.file_link_format, that makes the resulting filename a link in a browser and lets you customize the format.

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Link: http://derickrethans.nl/xdebug-2.3-overload-vardump.html

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.6 is available
February 20, 2015 @ 09:08:51

Following on the heels of the other latest releases of PHP (5.5.22 and 5.4.38), the PHP development group has release the latest in the 5.6.x series - PHP 5.6.6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.6. This release fixes several bugs and addresses CVE-2015-0235 and CVE-2015-0273. All PHP 5.6 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

You can get this latest release either directly from the downloads page (well, from a mirror) or if you're a Windows user you can get the binaries here. Upgrading is definitely recommended and you can find all the details of the release and what what fixed in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-02-19-2

php[architect]:
February 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched - "Other Shores"
February 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/

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.5.22 & 5.4.38
February 19, 2015 @ 11:09:40

The main PHP.net site has an announcement today about the latest released of the language fixing several bugs including a few security-related issues: PHP 5.5.22 and 5.4.38.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.22 and 5.4.38. This release fixes several bugs and addresses CVE-2015-0235 and CVE-2015-0273. All PHP 5.5 and 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

As always, you can get the latest source downloads from the downloads page or Windows users can get the binaries from windows.php.net. Those interested in the complete list of fixes in these releases can check out the latest entries in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-02-19-1

Community News:
Laravel 5 Released
February 04, 2015 @ 11:16:24

According to this new post on the Laravel News site the latest major version of the Laravel framework has been released - Laravel 5.

Several new features come in this release including:

  • A new, more granular directory structure
  • Changes to the Blade templating library
  • The introduction of Contracts for core services
  • Commands & Events
  • Routing updates
  • Controller method injection

...and plenty more. You can find out about all of these new features (along with some code examples) in this release announcement on the Laravel News site.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/laravel-5/

php[architect]:
January 2015 Issue Released - Be the Boss
January 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/


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