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PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.4.42, 5.6.10 & 5.5.26
June 15, 2015 @ 14:04:37

The PHP.net site has announced the latest releases for all current major language versions with fixes including several security-related issues:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of [these versions]. Six security-related issues in PHP were fixed in this release, as well as several security issues in bundled sqlite library (CVE-2015-3414, CVE-2015-3415, CVE-2015-3416). All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to [the latest version for their current installation].

As always, you can get these latest downloads from the main downloads site or windows.php.net for the Windows binaries. Other fixes can be found in the release related list in the Changelog.

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PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 Released
June 12, 2015 @ 12:50:11

The first release on the path to PHP7 has officially been released according to this new post on the main PHP.net website - PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features. [...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file or the or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive.

As with other alpha PHP releases, you can download this preview version from the downloads page or windows.php.net/qa website for the binaries.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-06-11-3

Community News:
PHPUnit 5.0 Drops Support for PHP 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5
June 05, 2015 @ 10:15:58

According to a wiki announcement made on the PHPUnint GitHib repository, the next major version of the popular unit testing tool will only support PHP 5.6 and above.

According to our release process, PHPUnit must be compatible with all versions of PHP that are actively supported by the PHP project.

Active support for PHP 5.4 ended on September 14, 2014 and active support for PHP 5.5 will end on June 20, 2015. The active support for PHP 5.3 already ended on July 11, 2013. By the time PHPUnit 4.8 will be released, the only actively supported version of PHP will be PHP 5.6. The next version after PHPUnit 4.8 will not support PHP 5.3, PHP 5.4, and PHP 5.5 anymore. As PHPUnit follows Semantic Versioning the major version number must be incremented when the minimum required version of PHP is increased.

This will be a major change for many projects out there used to just fetching the latest version of PHPUnit for their projects. With PHP 5.3 and 5.4 making up such a major part of the currently installed versions, this could really help to push those hosts/companies using these unsupported versions for upgrades. It's good to see a prominent project like PHPUnit pushing the community to supported versions.

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Link: https://github.com/sebastianbergmann/phpunit/wiki/Release-Announcement-for-PHPUnit-4.7.0#phpunit-50

php[architect]:
June 2015 Issue Released - APIs (and it's free!)
June 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/

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.4.41 & 5.5.25
May 15, 2015 @ 11:46:34

The latest versions of the PHP language in the 5.4.x and 5.5.x series have been released - PHP 5.4.41 and PHP 5.5.25.

These releases both fix several bugs including seven security related issues around the character in a pathname, a DoS vulnerability in the multi-part form data handling and an integer overflow in ftp_genlist.

As always, upgrading to these latest versions is always recommended (especially when there's security updates involved). You can grab the latest from the downloads page or the windows.php.net site if you're on a Windows platform. For the full list of changes, see the Changelog for the matching version.

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Link: http://php.net/downloads

php[architect]:
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/

Symfony Blog:
New in Symfony 2.7
April 28, 2015 @ 10:13:14

The Symfony blog has been posted spotlights in several of the improvements in the 2.7 release of the framework over on their blog. Each of them describes the changes and includes some sample code showing the new feature in action:

Keep an eye on the Symfony blog for more of these component spotlights and improvements as they're released.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.8, 5.5.24 & 5.4.40 Released (Security Fixes)
April 17, 2015 @ 09:38:18

The PHP development group has released several different versions of PHP for the 5.5.x, 5.6.x and 5.4.x series with a long list of security issues fixed in each one (fourteen in total):

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP [5.4.40, 5.6.8, 5.5.24]. 14 security-related bugs were fixed in this release, including CVE-2014-9709, CVE-2015-2301, CVE-2015-2783, CVE-2015-1352. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Other items were fixed besides the security issues, so check out the Changelog to see those few other fixes. It's highly recommended that you update your installations to these latest versions. You can grab the latest either from the downloads page (source) or Windows users can go to winodws.php.net.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-04-16-3

IBM developerWorks:
PHP renewed Password security in modern PHP
April 17, 2015 @ 08:53:15

The IBM developerWorks site has a new tutorial posted talking about how PHP has been "renewed" in recent versions, more specifically in the password security department.

When PHP was first crafted in the mid-1990s, the term web application didn't even exist yet. Password protection, then, wasn't one of the features that the PHP creators devoted resources to. After all, you didn't need to worry about passwords when you used PHP just to put a site-visit counter or a date-modified stamp on your web page. But 20 years have passed, and now it's almost unthinkable to create a web application that doesn't involve password-protected user accounts. It's of the utmost importance that PHP programmers safeguard account passwords by using the latest and most secure methods.

The article goes on to talk about the importance of using secure hashing methods for password storage, the speed at which "cracking" programs can run and the use of "rainbow tables". It then gets into some of the older methods commonly used for password storage and protection and shows how to refactor them into the new password hashing functionality introduced in PHP 5.5.

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Link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-php-renewed_2/index.html

Hannes Magnusson:
Next Generation MongoDB Driver for PHP!
April 15, 2015 @ 11:41:50

Hannes Magnusson has a new post to his site talking about the new update to the MongoDB driver for PHP and its focus on simplicity.

For the past few months I've been working on a "next-gen" MongoDB driver for PHP -- codename "phongo". The aim was to build a new PHP extension ontop of the mongoc and libbson libraries to reduce maintenance of the extension itself and focus more on providing the ecosystem with improved support and libraries.

The new driver is available on PECL (called "mongodb", surprisingly enough). It doesn't include any of the bells and whistles found in the previous "mongo" driver. It doesn't include any `group` or `count` command helpers, and you won't find any Collection or Database objects; however, it really doesn't need any of these things.

He talks about the three basic things it can do: execute a command, a write or a query to locate records. He also answers the question many developers have about this shift to simplicity and provides a link to a PHP library to make porting over existing MongoDB handling simpler.

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Link: http://bjori.blogspot.com/2015/04/next-gen-mongodb-driver.html


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