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PHPMaster.com:
PHP News You May Have Missed
April 24, 2014 @ 10:30:22

PHPMaster.com has posted some news you might have missed that's happened in the development and open source communities recently. In the post Bruno Skvorc covers updates to projects, resources and various online tools/environments related to PHP.

The last month or two have been chock full of small news and releases not warranting a full story in their own right but still interesting, I've decided to make a small compilation and direct your attention to the interesting developments around us. Just because we don't cover something immediately, doesn't mean we don't notice or care.

Included in the post are updates about:

  • Ubuntu 14.04. LTS
  • Google App Engine 1.9.1 - 1.9.3
  • Hack
  • Phalcon 2 beta 1
  • the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect certification
  • Zend Framework 3 Progress

...and several more. Check out the full post for more information on these and several other recent happenings around the web.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/news-may-missed

Lorna Mitchell:
Zend Certified PHP Developer 5.5
January 08, 2014 @ 09:23:45

If you're thinking about taking the Zend Certified PHP Developer (5.5) test but aren't sure exactly where to start, Lorna Mitchell has provided a list of some good resources to help you out.

Yesterday I updated my previous ZCE certificate to the Zend Certified PHP Developer qualification (the new ZCE for PHP 5.5 also got a new name). Since the ZCE 5.3 exam is no longer available and I work with various clients to prepare their teams for these certifications, it was important to me that I keep my own certification up to date. Now I've done that, I'd like to share some resources for others doing the same thing.

She points to a few things that could help you make the grade:

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Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2014/zend-certified-php-developer-5-5

Lee Davis:
Is a HTTP DELETE request idempotent?
November 01, 2013 @ 09:15:18

Lee Davis has a new post to his site with some thoughts about RESTful APIS and the correct response to DELETE calls when a resource has already been removed. One camp says a 404 should be thrown as it's no longer there, the other says 204 a "No Content" should always be returned. Lee looks at both sides of the argument and shares some of his own thoughts too.

Recently I had a read of an interesting post by Lukas Smith (@lsmith) about the use of the DELETE method when building RESTful services. I wanted to get my thoughts down on this. Mostly to help myself, but if it helps you determine a better approach, then great. I'm nowhere near qualified enough to preach, so this is by no means a "you should do it this way / my way is correct post", just food for thought. Besides, there are probably more questions here than answers.

He talks about the idea of "idempotence" when it comes to REST APIs and how it relates back to the DELETE discussion. He points out that the term has more to do with the end result of the request and not so much about how it's handled (and any "side effects" that may come with it). Various checks on the resource in question - like "does it exist" - could be considered a side effect of its operation. In his opinion, though, the 200 series of responses are more appropriate when a resource is actually deleted.

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Link: http://www.duckheads.co.uk/is-a-http-delete-requests-idempotent/491

Erika Heidi Reinaldo:
Advices and resources for PHP novices
September 11, 2013 @ 09:59:01

Erika Heidi Reinaldo has made a post over on her Coderwall page with a few helpful hints for the budding PHP developers out there about things to investigate and learn to help further their knowledge of the language.

This post is a collection of things that I consider important for people who are starting with PHP, based on my experiences with this language through the years. PHP has considerable evolved in the last years, thanks mainly to the community efforts. [...] As a downside for the language evolution, as things change, tutorials and practices might get deprecated. So we have a lack of good updated tutorials for beginners.

She includes some great things for new developers to look into including a recommendation to "learn the language, not a framework" and exploring git and Github as a collaborative workspace to both share your own work and explore the work of others for helpful hints. She also makes a recommendation that can help more than most developer think - get involved (contribute to projects or meet with other developers, online or at something like a user group).

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Link: https://coderwall.com/p/0ictea

Gonzalo Ayuso:
Releasing unmanaged resources (a PHP port from C#'s "using" statement)
September 10, 2013 @ 10:55:44

In a new post to his site Gonzalo Ayuso has put together an example of releasing unmanaged resources similar to something C# does with its "using" functionality.

Sometimes we work with instances that needs to released even when exceptions happens. Something typical when we work with resources (Files, Database connections, ) [...] Sometimes I need collaborate with C# projects. C# is a great language. I really like it. It has a really cool feature to solve this problem: the "using" statement. Because of that we are going to build today one small library to implement something similar in PHP.

He provides a basic code example, showing how to use a "Disposable" interface with a "dispose" method that can be implemented based on the resource type you need to use. In his example, it's a "File" class that implements the interface and and global "using" function is defined to clean up the object after use. The code for the sample is also available on Github.

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Link: http://gonzalo123.com/2013/09/09/releasing-unmanaged-resources-a-php-port-from-cs-using-statement/

Joshua Thijssen:
PHP's Resources and garbage collection
July 12, 2013 @ 10:54:34

Joshua Thijssen has put together a new post with details about garbage collection in PHP and a "nice bug/feature/whatsmathing" he found related to it and its performance.

I was playing around with writing a daemon and if you have any experience writing daemons (in any language), there are a few rules you have to live by. For instance, setting your effective uid and gid to a non-privileged user (in case you needed to do some privileged initialization, like opening a socket on a tcp port < 1024), setting the process as a group leader with posix_setsid(), and redirecting stdio file descriptions. And here something went wrong which took a while to find and fix..

He was creating a daemon and the script would just exit without a warning and not continue running. He narrowed down the issue to a few lines (with fopen and fclose) and went to debug it with strace to really see what was happening. He found some unexpected calls in the stack trace and, after some more digging, finally figured out it was a problem of both scope and cleanup that was resulting in the extra calls.

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Link: http://www.adayinthelifeof.nl/2013/07/10/phps-resources-and-garbage-collection

Reddit.com:
I want a job as a developer. Here's my situation, can you help?
June 20, 2013 @ 11:17:48

On Reddit.com there's a recent post asking what kinds of things someone can do to gain the skills they need to get a job as a web developer. Disregard the comment at the top and get straight to the good stuff - there's lots of great recommendations here including:

  • "take the time to take algorithm classes , UML classes and db modelling classes and , very important , read other people's code"
  • "Work on stuff that interests you." and "Work on stuff that doesn't interest you but solves a problem for someone else"
  • "Pick a major CMS (doesn't matter which one) and tear it apart."
  • "Go through the PHP tracks on codeacademy.com"
  • "Go to MIT Open Courseware and start reading up data structures and algorithms."
  • "Just keep programming. You'll do stupid things, but having to do those things should become annoying."

Unfortunately, the poster started things out with a "don't tell me to read a book" mentality, so there's some responses in there about that. Don't let that disuade you from some of the other answers, especially if you're new to PHP, though.

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1gpmr5/i_want_a_job_as_a_developer_heres_my_situation

Community News:
PHP-FIG Proposal - Resource Location
June 19, 2013 @ 10:55:29

A new proposal has been made to the PHP-FIG group that would provide resource locator functionality as a standard part of an application's structure.

This specification proposes to refer to files and directories through URIs. [...] These URIs can have different schemes ("classpath", "file" etc.), but only the scheme "file" is specified in this document. The resource locator is able to turn URIs into file paths which can be read or included by PHP code. The general goal of this PSR is to locate files (PHP, XML, YAML, INI, JPG, etc.) and directories in a generic way. For example, there should be a unified notation to refer to the file of a class ABCD and other files located in the same directory (or nested directories).

Code snippets are included showing a pseudo-code interface to this locator with five requirements:

  • Locate files relative to classes
  • Locate both directories and files
  • Short identifiers when the context is known
  • Locate resources independent from PHP classes
  • Support resource overriding

There's also some definition as to what is meant by a "resource location" and how the URIs should be structured and located.

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Link: https://github.com/bschussek/fig-standards/blob/master/proposed/resource-location.md

Gonzalo Ayuso:
Working with jQuery and Silex as RestFull Resource provider
June 10, 2013 @ 12:40:01

In a previous post Gonzalo Ayuso showed how to use Silex as a data provider to an AngularJS application REST-fully. In this new post he does the same thing but with jQuery this time.

The previous post was about how to use AngularJS resources with Silex. AngularJS is great and when I need to switch back to jQuery it looks like I go back 10 years in web development, but business is business and I need to live with jQuery too. Because of that this post is about how to use the Silex RestFull resources from the previous post, now with jQuery.

He includes the sample code showing the jQuery version of the application based on a "Resource" object. He also includes some samples of its use for the usual CRUD operations. You can get the full code from github.

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Link: http://gonzalo123.com/2013/06/10/working-with-jquery-and-silex-as-restfull-resource-provider

Gonzalo Ayuso:
Working with AngularJS and Silex as Resource provider
June 04, 2013 @ 09:57:47

Gonzalo Ayuso has a new post to his site looking at the use of Silex and AngularJS together to make Resources that AngularJS can pull data from.

This days I'm playing with AngularJS. Angular is a great framework when we're building complex front-end applications with JavaScript. And the best part is that it's very simple to understand (and I like simple things indeed). Today we are going to play with Resources. Resources are great when we need to use RestFull resources from the server. In this example we're going to use Silex in the backend. Let's start.

He shows how to get the Resource functionality working in AngularJS (including another file) and a sample SQL table definition to hold some author/message information. He includes the HTML for the one page the example needs and the various pieces - the Javascript controller, the Silex routes, the routing configuration and the Resource controller. A screencast and the complete code are also provided.

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Link: http://gonzalo123.com/2013/06/03/working-with-angularjs-and-silex-as-resource-provider


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