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HHVM Blog:
Hack Developer Day 2014 Keep Hacking
April 11, 2014 @ 09:40:00

On the Facebook HHVM blog today there's a post about the Hack Developer Day they recently held in Menlo Park. The event brought in developers for a day of presentations from the Hack/HHVM engineers.

150+ Members of the PHP and developer community came to Facebook headquarters and joined over 2000 people online for presentations by the engineers of Hack and HHVM. Afterwards we held a five hour hackathon, where the attendees worked with those engineers to write Hack code, either by converting current codebases or writing new code from scratch.

For those that weren't able to attend or are interested in catching up on what was presented, they've posted videos of all of the sessions in a YouTube playlist as well as PDFs of all the slides. If you want the short version of what was presented, there's a quick list in the post or you can read a recap on the Facebook Engineering blog.

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Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/4685/hack-developer-day-2014-keep-hacking

Reddit.com:
Multithreading in PHP with pthreads
August 05, 2013 @ 11:21:31

On Reddit.com there's a post from krakjoe talking about using multithreating in PHP, specifically with pthreads. Unfortunately, there's several misconceptions about the pthreads (and concurrency) that still makes it difficult in PHP. The post lists a few of them:

  • PHP is not thread safe, there are lots of extensions that will give your application cooties.
  • pthreads is old fashioned
  • pthreads does not include everything you need to execute safely
  • pthreads unsafely shares memory among contexts in order to provide concurrent functionality
  • pthreads is beta and should be avoided at all costs

The author points out that pthreads are still in more of a "beta" state and probably shouldn't be used in production (though some do):

Multi-threading in PHP sounds like some sort of voodoo, for so long it's been something that was either impossible in the minds of php programmers, or a bad idea to try and emulate. pthreads doesn't emulate anything, it leverages bundled functionality and the object API to provide true userland multi-threading.
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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1jo517/multithreading_in_php_with_pthreads/

PHPMaster.com:
phpDay 2013 News and Highlights
May 27, 2013 @ 14:49:46

On PHPMaster.com there's a new post from Aurelio De Rosa sharing some of his experiences at this year's phpDay conference.

Conferences play an important role in the process of becoming a better developer. When you attend a conference, you not only have the chance to listen to language or technology experts, but also the chance to meet other developers. This is ideal for expanding your networks of contacts to find, if needed, your next job. Last week I attended the phpDay 2013 conference in Verona and the following are some of the highlights of the talks I attended and what I learned.

The post talks about the two-day conference including details on some of the sessions covering things like PHP 5.5, dependency management with Composer, DevOps and high performance PHP.

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Link: http://phpmaster.com/phpday-2013-news-and-highlights

Inviqa techPortal:
PHPNE 2013 Conference Report
March 22, 2013 @ 11:20:10

If you weren't able to attend this year's PHPNE conference, the Inviqua techPortal has posted this glimpse into what happened during this day long event.

As a native geordie I was pleased to have a chance to attend a PHP conference in the north east. Even after living in Manchester for nearly a decade now, Newcastle still feels like home. [...] I arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the complimentary bacon sandwich and coffee on offer before finding some faces I recognised and settling in to the Electra Room where the main track was due to start, with Inviqa's very own Rowan Merewood taking to the stage to deliver the opening keynote.

He goes through each of the talks he attended (including the keynote) and gives an overview of their content:

  • Building Better Developers (Rowan Merewood)
  • API Driven Development: Eating Your Own Dog Food (Alex Bilbie)
  • Measuring and Logging Everything in Real Time (Bastian Hofmann)
  • Modernisation of legacy PHP applications using Symfony2 (Fabrice Bernhard)
  • Introduction to Symfony CMF (Likas Kahwe Smith)
  • Keeping The Cloud In Check (Thijs Feryn)
I took something from every talk and I don't really have a bad word to say about any of it. I hope this does not end up as the only PHPNE, it is only a shame that next year a new venue will likely need to be found as I expect demand for tickets will be high.
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Ibuildings techPortal:
Conference Report Whisky Web
May 09, 2012 @ 12:09:05

For those that couldn't attend this year's Whiskey Web conference and were wondering what it was like, you should check out this new summary from Marco De Bortoli on the Ibuildings techPortal.

Whisky Web is a brand new, fresh conference and the 2012 edition was the inaugural event, with hopefully many more to follow. This event has some familiar names from the PHP community behind it, Juozas "Joe" Kaziukėnas and his helpers Michael Maclean, Max Manders, Dale Harvey and Paul Dragoonis.

He talks about several of the sessions including the keynotes from Josh Holmes and David Zuelke and other sessions covering things like estimation, Node.js, the rush into new technologies, testing legacy code and running applications in "the cloud".

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Sameer Borate's Blog:
PHP 5.4.0 in a nutshell
April 09, 2012 @ 09:16:11

If you've been looking for the "quick and dirty" definition of all of the changes that come with the latest version of PHP 5.4, you should check out this new post from Sameer Borate. It has a quick rundown, code included, of these new features and changes.

Although purists have always sneered upon PHP for being a "patched" language; the evolution of PHP over the years, with new features added in every version, has only increased its popularity. The latest 5.4 release has followed the trend with some major feature additions. The following post describes some important changes in PHP 5.4.

His list includes: the updated array syntax, the bulit-in web server, array dereferencing, traits, upload progress tracking and various core changes to things like the short syntax for calling static methods in classes and the complete remval of magic quotes.

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Ibuildings Blog:
2011 A Year in PHP
January 27, 2012 @ 08:17:00

On the Ibuildings blog today there's a year in review post (from Ben Longden, Rowan Merewood and Alistair Stead) looking back at 2011 and everything that happened in the world of PHP.

2011 has flown by in a blur as we have been busy helping many new clients with large scale PHP projects - proof that PHP continues to gain traction with enterprise. [...] The ongoing financial climate only adds pressure for IT managers to cut costs and deliver more value from their existing infrastructure and therefore require enterprises to re-consider any prior aversion to open source and PHP. This is allowing our industry to consistently buck the trend of the markets and expand to support the increased demand.

They list some of the changes in PHP itself, like the Release Candidates for PHP 5.4 and the 5.3 requirements of some frameworks, as well as some community-related changes: Facebook's Virtual PHP Machine (hhvm) and the number of PHP-related events in Europe and the UK. They mention some projects that become more prominent in 2011 including BDD testing, Platform as a Service products and the EBay acquisition of Magento.

Also included in the post are a few predictions for 2012 including a possible merging of frameworks along similar strategies, the increased use of dependency injection containers and a serious look into caching in PHP applications.

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php|architect:
CodeWorks East 2011 Recap
December 16, 2011 @ 08:08:21

On the php|architect site today Keith Casey has written up a summary of the eastern leg of the CodeWorks conference tour that just wrapped up in Orlando, Florida.

While it will still be a few days weeks until I'm finally recovered, I wanted to share a recap of CodeWorks East 2011 while it was still fresh. If you're looking for the core presenters' slides, attendees will receive them via email but they will not be published publicly until after the West Coast Tour is complete in January 2012.

He mentions their sponsor first (Adobe) and then gets into the details of each stop along their way - Madison, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh and finally Orlando. Their west coast tour kicks off on January 10th in Seattle (with further stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin). You can find out more about the event on the CodeWorks site.

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Volker Dusch's Blog:
Textual code coverage information for PHPUnit
November 25, 2011 @ 16:11:41

In a new post to his blog Volker Dusch points out a new feature in a recent release of PHPUnit, the popular unit testing framework for PHP - textual code coverage details.

Three weeks ago PHPUnit 3.6 was released and it has a little new feature you might have missed until now. PHPUnit can now show you code coverage information on the command line.

Options for the report output include: colorizing, writing the output to a file, including a project summary, namespace separation and package (using the @package phpdoc tag) information. He includes a use case he's found for it - small projects where you can cover the whole codebase quickly (with a "watch" command example filtering based on a certain class).

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Ibuildings techPortal:
PHPNW11 Conference Report - Part II
October 28, 2011 @ 10:15:27

On the Ibuildings techPortal Marco De Bortoli has posted the second part of his summary of this year's PHP North West conference (you can find the first part here). In this part he briefly discusses the tutorial day and the main conference, including the sessions he attended.

This was a very social event from day one, warm and funny with a horde of geeks trying to mix with "normal people" (yes, that can happen if you attend the PHPNW conference, so try not to miss it next year). The best thing about PHP conferences is knowledge-sharing; you won't leave without a hundred different thoughts and ideas of how to do things better. Once again - definitely a good time, both personally and professionally. If you weren't there, you missed out!

The sessions he specifically mentions include the "Security" talk from Arne Blankerts, "Maintainable Applications in PHP Using Components" by Stuart Herbert, "PHP Extensions, why and what?" by Derick Rethans and "Acceptance & Integration Testing Using Behat" from Ben Waine.

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