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Toptal Blog:
10 Most Common PHP Mistakes
July 17, 2014 @ 12:52:40

On the Toptal blog Ilya Sanosyan has a post sharing what he sees as the top ten most common mistakes PHP developers make on a day to day basis. While most of the tips are code-specific there are one or two that are a bit more abstract.

PHP makes it relatively easy to build a web-based system, which is much of the reason for its popularity. But its ease of use notwithstanding, PHP has evolved into quite a sophisticated language, with many nuances and subtleties that can bite developers, leading to hours of hair-pulling debugging. This article highlights ten of the more common mistakes that PHP developers need to beware of.

Among the items on his list are things like:

  • Leaving dangling array references after foreach loops
  • Confusion about returning by reference vs. by value
  • Memory usage headfakes and inefficiencies
  • Assuming $_POST will always contain your POST data
  • Thinking that PHP supports a character data type

Each of the items comes with a good description, some code and suggestions on how to avoid and/or fix it in your applications.

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Link: http://www.toptal.com/php/10-most-common-mistakes-php-programmers-make

NetTuts.com:
10 Tips for Learning a New Technology
May 10, 2013 @ 10:54:10

On NetTuts.com today they've posted a list of tips they think will help you learn a new technology faster. They've broken it up into ten different steps, some which could be done at any time but some have a bit more of an order.

We live in a very exciting time. Never before has education been so cheaply available to the masses (if not free). The medium, itself, has made tectonic shifts from a classroom setting, to blogs, screencasts and complete university classes, as a set of videos and interactive forums. Given these resources, there's absolutely no excuse not to dive in and learn. However, with such a wealth of resources, filtering through the options can often become overwhelming. In this article, I will outline a simple process to kick-start your education.

Among the items in their list there's things like:

  • "Let the Information Flow Begin"
  • "Listen and Watch"
  • "Blogging"
  • "Feel the Pulse"
  • "Meetups and Conferences"

Each tip comes with a bit of description and some links to other resources and tools that can help you along your way.

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Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/articles/general/10-tips-for-learning-a-new-technology

Richard Thomas' Blog:
Solar Framework Shorts - Top 10 reasons to use Solar
November 10, 2009 @ 10:26:53

Richard Thomas is back with another post in his "Solor Framework Shorts" series. This latest post includes ten of the reasons why you should make Solar the frmaework of choice for your next project.

Here is a community built list with the top 10 most popular reasons to use Solar Framework, maybe if your not currently using Solar Framework one or two of these items will perk your interest up and get you to take a look.

Mentioned in the list are things like:

  • Structure that just makes sense
  • Built in easy to use Locale system
  • Solar Views based on Savant the best Template system in the Cosmos
  • The community, active and tight knit

Check out the full post for the rest of the list.

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CMSMatch.com:
Top 10 CMS scored by functionality
October 05, 2009 @ 12:23:30

On the CMSMatch.com site there's a new post with a "top ten" list ranking some of the popular content management systems:

CMS Match collected data on CMS functionality categories, such as core apps, flexibility, interoperability, mobile internet, performance, security and available support. The available functionalities are scored for each CMS. For example a blog functionality. Scores range from not available (0 points) through limited (5 points) to fully supported (10 points). Based on these scores, CMS Match was able to calculate a top 25.

PHP content management systems included in their list are eZ Publish, Acquia, WordPress and Joomla.

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NETTUTS.com:
10 Principles of the PHP Masters
September 09, 2008 @ 10:28:34

The NETTUTS website has posted a top ten list of things from the PHP masters out there, a few words of wisdom to live by. Here's the list along with the authors of each:

  • Use PHP Only When You Need it - Rasmus Lerdorf
  • Use Many Tables With PHP and MYSQL for Scalability - Matt Mullenweg
  • Never, ever trust your users - Dave Child
  • Invest in PHP Caching - Ben Balbo
  • Speed up PHP Development with an IDE, Templates and Snippets - Chad Kieffer
  • Make Better Use of PHP's Filter Functions - Joey Sochacki
  • Use a PHP Framework - Josh Sharp
  • Don't use a PHP Framework - Rasmus Lerdorf
  • Use Batch Processing - Jack D. Herrington
  • Turn on Error Reporting Immediately - David Cummings

Some of them are conflicting, but that just means that you'll have to do what you've always done - take advice with a grain of salt and ultimately decide what's best for you and your application.

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Nick Halstead's Blog:
Poll - Top 10 Programmers of All Time
July 04, 2007 @ 08:55:44

Nick Halstead is conducting a poll of his own to try to figure out who the online community thinks are the "Top 10 Programmers of All Time".

My original list was based upon my programming background and was purely my own opinion and I did not expect everyone to agree with it. What I thought I would do this time round was to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion. [...] have pre-filled 18 programmers from my original list plus those that were suggested in the comments.

You can vote on a wide range of developers, including several PHP-associated once like Rasmus Lerdorf, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski.

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Zend Developer Zone:
George Schlossnagle Presents Talk on High Performance PHP
July 26, 2006 @ 06:01:12

The Zend Developer Zone (with Cal Evans currently at OSCON) spotlights George Schlossnagle's talk, "High Performance PHP".

George Schlossnagle gave a talk on "High Performance PHP" which was very good. At OmniTI, George works with a lot of different clients helping them resolve bottlenecks and squeeze the most out of their applications. This experience along with the collective knowledge of OmniTI gives him unique insight into ways to speed up PHP applications. I only got to sit in on a small portion of his session but even so, I was able to get some good tips.

Cal opts for more of an overview than a summary (the talk/session was about 3.5 hours long), so he includes the "10 Best Practices" George shared to help the performance of your applications.

Included in the list are:

  • Control your include trees to no more than 10 includes
  • Be mindful of how you use other network resources
  • Output buffering and compression are good.
  • Profile early, profile often.

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Cameron Olthuis' Blog:
Top 10 Web Developer Libraries
June 20, 2006 @ 06:21:22

Cameron Olthuis wants to share the tools that he finds th emost useful with the entire web, so he's posted them here on his blog.

His list includes libraries from all different technologies, not just PHP. Several are Javascript-related, but it's always good to have a complete toolkit on hand when trying to tackle some of the more difficult things.

Included in his list are things like:

  • Moo.fx - a Javascript effects library
  • Swat - an open source web application toolkit
  • PEAR - the PHP package repository
  • Mochikit - lightweight Javascript library

Be sure to check out the post and its comments for more great resources!

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