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Coen Jacobs:
Updating PHP is everyone's responsibility
March 11, 2015 @ 10:06:46

In his latest post Coen Jacons suggests that updating PHP is everyone's responsibility - that keeping the PHP installation on your systems up to date is important for everyone, not just the system administrators.

The number one remark I heard when I launched WPupdatePHP, is that users shouldn't be bothered with this. In an ideal world, this is true, but in reality this isn't going to stand for long. [...] I know the WordPress core team is working really hard to get webhosting companies to update their PHP versions and I agree up to a certain level that this is the best way. It's not the only way though. [...] This will help lower the percentage of PHP 5.2 and 5.3 users out there. There still will be people on older PHP versions who are caught out and without them knowing what is going on, nothing will change for them.

He talks about the efforts the WordPress core team is doing to try to convince hosting providers to update, but points out that while WordPress aims to run on those old versions, staying on them is a mistake. He also mentions that an effort like this is a constant thing, always changing as the PHP versions released change. He ends the post with a "call to arms" for users out there, encouraging them to get talking to their hosting provider and get those PHP versions updated.

Don't understand me wrong, I like what WordPress is doing to get these requirements bumped, but I think it's not enough. I disagree on the fact that users shouldn't be involved in this. It's easy enough for users to request their hosting platform to be upgraded. If their request isn't heard, they should find a better webhosting company. [...] It's been long enough, I choose to act now.
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Link: http://coenjacobs.me/updating-php-everyones-responsibility/

NetTuts.com:
What's New in Laravel 5
February 13, 2015 @ 10:24:47

The NetTuts.com site has a new post today sharing some of what's new in Laravel 5, the latest release of the popular PHP framework. Version 5 was announced back on February 5th.

The PHP community has recently been blessed with a new release of one of its most loved frameworks, Laravel. Version 5.0.1 is a major release, so not only are there some great new features available, but the architectural foundations of the framework have also been altered to some extent. So, without any further ado, I am going to dive right into the framework and show you all the good things the latest release has to offer.

He touches on a few of the main differences between version 5 and the previous versions including:

  • Differences in directory structure
  • How method injection is handled
  • The use of contracts (interfaces)
  • Route caching and middleware
  • Authentication changes
  • Events and commands

There's more on his list, each with a description and sometimes a bit of code to help explain the changes. Check out the full post for the remainder of the list and details on those listed above.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/whats-new-in-laravel-5--cms-21842

Liip Blog:
New Relic extension for HHVM updated to latest version
January 20, 2015 @ 10:04:14

In his latest post to the Liip blog Christian Stocker points out that the New Relic extension for HHVM has been updated for the latest versions of HHVM to work a bit more seamlessly.

Since HHVM 3.4 it's theoretically possible to have your own external profiler for function level profiling (like xhprof or xdebug) without having to recompile HHVM itself. Unfortunately it wasn't perfect (or I couldn't make it running), but there's a patch in the master branch now (the upcoming 3.6), which seems to solve that problem. So I worked a little bit on my extension in the last few days and I adjusted a lot of things and improved some other stuff.

He talks about the improvements New Relic has made on their functionality and some slowness that still exists in the "hotprofiler". He points out, however, that if you just want overall statistics and not specific, method level ones, you don't really even need to use it. He offers a word of caution when using his extension and when it may fall back to "userland level profiling" instead.

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Link: http://blog.liip.ch/archive/2015/01/19/new-relic-extension-for-hhvm-updated-to-latest-version.html

AWS Development Blog:
Preview the AWS Resource APIs for PHP
January 06, 2015 @ 10:32:37

On the AWS development blog Jeremy Lindblom has a recent post with a preview of the AWS resource APIs for PHP and the AWS SDK for PHP.

This year is just about over, but we are too excited to wait until the new year to share with you a feature we are developing for the AWS SDK for PHP. We are calling it the AWS Resource APIs for PHP. This feature is maintained as a separate package, but it acts as an extension to Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP.

He talks about the new resource objects that contain information to identify what it represented (like a S3 bucket or SQS queue) and includes an example object structure. He shows how to perform actions on the objects and working with collections. He also includes a helpful hint about using the "respondsTo" method on the object to get the methods the object can use.

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Link: http://blogs.aws.amazon.com/php/post/Tx3K1TS5GUKJR85/Preview-the-AWS-Resource-APIs-for-PHP

Symfony Blog:
Symfony 2014 Year in Review Symfony Documentation
December 31, 2014 @ 10:37:11

The Symfony blog has posted an update from the perspective of the documentation for the framework. Their "year in review" includes details for each section and the updates made.

2014 has been the busiest year in the entire history of the Symfony Documentation thanks to the amazing work of our documentation managers (Ryan Weaver, Christian Flothmann and Wouter De Jong) and the hundreds of documentation contributors.

They also talk about the best practices book, the new quick tour and Fabien Potencier's own How to Create Your Own Framework series. Among the list of their top ten most popular pages are the docs for:

Check out the full post for the rest of the list and what changes were made in each section.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-2014-year-in-review-symfony-documentation

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.35, 5.5.19 and 5.6.3 Released
November 14, 2014 @ 12:08:25

Several new versions of the PHP language have been released, including several bugfixes and security-related issues (including CVE-2014-3710. Updates are available for all current major versions:

Upgrading is recommended, especially if you're making use of the fileinfo functionality. You can get these latest versions from the main downloads page (or the Windows.php.net). You can find out about the other changes in these releases in the Changelog

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-11-13-3

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Joomla's Coming of Age
November 13, 2014 @ 12:56:15

In the latest post to the SitePoint PHP blog Adedayo Adeniyi talks about Joomla's "coming of age" and some of the changes that have come/are coming in the latest versions.

Over the years, there has been a healthy rivalry between the main CMSes in use on the planet: WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!, and all three have hosts of die-hard fans that would pitch for their favorites over the others any day. Don't worry, I'm not about to add to the high pile of subjective CMS comparison posts available on the web. Instead, I will briefly review all the recent changes in Joomla! that have modernized it for the present day developer - from version 3.0 onwards (currently 3.3).

She talks about some of the most recent changes including easier updating, the tool being mobile friendly out of the box and more flexible user access handling. She also mentions the improvements in "developer friendliness" and that it's become a good bit more security-conscious. Other topics mentioned include the JED (Joomla Extension Directory), smart search/tagging and improved database handling.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/joomlas-coming-age/

HHVM Blog:
Hack Recent Updates
October 22, 2014 @ 09:37:26

On the HHVM blog today they've posted some updates about the language that helps power the HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine), Hack, and the most recent changes and improvements made to the language.

One thing we haven't talked about much is the progress and evolution of the language itself. We've been busy driving the language forward, improving its PHP base as well as adding new features requested inside and outside Facebook to further increase developers' productivity. But unless you're the sort of person that reads every commit going into the HHVM github repository or every change to our docs site, you probably have no idea about any of these changes since we haven't talked much about them yet.

This post is a "kickoff" of a series of posts they'll be doing covering some of the major changes to the language including:

  • Typechecking new static()
  • First-class enums
  • Better understanding the type signatures of the PHP standard library
  • Covariance

Stay tuned to the blog for the full series.

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Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/6443/hack-recent-updates

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.34 & 5.6.2 Released
October 17, 2014 @ 10:14:07

On the main PHP.net site an announcement has been posted about the release of the two latest versions in the PHP 5.4.x and 5.6.x series - PHP 5.4.34 and 5.6.2

These releases fix several bugs in both versions including several security-related issues including CVE-2014-3668, CVE-2014-3669 and CVE-2014-3670. In the 5.4.34 release there was also a fix put in to correct a regression issue in the OpenSSL functionality.

As both of these contain security-related fixes, it's strongly recommended that you upgrade as soon as possible. As always, you can find the latest downloads on the main downloads page or windows.php.net for the Windows users. The full list of changes in each of the versions can be found in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-10-16-3

Frank Karlitschek:
A possible future for PHP
October 03, 2014 @ 11:57:06

In a recent post from Frank Karlitschek he speculates about the future of PHP and what when into their (ownCloud) decision to go with it as a primary language. The post also proposes several changes he'd also like to see in the language to help improve it in the future.

PHP is not the most hip programming language in the world. Actually the opposite. It has a relatively bad reputation. I personally was never a big fan of choosing the technologies based on what is cool or "modern" or in vogue. I think there are different technology for different jobs and they should be evaluated objectively and choose without to much emotion involved. So I don't understand the religious discussions why tool x is always better than technology. I think it is all about the right technology for the job after a fair assessment of course. So I'm still very happy with this decision to use PHP. So far we have not seen any bigger architectural technical problems [for ownCloud] that we can't solve with PHP.

Among his suggestions for change are things like enhanced security features (and better teaching around best practices on the topic), a simplified compile and runtime configuration, function/class naming inconsistencies and the introduction of static typing. It's his opinion that this list can help PHP "move to the next level". There's plenty of comments on the post, both supporting and refuting the opinions Frank has included in his list...be sure to give them a read.

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Link: http://karlitschek.de/2014/10/a-possible-future-for-php


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