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PHP-FIG Voting on PSR-4 Opened
September 20, 2013 @ 12:18:31

The PHP-FIG has officially started the voting process for the PSR-4 autoloading standard that would provide an interface to make autoloading a bit more standardized across applications.

The purpose is to specify the rules for an interoperable PHP autoloader that maps namespaces to file system paths, and that can co-exist with any other SPL registered autoloader. This would be an addition to, not a replacement for, PSR-0.

The current autoloading standard definition (PSR-0) still allows for the use of the underscore in class names to resolve to directory paths in the application's files. In this new standard, that allowance is gone, relying only on the actual namespacing to define package pathing. This "package-oriented autoloading" is set to help move PHP package development forward into a more standardized structure.

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Link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/php-fig/NWfyAeF7Psk

Community News:
Yii Framework Project Joins PHP-FIG
September 17, 2013 @ 12:18:28

According to this recent discussion on the PHP-FIG mailing list, the Yii framework project has tossed their hat into the ring and joined the PHP-FIG.

As Alexander Makarov writes in his post:

I'd like to apply for voting membership because I feel that fig is very important and that I have enough experience to make the final result better.

All of the votes from current members have been "+1" for the project's inclusion into the standards group including ones from several other well-known projects (like Zend Framework, PEAR and Doctrine).

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Link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/php-fig/8cNsxj0YhGs

Phil Sturgeon:
Progress in the PHP-FIG
August 15, 2013 @ 11:13:55

Phil Sturgeon has a new post about some of the progress the PHP-FIG is making (the PHP framework interoperability group) and how some of the more recently proposed standards...and a workflow he thinks can help keep things from fading like they are now.

For the last two years the ML has been chock full of different discussions about potential PSRs that could be worked on. [...] This to me is the central point of the PHP-FIG as by defining these standards it can stop the need to build 6 different damn adapter classes for your composer package if you want it to work with Buzz, Guzzle, Zend HTTP, Curl, Whatever). [...] It became apparent to me that the PHP-FIG wasn't going to get all that far as things stood. I actually saw quite a few problems with the workflow.

To try to help resolve these problems, Phil has proposed a bylaw that aims to help (and has since been voted in as part of the process). The flow has several steps that a PSR proposal has to go through, all tracked by co-sponsors, one being the main coordinator. It goes through a pre-draft, draft, review and acceptance phases. There's also some points in there about attribution, the use of the voting protocol and the flow of the voting process.

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Link: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2013/08/progress-in-the-phpfig

PHPClasses.org:
Lately in PHP, Episode 34 A Better PHP Feature Voting Process
April 10, 2013 @ 09:49:59

PHPClasses.org has posted the latest episode (#34) of their "Lately in PHP" podcast series. In this episode they talk about the current PHP voting process for features and a possibly better one that was proposed.

This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Cesar Rodas on the episode 34 of the Lately in PHP podcast. They also discussed about the latest PHP releases, updating PHP with minimized downtime, as well how brilliant are some developers for creating pure PHP components that overcome PHP limitations without upgrading to a newer PHP version.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or subscribing to their feed. If you'd like to see the video recording of the session you can check that out over on YouTube.

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Link: http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/204-A-Better-PHP-Feature-Voting-Process--Lately-in-PHP-podcast-episode-34.html

Phil Sturgeon:
PHP 6 Pissing in the Wind
January 28, 2013 @ 10:42:16

With some of the recent talk about the consistency of naming methods in PHP (or lack thereof) Phil Sturgeon has put together some ideas about why this (and unicode) changes aren't happing in the language.

PHP is well known for having an inconsistent API when it comes to PHP functions. Anyone with an anti-PHP point of view will use this as one of their top 3 arguments for why PHP sucks, while most PHP developers will point out that they don't really care. [...] Another big thing that anti-PHP folks laugh about is the lack of scalar objects, so instead of $string->length() you have to do strlen($string). ANOTHER thing that people often joke about is how PHP 6.0 just never happened, because the team were trying to bake in Unicode support but just came across so many issues that it never happened.

He shares an "obvious answer" to the problems and shares a theory as to why it's not happening - that no one is really working on out (outisde of this POC) and some of the handling with the recent property accessors RFC. He finishes off the post with three more points, all related to the results of the voting - little points seem to get voted in easier, the representation of developers in the process and that at least one of the "no" votes had to do with not wanting to maintain the results.

Making changes to this language should not be blocked just because a quiet minority of the core team don't like the idea of being asked to do stuff.

Be sure to check out the comments on the post - there's lots of them, so be sure you have some good time to read.

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PHPMaster.com:
PSR-1 and PSR-2 to be Approved as Standards
May 22, 2012 @ 13:18:40

As is mentioned in this new post to PHPMaster.com, the PHP standards group is officially in the voting process on two new standards (PSR-0 being the first) setting up some standard development practices for PHP applications - PSR-1 and PSR-2.

They initially started out as one proposal but the initial round of voting didn't yield a majority in favor. Participants did however see merit in various requirements the decision was made to split it into 2 proposals - one for mandatory interoperability and one for suggested style.

The PSR-1 standard proposes some basic coding standards (like namespacing structure and class/method naming definitions) and the PSR-2 standard covers similar things, but more in-depth with more recommendations.

If you want to find out how your application stacks up against this new standard, you can try out PHP-CS-Fixer (from Fabien Potencier) to see how many things need an update.

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Community News:
Voting open on 2010 Open Source Awards
October 06, 2010 @ 11:24:26

According to this new post on the Zend Developer Zone, the voting state of the Packt 2010 Open Source Awards has officially started and you can cast your vote in one of many categories (and maybe win a prize for your efforts).

The nomination stage is now closed and voting has begun in the 2010 Open Source Awards. [...] You can cast your vote here: http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/voting-stage.

The categories for the awards this year are:

  • Open Source CMS Award
  • Hall of Fame CMS
  • Most Promising Open Source Project
  • Open Source E-Commerce Applications
  • Open Source JavaScript Libraries
  • Open Source Graphics Software

If you want more information or to cast your vote for any of the projects in these categories, go over to the Packt voting page and get your opinion heard.

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