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Expert Developer:
Install PHP CodeSniffer on Windows Machine
July 29, 2014 @ 10:33:45

On the Expert Developer site there's a new tutorial showing you how to get the PHP CodeSniffer tool up and working on a Windows installation. PHP CodeSniffer provides functionality to enforce standards and best practices in your application's development (providing code quality).

In this article we will focus on improving Code Quality. Very first step towards improving code quality is to maintain coding standards across developers. [...] Here we will talk about PHP CodeSniffer, which help us to maintain coding standard across multiple developer. Dealing with CodeSniffer is much easier: create rule set, validate your file against your rule set and get the result immediately. It will immediately show how many mistakes you have made in terms of following coding standards and eventually all developer will start coding as per coding standards you have defined.

There's two main parts to the article: first is getting PEAR installed (a package manager for PHP) and then using it to install CodeSniffer. Complete instructions and commands are included as well as a few screenshots along the way.

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Link: http://www.xpertdeveloper.com/2014/07/install-php-codesniffer-on-windows-machine/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 48 Old as Dirt
July 24, 2014 @ 12:55:53

The /Dev/Hell podcast has released their latest episode today, number 48: Old As Dirt. In this episode hosts Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler are joined by guest Elizabeth Smith about being "old as dirt" and mentoring other developers.

Our guest this week is Elizabeth Smith, PHP internals veteran and guru of PHP on Windows (she says "I wish every company was as good at giving back to open source as Microsoft"). We talk about being Old as Dirt in relation to a blog post Ed made last week, how to mentor up and coming developers, and the history of PHP on Windows.

They also talk about Ed's The Developer's Dystopian Future article, PHP-GTK and the PHPMentoring project. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-07-11/old-as-dirt/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.25 Released!
February 07, 2014 @ 09:35:28

On the main PHP.net site today, the development group has posted about the release of the latest version in the PHP 5.4.x series - PHP 5.4.25:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.25. 5 bugs were fixed in this release. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Things fixed in this release include corrections for the language core, mysqlnd, PDO_pgsql and session handling. As always, you can download this latest release from the main downloads page or the Windows site for users of the binary.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-02-06-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.9 is ready for download
February 06, 2014 @ 09:29:17

The PHP.net site has officially announced the release of the latest version of the PHP 5.5.x series today - PHP 5.5.9.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.9. This release fixes several bugs against PHP 5.5.8.

Fixes in this release include updates to:

  • OPCache
  • Session handling
  • Sockets
  • Zend Engine compilation failure

You can downloading this latest release either from the main downloads page or for Windows users on windows.php.net.

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Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-02-05-4

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Mark Brown
January 21, 2014 @ 10:44:43

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest community interview today, this time with Mark Brown, a community evangelist for Windows Azure.

They talk some about the Windows Azure product and what kind of functionality it can currently offer PHP developers and applications. He talks some about the operating systems they've made available on the platform and the "community" virtual machine images. These run anything from a regular LAMP stack out to installed applications (like Drupal or WordPress). They also discuss the Azure target markets and how it can help make developers' lives easier.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. You can also subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/01/21/interview-with-mark-brown/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.8 Released
January 13, 2014 @ 09:10:20

The PHP development group has officially released version 5.5.8 of the PHP language:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.8. This release fixes about 20 bugs against PHP 5.5.7 components.

There's no critical issues fixed in this release, but - as always - it's recommended that you update. Changes cover a wide range of areas in the language including the Date, DOM, Filter, GD MySQLi, SOAP and Sockets functionality. You can download this latest source version from the downloads page or the Windows binaries. If you'd like to view the full list of fixes and changes, check out the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-01-10-1

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP and WMI - Dig deep into Windows with PHP
December 24, 2013 @ 12:30:25

On the SitePoint PHP blog they've posted a new tutorial that "digs deep" into PHP on Windows with WMI, the Windows Management Instrumentation functionality - a web-based architecture information gathering system.

There are many devices (servers, desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, etc) running a Windows operating system. Many of us who live in the nix based world have to work in this OS, or if we don't, we will, sooner or later. Besides the regular tools we can expect from a *nix system (say Apache, PHP, MySQL, C/C++ compilers, etc), Windows offers a set of unique features not present in any other OS, and WMI is one of them. In this article, we will address the questions like: What is WMI? How to use WMI with PHP? We will have some minimal sample codes to go through the basic programming techniques.

He starts off the post briefly explaining what WMI is and what kinds of problems it solves. He shows you how to check if it's installed (it probably is on most recent Windows machines) and that it's enabled. He also shows how to configure the firewall to allow WMI connections and the library you'll need to get the PHP support functional (php_com_dotnet.dll). He then gets into what kind of information you can get from WMI including local hardware information, BIOS details and memory usage. Some simple code is included using the COM functionality to connect to the server and run a query.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-wmi-dig-deep-windows-php

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.5 Released
October 17, 2013 @ 09:06:46

As mentioned on the official PHP.net site today, the latest version of the PHP 5.5.x series has been released - PHP 5.5.5:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.5. This release fixes about twenty bugs against PHP 5.5.4, some of them regarding the build system. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this new version.

You can download it from all of the usual sources - the source from the main downloads page or the Windows binaries from windows.php.net. If you're interested in what changed in this release, check out the full Changelog. The release includes fixes in the CLI server, Datetime functionality, filtering, sockets and the XMLReader (among several others).

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2013.php#id2013-10-16-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.20 Released
September 20, 2013 @ 09:33:13

The PHP development group has officially announced the latest release in the PHP 5.4.x series - PHP 5.4.20. It's mostly a bugfix release, but users are encouraged to upgrade.

Changes in this new release include fixes for:

  • A segfault in the CLI Apache SAPI
  • Segfault on using traits with get_class_methods
  • The use of maxint in array_sum
  • A failure on build with DTrace
  • An issue with "make install" in CGI mode

As always, you can download the latest version from the downloads page or, for the Windows users out there, windows.php.net.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-09-19-2

DotKernel.com:
Installing GeoIP extension in Zend Server 5.6 on Windows
August 01, 2013 @ 10:10:26

On the DotKernel.com site today there's a post walking you through the installation of the GeoIP extension on Zend Server (5.6) on Windows. It starts with a bit of test code to check and see if you might already have it installed.

The steps are relatively easy:

  • Download the extension package
  • Copy it to the right location
  • Use the Zend Server interface to turn on the extension
  • Download and copy some geoIP databases from Maxmind

Most of these steps go for any extension you want to install, but keep in mind since it's Windows you'll need the .dll file, not the source to compile. Some extensions may not have this available for download.

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Link: http://www.dotkernel.com/dotkernel/installing-geoip-extension-in-zend-server-5-6-on-windows/


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