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Laravel Podcast:
Episode 24 - Dog At The Keyboard
April 01, 2015 @ 11:25:00

The Laravel Podcast has released their latest episode (#24) - Dog at the Keyboard.

In this episode, the crew discusses PHP 7, Browserify, and their favorite Mac applications.

A brief description but the show runs about 30 minutes and is hosted by Matt Stauffer and guests Taylor Otwell and Jeffrey Way. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and get the latest shows as they're released.

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Developer Drive:
40+ tools for writing better PHP
April 01, 2015 @ 10:56:43

The Developer Drive site has posted their top 40+ list of libraries and tools that can help developers write better PHP. Their selections range from templating libraries to request handling and even testing tools.

There are scads of PHP tools available over the internet for php developers, but finding an appropriate PHP tool is quite an arduous task and demands effort and time. Today we've collected 45 handy PHP development tools for developers.

Included in their list are tools such as:

Several of the libraries can be installed via Composer (another tool in their list) but other items are stand-alone software that would need to be set up outside of the application.

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Replacing controllers with middleware
April 01, 2015 @ 09:53:50

Dracony has a new post to his site that suggests replacing controllers with middleware and how it relates to some of the current controller practices.

Middleware is now a very popular topic in the PHP community, here are some of my thoughts on the subject. [...] The idea behind it is "wrapping" your application logic with additional request processing logic, and then chaining as much of those wrappers as you like. So when your server receives a request, it would be first processed by your middlewares, and then after you generate a response it will also be processed by the same set.

After giving a few examples of what could be a good fit for use as middleware, he makes the suggestion to replace controllers. He talks about some of the problems that middleware brings with it and how to turn things around and write controllers as middleware (and not wrap them in it). He finishes with a mention of the work being done on PSR-7 (the HTTP Request proposal) and some thoughts on how it could fit into his middleware ideas.

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Cody Kennedy-Darby:
Testing Your Current Code Against PHP7 Or HHVM
April 01, 2015 @ 08:49:11

On Cory Kennedy-Darby has a quick post showing you how you can test your current code against the latest versions of PHP 7 with the help of DUnit.

DUnit (dee-unit) makes your life easier by allowing you to run your unit tests on different versions of PHP or HHVM. Different versions are possible by using Docker containers. Thanks to @danbruce each of the Docker containers are only, ~35 MB in size. [...] PHP7 isn't that far away. In fact, it is scheduled for release in ~8 months in November. Now is the perfect time to start testing your code against PHP7 nightly.

He starts with a few reasons you might want to test your code and things you can do to start "thinking forward" to when it is released. He then shows you how to install DUnit (more detail here) and use it to test on both PHP 7 and HHVM builds.

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Community News:
Recent posts from PHP Quickfix
April 01, 2015 @ 07:05:48

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A Beginner's Guide To Composer
March 31, 2015 @ 13:48:55

The site has posted a guide that can help you if you're just getting started in the world of PHP packages via Composer. In this new tutorial Daniel Pataki introduces you to the tool and how to use it to install the dependencies you need.

I'm sure there are plenty of coders out there who are wondering about the benefits of using composer and many who are afraid to make the leap into a new system. In this article we'll take a look at what exactly Composer is, what it does and why it is a great tool for PHP projects.

He starts with the basics of dependency management, why it would be used in a project and how it automates the installation and integration of 3rd party libraries. From there he helps you get Composer installed and starts in on a sample "composer.json" configuration file. In his example he installs Monolog, the popular PHP logging class. He talks some about how to specify versions, locking down the dependency versions to install and installing "developer only" requirements.

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Using HHVM With WordPress
March 31, 2015 @ 12:11:03

On the site today they've posted a new tutorial showing you how you can use WordPress with HHVM now that they're 100% compatible.

Over the past few months HHVM has taken the PHP community by storm. Since WordPress 3.9 was released, HHVM is now 100% compatible with WordPress.

Unfortunately, HHVM is not quite ready for use in production in self-hosted environments. In my experience, HHVM crashes about once per day, which makes it not viable for a site where high availability is important. Recently, WP Engine has released project Mercury which seamlessly allows HHVM to gracefully fail by falling back to PHP 5.5 when it fails. In this article, we're going to install HHVM on an Ubuntu server running the latest LTS release, 14.04.

They walk you through the full process including:

  • installing MySQL
  • Installing Nginx
  • Installing HHVM
  • Setting up and configuring them all to play nicely with WordPress

It's a pretty short article and doesn't get into the specifics of the WordPress setup steps past ensuring it's working with HHVM but it does give a good starting place.

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Derick Rethans:
Xdebug 2.3 Improvements to Tracing
March 31, 2015 @ 11:15:33

Derick Rethans has posted a new article in his series highlighting some of the changes in the latest release of Xdebug (v2.3). In this new post he talks about some of the improvements in the trace file functionality.

Trace files are a way to document every function call, and if you enable it, variable assignment and function's return values - including when these functions were called, and how much memory PHP was using at the moment of function entry (and exit). Xdebug 2.3 adds a new type of parameter rendering for stack traces and function traces through the xdebug.collect_params setting.

This new setting allows much more information to be reported back in the trace results, adding on a serialized version of the value of variables. He also shows the output results (human-readable) that shows the memory usage and time index for the execution. He also shows the new handling to include return values in the trace output using the "xdebug.trace_format" handling.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with David Stockton
March 31, 2015 @ 10:34:03

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with David Stockton, a conference goer and member of the Front Range PHP User Group

Cal and David talk about conferences and how it has had an effect on him as a programmer. Cal also asks him about his preference between going to sessions versus hanging out in the "hallway track".

You can listen to this episode either through the in-page audio player or you can download the mp3 of the show. If you enjoy the episode, you can subscribe to their feed.

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Community News:
Latest PECL Releases for 03.31.2015
March 31, 2015 @ 07:03:42

Latest PECL Releases:
  • imagick 3.3.0RC1 - Added ImagickKernel class. These can be used with the Imagick::morphology or Imagick::filter functions. - Added methods: * Imagick::brightnessContrastImage() * Imagick::colorMatrixImage() * Imagick::deleteImageProperty() * Imagick::filter() * Imagick::forwardFourierTransformImage() * Imagick::getAntiAlias() * Imagick::getImageCompression() * Imagick::getRegistry() * Imagick::getQuantum() * Imagick::identifyFormat() * Imagick::inverseFourierTransformImage() * Imagick::isPixelSimilarQuantum() * Imagick::listRegistry() * Imagick::morphology() * Imagick::rotationalBlurImage() * Imagick::selectiveBlurImage() * Imagick::setAntiAlias() * Imagick::setImageBiasQuantum() * Imagick::setProgressMonitor() * Imagick::setRegistry() - which allows setting the "temporary-path" used by ImageMagick * Imagick::statisticImage() * Imagick::subImageMatch() * ImagickPixel::getColorQuantum() - Added constants: * Imagick::RESOURCETYPE_TIME * Imagick::RESOURCETYPE_THROTTLE * Imagick::CHANNEL_RGBA * Imagick::ALPHACHANNEL_BACKGROUND * Imagick::FUNCTION_ARCSIN * Imagick::FUNCTION_ARCTAN - Fixed Imagick::clutImage() parameter parsing - Fixed tint image bug - Fixed ImageMagick compiled with HDRI having quantum values as floats - Fixed memory leaks in: * Imagick::getImageBlob() * Imagick::getImagesBlob() * Imagick::getImageChannelStatistics() * Imagick::getImageFormat() * Imagick::getImageMimetype() * Imagick::getSamplingFactors() * Imagick::identifyImage() * Imagick::tintImage - Fixed segfault when compiling statically - ImagickDraw::setFontFamily no longer checks whether the font is available. This allows a font family to be set where the family name is not the same as the font name. However it also means an invalid family name can be set, leading to the default font being used, instead of an exception being thrown. See - Removed Zend MM support - Excluded deprecated methods: * Imagick::getImageMatte() * Imagick::colorFloodfillImage() * Imagick::matteFloodfillImage() * Imagick::paintFloodfillImage() * Imagick::paintOpaqueImage() * Imagick::paintTransparentImage() * Imagick::mapImage() * Imagick::recolorImage() * Imagick::setImageIndex() * Imagick::getImageIndex() * Imagick::getImageSize() * Imagick::setImageAttribute() * Imagick::getImageAttribute() * Imagick::mosaicImages() * Imagick::averageImages() * Imagick::flattenImages() This is replaced by $im = $im->mergeImageLayers(Imagick::LAYERMETHOD_FLATTEN) * Imagick::getImageChannelExtrema() * Imagick::getImageExtrema() - Ini file changes * Added imagick.skip_version_check. Imagick now checks that it was compiled against the same version of ImageMagick that it is being run with, and will give a warning if it was compiled against a different version of ImageMagick. The skip_version_check setting allows you to suppress this warning. However it is strongly recommended to use the version of ImageMagick that Imagick was compiled against. - Misc: * CI now compiles with CFLAGS="-Wno-deprecated-declarations -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Werror"

  • xxtea 1.0.10 Fixed typo in configure output

  • swoole 1.7.14 - Update websocket server onOpen callback params - Update websocket server onMessage callback params - Added swoole_server->tick/swoole_timer_tick function - Fixed onReceive data merge failure - Added http server gzip compression supports - Update http server allows sending empty body

  • mongodb 0.3.1 * PHPC-211: Windows libbson and mongoc config files missing in release archive

  • mongodb 0.3.0 * PHPC-175: Fix header includes on Windows * PHPC-175: Fix build on 32bit * PHPC-175: Windows doesn't have these compiler attributes * IPHPC-176: Copy build templates, add missing file & set build flags * PHPC-200: Don't set stream initiator when creating client fails * PHPC-199: Missing file from mongoc in config.m4 * Update naming after PHPC-174

  • mongo 1.6.6 ** Bug * [PHP-1413] - Driver segfaults with SSL connection and no context options * [PHP-1414] - SSL peer verification should reference stream->context options

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