PHP Annotated Monthly – July 2017
Summer has rolled around nicely, and as the weather hots up it’s PHP Annotated Monthly time again! Join PhpStorm Developer Advocate, Gary Hockin, as he rounds up all the articles in the PHP community in July’s Annotated Monthly.
PHP and Development
The big news is that PHP 7.2 Alpha 2 is released. It doesn’t look like 7.2 is going to have a huge exciting unique set of features but will be more of a maintenance release (but I haven’t done a lot of research yet so please shout at me if I’m wrong), with a few deprecations. These alpha releases are really important to catch bugs so I would encourage anyone who has the time to download, compile and run the tests for PHP 7.2. Thanks to all concerned in the release.
Other news from the wider world of PHP and development:
- Easily Convert Webpages to Images Using PHP
- PEAR Will Probably be Removed from MacOS X
- Poka Yoke – Saving Projects with Hyper-Defensive Programming
- Event Sourcing for the Rest of Us
- PHP Restful API User Authentication for Login and Signup
- Maybe in PHP
- What Is Snapshot Testing, and Is It Viable in PHP?
- PHP 5.6 Vs PHP 7 – Performance Benchmarks With Laravel 5
- Challenges Faced While Scaling to Serve Millions of Views
- How to Build a Cryptocurrency Auto-Trader Bot with PHP?
- Similarly-Named Functions and Their Use-Cases
- Cybersecurity State of the Union
- Eliminating Visual Debt
- Five Tips to Improve Your Unit Testing
Frameworks and Libraries
There have been some interesting posts about PHP tooling this month (as usual), the pick for me is:
- 8 Must Have PHP Quality Assurance Tools (2017 Update)
- Build a Simple Webchat with ReactPHP Server
- A Visual Editor for PHP Serialized Data
- My Journey Into Mautic
- Mautic Step 1 – Configuring an Email Service Provider
- How to make Sculpin Skip Certain Sources
- Doctrine Sharding
- Dynamic Page Templates in WordPress, Part 3
- Default Route Arguments in Slim
- How to Set up an Online Multi-Language Magazine with Sulu
- Getting Started with Sulu CMS on Vagrant The Right Way
- Building a PHP JSON Parser With Phunkie
- How to Scan Fingerprints with Async PHP and React Native
- Dockerizing GitLab Review Apps
- A Guide for Prioritizing Application Errors
- Hello, Laravel? Communicating With PHP Through SMS!
- Create A Contact Form In Laravel That Sends You An Email
- Make Your Laravel App Fly With PHP OPcache (valid outside of Laravel)
- Take a Deep Dive Into the Laravel Core
- Invisible reCAPTCHA Integration With Laravel
- Developing a CI Process for Laravel with Codeship and Forge
- How to Migrate from Zend Expressive Version 1 to 2 with Command-Line Tooling
- Convert Objects to Arrays and Back With Zend-Hydrator
- Simple Way to Add a Filter to Zend-InputFilter
- Validate Data Using Zend-Inputfilter
- Validate Input Using Zend-Validator
- Using Monolog with Zend Service Manager
- Create Modules and Middleware with Command-Line Tooling Support
- Filter Input Using Zend-Filter
- Zend Framework and PHP 7.1
Community, Career, and Events
We had a fantastic time at the Dutch PHP Conference in Amsterdam last week. It was amazing to see so many people come and visit our booth and talk about PhpStorm or just development in general. We also gave out all our yo-yos, so I hope that everyone who attended had as good a time as we did.
I really enjoyed A Programmer’s Cognitive Load which talks about how to configure your IDE and name things to make your code more readable and understandable. It uses PhpStorm as an example but is equally as applicable to any editor. The Broken Windows Theory or “Why Some Projects are Just Destined to Suck” also talks about how looking after the small things when you’re coding can make a big difference in the end – while I don’t like the title, the article makes a good point.
Finally, my good friend and fellow PHP South Coast organizer, James Titcumb, Talks About Last PHP South Coast And Zend Framework in an interesting interview on the Cloudways blog.
– Gary & The PhpStorm Team