PHP Annotated Monthly – August 2017

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It’s PHP Annotated Monthly time again. Fresh off a relaxing holiday, PhpStorm Developer Advocate Gary Hockin rounds up all that’s interesting and educational in the PHP world.

PHP, Testing & Development

There’s a slight tweak to the naming of this category as I’ve decided to bundle in testing topics with PHP and development rather than frameworks and libraries.

PHP 7.2 continues to roll onwards closer to release time with the release of beta 2. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this amazing new release – if you’d like to try it out then try the Testing PHP 7.2 With Docker by Colin O’Dell.

If you are working with the PHP 7.2 beta then you’ll want to upgrade to PhpStorm 2017.2.1, as it has support for PHP 7.2 built in.

Frameworks and Libraries

We’ve got the usual raft of Laravel articles with many looking at new features in the upcoming 5.5 release. Since I’ve started grouping these into the relevant frameworks for ease of consumption I’ve had a few people complaining that I’m not including enough of their preferred framework. I use a number of sources to compile the articles (and then read each one to check it’s suitable for inclusion), and I’m always open to adding more sources. I want to assure you there’s no bias at my end (if there was it would be wall to wall Zend Framework content), but rather the volume of content released for your framework in any month dictates how many I decide to include. Sorry if you’re framework is having a light month!


Zend Framework



Community, Career, and Events

Community stalwart and all around nice guy Ben Ramsey have stepped up to the plate to get Testfest going again for 2017. PHP Testfest is an event that attempts to get more PHPT tests for the core language by roping in user groups to help get the coverage improved. You can learn more in his blog post Announcing Testfest 2017.

Zeev Suraski of Zend has been trying to collect stories about how PHP has changed your life – if you have anything of interest check out Your PHP Stories.

I really enjoyed The CFP Process for SymfonyCon and SymfonyLive Events. As a speaker and former conference organiser, it’s always very interesting to see what the processes are behind calls for papers so thanks to the Symfony events team for sharing this.

– Gary & The PhpStorm Team


About Gary Hockin

Gary Hockin has been creating code to power web applications for 15 years, the last three of them at an extraordinary level. He is handsome, talented, funny and articulate, and also extremely modest. Gary is a valued contributor to Zend Framework 2 and is a member of the community review team. He's married and has two wonderful children, and when he's not coding, writing about code, speaking about code or reading about code, he can usually be found in the pub playing pool.
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