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Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Paris is announced December 3-5!
April 20, 2015 @ 12:11:56

The Symfony blog has officially announced SymfonyCon Paris including its dates - December 3rd through 5th.

We're so thrilled and excited to announce SymfonyCon Paris! We've just confirmed the official dates, SymfonyCon Paris 2015 will be December 3-5 in a famous Parisian theater: Les Folies Bergère!

To celebrate Symfony's 10th birthday it was logical to come back to Symfony's hometown. As you were (almost) all asking for it, there was nothing more to convince us to do it in Paris. But Paris, is a very big city, with a lot of venues and this year is so special… To celebrate Symfony's birthday, we picked up a magical venue… Welcome to les Folies Bergère! It's downtown Paris and very easy to access wherever you are in Paris.

You can pick up Early Bird tickets right now from the conference site. If you're of the speaking sort, you could also submit to the Call for Paper that's open until June 30th. There will be workshops happening before the conference and the 5th will be a "hackday" for those wanting to gather with fellow Symfony developers and work out some code.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonycon-paris-is-announced-december-3-5

Sound of Symfony Podcast:
Episode 7 - Talking about tools
April 20, 2015 @ 11:52:19

The Sound of Symfony podcast has returned with a new episode (#7) where they talk about tools and catch up on some of the news they missed while they were out.

In this much delayed episode we discuss the huge backlog of news that we've missed, we talk to Benjamin Eberlei about development tools, and we talk about the upcoming Symfony conferences. Next episode will be released on May 17th.

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 to get the latest shows as they're released.

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Link: http://www.soundofsymfony.com/episode/episode-7/

Alex Bilbie:
Setup Jenkins and test a PHP project
April 20, 2015 @ 10:14:32

Alex Bilbie has posted a new tutorial to his site showing you how to set up Jenkins to test a PHP project. Jenkins is a popular automated build tool that can be used to do helpful things like automatically run unit tests and execute other tasks when code changes happen (or on an automated schedule).

After a chat with some other developers on Twitter the other day I offered to write a tutorial on how to setup Jenkins from scratch and create a job to test a PHP project. For this tutorial I'm going to use a Digital Ocean droplet (get $10 free credit with this link) but you can use a server from anywhere. Once I've installed and setup Jenkins I'm going to create a job to test my Proton framework.

He walks you through the setup of the server (Ubuntu running on a Digital Ocean instance) and the commands you'll need to get the required tools installed, including Jenkins. He configures Nginx to work as a proxy for the Jenkins installation (config included) and how to secure the installation. This is done via a GitHub OAuth connection and plugin. He helps you get Composer installed, an SSH in place for committing back to GitHub and creating a first job. He also includes a listing of several helpful tools that can be used to test your scripts and applications to provide more detail and better quality to the resulting code.

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Link: http://alexbilbie.com/2015/04/setting-up-jenkins/

Laravel News:
ArtisanConf - A new Laravel Conference in London
April 20, 2015 @ 09:34:00

The Laravel News site has a post talking about a new Laravel-related conference happening in London on July 9th and 10th (at the Barbican): ArtisanConf, "the premier UK conference for Laravel and modern PHP enthusiasts. Up to 300 artisans will convene in the heart of London's Tech City for two days of inspirational talks, engaging networking and amazing learning opportunities."

Jonty Behr is one of the organizers of ArtisanConf, and I asked him why he decided to start this new conference. "Laravel is incredibly popular in the UK, and a lot of developers have been requesting a UK based conference for a while. Although the guys at LaraconEU do an amazing job, not all developers in the UK are able to travel to Amsterdam and we hope to help, educate and build their experience within the community."

The conference already has some amazing (and well known) speakers lined up. Plus they are hoping that there will be something for both beginners and the experienced at ArtisanConf. There will be two full days of talks and more details will be released soon.

You can already pick up tickets from the conference site or, if you'd like a chance at speaking, head over and submit to their Call for Papers.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/04/artisanconf/

Three Devs & A Maybe:
Episode 61 - Conference Experiences, RFC's & The PHP League with Phil Sturgeon
April 20, 2015 @ 08:58:40

The Three Devs and a Maybe podcast has posted an episode recently talking about some of their own experiences at conferences, RFCs and an interview with special guest Phil Sturgeon.

This episode we are fortunate enough to have Phil Sturgeon back on the show. Originally recorded on the 11th Feb and only now being released (blame Edd), the show starts of with a comparison between Phil and Fraser's snowboarding injuries. We then move on to discuss standing desks, Sunshine PHP, American weather, and conference experiences. Following this DDD (Development Driven Development...) is touched upon, along with a look at the current stack Phil is using at work. Finally we chat about the 'attack-of-the-clone' packages Phil has noticed around the PHP community (ultra-tiny-small-restful frameworks etc.) and how far the 'The League of Extraordinary Packages' has grown.

They talk some about The League but also about other topics including the No Capes podcast, the PHP UK Conference, the domain-driven design community and scalar type hints. You can listen to this recent episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, consider subscribing to their feed too.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/conference-experiences-rfcs-and-the-php-league-with-phil-sturgeon/


PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.8, 5.5.24 & 5.4.40 Released (Security Fixes)
April 17, 2015 @ 09:38:18

The PHP development group has released several different versions of PHP for the 5.5.x, 5.6.x and 5.4.x series with a long list of security issues fixed in each one (fourteen in total):

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP [5.4.40, 5.6.8, 5.5.24]. 14 security-related bugs were fixed in this release, including CVE-2014-9709, CVE-2015-2301, CVE-2015-2783, CVE-2015-1352. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Other items were fixed besides the security issues, so check out the Changelog to see those few other fixes. It's highly recommended that you update your installations to these latest versions. You can grab the latest either from the downloads page (source) or Windows users can go to winodws.php.net.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-04-16-3

Slim Framework Blog:
Lumen
April 17, 2015 @ 09:34:17

Josh Lockart, the lead developer and creator of the Slim framework, has responded to some questions and comments around the recently released Laravel microframework Lumen and how it relates to Slim and its own goals.

Lumen happened. It's a shiny new micro-framework from Taylor Otwell, and it joins the Laravel family today. It looks to be a pretty nice framework, and it shares many of the same features and goals as Slim 3.0. I'm sure this raises a few question about Slim's future roadmap. [...] Is there overlap between Slim and Lumen? Of course. They both have similar goals and solve similar problems. There are also differences.

He talks about some of the current work being done on version 3.0 of Slim, the PSR-7 support it offers and some of the differences between Slim and Lumen. He points out two main ones: that Slim has fewer dependencies and that it is a supporter of the PSR-7 HTTP interoperability standard. Josh talks about why you might choose Lumen over Slim and that, in the end, he welcomes alternative microframeworks and challenges the Slim community to help consistently improve Slim and its place in the community.

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Link: http://www.slimframework.com/2015/04/14/lumen.html

IBM developerWorks:
PHP renewed Password security in modern PHP
April 17, 2015 @ 08:53:15

The IBM developerWorks site has a new tutorial posted talking about how PHP has been "renewed" in recent versions, more specifically in the password security department.

When PHP was first crafted in the mid-1990s, the term web application didn't even exist yet. Password protection, then, wasn't one of the features that the PHP creators devoted resources to. After all, you didn't need to worry about passwords when you used PHP just to put a site-visit counter or a date-modified stamp on your web page. But 20 years have passed, and now it's almost unthinkable to create a web application that doesn't involve password-protected user accounts. It's of the utmost importance that PHP programmers safeguard account passwords by using the latest and most secure methods.

The article goes on to talk about the importance of using secure hashing methods for password storage, the speed at which "cracking" programs can run and the use of "rainbow tables". It then gets into some of the older methods commonly used for password storage and protection and shows how to refactor them into the new password hashing functionality introduced in PHP 5.5.

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Link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-php-renewed_2/index.html



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