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Vic Cherubini:
Expert PHP Deployments
December 03, 2014 @ 12:04:22

Vic Cherubini has a recent post on his site sharing for free the contents of a book he'd written previously about "Expert PHP Deployments":

In 2013 I wrote and self-published a book titled "Expert PHP Deployments". While it was not a smashing success, it sold enough copies to pay for itself, and I was happy to have a published book to my name. Unfortunately, I have not had time to market it, update it, or further improve it, so I am giving it away for free. You can read the book in its entirety below or download it as a PDF.

The book covers a wide range of topics related to deploying PHP applications including:

  • Environment configuration (setting up Vagrant for the developers)
  • Working with the Phing automation tool
  • Building deployments with Capistrano
  • Creating and configuring a production server
  • Ensuring the security of the server
  • Making the actual deployment

The post has the full text of the book in one page but you can grab the PDF if you prefer that format.

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Link: https://leftnode.org/posts/expert-php-deployments.html

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Book Review Practical Design Patterns in PHP
October 22, 2014 @ 12:17:12

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a new book review from editor Bruno Skvorc about the "Practical Design Patterns in PHP" book from author Brandon Savage. The review talks both about some of Bruno's impressions of the content in the book and a bit about self-publishing too.

This review of Brandon Savage's Practical Design Patterns in PHP will include my own opinions and impressions about both the book, and the aspect of self-publishing. Many thanks to Brandon for giving me a review copy. "Design patterns are about common solutions to common problems. [...] They are concepts, not blueprints; ideas, not finished designs. [...] They add clarity to an otherwise difficult situation."

Bruno starts off with a look at the actual content of the book: its coverage of each of the patterns (17 in all), ones that he sees as missing and some of his "gripes" with the examples provided. He also talks about Brandon's choice around models being where primary functionality lives. He finishes the post talking about what he calls the "curse of knowledge" (for example, mentioning other advanced topics without knowing of the reader understands them) and the thoughts around self-publishing and some of the issues he has with it.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/book-review-practical-design-patterns-php/

php[architect]:
Functional Programming in PHP Release
September 08, 2014 @ 11:14:22

While not a mainstream practice in the PHP world, functional programming has been a topic that's popped up again and again over the years. If you've ever wondered what it's all about and how to get started with it in your applications, take a look at php[architect].

This book is for anyone that has an interest in functional programming or PHP as an advanced programming language. If you are curious or have never even heard of functional programming before then this is the gentle introductory text you have been looking for. Equally it serves those seeking to exploit the advanced functional concepts such as monads in a PHP context.

This book comes from some of the experience Simon has had with functional programming in the past (and taught about in presentations). It provides examples showing the techniques of functional programming applied in PHP including: map/reduce, currying and composition. The book can be purchased either directly from php[architect] or from Amazon (or Amazon.co.uk).

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Link: http://www.functionalphp.com

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 44 Gorf Fever
May 06, 2014 @ 12:09:44

The /Dev/Hell podcast, hosted by PHP community members Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes, has released its latest episode - Episode #44 - Gorf Fever.

This weeks brings us a new guest and a new sponsor! Paddy Foran is an old friend of Chris and Ed's who makes his first appearance on the show, talking about the Go programming language, software architecture, open source projects, and his new book "Your API is Bad." We also welcome new sponsor Roave!

There's also mentions of a few other topics including Go, 2cloud and, of course, Gorf. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 directly or by subscribing to their feed.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-05-04/gorf-fever/

Medium.com:
Getting Started With Laravel 4 - A Book Review
March 19, 2014 @ 12:52:57

On Medium.com there's a recent post reviewing the book "Getting Started with Laravel 4". In the review Christopher Pitt briefly covers both the good and bad parts of the book.

This book is aimed at newcomers to PHP development, and to Laravel 4 in particular. It doesn't disappoint. It starts slow, talking about the need for, and role filled by frameworks. It explains what Composer does, and why it's useful for frameworks like Laravel. It's not the typical "Laravel needs Composer, here's the code you use" stuff. There are 40 pages of what is essentially a very gentle introduction, before you even start writing code.

He talks about the sample application the book walks you through creating and some other topics around it including unit testing and artisan commands. He mentions the more popular Code Bright book and points out that he believes it (Code Bright) to be a better deal for the money if you're looking for the more comprehensive intro to Laravel.

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Link: https://medium.com/tech-reviews/f8881d2014c7

Matthias Noback:
The "dark" side of PHP
February 10, 2014 @ 12:58:14

In his latest post Matthias Noback talks about the "dark" side of PHP and some of the common problems of working with and using packages. This is the introduction from his upcoming book on the same subject.

PHP is actually a very problematic language. It has somewhat of a bad reputation. This is no surprise to me, given the huge amounts of bad code written in PHP, produced by novice "developers", yet available for a large audience to copy into their projects. [...] PHP has become such a big player - I guess - because it is so easy to learn. Starting with a simple HTML page it does not take much effort to add some dynamic functionality to it. There is no need to go to school and learn about programming before you can use PHP on your web server.

For all of this good that PHP brings to the table, there's also the bad practices that can come with it. While PHP can be forgiving about bad practices, there's only so far it can go before it starts throwing errors. Since the parsing comes late in the game, bad code can sneak in and not be noticed until it's used.

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Link: http://php-and-symfony.matthiasnoback.nl/2014/02/the-dark-side-of-php

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP The Right Way The Book
February 03, 2014 @ 12:05:57

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Bruno Skvorc talks about one of the best resources out there for people new to the PHP language (or even those wanting to hone their skills) - PHP: The Right Way. In his post he talks about the guide, it being published on LeanPub and where the proceeds from the book are going.

We can't keep the newbies away, and we can't educate the clients because most clients learn exclusively on mistakes. Shared host environments are also to blame, because their plans seldom include the most recent version of PHP, and are, due to price and ease of use, still the preferred hosting solution for legions of newcomers. So what can we do to spread best practices?

PTRW is a community effort, a website built entirely around spreading best up-to-date PHP practices. It's far from exhaustive - instead, it tries to bullet-list the things you should pay attention to, and links to quality resources where one can learn more about the various aspects it covers.

The book is an online resource, but it's been put on LeanPub to make it more portable and available offline. Since the book is a community resource and no one person should make the money from it, the choice was made to have all proceeds go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He finishes off the post with a brief interview with the book's maintainers Phil Sturgeon and Josh Lockhart.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-right-way-book

CodeBlog.ch:
Book Review - Learning FuelPHP for Effective PHP Development
December 06, 2013 @ 10:58:51

On the CodeBlog they've posted a review of a recent release from Packt Publishing about using the FuelPHP framework for beginners.

I've been playing around with FuelPHP for a while and despite the fact that I haven't used it in production, it has been on my watch list ever since I first saw it. When I saw the new book about FuelPHP by Ross Tweedie, I was eager to read it - here's my feedback about. If you just want to buy the book, you can get it at Amazon or directly from Packt Publishing.

The review looks at each chapter and provides an overview of its contents (seven of them). It also talks some about the target audience for the book - intermediate to advanced PHP developers wanting to learn more about the framework. To be clear, this is not an "introduction to PHP" book too. He points out some of the "bads" about the book including major concepts being explained too high-level and confusion about what exactly to do in certain steps of the process.

Should I read this book? It depends on your background - I wouldn't recommend it if you're a PHP programmer who hasn't worked with namespaces, databases before. [...] I'd definitely recommend to book if you worked with other frameworks like CodeIgniter, Yii, Zend .. before and now want to have a look at FuelPHP. You'll get a good impression about its possibilities!
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Link: http://www.codeblog.ch/2013/12/fuelphp-book-review/

Community News:
"Laravel From Apprentice To Artisan" Book Release
July 17, 2013 @ 10:31:41

As is mentioned on Reddit.com, Taylor Otwell (author of the Laravel framework) has released his latest book about the architecture of Laravel applications.

Written by the creator of Laravel, this is the definitive guide to advanced application development with Laravel 4. Learn about dependency injection, interfaces, service providers, SOLID design, and more while exploring practical, real-world code examples. Whether you're building a robust, large application with the Laravel framework, or just want to sharpen your software design chops, this book will be of great value to you and your team.

The book covers a lot of common architecture concepts too, not just things specific to Laravel like:

  • Interfaces as contracts
  • Working with service providers
  • the Single Responsibility Principle
  • the Interface Segregation Principle
  • the Dependency Inversion Principle

You might notice that those last few chapters are actually covering the SOLID design principles. You can pick up the book over on Leanpub.

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1ifd09/laravel_4_from_apprentice_to_artisan_book_released

Hari K T:
The Book on Aura
July 09, 2013 @ 11:17:48

Hari K T, one of the main developers involved with the Aura framework project, has started writing a book about the framework and its use.

There has been lot of requests to show how the individual packages in aura, can be made use inside the framework. So today I am happy to announce that there is a work in progress to make the framework documentation better. I have already started the work on the same.

He already has some sample chapters online and some example code based on the concepts. If you're interested in the book or the framework and want to put your two cents in, consider joining the Aura Google Group and giving your feedback.

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Link: http://harikt.com/blog/2013/07/09/the-book-on-aura/


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