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Laravel News:
PHP 7.3: Trailing Commas in Function Calls
Jun 15, 2018 @ 10:46:51

In a post in the Laravel News site, they quickly cover one of the many changes coming with the next jump in versions of the PHP language (v7.3): trailing commas in function calls.

Well PHP 7.3 won’t have arrow functions (that would be dreamy). However, trailing commas in function calls is an excellent addition coming to PHP 7.3.

In PHP 7.3, trailing commas in function calls will be valid syntax. That is to say, you can use trailing commas when calling functions, but not defining them.

They then include two places where these trailing commas could be useful: in the use of variadic functions and in PHP array definitions. The remainder of the post shows the concept of "trailing commas" in other languages including Javascript, Python, and Haskell. The first alpha release of PHP 7.3 has been released if you'd like to try this out with your own code.

tagged: trailing comma function call php73 feature alpha tutorial

Link: https://laravel-news.com/php-trailing-commas-functions

Laravel News:
PHP 7.3: A Look at JSON Error Handling
Jun 13, 2018 @ 10:18:53

On the Laravel News site there's a tutorial posted looking ahead at PHP 7.3 and some of the changes coming for JSON error handling.

One of the new features coming to PHP 7.3 is better error handling for json_encode() and json_decode(). The RFC was unanimously accepted by a 23 to 0 vote. Let’s take a look at how we handle JSON errors in <= PHP 7.2, and the new improvements coming in PHP 7.3.

They start with an example of how PHP developers would normally check for JSON parsing errors and the typical response when it fails. In the proposed functionality for PHP 7.3 and optional JSON_THROW_ON_ERROR would be added to throw a JsonException if there was an issue parsing the provided data. This also means that you no longer need to manually request the error message, it would just come through as a part of the standard exception. You can find out the full details on the change in the RFC.

tagged: php73 json parse error handling throwable exception feature rfc

Link: https://laravel-news.com/php-7-3-json-error-handling

Joe Watkins:
PHP allows for the design of X
May 23, 2018 @ 11:20:33

Joe Watkins has a new post to his site that provides his opinions about answering the people that say "PHP wasn't designed for X".

Starting complicated twitter conversations should be avoided, I know this, and yet blurted this out on twitter recently...

This was met with a flurry of responses and I couldn't reasonably reply in tweet form. I'm going to respond to some of those tweets (indirectly) and further explain my original tweet.

He starts off by talking about how PHP isn't always the right tool for a certain job (some people's misinterpretation of his tweet). He also talks about why PHP isn't a "templating language" and has evolved so much beyond some of its original roots. He ends the post responding to the original comment, that "PHP wasn't designed for X". He talks about the opinions of those not as familiar with the current state of the language and, when they say "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" (meaning that they think you actually shouldn't).

When support emerges for a new problem domain, let's be pragmatic and observe that expanding the horizons of PHP in any direction is good for the community that relies on PHP (and maybe PHP alone) to make a living. Let's not rush to take new solutions to production tomorrow, but let's not dismiss anything out of hand because of some imaginary short coming in PHP.
tagged: opinion language design feature improvement

Link: http://blog.krakjoe.ninja/2018/05/php-allows-for-design-of-x.html

Laravel News:
Laracasts: What’s New in Laravel 5.6
May 02, 2018 @ 11:54:59

On the Laravel News site they've posted information about a series of videos on the Laracasts site covering what's new in Laravel 5.6.

Laravel 5.6 has been for a few weeks now and it includes a few nice new features like Broadcast Channel Classes, Collision Reporting, Improved Logging, and more.

In order to get you up to speed on all these new features, Laracasts has started a new free series, “What’s new in Laravel 5.6” that will go through each major feature of this release.

The series includes videos covering how they upgraded the Laracasts' codebase to 5.6, collision reporting, logging improvements and dynamic rate limiting. More videos will be added to the series as it goes along. You can check out the current listing of videos on the Laracasts site.

tagged: laravel release feature laravel56 video laracast series

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laracasts-whats-new-in-laravel-5-6

Symfony Finland:
MySQL 8.0 released with new features and improved performance
Apr 25, 2018 @ 11:57:45

On the Symfony Finland site they cover a recent announcement from MySQL about the release of their latest version: MySQL 8.0. In this post they cover some of the new features and performance improvements that come with this new version.

The MySQL development team has announced the General Availability of the MySQL 8.0.0 Open Source database.

This is the version following MySQL 5.7 that was released in late 2015 with interesting features like extensive JSON field support. Plenty of work has gone into this version as well and in an introductory post goes in-depth into all the enhancements.

The post includes a listing of eight topics (ironically) for the new updates including:

  • Support for Window functions, Common Table Expressions, NOWAIT and SKIP LOCKED, Descending Indexes, Grouping, Regular Expressions, Character Sets, Cost Model, and Histograms (SQL)
  • Geography support. Spatial Reference Systems (SRS), as well as SRS aware spatial datatypes, spatial indexes, and spatial functions.
  • Remote management, Undo tablespace management, and new instant DDL.
  • OpenSSL improvements, new default authentication, SQL Roles, breaking up the super privilege, password strength, and more.

Check out the rest of this post for more of the overview or MySQL's official announcement for the full details.

tagged: mysql8 release feature overview performance database

Link: https://symfony.fi/entry/mysql-8-0-released-with-new-features-and-improved-performance

Ayesh Karunaratne:
What's new and changing in PHP 7.3
Apr 23, 2018 @ 10:40:01

Looking forward to the next larger release of the PHP language - PHP 7.3 - Ayesh Karunaratne has written up a post on his site sharing some of the new things that are coming and changes that will be made.

This is a live document (until PHP 7.3 is released as generally available) on changes and new features to expect in PHP 7.3, with code examples, relevant RFCs, and the rationale behind them, in their chronological order.

Currently there are five items on his list of features/changes approved and implemented for the 7.3 release:

  • Heredoc and Nowdoc syntax requirements are more relaxed
  • Allow trailing comma in function and method calls
  • Option to make json_encode and json_decode throw exceptions on errors
  • References in list()
  • Introduced is_countable() function

While each item is a link to the actual RFC with more detail, he spends the rest of the post going through each and briefly outlining what they offer and code examples of them in use.

tagged: php73 feature rfc changing new list

Link: https://ayesh.me/Upgrade-PHP-7.3

Stitcher.io Blog:
What PHP can be
Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:23:39

The Stitcher.io blog has a new post from author Brentd sharing some thoughts about what PHP could be if "that one feature" were added. For him it would be a true strong typing system that didn't require workarounds to make happen.

Have you ever wondered how your life as a PHP developer would be different if that one feature you want was added? I've made the thought experiment quite a few times already, and came to surprising conclusions.

Let's take, for example, the debate about strong types in PHP. A lot of people, including myself, would like a better type system. Strong types in PHP would definitely have an impact on my daily work. Not just strong types, I also want generics, better variance and variable types. Improvements to PHP's type system in general would have quite the impact on my programming life.

So what's stopping us from reaching a solution?

He covers a few different topics in his discussion of the feature including issues around common vocabulary and the use of the feature (in this case type enforcement). He finishes the post talking about the impact a feature like this could have on PHP and some of the benefits that could come with a strongly typed version of the language.

tagged: opinion language feature type strict

Link: https://www.stitcher.io/blog/what-php-can-be

Tomas Votruba:
4 Ways to Speedup Your Symfony Development with PackageBuilder
Apr 06, 2018 @ 09:36:07

In a new post to his site Tomas Votruba covers a recent release of the "symplify/package-builder" package for Symfony, detailing each of the updates and including examples of the change in action.

Symplify 4 was released and with it also one package, that contains all the Symfony tweaks that Symplify packages use.

Throwable render? Test services without public violation? Load parameters with glob? We got you covered!

The four new features are:

  • Console-Like -vvv-Aware Renders for Exceptions and Errors
  • Drop Manual public: true for Every Service You Test
  • Autowire Singly-Implemented Interfaces
  • How to Decouple Parameters to multiple files in Safe Way

Each section also comes with some explanation of the change, the code related to it and configuration changes if they're required. You can find out more about the package on its GitHub repository.

tagged: symfony packagebuilder speed development feature update

Link: https://www.tomasvotruba.cz/blog/2018/04/05/4-ways-to-speedup-your-symfony-development-with-packagebuilder/

Stitcher.io Blog:
PHPStorm tips for power users
Mar 28, 2018 @ 09:22:11

PHPStorm users out there might want to check out this list of helpful hints from the Stitcher.io blog covering some "lesser-known-yet-powerful features" of the IDE that could help improve your daily workflow.

Their list includes:

  • binding keys to pane display preferences (ex: floating, windowed, etc)
  • namespace auto-importing
  • "copy path" of the current file
  • defining custom JVM options
  • inspection of why a term/word is syntax highlighted

Each of the items on the list comes with a description of where to make changes and animated GIFs of where to find it in the interface and what it looks like. If you're not a PHPStorm user and want to find out more about this IDE offered by JetBrains, check out this page on their website.

tagged: phpstorm tip user developer list feature ide jetbrains

Link: https://www.stitcher.io/blog/phpstorm-tips-for-power-users

Nathan Dench:
BrisPHP News - 1 March 2018
Mar 09, 2018 @ 12:19:26

On his "Tech Notes" blog Nathan Dench has put together a listing of some of the interesting things that happened in the first part of 2018 in the PHP community.

I organise the a post from Marcel Pociot about the GitHub statistics for various PHP projects
  • news around Symfony, Silex and Laravel
  • There's also a few other "random things" to finish off the post with links to other interesting articles, projects and tools.

    tagged: news community 2018 release feature github framework

    Link: https://ndench.github.io/brisphp/brisphp-news