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PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 Released
Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:50:11

The first release on the path to PHP7 has officially been released according to this new post on the main PHP.net website - PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features. [...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file or the or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive.

As with other alpha PHP releases, you can download this preview version from the downloads page or windows.php.net/qa website for the binaries.

tagged: php7 alpha1 release version download preview news upgrading

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-06-11-3

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files: Chris Gmyr
Jan 09, 2015 @ 09:51:27

The Laravel News site has posted their latest in the "Artisan Files" series today, this time spotlighting Chris Gmyr, author of the larave-messenger package.

This week I’m happy to have Chris Gmyr share a little about himself in this weeks Artisan Files interview.

They talk some about Chris and his background as a developer as well as:

  • Why he originally created the laravel-messenger package
  • His thoughts on using Laravel and AngularJS
  • What his favorite Laravel feature is
  • Some of his "must have" apps

He also shares his thoughts on how development could change in the next ten years. Check out the full post for the answers to these and other questions.

tagged: artisanfiles laravel news chrisgmyr messenger interview

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/artisan-files-chris-gmyr/

Laravel News:
75 Laravel Tutorials, Packages, and Resources from 2014
Dec 30, 2014 @ 10:32:57

The Laravel News site has posted their own kind of wrap-up of 2014 in this latest post sharing a monthly list of tutorials, packages and resources they've found useful for the Laravel community.

2014 is coming to a close and to celebrate I put together this post of all the greatest hits each month. This features cool packages, resources, and tutorials that came out over the year.

Among the items on their list are things like:

Check out the full post for the complete list.

tagged: laravel news top75 list package resource tutorial 2014

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/75-laravel-tutorials-packages-resources-2014/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files: Sara Bine
Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:43:56

The Laravel News site has posted their latest interview in their "Artisan Files" series with this look into the world of Sara Bine, a developer from Denver, Colorado.

In the interview she answers questions about:

  • Her background in development and how she got started
  • What some of her favorite open source packages are
  • Her "must have" desktop and mobile applications are
  • Hobbies outside of development
  • Tips for people looking to make a career out of programming

She advises developers to try one new thing every day and building projects around things that interest you. Also...

As far as career advice goes, while I’m not far into my own career I’ll pass on the best advice I’ve received so far: it’s not up to you to decide if you’re qualified for a job, so don’t be afraid to apply.

If you're interested in other interviews with members of the Laravel community, check out the rest of the Artisan Files too!

tagged: artisanfiles laravel news sarabine community interview

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/artisan-files-sara-bine/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files: Mathias Hansen
Dec 08, 2014 @ 10:46:48

The Laravel News site has published the latest in their "Artisan Files" interview series with members of the Laravel community. In this new post they talk with Mathias Hansen, a "developer, maker, and runs the Capital Laravel group."

In the interview Mathias answers questions about:

  • His background in development
  • What his day-to-day is like
  • The work he does running the Capital Laravel Group
  • Some of his favorite applications

You can find the answers to these and other questions in the full interview. If you enjoyed this look into the life of a Laravel-er, be sure to check out the archives.

tagged: artisanfiles laravel news mathiashansen community interview

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/artisan-files-mathias-hansen/

Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
The Big Five-Zero
Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:23:30

The Three Devs and a Maybe podcast has released their latest episode, #50! In the Big Five-Zero hosts Michael Budd, Fraser Hart, Lewis Cains and Edd Mann talk about a wide range of topics including web unicorns, application composition and the state of CodeIgniter 3.

This week we celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast in style, by... not even remembering it is the 50th episode till half way through (whoops). We start off discussion with our differing views on working from home, web unicorns and running shoes. Leading on from this, we bring up a couple of news topics that have been making the rounds in the PHP world recently - along with a proposed Unix command-line series that Mick is keen to do. We then move on to some of the great feedback we have received from you guys this past week, and somehow this leads to Edd rambling on about the Unix philosophy/application composition again. Finally, we discuss the state of CodeIgniter 3, how Git works under-the-hood and Objective-C/Swift's memory management model.

Other topics mentioned in this episode include:

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player or by downloading the full mp3. If you enjoy the show, consider subscribing to their feed too.

tagged: threedevsandamaybe podcast ep50 news unix codeigniter3 git objectivec swift

Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/the-big-five-zero/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files: Yitzchok Willroth
Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:26:13

On the Laravel News site today they've posted an interview with a member of the PHP community: Yitzchok Willroth, aka @coderrabbi. They talk some about his past, how he came to be a developer and what tools he works with on a daily basis.

This week I’m happy to introduce you to the most interesting developer in the world, Yitzchok Willroth aka @coderabbi. Yitzchok is the organizer of the ShorePHP User Group, an active participant in the PHPMentoring Initiative, and a conference speaker.

They start with a look at his past and how he made the transition over from rabbi to developer, mainly based around a major change in his family's life. He talks about the classes and programs he took to improve his skills and how he found some of his first work. They also talk about his contributions to mentoring other developers and where he sees the value in it. They talk about his upcoming php[world] talk, how he came to find and work with Laravel and what a typical day is like for him and his work.

tagged: artisanfiles laravel news yitzchokwillroth community interview

Link: http://laravel-news.com/2014/10/artisan-files-yitzchok-willroth/

PHPMaster.com:
PHP News You May Have Missed
Apr 24, 2014 @ 10:30:22

PHPMaster.com has posted some news you might have missed that's happened in the development and open source communities recently. In the post Bruno Skvorc covers updates to projects, resources and various online tools/environments related to PHP.

The last month or two have been chock full of small news and releases not warranting a full story in their own right but still interesting, I’ve decided to make a small compilation and direct your attention to the interesting developments around us. Just because we don’t cover something immediately, doesn’t mean we don’t notice or care.

Included in the post are updates about:

  • Ubuntu 14.04. LTS
  • Google App Engine 1.9.1 – 1.9.3
  • Hack
  • Phalcon 2 beta 1
  • the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect certification
  • Zend Framework 3 Progress

...and several more. Check out the full post for more information on these and several other recent happenings around the web.

tagged: news recent stories tools environment resource project

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/news-may-missed

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0alpha2 released
Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:22:48

The second alpha (not for use in production) of the PHP 5.6.x series has been officially announced on the main PHP.net site today.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0alpha2. This release adds new features and fixes bugs. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 5.6.0alpha2 comes with a number of new features, including: peer certificates are now verified by default when connecting to SSL/TLS servers, an exponentiation operator has been added: **, and output encoding handling [that] has been simplified by using default_charset as the default character encoding.

If you're looking for more information about what's involved in migrating up to this version, check out the upgrade guide or for just the full list of change take a look at the NEWS file. You can download this alpha release from the PHP QA site (Windows binaries here).

tagged: php56 alpha2 release migration guide news download language

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-02-13-1

PHPMaster.com:
phpDay 2013: News and Highlights
May 27, 2013 @ 14:49:46

On PHPMaster.com there's a new post from Aurelio De Rosa sharing some of his experiences at this year's phpDay conference.

Conferences play an important role in the process of becoming a better developer. When you attend a conference, you not only have the chance to listen to language or technology experts, but also the chance to meet other developers. This is ideal for expanding your networks of contacts to find, if needed, your next job. Last week I attended the phpDay 2013 conference in Verona and the following are some of the highlights of the talks I attended and what I learned.

The post talks about the two-day conference including details on some of the sessions covering things like PHP 5.5, dependency management with Composer, DevOps and high performance PHP.

tagged: news highlights phpday13 wrapup summary

Link: http://phpmaster.com/phpday-2013-news-and-highlights