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Zend Framework Blog:
Announcing the Zend Framework 3 Roadmap
January 23, 2015 @ 11:57:10

The Zend Framework project has a new post to their blog today officially announcing the roadmap for version three of the popular PHP framework.

The most often-asked questions we get around the Zend Framework project include: Where is Zend Framework heading? When will Zend Framework 3 be released? What changes and enhancements should we expect? Since inception, our goal for Zend Framework has been to further the art of PHP and ensure our users concentrate on the business logic of their application rather than wasting time reinventing the plumbing. The plumbing is Zend Framework's job.

We have built an incredibly powerful framework with Zend Framework 2 that met its key goals of flexibility, consistency and testability. However, the world has changed since ZF2 was released, and the project needs to move with the times. With that in mind, we have gathered feedback from our users and core contributors to map the path forward. Zend Framework 3 will be an evolution from ZF2, concentrating on simplicity, reusability, and performance.

The post lists out a few of the things involved in this roadmap including separating components into individual, versioned projects and embracing the concept and functionality of middleware. If you'd like to get involved or just find out about the latest on this upcoming version, be sure you either join the zf-contributors mailing list or come to the #zftalk.dev channel on the Freenode IRC network.

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Link: http://framework.zend.com/blog/announcing-the-zend-framework-3-roadmap.html

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.4.37, 5.5.21 & 5.6.5
January 23, 2015 @ 10:03:03

The PHP.net has posted the latest releases of the language for all of the major series - PHP 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6. Each release fixes several bugs including a few security related issues:

It is strongly encouraged that you upgrade to the latest release for the major version you're using to prevent issues around these vulnerabilities. You can find these latest releases on the main downloads page or windows.php.net for the Windows binaries.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-01-22-3

Liip Blog:
New Relic extension for HHVM updated to latest version
January 20, 2015 @ 10:04:14

In his latest post to the Liip blog Christian Stocker points out that the New Relic extension for HHVM has been updated for the latest versions of HHVM to work a bit more seamlessly.

Since HHVM 3.4 it's theoretically possible to have your own external profiler for function level profiling (like xhprof or xdebug) without having to recompile HHVM itself. Unfortunately it wasn't perfect (or I couldn't make it running), but there's a patch in the master branch now (the upcoming 3.6), which seems to solve that problem. So I worked a little bit on my extension in the last few days and I adjusted a lot of things and improved some other stuff.

He talks about the improvements New Relic has made on their functionality and some slowness that still exists in the "hotprofiler". He points out, however, that if you just want overall statistics and not specific, method level ones, you don't really even need to use it. He offers a word of caution when using his extension and when it may fall back to "userland level profiling" instead.

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Link: http://blog.liip.ch/archive/2015/01/19/new-relic-extension-for-hhvm-updated-to-latest-version.html

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.4.36, 5.5.20 and 5.6.4 (Includes Security Fix)
December 19, 2014 @ 10:39:54

The PHP.net has announced the releases of several new versions in all of the current major series, all correcting several bugs including a CVE-related (security) related to unserialization. This security issue was reported in CVE-2014-8142 and relates to this bug report. It is highly recommended that you upgrade your versions to correct this potential security vulnerability. The latest versions are:

As always, you can download these latest releases directly from the downloads page or http://windows.php.net/download for the Windows users. If you're interested in the other bugs fixed in these releases, check out the full Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-12-18-3

php[architect]:
December 2014 Issue Released - Taming Content
December 17, 2014 @ 11:55:27

php[architect] has posted the official release announcement for the latest edition of their magazine, the December 2014 edition: Taming Content.

The PHP habitat is well stocked with content management systems. Everything from mature projects like Drupal, WordPress, Joomla!, to in-house custom systems (come on, who hasn't taken a stab at this at least once?). Even if you primarily work with backend applications, it's good to know the options available for helping clients and coworkers manage and update site content on their own.

This issue includes articles like:

  • Advanced Sites Deserve Advanced Custom Fields (Steve Grunwell)
  • Drupalese 101 (Annika Garbers)
  • ProcessWire: Flexibility, Power, and a Generous Dose of Pure Fun (Teppo Koivula)
  • PHP Tips and Tricks (Julien Pauli)

All of your favorite columns are there too including Laravel tips, the Community Corner and the Education Station. You can check out more information about these and other articles in the page for the issue or just pick up a copy of your own (available in both print and digital formats).

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/magazine/2014-2/december/

Squizlabs Blog:
PHP_CodeSniffer 2.0.0 released
December 05, 2014 @ 12:03:34

The Squizlabs blog has an announcement about the release of the latest major version of the popular PHP_CodeSniffer tool for PHP - CodeSniffer v2.0. Among the updates in this latest release is a major one - the automated fixing of issues the tool finds.

Nineteen months ago, I started work on a project to allow PHP_CodeSniffer to fix the problems that it finds. Doing this required a lot of changes to the core classes, a lot of iteration and refactoring of the fixing and testing code, and an enormous amount of time and testing across many PHP projects to ensure I am confident enough to release something that actually modifies code. I could keep writing unit tests forever, but I've finally got to a point where I am happy to release this first version of the PHP Code Beautifier and Fixer (PHPCBF), for when you just can't be bothered fixing coding standard errors yourself.

The fixes are made possible through the newly introduced "PHP Code Beautifier and Fixer" (PHPCBF) tool. When the CodeSniffer tool is run against your code the PHPCBF kicks in too and tells you which of the issues can be automatically fixed. Additionally, you can now add custom code to your custom sniffer rules to enable this auto-fix functionality yourself. He also includes a list of the other updates in the release including:

  • a new information report to show you how your code is written rather than if it conforms to a standard
  • the ability to set command line arguments in ruleset.xml files
  • the ability to create your own custom reporting classes and use them with PHP_CodeSniffer
  • support for running on HHVM

You can find out more information about this release in the PEAR or GitHub changelogs.

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Link: https://www.squizlabs.com/php-codesniffer/2.0.0-released

php[architect]:
November 2014 Issue Released - Environments
November 24, 2014 @ 13:22:49

php[architect] magazine has released their latest issue today - the November 2014 edition: "Environments".

In this month's issue, we take a look at the environments that PHP code may travel through.

Articles in this month's issue include:

  • "PHP Engine Explained: an Introduction to the Zend Virtual Machine" (Julien Pauli)
  • "In the Shoes of a Hacker. Creating a Cryptovirus for PHP Apps" (Raul Fraile)
  • "Education Station: PHP on Firefox OS" (Matthew Setter)
  • "Introduction to Building a Programming Language" (Jacob Mather)

There's also all of the columns you know and enjoy covering Laravel Tips, the latest in the PHP community and a retrospective of the php[world] conference. You can pick up either just this issue or a full subscription from the php[architect] website.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/magazine/2014-2/november/

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.35, 5.5.19 and 5.6.3 Released
November 14, 2014 @ 12:08:25

Several new versions of the PHP language have been released, including several bugfixes and security-related issues (including CVE-2014-3710. Updates are available for all current major versions:

Upgrading is recommended, especially if you're making use of the fileinfo functionality. You can get these latest versions from the main downloads page (or the Windows.php.net). You can find out about the other changes in these releases in the Changelog

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-11-13-3

Fabien Potencier:
PHP CS Fixer finally reaches version 1.0
November 13, 2014 @ 09:34:34

Fabien Potencier has a new post to his site talking about a milestone for the PHP-CS Fixer tool (used to fix code to be compliant to the PSR-1 & PSR-2 standards) - a full, stable 1.0 release.

A few years ago, I wrote a small script to automatically fix some common coding standard mistakes people made in Symfony pull requests. It was after I got bored about all the comments people made on pull requests to ask contributors to fix their coding standards. [...] After a while, I decided to Open-Source the tool, like I do with almost all the code I write. [...] To my surprise, people started to use it on their own code, found bugs, found edge cases, added more fixers, and soon enough, we all realise that using regular expressions for such things is doomed to fail.

In recent months the tool has undergone a rewrite to work with the tokens instead of regular expressions (lead by Dariusz Ruminski) and the 1.0 release of this updated version has been made:

After 13,000 additions and 5,000 deletions, I'm very proud to announce version 1.0 of PHP-CS-Fixer; it is smarter, it is more robust, and it has more fixers. Any downsides? Yes, speed; the tool is much slower, but it is worth it and enabling the new cache layer helps a lot.
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Link: http://fabien.potencier.org/article/76/php-cs-fixer-finally-reaches-version-1-0

PHP.net:
New Supported Versions Timeline Page
October 29, 2014 @ 11:18:40

The PHP.net website has introduced a new feature to help make it a bit clearer which versions of PHP are supported and which have reached their end-of-life mark. This new Supported versions page off the main site provides listings of currently supported versions and graphical timelines of past (and future) support milestones.

Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases. After this two year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.

The page includes information on when the initial release in a series was made (like the 5.4.x or 5.5.x series), when active support did/will end and how long the timeline is for security fixes and support. As of the time of this post, PHP 5.3.x is the only series that has reached end-of-life, but the 5.4.x series is coming close being in security fix only mode now and EOL-ing completely in ten months.

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Link: http://php.net/supported-versions.php


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