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Derick Rethans:
Xdebug 2.3 Moar var_dump()
February 27, 2015 @ 09:58:40

Derick Rethans has a new post to his site starting a series of posts about the new features of Xdebug 2.3. In this new post he talks about an improvement that's been made to the output provided by var_dump with more information than before.

One of the new features relates to one of the first things that I added in the original Xdebug: making the var_dump() output "pretty". Xdebug replaces PHP's standard var_dump() function with its own version, as long as the xdebug.overload_var_dump setting is not set to 0. [...] Xdebug 2.3 enhances the overloading of var_dump() with the inclusion of the file name and line number where var_dump() is called at. This has been a long standing feature request.

He provides a few sample screenshots comparing the old and new output formats and mentions another handy setting, xdebug.file_link_format, that makes the resulting filename a link in a browser and lets you customize the format.

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xdebug vardump overload file path information output improvement release

Link: http://derickrethans.nl/xdebug-2.3-overload-vardump.html

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.6 is available
February 20, 2015 @ 09:08:51

Following on the heels of the other latest releases of PHP (5.5.22 and 5.4.38), the PHP development group has release the latest in the 5.6.x series - PHP 5.6.6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.6. This release fixes several bugs and addresses CVE-2015-0235 and CVE-2015-0273. All PHP 5.6 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

You can get this latest release either directly from the downloads page (well, from a mirror) or if you're a Windows user you can get the binaries here. Upgrading is definitely recommended and you can find all the details of the release and what what fixed in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-02-19-2

php[architect]:
February 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched - "Other Shores"
February 19, 2015 @ 13:19:23

The February edition of the php[architect] magazine has been released with the theme "Other Shores".

This month's theme, "Other Shores", explores other languages you may want to try. Tobias Nyholm introduces us to Hack, Julien Pauli talks about PHP Extensions, and Ricky Robinett talks "Swift for PHP Developers".

Other articles in this issue include:

  • "MFA with Authy" by Dirk Merkel
  • "Access Any File - Anywhere - With the PHP League's Flysystem" from Matthew Setter
  • "Teaching and Mentoring" in the "Leveling Up" column (David Stockton)

You can pick up a copy of this month's edition directly from the php[architect] website.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2015/02/february-2015-phparchitect-magazine-launched/

PHP.net:
Release of PHP 5.5.22 & 5.4.38
February 19, 2015 @ 11:09:40

The main PHP.net site has an announcement today about the latest released of the language fixing several bugs including a few security-related issues: PHP 5.5.22 and 5.4.38.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.22 and 5.4.38. This release fixes several bugs and addresses CVE-2015-0235 and CVE-2015-0273. All PHP 5.5 and 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

As always, you can get the latest source downloads from the downloads page or Windows users can get the binaries from windows.php.net. Those interested in the complete list of fixes in these releases can check out the latest entries in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-02-19-1

Community News:
Laravel 5 Released
February 04, 2015 @ 11:16:24

According to this new post on the Laravel News site the latest major version of the Laravel framework has been released - Laravel 5.

Several new features come in this release including:

  • A new, more granular directory structure
  • Changes to the Blade templating library
  • The introduction of Contracts for core services
  • Commands & Events
  • Routing updates
  • Controller method injection

...and plenty more. You can find out about all of these new features (along with some code examples) in this release announcement on the Laravel News site.

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laravel framework laravel5 release version announcement

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/laravel-5/

php[architect]:
January 2015 Issue Released - Be the Boss
January 27, 2015 @ 13:18:45

php[architect] magazine has just released their January 2015 issue - "Be The Boss". This issue includes articles talking about freelancing, the importance of communication in open source and the usual columns.

This month is a personal favorite of mine, as the theme is "Be the Boss". It speaks to those who wish stop working as an employee and strike out on there own, something I've done twice in my life. In Get Off the Freelance Roller Coaster!, Yitzchok Willroth (@coderabbi) talks on the importance of not placing all of your eggs in one basket (or projects with one vendor). In Choose Your Own Adventure-Freelancer or Founder?, Joshua Warren talks about the two avenues that are open to those going it on their own, freelancer or business founder.

Articles in this month's edition include:

  • Get Off the Freelance Roller Coaster! (Yitzchok Willroth)
  • Choose Your Own Adventure - Freelancer or Founder? (Joshua Warren)
  • PHP and OS Communication (Julien Pauli)
  • An Introduction to NodeJS

The usual columns (Laravel Tips and Education Station) return once again as well as a a new one from David Stockton called "Leveling Up" to help you become a better developer. You can pick up your own copy from the php[architect] website.

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phparchitect magazine jan2015 issue release boss freelance

Link: http://www.phparch.com/magazine/2015-2/january/

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


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