Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Sourcehunt #4 – Reflection, Authorization, Crons, and more
Feb 29, 2016 @ 11:18:04

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted the latest in their "Sourcehunt" series of posts highlighting several open source libraries across a wide range of topics they find notable: Sourcehunt #4.

We skipped January’s Sourcehunt, but we’re back now, ready to boost the stardom of more projects!

Libraries included in this latest Sourcehunt include:

Each item in the list comes with a bit of detail around what the library is and what kinds of features it provides. There's also a few other links included to alternatives and resources about the libraries.

tagged: sourcehunt ep4 opensource library feature sitepoint

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/sourcehunt-4-reflection-authorization-crons-and-more/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
The PHP Channel’s Survey Results and 2016 Plans
Jan 22, 2016 @ 10:12:46

A while back the SitePoint PHP blog did a survey asking for reader feedback about the content they provide, what they thought was good/bad about it and what they'd like to see more of in the future. In this new post they share some of these results.

On the last day of 2015, we published a survey asking you, the readers, for an opinion about the PHP channel. It was a pretty open survey with mostly freeform answers allowed, so you could tell us literally anything. All in all, we collected 78 responses so far (the survey will remain open indefinitely, in case someone wants to give us more feedback).

On the average satisfaction scale, we scored 7.42 out of 10, and that’s without excluding the potential trolls who voted 1. That’s a very good result, but we’re determined to improve it further.

The rest of the post then gets into the results in detail, talking about:

  • overall satisfaction with the blog and its contents
  • opinions on the newsletter
  • author feedback
  • favorite types of posts
  • their presence on social media

They end the post with a summary of the things people wanted the most out of the site including more demos/practical examples and more PHP 7-related content. While these results are mostly applicable to the SitePoint PHP blog, they also can be applied a bit more widely across the community and on other sites that publish articles with technical content.

tagged: sitepoint channel survey results article feedback

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/the-php-channels-survey-results-and-2016-plans/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Sourcehunt PHP: Contribute to Crypto, Validation, Payments…
Nov 19, 2015 @ 11:17:54

The SitePoint PHP blog has published the first edition of their "Sourcehunt" effort, sharing several PHP libraries to promote them and give them wider exposure to the community at large. In this post they talk about tools covering a wide range of functionality including cryptography, validation, user agent parsing and "humanizing" strings.

Last month, we introduced a new effort called Sourcehunt – a category of post intended to direct attention to less popular open source projects that show promise and need exposure. We’ve called for new submissions and accumulated an impressive list.

Included in their list for this edition are tools like:

...and many more. A summary of the features, code and output examples are provided for most of the tools mentioned and the number of GitHub stars at the time of the posting is listed next to each library name.

tagged: sourcehunt sitepoint library tool spotlight example summary

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/sourcehunt-php-contribute-to-crypto-validation-payments/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Politics Often Hold the Community Back
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:20:35

On the SitePoint PHP blog Matthew Setter has posted the latest in the "Can Great Apps Be Written in PHP?" interview series. This time he talks with two other developers - Gary Hockin and Bruno Skvorc, the blog's own editor.

Matthew asks Gary questions about his history with PHP and some of his own "highlights" when it comes to features of the language. They also talk about other languages, frameworks and is how preferred toolset.

In talking with Bruno, he asks similar questions but Bruno's answers deal more with the community around PHP than specific features. They also talk some about deployment testing and his own preferences on how his team works.

tagged: sitepoint interview garyhockin brunoskvorc community technology

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/interview-gary-hocken-matthew-setter/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
CMS Showdown: Nginx, Ghost, PHP and Phalcon
Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:58:18

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Bruno Skvorc has written up the first part of his look at installing Ghost with Nginx and Phalcon on his hosting provider. This is the first post in his "showdown" series of trials on various CMS systems.

You might be wondering why I’m writing about Ghost on a PHP oriented channel – this series will be a showdown of all the various PHP based CMS’ I can find, benchmarked against each other and against Ghost, as I look for the next best alternative. Since my DigitalOcean droplet already runs Nginx as a reverse proxy for the blog, I’ll also be deploying all the CMS’ on that same installation, each on its own subdomain.

He walks you through the whole process from start to finish:

  • Installing PHP on Nginx
  • Setting up a virtual host on a subdomain
  • Installing Phalcon
tagged: sitepoint cms showdown nginx phalcon ghost

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/cms-showdown-nginx-ghost-php-phalcon

SitePoint PHP Blog:
HHVM vs Zend Engine in PHP 6
Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:05:55

In this recent post to the SitePoint PHP blog Bruno Skvorc compares two technologies that have influence how PHP performs - the HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine) and the Zend Engine in PHP6 - and the potential replacement of one with the other.

The fabled PHP 6 is long overdue. This unicorn of the web dev world has been “coming” for decades now, and it’s still not clear whether or not it’s actually something that’s going to happen in this decade, or just an idea, a fantasy of the PHP userbase. [...] In the latest edition [of the PHPClasses podcast] between Manuel Lemos and César Rodas, an interesting topic arose among others – Facebook’s HHVM replacing Zend Engine in PHP 6. While this was purely speculation on the part of the participants, and whether or not you believe in PHP 6, you have to admit it’s an interesting notion.

He starts with a look at the overall pros of the HHVM solution - the speed of execution, that it's backed by Facebook and its support for static typing. There's some cons that come with the HHVM though, including not allowing custom extensions, that it's developed by Facebook (yes, this can be a con too) and that there are other ways to enhance PHP's execution speed without sacrificing other functionality.

tagged: hhvm sitepoint pro con compare zendengine

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/hhvm-vs-zend-engine-php-6/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
New PHP Editor
Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:42:08

The SitePoint PHP blog has a post today announcing a new editor for the content of their site - Bruno Skvorc (replacing Timothy Boronczyk who helped build up PHPMaster.com from the start).

September 30th marked the stepping down of Timothy Boronczyk, Phpmaster's long time editor. He leaves behind a legacy of awesome: countless high quality articles, a fantastic and well formed writers pool, and a reputation one cannot easily catch up with.

[...] I realized PHP's true potential for rapid application development [after working on a Zend application], and branched out on my own. The following several years consisted entirely of experimentation, failures and endless StackOverflow trips. Finally, I applied to write an article for PHPMaster in July 2012. This was my first commercial article. I continued to write for Sitepoint and other platforms, but always strived to deliver my best work here – on the very site that gave me so many excellent tutorials which made me who I was. More than a year later, I was asked to step in for Tim as the new PHP editor, and I couldn't be more humbled and honored.

He lists out a few items on his "todo" list including improving the rebranding SitePoint's done away from PHPMaster.com back to the SitePoint site and the improved quality of upcoming articles. He also includes the ways you can get involved in the site - everything from just suggesting topics out to writing actual articles.

tagged: editor phpmaster sitepoint brunoskvorc

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/new-php-editor/

SitePoint.com:
What Happened when we Talked PHP with the Experts
Apr 15, 2013 @ 09:05:56

On SitePoint.com today they've posted the transcript of a "Talk with the Experts" session they did with Lorna Mitchell (instructor of their recent OOP sessions). The transcript includes questions and answers to those in attendance as well as some good links and advice.

Last Thursday I broke with tradition slightly and ran a Talk with the Experts session in the evening (down under), making it a bit more time-zone friendly for our UK audience. It also meant that I was able to swap my usual coffee for a wine, which probably made the session run a bit more smoothly. The subject was PHP and our expert was Lorna Mitchell, tutor of Object-oriented PHP and co-author of PHP Master: Write Cutting-edge Code.

The transcript starts with a collection of some of the links provided during the discussion and then runs through the entire conversation. There's some good advice in there, especially if you're relatively new to the world of PHP object-oriented programming.

tagged: expert lornamitchell oop sitepoint transcript session

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/what-happened-when-we-talked-php-with-the-experts

PHPMaster.com:
PhpStorm - Review and Give Away
Aug 14, 2012 @ 09:37:01

On PHPMaster.com today there's a new article posted that has a review of PHPStorm, an IDE from JetBrains that focuses on providing a great experience for PHP developers and tons of features.

It's said the tool doesn't make the craft - a carpenter can drive a nail into a wooden plank using a hammer, a rock, another plank, or his forehead, but he'll rarely choose anything other than the hammer. [...] I'm talking about using a text editor versus using a full-fledged PHP-dedicated project-oriented IDE for PHP application development. Both will get the job done, but productivity-wise, one is obviously a better choice than the other.

Bruno Skvorc goes through a brief summary of what the editor is about and talks about some of the more notable features including:

  • Being built on Java (good and bad)
  • The IDE being strictly project-oriented
  • Supports the latest PHP version, including 5.4
  • Smart refactoring
  • Good intellisense support

He also mentions the plugin architecture that's included with the product and a few of the more handy plugins available. They're also running a giveaway in collaboration with the PHPStorm folks and are giving out IDE licenses and copies of SitePoint's "PHPMaster: Create Cutting Edge Code" book (rules are included in the article).

tagged: phpstorm ide review contest book sitepoint license

Link:

SitePoint.com:
Sneak Peek at Kevin Yank's New Book 'PHP & MYSQL: Novice to Ninja'
Apr 27, 2012 @ 11:14:05

SitePoint.com has published an excerpt from an upcoming book by their own Kevin Yank aimed at those wanting to get into PHP with no background in the language at all - "PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja".

Kevin Yank’s done it again! He’s just completed a new 2012 edition of his best-selling book (Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site, 4th Edition) which is now titled - PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja.

The chapter excerpt they share is the book's "Introducing PHP" content the (very) basic introduction to the language showing syntax and some of the benefits of the language. They also give you a preview of some of the other bits of content in the book including sections on database design, building a CMS, setting up shopping carts and getting PHP+MySQL installed on multiple platforms.

tagged: sitepoint book beginner novice ninja introduction kevinyank

Link: