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April 26, 2013

PHP Weekly - 26th April 2013

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Hi there and welcome to our first PHPWeekly newsletter that is going out to a wider audience. As some of you know we have been running a curated list of interesting links that we send out each week. We’ve made some significant changes and created a site - - in order to share this with more people.  If you know someone who would benefit, please let them know about us and point them to the site. If you have any sources of great PHP news, or would like to share information with us, then please email me at [email protected]
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20 Point List For Preventing Cross-Site Scripting In PHP
A great list of 20 brief points you should bear in mind when battling Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) in PHP

About Symfony: Stability over Features
Should the Symfony core contributors focus their efforts toward stabilising the existing features instead of working on new ones?

Best Practices in Composer when Developing an App and a Frame
Read how a team of developers are undertaking various projects using a new PHP framework, and what led them to choosing Composer

UTF8 double encoding issues in web apps and MySQL
UTF8 is a way to encode unicode characters into strings of bytes. Learn this in-depth analysis of what can, and will, go wrong, and a walk through of possible solutions.

Listing Packages on Packagist for Composer
You’ve created an awesome library, and now you’re ready to open source it and share it with the world. Take it to the next level
Why Testing Makes a Project Successful and You Can’t Afford to Deny It
Should testing not only be a serious going concern, but an integral part of the development mindset. Do you consider testing a second thought?
Cool New Stuff in PHP 5.4
Re-familiarise yourself with the benefits of PHP 5.4

Tutorials and Talks

Looking for a tool to fill the need for a lightweight PHP debugger? 
An interview with a certified Zend Engineer, with the aim being to help people who want to sit for Zend exams and inform them what it is all about & what to expect 
An hour long tutorial on Reflection, learning about the program’s ability to inspect itself and modify its logic at execution time
The fact that PHP has limitations does not mean that it is not possible to overcome some those limitations with alternative solutions that use only pure PHP code, and do not require a newer PHP version.
Using ZeroMQ for solving problems.
This article discusses PHP’s binary operators and how to convert between different counting systems
A month after unveiling the first few elements of its PHP course, Codecademy says the PHP 
track is now complete.
Find out about the single most important thing you can do to make your app testable

News and Announcements


phpMyAdmin and 4.0.0-rc are released

Reading and Viewing

The current PHP feature voting process causes problems to those that do not know why features are approved or rejected by each voter. A better solution was proposed to require justification for each feature vote.
A hands-on guide that will help you build your first database driven website.
Tailor-made for PHP developers who are serious about refining their server-side applications.
Object oriented programming always leaves you with a headache. What if you could master it instead?

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

The PHP library SimplePie allows for quick and easy feed consumption and display. Here’s how you can get started on your own feed reader.
PayPal IPN (Instant Payment Notification) is a service provided by PayPal that allows you to accept payments on your e-commerce website.


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