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April 13, 2023

Hi everyone,

This week we have a new Xdebug update from Derick Rethans, as well as a new beta release from CakePHP. In our articles section we have an updated guide to Laravel package development, an article on doing stricter checks in PHP, and  improving Laravel app's performance with Jobs and Queues. In tutorials, if you're a beginner, the guide on how to read CSV files using PHP might interests you. We also have a couple of step by step guides - one for Browsershot and creating a payment gateway for Laravel. Finally in our Reading section, Code with Burt has a new series out and for its premier episode he has Freek Van der Herten as his guest. That's merely a snippet of what he have on offer this week. We do hope you enjoy all the content we've gathered for you in this week's newsletter.      

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How To Delay Laravel Jobs And Listeners Within Database Transactions
If you have jobs and listeners being fired within database transactions, it can lead to data inconsistencies if the transaction rolls back. Learn how to properly handle them here.

Laravel 10 Package Development From Scratch
This article is an updated version of Laravel 7 package development article.

Doing Stricter Checks in PHP
A nice refactoring I’ve learned recently is to utilize types in conditionals.

Constructor Property Promotion Shakes Up the PHP World
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, developers of all ages! I present to you a magnificent innovation in the world of PHP.

How to Implement Robust Logging in Symfony Using Monolog
Monolog provides a way to log messages, making it an essential tool for developers building Symfony applications.

Improving Laravel App Performance with Jobs and Queues
Laravel’s Jobs and Queues are a great way to enhance your application’s performance if you’re running an application that requires executing long-running tasks.


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Tutorials and Talks

Step-by-step Tutorial: Understanding Browsershot Laravel
The best technology for mobile application development is Browsershot Laravel to convert web pages into images or pdf.

Eloquent Relationship In Laravel
We will be looking at important eloquent model relationships in laravel.

How To Read A CSV File & Write Data Into It Using PHP
I'm currently building an email software with PHP to help companies send newsletters to their contact list and I implemented a feature that would enable the software to read & write data into a contact list in CSV format.

Automatically Format PHP Code
In this post, I'll show you how do I setup my PHP projects to be automatically formatted.

Building a Simple PHP Login System
In this tutorial, we’ll go through the steps required to build a simple PHP login system that allows users to register, log in, and log out.

Step-by-Step Guide: Integrating Payment Gateway with Laravel 10
In this article, we’ll cover how to integrate with Laravel 10 and create a payment gateway for your application.

Laravel Eloquent Models: How to Filter by Dates like a Pro with Traits
In this article, we will show you how to create a trait that contains various methods for filtering Eloquent models by dates.

How to Customize Laravel Fortify Authentication Email Templates
Laravel Fortify is a robust authentication system that enhances the built-in authentication capabilities of Laravel, providing secure and user-friendly authentication functionality for Laravel applications.

Mastering SAML Implementation in PHP: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide
In this article, we will discuss how to implement SAML in PHP and provide sample code to help you get started. We will cover everything you need to know to get started with SAML implementation in PHP.

News and Announcements

Xdebug Update: March 2023
In this monthly update I explain what happened with Xdebug development in this past two months. These are normally published on the first Tuesday on or after the 5th of each month.

Laravel Analytics v5 with support for GA4 has been released
We've released a new major version of our Laravel Analytics package. The most important new feature of this release is the support for GA4.

CakePHP 5.0.0-beta2 Released
Changes include: Removing more code that was deprecated in 4.x. Adding namespaces to all the global functions that CakePHP provides. Added a Time only object to Chronos & CakePHP + more

A Week of Symfony #849 (3-9 April 2023)
This week, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version improved the new Scheduler component to allow rejecting messages, improved the Web Profiler to make views clickable in the toolbar and fixed many small issues. Meanwhile, we announced new Symfony backers for the Symfony 6.3 version and published new information about the hotel and transportation for SymfonyCon 2023.

Laravel Live UK 2023
Laravel Live UK 2023, the official Laravel conference for the UK, is coming to London for a two-day conference on June 22nd and 23rd 2023. Join hundreds of Laravel and PHP enthusiasts for inspirational talks, engaging networking, and amazing learning opportunities.

php[tek] 2023 - Chicago, IL
Join us for the 15th Annual Web Developer Conference, php[tek] 2023, May 16-18 2023.

Podcasts and Vlogs

PHP Ugly: 330: Taking The World By PHPStorm
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about Mocking Service, php-fig per-coding-style, PHP Internals moving to Reddit (announced April 1st, so not really), and more...

Laravel News Podcast: Things you can test, PlanetScale migrations, and validated DTOs
Jake and Michael discuss all the latest Laravel releases, tutorials, and happenings in the community.

The Stack Overflow: Building an API is half the battle (Ep. 552)
Marco Palladino, CTO and cofounder of Kong, joins Ryan to talk about the evolution of API protocols over time and why building the API is only half the battle.

Software Engineering Radio: SE Radio 558: Michael Fazio on Modern Android Development
Michael Fazio, Engineering Manager (Android) at Albert and author of Kotlin and Android Development featuring Jetpack from the Pragmatic Programmers, speaks with SE Radio’s Gavin Henry about how the Android ecosystem looks today, and why it’s an excellent time to write native Android apps.

Developer Tea: Taking Advantage of Hedonic Adaptation
The psychological phenomenon of hedonic adaptation can seem like the enemy of your happiness, but once you understand how it works, you can use it to create lasting habit change and focus on what matters most.

Shoptalk Show: 560: Oh Biscuits! Cascade Layers, Block Links, Emoji Lists, and more CSS!
After a brief visit from Hip Hop Dad Dave, we're talking cascade layers updates, block link practices, search element getting dropped, how to use cite, emoji list accessibility, scrollbar state, and trigonometric functions in CSS.

WP Builds: 321 – Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT). Episode 5: Website clients are impossible!
This could have been called “Web Designers are Impossible”, as it’s about the sometimes tense relationship between those who commission websites and those who build them.

WP Briefing: Episode 53: A Look at WordPress 6.2 “Dolphy”
Named after the multi-instrumentalist Eric Allan Dolphy Jr., WordPress 6.2 “Dolphy”‘s high notes are riffed on by WordPress’s Executive Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, in this 53rd episode of the WordPress Briefing.

Reading and Viewing

Sit Down with Freek Van der Herten
First episode of Burt's Sit Down series.

Self-reference Laravel Model
A year or two ago, when I was a Software Engineer at Bosch a colleague of mine came with this amazing solution of a self-reference trait to map relationships inside a single SQL database table.

PSX an alternative to Laravel/Symfony for building APIs
PSX is a PHP framework dedicated to build fully typed REST APIs. It provides a new approach to build APIs and tries to challenge existing frameworks like Laravel or Symfony. In this post I like to introduce the framework and show how it can be used to build REST APIs.

Building Scalable and Efficient Messaging Systems with RabbitMQ and PHP
In this article, we will explore the features of RabbitMQ and how it can be used with PHP to build scalable and efficient messaging systems.

A closer look at \Doctrine\ORM\Query::toIterable When Processing Large Results
Let’s say you want to iterate a large database result set in a PHP application using Doctrine.

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

SQLite driver for Yii Database.

A HTTP api testing framework based on phpunit and guzzle.

Basic & Simple Skeleton for PHP WebSites.

A Slack user invite service provider for Laravel.

A PHP library to process true color images.

PHPantastic coding standard.

Add gamification in laravel app with reputation point and badges support.

An easier way to define custom Blade directives.

Laravel Session patch to support concurrent request.

Utilities to transform data into HTML tables.

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