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May 18, 2023

Hi everyone,

This week's newsletter is packed with very useful tutorials including a comprehensive guide to Laravel that caters to both beginners and pros. We also have a tutorial on data transfer objects in Symfony as well as upgrading earlier versions of Laravel to the most recent release. Speaking of updates, we have fresh update available from PHP 8.1, Statamic 4, Laravel 10 and Symfony 6.3. In podcasts we have the latest episodes from Laravel News on repeating models, on the No Compromises, they discuss Eloquent relationships. The Rabbit Hole also released a new episode on the topic of Github actions, so do check them out. Finally, in our reading section we have articles on Polymorphism, Prometheus metrics, and chaining events in Laravel. We have all that and more, so we do hope you enjoy this week's newsletter. If you're a student or developer on the move and want the latest PHP news and updates in one place, then subscribe to PHPWeekly.

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Aaron Francis: Laravel Overview Video
Aaron Francis has a new video out named "PHP is the future" that goes through Laravel and covers a lot of the highlights of the framework.

Explaining the Code on the "Go with PHP" Website
Mohamed writes a nice post featuring a lot of good tips on how to make your code readable.

Introducing DropBlockEditor
About a month ago, I tweeted that I was working on drag and drop editor for Laravel and showed a little demo video.

Let's Write an Esolang in PHP
An esolang (esoteric language) is a programming language designed to be used as a joke or test the limits of what can be achieved with a particular language syntax.

Symfony's Magic: Dependency Injection
Injecting dependencies is a fundamental principle that is recommended by various approaches, including SOLID.

Building a Solid Foundation: 10 Essential Tips for Setting up Your Laravel Project Structure in 2023
I’ll provide practical code examples, share key insights, and equip you with the knowledge to build a solid foundation for your Laravel projects.

How Method Overloading Works in PHP
As software engineers, we sometimes have to perform certain tasks that can be achieved with a variable number of inputs.


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Tutorials and Talks

Laravel Security Middleware
In this tutorial, I will walk through how you can leverage the power of middleware in your Laravel application to help increase the security of your applications.

Testing with Phpbench
Non-functional requirements are often forgotten aspects of code development.

Adding Criteria To Your Doctrine Queries Easily
In this post, I would like to show you how we can easily add criterias to our doctrine queries.

How to Upgrade to Laravel 9
In this article, I’ll share tips on how to upgrade earlier Laravel versions to more recent releases in your existing apps.

Coding Standards Part 2: .Editorconfig, Documentation And Strict Types
In the previous article, we already learned a lot about coding standards, and today I like to discuss three more points: the file .editorconfig, the documentation of your code, and the declaration of strict types.

Laravel Tips for Beginners and Pros: A Comprehensive Guide
In this blog post, we will share 10 Laravel tips that can help you improve your skills and make the most of the framework.

Laravel 10 Bootstrap Auth Scaffolding Example
In this article, we will see the laravel 10 bootstrap auth scaffolding example. Here, we will learn about how to install bootstrap auth scaffolding in laravel 10.

Build An Environment To Work With Laravel Using Docker
With this approach, you will be able to quickly set up a consistent development environment ready to start developing your Laravel project without worrying about the usual complications.

Convert Dynamically Request content to DTO with Symfony
In this article, we will discuss Data Transfer Objects (DTO) in Symfony and primarily focus on how to dynamically convert the content of a client request into an input DTO.

News and Announcements

PHP 8.1.19 Released!
The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 8.1.19. This is a bug fix release.

Statamic 4 Released
This release focuses on two things in particular, an improved user experience in the Control Panel and continued modernization of our code base.

Laravel 10.10 Released
In this version, notable contributions include features such as the Sleep class, the hashed model cast, and the ability to mark commands as "isolatable."

Symfony 6.3.0-BETA3 released
Symfony 6.3.0-BETA3 has just been released. Here is the list of the most important changes since 6.3.0-BETA2.

A Week of Symfony #854 (8-14 May 2023)
This week, Symfony 6.3.0 beta2 and beta3 were released so you can test them in your own projects and report bugs before its final release. Meanwhile, we continued adding features to the new AssetMapper component. Lastly, we announced a round of lightning talks during the SymfonyOnline June 2023 conference.

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Podcasts and Vlogs

PHP Ugly: 335: Eric Corrupts PHP
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about php[tek], TEK, Tek, and more tek ... or an .env files, and more...

Laravel News Podcast: Repeating Models, Extending Raycast, And Squeezing Lemons
Jake and Michael discuss all the latest Laravel releases, tutorials, and happenings in the community.

The Stack Overflow: Great Code Isn’t Enough. Developers Need To Brag About It (Ep. 571)
Today’s guest is Dagna Bieda, a career coach who specializes in helping developers and engineers level up their careers. She shares why developers should promote the value of their contributions, how soft skills can make or break a coding career, and why a moment of burnout inspired her to start coaching.

No Compromises Podcast: Should An Eloquent Relationship Include Soft-Deleted Records?
Get a free ebook of Laravel security tips. 

Software Engineering Radio: SE Radio 564: Paul Hammant on Trunk-Based Development
Paul Hammant, independent consultant, joins host Giovanni Asproni to speak about trunk-based development—a version control management practice in which developers merge small, frequent updates to a core “trunk” or main branch.

Developer Tea: Focus on Process Orientation for Goal Setting
If you don't have agency over your goals, how can they help you to begin with?

Shoptalk Show: 565: The Hurdy-Gurdy, OKLCH, Edge Dev Tools, and Ad Blocking
Dave doesn't hate the hurdy-gurdy, but it's creation is an interesting parallel to software development. OKLCH follow up, @media, Edge drops new dev tools, CSS and Astro theming, JavaScript devs discover PHP, how many people block ads, and accessibility and grids.

WP Builds: 326 – James Giroux on workplace culture, team dynamics and leadership in WordPress companies
On the podcast today we have James Giroux and he’s here to talk about a new project that he’s set up called TeamWP. It’s all about workplace culture, team dynamics and leadership in WordPress companies.

The Rabbit Hole: 300. GitHub... And Actions!
Have you tried GitHub Actions? In this episode, we talk about experimenting with GitHub Actions and why YAML will be the programming language of the future.

Reading and Viewing

Encapsulating Polymorphism
In this post, Andrew presents several patterns in polymorphic database relationships in Laravel that allow us to eliminate conditionals.

Prometheus Metrics in Laravel
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Generate Unique Slugs On-the-Fly for Create and Update in Laravel Models
In Laravel, generating unique slugs for models is a common requirement when dealing with SEO-friendly URLs or user-friendly identifiers.

PHP Closure And Callable And Difference
Closures are useful in scenarios where you want to create a function that can access variables from its surrounding scope, even after the outer function has finished executing.

Factory Method Design Pattern in PHP
The Factory Method design pattern is a creational design pattern that provides an interface for creating objects, but allows subclasses to decide which class to instantiate.

Chaining Events in Laravel
In Laravel, an event is a class that represents a specific occurrence or action that takes place within your application.

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

A simple caching filter that caches Laravel's Response objects.

Provides form management support to Icybee.

Open Social is a distribution for building social communities and intranets.

PHP SDK for implementing scope recruiting with rest api.

Zend Mail wrapper for those who want to preserve their sanity.

Simple Dependency Injection in php.

Client library for MySQL HandlerSocket extension.

CakePHP View-layer wrapper for the Fractal library.

Yii2 wrapper for clockpicker (clock-like time picker) plugin.

A simple tcp server written in PHP.

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