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May 24, 2018

Hello to the PHP community, and welcome to
After several weeks hiatus the PHP Round Table podcast makes a return in this weeks edition, discussing all things Wordpress.

Also this week we take a look at changes made to Homestead to simplify setting it up to serve Apigility, Expressive and Zend Framework projects.

If you want to add user email confirmation to your Laravel projects, we've details on a new package to do just that.

Plus this week Joomla 3.8.8 has been released, addressing 9 security vulnerabilities and over 50 bug fixes.

And finally, Symfony Live returns to London in September over two days. The Call for Papers is open now.

Have a great weekend,

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20 Best WPBakery Page Builder Addons & Extensions of 2018
With over a million users worldwide, the popular drag-and-drop page builder, WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer), has inspired a legion of developers to create loads of cool and useful addons and extensions that increase its functions and provide virtually unlimited possibilities when it comes to creating the WordPress site of your dreams. Here’re a list of the 20 best of these addons and extensions for 2018 to be found at CodeCanyon.

Investing In the Promote Drupal Fund
The Promote Drupal Initiative is your opportunity to make Drupal - and your business - known and loved by new decision makers. Led by the Drupal Association, we will work with the Drupal business community to hone Drupal’s messaging and create the promotional materials we can all use to amplify the power of Drupal in the marketplace.
The Do’s and Don’ts for Hosting WordPress Membership Sites
When it comes to WordPress sites, not all of them can be treated the same in terms of what works best for performance. A simple five-page WordPress site behaves completely different than say a large WooCommerce site (which can be very demanding). WordPress membership and community sites are another type that falls into what we sometimes call this “tricky” category. Today we’ll explore some of the do’s and don’ts for WordPress membership sites and how to best optimise them to ensure optimal performance, scalability, and longevity.
PHP Allows For The Design of X
Starting complicated twitter conversations should be avoided, I know this, and yet blurted one out on twitter recently ... This was met with a flurry of responses and I couldn't reasonably reply in tweet form. I'm going to respond to some of those tweets (indirectly) and further explain my original tweet.

Tutorials and Talks

Adding WordPress Admin Notices With Your WordPress Plugin
When you develop a plugin sometimes you need a communication channel with the users that installed the plugin, one easy way to achieve this is showing a WordPress Admin notification on top of pages.

How to Load --config With Services in Symfony Console
In the first post about PHP CLI Apps I wrote about poor DI support in PHP CLI projects. Today we look on the first barrier that leads most people to prefer static over DI - how to load config with services.

Running SQLite in PHP with Docker
SQLite is a great database for getting started on small projects. Unlike traditional SQL databases (like MySQL or Postgres), SQLite stores all your records in a single flat file that you can easily edit, transfer, or even check into version control (if your project warrants it). Another great feature of SQLite is that it’s built into the default PHP images on Docker Hub, so you don’t even have to start up another Docker container, and running a PHP application with a SQLite database is essentially a one-liner. Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate SQLite into your Dockerised PHP apps.

Weird Operators in PHP
If you read the PHP documentation, you will learn about a ton of operators. If you haven’t learnt about PHP operators, go do that first, we’ll wait for you.

Developing Laravel Packages with Local Composer Dependencies
Developing Composer packages locally through a local file symlink speeds up development immensely when you want to create Laravel packages and try them out on a real application. I was reading about a fancy bash alias by Caleb Porzio, which is a bash alias inspired by npm link.

Zend Framework/Homestead Integration
Last year, we wrote about using Laravel Homestead with ZF projects. Today, we contributed some changes to Homestead to simplify setting it up to serve Apigility, Expressive, and Zend Framework projects.

Moving A WordPress Root Install To A Subdirectory Install And Vice Versa
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You pick up a new client who wants you to develop a new theme for their site so you set up a development site and get to work. A few days go by and you’ve laid the groundwork of the new theme and you think it’s about time to pull in their current site’s content so that you can get into the specifics. You set up WP Migrate DB Pro on both sites, pull the database and then realise that your development site was a subdirectory install while the client’s live site was a standard root-directory install and your dev site is totally messed up.

When Empty Is Not Empty
Recently when I was working on a project I got some strange results when using the empty function. Here's what I was debugging. I've simplified the code a bit to share with you.

New in Symfony 4.1: Hidden Services
In Symfony 3.4 we made all Symfony services private by default. This is generally better and makes applications more robust (as explained in the previous post) but it also has some drawbacks.

Add User Email Confirmation to Your Laravel Projects
If you want to add an email verification step to user registration in your Laravel Projects, Marcel Pociot has a new package aptly named laravel-confirm-email. New users are required to confirm their registration through an email to proceed.

Five Useful Laravel Blade Directives
We’re going to look at five Laravel Blade directives you can use to simplify your templates, and learn about some convenient directives that make solving specific problems a cinch! If you’re new to the framework, these tips will help you discover the excellent features of Blade, Laravel’s templating engine.
News and Announcements

Joomla 3.8.8 Release
Joomla 3.8.8 is now available. This is a security release which addresses 9 security vulnerabilities, contains over 50 bug fixes, and includes various security related improvements.

Atlas.Query: Simple. Sensible. SQL.
I am happy to announce that Atlas.Query is now stable and ready for production use! Installaton is as easy as composer require atlas/query ~1.0.

Statamic 2.9 is Now Released
Statamic is a flat file CMS built on Laravel and Vue.js and they’ve just launched v2.9 that includes a host of new features, enhancements, and improvements to enhance the developer experience.

International PHP Conference - June 4-8th 2018, Berlin
The International PHP Conference is the world’s first PHP conference and stands since more than a decade for top-notch pragmatic expertise in PHP and web technologies. Internationally renowned experts from the PHP industry meet up with PHP users and developers from large and small companies. Here is the place where concepts emerge and ideas are born - the IPC signifies knowledge transfer at highest level. All delegates of the International PHP Conference have, in addition to PHP program, free access to the entire range of the webinale taking place at the same time. Tickets are on sale now.

Dutch PHP Conference - June 7-9th 2018, Amsterdam
Ibuildings is proud to organise the eleventh Dutch PHP Conference on June 8th and 9th, plus a pre-conference tutorial day on June 7. Both programs will be completely in English so the only Dutch thing about it is the location. Keywords for these days: Know-how, Technology, Best Practices, Networking, Tips & Tricks. The target audience for this conference are PHP and Mobile Web Developers of all levels, software architects, and even managers. Beginners will find many talks aimed at helping them become better developers, while more experienced developers will come away inspired to do even better and with knowledge about the latest tools and methodologies. Tickets are on sale now.

WavePHP Conference - September 19th-21st 2018, San Diego
WavePHP Conference is bringing the wonderful PHP community to the Southwest United States. Designed to be a conference for both professionals and hobbyists alike. Held in beautiful southern California's San Diego County the area has ideal weather and tons of activities. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.

Northeast PHP Conference - 19th-21st September 2018, Boston
Our event is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community. While grounded in PHP, the conference is not just about PHP. Talks on web technology, user experience, and IT management help PHP developers broaden their skill sets. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.

Symfony Live - September 27-28th 2018, London
Symfony is proud to organise the 7th edition of the British Symfony conference and to welcome the Symfony community from all over the UK. Join us for 2 days of Symfony to share best practices, experience, knowledge, make new contacts and hear the latest developments with the framework! The Call for Papers is now open, and Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.


Voices of the ElePHPant - Interview with Margaret Staples
Cal Evans sits down with Margaret Staples of Twilio to talk community.
MageTalk Magento Podcast #169 - An Evening with Eric Hileman
Eric Hileman from MageMojo and Mojo Stratus fame join us to get down and dirty in the nitties and the gritties about what makes scaling on AWS so difficult, and how running Magento in the cloud takes more expertise now than ever before. Listen now!

PHP Roundtable Podcast Episode 70: All Things WordPress
We chat about backwards compatibility, Gutenberg, and the WordPress ecosystem. 

PHP Ugly Podcast #105: Exposed Source
This weeks topics include stack overflow for teams and who controls glibc?
Post Status Draft Podcast - Making WordPress and WordSesh
In this episode, Brian and Brian discuss the upcoming WordSesh schedule and go spelunking through to surface some recent gems making their way to – both the project and the website.

Laravel Podcast Episode 12 - Interview: Samantha Geitz
Interview with Samantha Geitz, Senior Developer at Tighten.

Reading and Viewing

Book Review: Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests - Part 1
"Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests" is written by Gojko Adzic, David Evans, Tom Roden and Nikola Korac. After being asked if he knew about good resources on how to write good acceptance test scenarios, Matthias Noback read and subsequently reviewed this book.

Cloudways Interview - Success Story Of Evan Wong, CEO Of Australian Fintech Startup Checkbox
The fintech industry, which aims to apply digital innovations to existing financial modes of operations in order to improve the quality of financial services, is growing immensely in popularity thanks to the efforts of several startup incubators down under. Checkbox, the brainchild of CEO Evan Wong, is a standout venture that digitises complex regulations into automated cloud software without requiring developer coding. In this post, we highlight the success story of Evan Wong and his Checkbox startup.
Building a PHP Framework: Part 1 – Why? Seriously, Why?
There are a tremendous amount of great PHP frameworks. Off the top of my head I can think of several. Yet, for every Laravel there are probably five lesser-known, high quality frameworks. So with all of that being said, it begs the question: why on Earth would you want to do this?

First-timer at DrupalCon: The Non-Tech Girl Experience
There’s the book about givers and takers that I’m reading right now. Adam Grant, the author, claims the good will conquer the evil, a poor girl will find her prince, the givers will triumph over the takers and exchangers. That sounds too sweet, but Adam wins me step by step with his statistics and researchers. Here’s my little feedback on what I’ve seen during 4 days at DrupalCon Nashville: as a volunteer and a grant receiver, as an attendee and a Drupal team member. The little feedback on the Community of givers. 


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Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

The Microsoft Drivers for PHP for Microsoft SQL Server are PHP extensions that allow for the reading and writing of SQL Server data from within PHP scripts.

Selling digital downloads is something that not a single one of the large WordPress ecommerce plugins has ever gotten really right. This plugin aims to fix that. 

PHP interface to Ethereum JSON-RPC API. Fully typed Web3 for PHP 7.X.

LifterLMS, the #1 WordPress LMS solution, makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses.

Matomo is the leading open alternative to Google Analytics that gives you full control over your data.

Admin, ban, and comms management system for the Source engine.

A pure PHP server and client for the tus resumable upload protocol v1.0.0.

Open-source software for volunteer computing and grid computing.
The Security component provides a complete security system for your web application.

A popular secure opensource online altcoin wallet that works with practically any altcoin. piWallet uses PHP, mySQL, JavaScript and Bootstrap meaning it's quite simple to setup.

A barebones router for PHP. Automatic get variable based on handler function parameter list. Support to compile router callback handlers into plain array source code.

The Yii 2 wrapper to build beautiful and easy editable websites pretty fast! 

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