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January 6, 2022

Hi everyone,

The beginning of the year is always lean content-wise as some people are still in full holiday mode, while some are still easing back into their normal routine. Nonetheless, despite that fact we were still able to collect a lot of useful articles for you to catch up on things PHP and help you jump-start your year/week/day. We do hope you enjoy this week’s issue as it has a couple of roundup articles on the best tutorials, trends and more to help you navigate through the new year.

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5 Free Tools All Laravel Developers Must Have
Find out the 5 tools all Laravel developers must have and use to boost up their productivity and save more time when developing Laravel Projects.

8 Best Practices for Web Development in 2022
The best practices for web development encompass a wide range of skills and disciplines. There’s so much to learn about the web and it’s too easy to lose track of it all.

Tips to Improve the Performance of Your Laravel Application
This ultimate Laravel performance guide to go easy on your disillusioned mind and waver all the dark clouds of poor Laravel app performance.

8 Reasons Why PHP Development Is Not Dead
When most people think about creating modern day web applications, particularly developers, they tend to lean toward the latest and greatest frameworks, such as React and Angular, that let designers and developers create sexy single page applications that run across multiple platforms from desktop to mobile.

Top 10 Web Development Trends to Expect in 2022, According to Experts & Data
Over the decades, website development has evolved and continues to shift rapidly. As a website owner, you need to be aware of changing website development trends.

Tutorials and Talks

Installing PHP 7.4 and PHP Monitor for WordPress Development
TL;DR: How to uninstall PHP 8.1, install PHP 7.4, why you should do so, and one extra utility to helps manage PHP packages and modules.

Our top 10 Laravel Tutorials of 2021
As 2021 comes to a close let's take a look back at the ten most popular Laravel tutorials we published this year.

4 steps to improve Laravel + Docker performance issues
The performance improvements that I introduced were (I'll cover each of these in a bit more detail below).

How to setup Laravel project after cloning from git
In this tutorial you will learn how to setup Laravel project after cloning from git in very simple way.

Streamline Your Online Payments With PHP Stripe Payment Gateway Integration
PHP Stripe API turns the agonizing task of collecting credit card payments into a matter of copy & paste. 

New way to define accessors and mutators in Laravel
As you know there is a way to define accessor and mutator in laravel like below.

News and Announcements

Laravel 8.78 Released
The Laravel team released 8.78 with the ability to add custom rules to default password validation rules, a mergeIfMissing() request method, asserting batch counts in tests, and the latest changes in the v8.x branch.

Symfony 6.0.2 released
Symfony 6.0.2 has just been released. Here is the list of the most important changes since 6.0.1.

PhpStorm 2021.3.1 is released
The first bug-fix update for PhpStorm 2021.3 is now available.

MergePHP - Cool Tools for PHP Development Friday, January 14, 2022
Presentation by Ben Ramsey. Good developer experience (DX) is critical in the tools we use, whether external- or internal-facing.

Latest PECL Releases (01.04.2022)
Added support for PHP 8.1

Sharp 7 for Laravel is released
The beta has ended, with a final refactoring on entities and menu declaration

Podcasts and Vlogs

PHP Ugly 267: 2021 is a Wrap
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about Project Management, stuff we did this year, and more...

How To Code Well EP 141 - Web Development Guide for 2022
Web assembly won’t replace JavaScript. TypeScript won’t replace JavaScript. GitHub actions won’t replace you. Next.JS won’t replace PHP. PHP won’t replace Python.

The Stack Overflow Podcast 403: Professional ethics and phantom braking
Today’s episode is bookended by two questions about professional or academic ethics.

The Rabbit Hole: The Definitive Developer's Podcast 237. Let's talk about Anti-Goals
As we enter into the new year and bid farewell to 2021, the topic of goals and goal-setting seems like an appropriate one to give some attention to.

Software Engineering Radio Episode 493: Ram Sriharsha on Vectors in Machine Learning
Ram Sriharsha of Pinecone discusses the role of vectors in machine learning, a technique that lies at the heart of many of the machine learning applications we use every day.

Reading and Viewing

A Week of Symfony #783 (27 December 2021 - 2 January 2022)
This week, Symfony 4.4.36, 5.3.13, 5.4.2 and 6.0.2 maintenance versions were released. In addition, Symfony announced the open sourcing of Symfony CLI and we published the traditional Symfony 2021 Year in Review summary.

My setup for PHP / Laravel development on Apple Silicon M1
I took this opportunity to review and update my development environment to suit me as a full stack PHP / Laravel developer. This is what I've gone with.

PHP: RESTful API resource handlers
Here we will cover how can we better implement the callback Class/Methods a.k.a the resource handlers associated with an REST HTTP API.

Implementing Codeigniter Form Validation Using Core Controller Function
Form validation is an important aspect of website design. In fact, validation is considered more important than the actual form design for a simple reason.

The Full-Stack Developer Vocabulary(The Full List!)
If you're new to this whole full-stack development thing and get confused by some of the words people use when talking about full-stack development, then stick around because here, I'll be compiling the most common words and phrases related to full-stack development.


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Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

OpenAI SDK for PHP
The orhanerday/open-ai package is a PHP SDK for accessing the OpenAI GPT-3 API.

Migrator is a GUI migration manager for Laravel.

the PHP Database&ORM Framework.

Lightweight debug server utility built on ReactPHP.

A light gallery plugin for photographers using WordPress.

Ubilling is opensource ISP billing system based on stargazer.

SimpleSAMLphp is an award-winning application written in native PHP that deals with authentication.

Implement Stripe payments in your Symfony app.

The most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution.

An easy to use, free and open source laravel eCommerce platform to build your online shop in no time.

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