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October 20, 2022

Hi everyone,

This week is stacked and full of the best and content about the PHP community that we've gathered from the past week. We have new updates from PHP 8.2, Laravel and Symfony. If you want a good roundup of the features, adoptions and review of PHP 8.1 one year after the launch, Exacat has a blog post about it. In our tutorials section, we have testing Laravel Breeze, Pivot table errors and diving into notifications. Finally, we have new podcast episodes from Maintanable on tackling Tech debt, What to do when you're stuck from the guys at No Compromises and why you should create static APIs from How to Code Well.        

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Signs That Your Php Code Needs Refactoring
It's not uncommon to write "quick and dirty" scripts to test something or in the earliest stages of the project. Besides, legacy projects often contain unoptimized code.

Upgrade to PHP 8: Why It’s Crucial to Keep Your eCommerce Website Updated
90% of [Magento websites](90% of Magento websites use unsupported versions of PHP. How can you (we) tackle this problem, and why is it a problem? Should I update to PHP 8?

Manage Multiple Versions of PHP with Homebrew
Using Homebrew is a handy way to install multiple versions of PHP on MacOS. For example, to have both php 7.4 and 8.0 installed, use the brew install command.

Exploration of PHP 7
In this article, we will talk about PHP 7. In my opinion, studying the history of changes along with the introduction of learning resources allows us to get to know something deeper and master it better.

Dangerous and Unnecessary Fears of Strict Types in PHP
Let me convince you why you should embrace Strict Types in PHP, instead of being afraid of it!

Tutorials and Talks

Difference between isset() vs empty() vs is_null() in PHP
There are some built-in PHP functions that are similar to each other, and those are isset(), empty() and is_null().

The Package For Share Symfony Profiler Pages
I recently saw a "share bugs page" feature in the laravel framework, then I started looking for such a feature in symfony, but as it turned out there is no such package.

Test Laravel Breeze Authentication with Cypress
This post is showing some examples that are pretty easy to add to any Laravel project that use Laravel Breeze.

Learn How To Upload Files In Laravel Like A Pro
One of the things that I see many people struggling with is file uploads. How do we upload a file in Laravel?

Generating OTP using PHP
Here I’m writing a simple PHP script for generating an OTP code. It can be used in any scenario for authentication.

Beginner Errors With Pivot Tables In Laravel
We will take a drive through one common beginner error while working with many-to-many relations in Laravel.

Diving into Notifications
In most applications, we need to send notifications, whether in-app, email or slack - these are typically transactional notifications to alert users of some action or event in your application. Let's take a dive.

News and Announcements

PHP 8.2.0 RC 4 Available For Testing
The PHP team is pleased to announce the release of PHP 8.2.0, RC 4. This is the fourth release candidate, continuing the PHP 8.2 release cycle, the rough outline of which is specified in the PHP Wiki.

Laravel 9.35 Released
The Laravel team released 9.35 with an exciting new alternate mailable syntax, an Eloquent "strict mode" feature, and more.

Symfony 6.1.6 Released
Symfony 6.1.6 has just been released. Here is the list of the most important changes since 6.1.5

PhpStorm 2022.3 Early Access #3: Support for PHP 8.2
In this build, we added full support for PHP 8.2.

Phalcon v5.0.4 Released
We are happy to announce that Phalcon v5.0.4 has been released!

A Week of Symfony #824 (10-16 October 2022)
This week, Symfony 4.4.47, 5.4.14, 6.0.14 and 6.1.6 maintenance versions were released. In addition, we added some new features to the upcoming Symfony 6.2 version, such as listing namespaced commands when running only the namespace as the command name and adding new configurable blocks to the Bootstrap 5 form theme.

PHP London October 2022, Tue, Oct 25 · 1:30 AM PHT
We are very excited to be hosting our October event of PHP London meetup in 2022.

Podcasts and Vlogs

How To Code Well 178 - Why You Should Create Static APIs
What are the befits and disadvantages of a static API?

PHP Ugly: 307: Code My Homework, Dad
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about the joys of running php[architect] magazine, keyboards, php[tek], pair programming the Python way, JetBrains Fleet, and more...

Laravel News Podcast: Building Mailables, Megaphones, And Sliding Over
Jake and Michael discuss all the latest Laravel releases, tutorials, and happenings in the community.

The Stack Overflow: Beware The Scammers Posing As Tech Recruiters (Ep. 497)
We all have fears when it comes to tech. These are (some of) our stories.

No Compromises Podcast: Isolate The Problem
What do you do when you're stuck? Aaron shares a tip on how he breaks down a problem when he's feeling stuck.

North Meets South Podcast: Encrypted Environments, Encrypted Data, And Magic Constructors
Jake and Michael discuss the new environment encryption functionality in Laravel, encrypting application data, and using (very?) magic named constructors.

Maintainable Podcast: Stefanni Brasil - When Is Tackling Tech Debt Possible?
Robby has a chat with Stefanni Brasil, the Co-founder and Educator at hexdevs about why teams should agree on conventions before coding starts, the value of writing decisions down for our future-selves.

The Rabbit Hole: 276. How To Stand Out as a Software Engineer? (with Dan and Genesis)
Companies receive a large number of applications during the recruitment process which places extra pressure on candidates to stand out amongst the masses.

Developer Tea: Better Goals - Deriving Values from Personal Investment and Risk Tolerance
Having trouble setting goals? Take a look at a different angle with the guided exercise in today's episode.

WP Builds: 299 – When The Client Turns Web Designer (Although We Hardly Talk About That)
Today we are talking about when the client turns into a web designer!

WP Briefing: Episode 41: WordPress 6.1 Sneak Peek with Special Guest Nick Diego
In the forty-first episode of the WordPress Briefing, peek into the upcoming WordPress 6.1 release with our host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, and the release’s Editor Triage Lead, Nick Diego.

Reading and Viewing

Best IDE For Codeigniter Development To Consider In 2022
A list of IDEs that can help you create an awesome web application with minimal effort.

Laravel Works With Large Database Records Using The Chunk Method
Your application database records will increase by every day. As a developer, we faced performance and server memory issues when working with large table records.

PHP Development Tools for Efficient PHP Developers
Raindrops Infotech and our skilled PHP developers have compiled a list of a few quintessential PHP Development Tools to be used in 2022 for effective services.

There Are Two Types of Developers — Those Who Get Blocked and Those Who Don’t
Good developers find a solution or make a solution, they refuse to get blocked.

The Only 3 Steps You Need To Write Proper Code
Test Driven Development made easy.

PHP 8.1 Features, One Year Later
Closing on one year after PHP 8.1 publication, we can take a look at the published features, and how they are doing in current code.

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

template engine that uses HTML data-* attributes so your templates look great before rendering.

Assets Management For Laravel.

A utility class that straddles the line between validation and sanitization.

A proration calculator.

Library for building better Telegram bots.

Implementation of identity for domain models using ramsey/uuid.

wrapper for the Tripadvisor Review Express API.

Auto-Updater for Laravel Projects.

Livewire component to show models/data according to its current status.

A markdown editor for Filament with code highlighting and image uploads.

Online tool to convert `curl` requests to Laravel `Http` requests.


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