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September 14, 2023

Hi everyone,

Every week we collect the best articles, guides, podcasts and news from the world of PHP and this week is no different. On this week's newsletter we have loads of tutorials like how to optimise PHP performance on Google cloud run as well as a guide on how to speed up queries in a Laravel project. In podcasts we have a new episode from Laravel News on streaming jets, wrapping words and Acid compliant operations. Over at Stack Overflow the topic this week is about Founder vs Investor. Finally in our Reading section we have articles on how fast database queries aren't always better, along with understanding Laravel transactions and a new series on the magic behind PHP. 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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The Source of Readability
Readability is often treated as a subjective thing. When someone says code is more readable, what they really mean is they can more easily read it. The straw-man goes, this is all taste and convention, just follow the team’s rules and use the auto-formatter.

Why does a backslash prefix improve PHP function call performance
Have you ever noticed developers putting backslashes (\) in front of their PHP function calls? Many developers (including myself) do this, however few developers actually know why.

Validating SSH keys on Laravel
When we're called to develop an application, we should keep in mind that we might have to deal with various types of problems, some of which we may never have imagined facing. However, sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone.

Top Laravel PHP Packages to Use in Your Project
In this article, we’ll explore the top 20 Laravel PHP packages that can supercharge your projects and make your development process smoother than ever.

LRU Cache in PHP
Here’s a high-level overview of how an LRU cache works and how you can implement one in PHP.

PHP and Multithreading: A Lighthearted Look at Concurrency
Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about PHP and multithreading? Well, maybe not. But if you’re curious about how PHP handles concurrency, you’re in for a treat!


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Tutorials and Talks

Symfony's DomCrawler with Laravel HTTP Tests
Have you ever needed to assert part of an HTML response from within an HTTP test in Laravel? I recently needed to validate parts of a response to verify an important piece of content was rendered.

Bun as an NPM replacement in your Laravel projects
Welcome to our latest tutorial on using Bun as an NPM replacement in your Laravel projects! As a Laravel developer with a keen interest in web development specifics, this video is tailored to your needs.

Understanding the Request Lifecycle, Service Container, and Facades
This article provides an overview of the official documentation, emphasizing the simplification of essential concepts for better understanding.

4 Ways To Call Python From PHP
Need to call a Python script from PHP? No problem, there are quite a few alternatives.

How to Optimize PHP Performance on Google Cloud Run
The API uses PHP 7.4, Laravel 8.0 and MySQL on Cloud SQL (the managed database on Google Cloud). The API needs to handle at least 10,000 concurrent users. The container image we deploy to Cloud Run has nginx and PHP-FPM.

How to handle JSON Data in Laravel with Eloquent and JSON Columns: Complete guide 2023
In this article, let’s explore how to work with JSON data in Laravel, focusing on JSON columns in your database and using Laravel’s powerful Eloquent ORM to interact with this data.

The easy way to install Symfony with Docker
I’m just sharing with you my super method to install Symfony 6.x with Docker.

How to Speed Up Queries in a Laravel Project
This article outlines several strategies to optimize your queries and make your Laravel application perform at its best.

News and Announcements

Support for Bun lands in Laravel Sail and Forge
Both Laravel Sail and Laravel Forge now includes support for Bun, a fast all-in-one JavaScript runtime.

Final release of Laracon AU 2023 tickets now on sale!
Unprecedented interest toward the biggest Laracon AU ever saw ticket allocation at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre exhausted three months ahead of the event date.

A Week of Symfony #871 (4-10 September 2023)
This week, Symfony launched a new initiative to help third-party packages and libraries with the new PHP types added in Symfony 7.0. In addition, it made a call for IT student volunteers for the SymfonyCon Brussels 2023 conference. Finally, we announced the countdown to SymfonyLive Berlin 2023 conference and to the API Platform Conference 2023.

Laracon EU 2024 - Save the date!
The flagship Laravel event in Europe returns to Amsterdam for 2024. Join us in Amsterdam for two days of fantastic talks and community networking with the most talented Laravel developers in the world.

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Podcasts and Vlogs

PHP Ugly: 351: PHPitcing a tent
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about php[tek], htmx, magic PHP, PhpStorm Keyboad Shortcuts, and more...

Laravel News Podcast: Streaming jets, wrapping words, and ACID-compliant operations
Jake and Michael discuss all the latest Laravel releases, tutorials, and happenings in the community.

The Stack Overflow: Founder vs Investor: What VCs are really looking for
Ben talks with startup founder and advisor Elizabeth Zalman about what makes the founder-investor relationship unique in the world of capital, what changes with technical founders, and what VCs are really looking for.

Software Engineering Radio: SE Radio 580: Josh Doody on Mastering Business Communication for Software Engineers
Josh Doody, author of Mastering Business Email, speaks with host Brijesh Ammanath about how software engineers can master business communication.

Shoptalk Show: 582: Lifetime Plan, Pricing #HotDrama, and CSS Resets
Getting tripped up on audio at conferences, announcing the ShopTalk Show Lifetime Plan, some Once pricing #hotdrama, remembering Molly Holzschlag, web components, Luro launch day thoughts, and a question about using a normalize or sanitize in 2023 prompts a run through of Andy Bell's Modern CSS Reset.

WP Builds: 340 – Akshat Choudhary on the utility of WordPress firewalls and malware scanners. Security mini series 2/4
A little while ago there was some news in the WordPress space about the merits of using plugins for securing your WordPress website. Researchers (see the previous episode for more on this) had discovered ways in which the effectiveness of the plugins might be compromised.

Reading and Viewing

Workbench App for Packages
Maintaining an open-source package requires a lot of effort. One problem I see in maintaining Turbo Laravel (and the other packages) is having an easy way to reproduce the reported issues.

Fast Database Queries Are Not Always Better
You probably think fast database queries are good. You also probably think slow database queries are bad.

Laravel Resource Reducer: optimizes your API responses
Ever thinking about how to speed up your application by optimizing the response?

Understanding Laravel Transactions
Laravel provides a built-in transaction manager that makes it easy to use transactions in your applications.

The Magic Behind PHP
It is a question in my mind, “How does PHP work internally?”. These are my notes to understand PHP better and it will be a series. In the next chapters, I will cover OPCache, Preloading, and also JIT. But firstly let’s start with non-optimized PHP.

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Create a snippet of text highlighting a given string.

Bandrek is password recovery token generation using number as code for Laravel 5.4.x based.

Replay comes in allowing you to plan re-tries and fallbacks strategies for your functions.

Symfony2 Pagination Bundle Extended.

Simple linear regressions and multiple linear regressions.

Symfony integration for Reindexer.

Classes for manipulate dates and intervals with microseconds precision.

Yii shortify hashes a string into a smaller string.

SilverStripe front end admin bar module.

Sandbox Plugin for CakePHP.

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