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October 19, 2023

Hi everyone,

We bring you the latest news and information from the wonderful world of PHP weekly, and this week's newsletter has articles that will surely pique your interest. If you want to optimise your storage we have ten strategies that will help you achieve this. We also have a deep dive into Instant messaging in Symfony, as well as essential tips for checking the quality of a switch command to ensure code quality. In our Podcast section we have new episodes from No Compromises and their topic this week is the changing value of books through your career. If JSON API is a topic you're interested in, this week' North Meets South podcast may be for you. Finally in our Reading section we have a comprehensive guide to Laravel PHPDoc Comments, Simplifying PHP arrays, and a reader submitted blog on Mastering the Command line Editing. 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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Ensuring a Well-Structured Switch Command in PHP
This post explores essential tips and practices for checking the quality of a ‘switch’ command to ensure code quality and optimize its performance.

Single-use Tests
The tests I write are usually written in Pest, PHPUnit, or Jest. I also usually commit them to a code repository - but not all automated tests should be committed.

Ten Proven Methods Tech Experts Use To Optimize Laravel Performance
We'll explore various methods that can give your Laravel web application the performance boost it needs.

Improving Logging in Laravel with CorrelationID and TraceID
I want to share some tips to improve your logging in Laravel. Let’s make life easier for ourselves down the line.

Instant Messaging in Symfony: A Deep Dive into Mercure Integration
Symfony, a popular PHP framework, did not offer a built-in method for “pushing” data to clients until recently. However, this changed thanks to the Mercure component.

10 Proven Strategies to Optimize Storage for Faster Laravel Apps
In this article, we’ll explore comprehensive strategies, including file organization, server folder optimization, data cleanup, and file compression, to boost the performance of your Laravel application.


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Tutorials and Talks

How to overcome PHP's naming constraints to model MongoDB operators
TL;DR: I research how to modelize MongoDB operators in PHP. From namespaced function names, to static method on classes or enums, to closures in variables. I'm looking for the best developer experience.

Practicing Subdomain Route In Local Environment With Laravel
A friend of mine requested to write an article about how he can set up his local environment to test this subdomain routing, and I thought It will be better if I just document it.

PHP Connections and Transactions: Connection Class
Having an explicit connection line in the source code and passing it as a parameter is not something positive, because it has specific information from the database.

How To Access Private Properties Of A Class Outside The Context Of The Class Itself (PHP)
One way to access the private properties of a class outside of its context is closure.

Creating a Todo List with Laravel and Livewire 3
Creating a todo list with Livewire 3 is super easy. In this video you'll learn how to create your own todo list with Livewire 3, sqlite and Laravel within minutes.

Filtering and Customizing Arrays in PHP: A Step-by-Step Guide
We'll explore how to filter an array of books to display only those written by a specific author or by release year.

Log Requests And Responses In Laravel
Today we’ll learn how to log each request and response in Laravel using middleware and then call it on any route that request and response you need to log for further analysis.

News and Announcements

PHP 8.3.0 RC 4 available for testing
The PHP team is pleased to announce the release of PHP 8.3.0, RC 4. This is the fourth release candidate, continuing the PHP 8.3 release cycle, the rough outline of which is specified in the PHP Wiki.

CakePHP 4.5.0 Released
Improvements include: bin/cake cache clear_group name was added. ComponentRegistry is now automatically added to application's DI container + more.

A Week of Symfony #876 (9-15 October 2023)
This week, development activity was very intense in preparation for the release of Symfony 6.4 and 7.0 in 6 weeks. One of the most important tasks was the addition of Doctrine ORM 3 and DBAL 4 compatibility to Symfony 5.4 and up. We also updated the code to use some of the modern PHP 8 features. Finally, we announced the last days of the regular ticket prices for the SymfonyCon Brussels 2023 conference.

Longhorn PHP, Austin, TX - November 2-4, 2023
A 3-day conference to help PHP developers level up their craft and connect with the larger PHP community.

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.

Podcasts and Vlogs

PHP Ugly: 356: Laravel Spice
This week on the podcast, Eric, John, and Thomas talk about Laravel Spice, Where is Tom, API Clients, and more...

No Compromises Podcast: The changing value of books throughout your career
You might have a book that really shaped how you write code today. Some books make more sense if you read them later in your career. We discuss the changing value of books as a learning resource as you gain experience.

North Meets South Podcast: The one with all the JSON API stuff with TJ Miller
Jake and Michael are joined by TJ Miller to try and untangle their confusion about JSON API, Open API, Swagger, and JSON Schema from last episode.

Software Engineering Radio: SE Radio 585: Adam Frank on Continuous Delivery vs Continuous Deployment
Adam Frank, SVP of Product and Marketing at, speaks with SE Radio’s Kanchan Shringi about continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment – and how they differ.

Shoptalk Show: 587: Why Ethan Marcotte Thinks Tech Workers Deserve a Union
Ethan Marcotte is here to talk about his new book, You Deserve a Tech Union, and discusses topics such as why we need unions in tech, who gets to be in the union, how unions can help deal with the AI question, union busting, and some arguments against unions.

WP Builds: “Thinking the unthinkable (TTUT). Episode 345: Don’t make websites for friends and family” with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley
It’s the 17th episode of our “Thinking the Unthinkable” series and our topic is “Don’t make websites for friends and family”.

WP Briefing: Episode 64: Patterns in WordPress
Join WordPress Executive Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, as she goes back to the basics and offers some insight into block patterns for WordPress. Don’t miss this exciting insider’s look!

The PHP Roundtable: 088: Developer Relations
Join us on the next PHPRoundtable as we decode the superheroes behind the scenes in the tech world! No, they don't wear capes (usually), but they're the bridge-builders, the peace-makers, and the tech whisperers.

Reading and Viewing

PHP Libraries And Tools
PHP possesses a rich ecosystem, with plenty of libraries and tools. Here is a list of them that I consider interesting, beyond any framework.

A Comprehensive Guide to Laravel PHPDoc Comments
If you’re a Laravel developer looking to improve your code documentation and enhance your development process, you’ve come to the right place.

Single Responsibility Principle in Laravel
A Deep Dive into the Single Responsibility Principle and how to Ensure you Adhere to it in Laravel.

Implementing the Factory Method Design Pattern in Symfony
In this article, I’ll explore one of the ways to implement the Factory Method pattern in Symfony.

Worker Pool design pattern with PHP
The Worker Pool design pattern is a creational design pattern that uses a set of initialized objects kept ready to use – a “pool” – rather than allocating and destroying them on demand.

Simplifying PHP Arrays: A Guide to array_map, array_filter, and array_merge
As someone who uses these functions day in and day out, I understand that they might seem a bit mysterious at first. But fret not, I'm here to break it down in the simplest way possible.

Mastering the Command Line Editing: 10 Essential vi Commands
In this blog post, we will explore 10 essential vi commands to help you navigate and edit text files efficiently.

Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Monitor Laravel queue and schedule status.

Handy wrapper for phpredis supporting prefixes.

Autobahn and Composer compatible version of the Bedrock Autoloader for mu-plugins.

Qiscus Whatsapp API Third Party PHP Library.

Generates signatures for phpMussel using main.cvd and daily.cvd from ClamAV.

Simple, straight forward request helper via CURL.

Additional PHP Code Sniffer sniffs focusing on annotations for Doctrine ORM.

Markdown parser for PHP.

DB based model meta data for SEO.

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