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WordPress updates Plugin Guidelines

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After five years, the WordPress plugin team has updated the Plugin Guidelines. These are the guidelines that WordPress plugin authors must comply with to be included in the WordPress Plugin Directory. The guidelines were soft-launched last month so that they could be vetted by the larger plugin developer community community. On November 1st, 2017, they were officially announced “Revised Guidelines… Read more »

PHP 7.1: Callable From Closure

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Callables are awesome. I can pass functions or object methods around  inside of variables. Sure, they can be abused to the point where you can’t recognize your code, but overall, they are awesome. Could they be made more awesome? Core Developer Dan Ackroyd seems to think so and so he proposed and got passed PHP RFC: Closure from callable function

Project Scalability With Zend Expressive

I’ve been working with some different frameworks lately. One of them is Zend Expressive, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need to choose between different frameworks; depending on the project, Expressive always fits my needs and scales from small projects to bigger applications. The Microframework approach The first thing that one could see on the “Hello world” example is that… Read more »

The New PHP Indexer in Zend Studio 13.5

Indexers are fundamental for IDEs that provide features like code assist, validation and searching in the source code. The indexer rips the source code to basic lexical units like variables, function name, parameters, etc. and persists them in an organized data structure – the index. The indexed data is then queried whenever you invoke the code assist or request a… Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #4: Getting Rid of It!

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Now, why would any sane PHP developer want to do that?! Well, while Z-Ray is a great friend to have when developing your apps, there are just some parties you don’t want it to show up at. You might be using PHP scripts for accessing static pages. Or, you might not want Z-Ray to be displayed for one specific request…. Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #3: Supreme Customer Support

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Some of you might find the following scenario vaguely familiar.  A customer wakes you (or your company’s support team) in the middle of the night complaining that his app is crashing. You quickly rush out of bed and try to reproduce the disastrous calamity only to find yourself hitting a brick wall – no matter what you do to copy the exact… Read more »

On Security and PHP

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This is an Opinion/Editorial (a.k.a an Old Man Rant) “PHP IS INSECURE!”. Yet another consultant group has decided that their traffic stats are too low so they need to “shake things up a bit”. As usual, they picked PHP as the whipping boy. No, I am not going to link to them; too many people are already doing that unironically…. Read more »

Viva la PHP 7 Revolución!

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What a year 2015 has proven to be for PHP. Drupal 8, Magento 2, Symfony 3 and the icing on top of the cake – PHP 7! It’s hard not to be excited about PHP 7. It’s so much more than just another major PHP release, and the long buildup and the buzz surrounding this release are far from being… Read more »