Discussing PHP Security, Encryption, & Hashing

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If you take a look around the PHP community, you will find a lot of smart people. Sammy K Powers seems to have a knack for finding them and inviting them onto his podcast. In Episode 54, he partners up with the Chief Development Officer of Paragon Initiative Enterprises, Scott Arciszewski. (I’m not EVEN going to try to pronounce that… Read more »

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 »

Using an SSH tunnel to step debug through a firewall

In a previous post I covered how to set up step debugging in Zend Studio. But if that doesn’t work there may be a firewall in between the server and the debugging client, or IDE, preventing the connection. Here is a possible way to get around that. Note: Of course there is no way to avoid the firewall, but this… 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 »