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Oscar Merida

Oscar still remembers downloading an early version of the Apache HTTP server at the end of 1995, and promptly asking "Ok, what's this good for?" He started learning PHP in 2000 and hasn't stopped since. He's worked with Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, and bespoke PHP, to name a few. Follow him on Google+.

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New Anthology! Web Security 2016

by · September 23, 2016

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Keep up with security practices to help protect your PHP applications with our anthology, Web Security 2016. This book collects security related articles first published in php[architect] magazine. It includes an overview of attacks you should know, how to protect against SQL injection, storing passwords securely, how to protect web services, and more.

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September 2016 – Legacy Code of the Ancients

by · September 1, 2016

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Hot off the Presses! Be sure to check out the September 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine. Learn how to manage and refactor your legacy code to bring it up to modern standards. This issue includes articles on Bethat testing, implementing two-factor authentication, and exploring Internet-of-Things apps with PHP and a Raspberry Pi. Download your issue […]

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Testing Your Drupal Site with Behat

by · August 9, 2016

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If automated testing is not already part of your development workflow, then it’s time to get started. In this post, I’ll show you how to use Behat to test that your Drupal site is working properly.

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August 2016 – Unleashing Automation

by · August 1, 2016

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The August 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine is now available! See how automation helps free up your time and reduce errors. In this issue, we have articles on deploying application updates with Ansible, using static analysis to check for PHP 7 readiness, and automating frequent tasks with Slack. Also in this issue, you’ll find articles […]

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July 2016 – Harnessing Magic

by · July 1, 2016

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The July 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine is ready to download! Some things just work like magic This month we look at regular expressions, cryptography, PHP references, and function programming to help you demystify how they work and add them to your arsenal of solutions. Also in this issue, we look at using the Mailchimp […]

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June 2016 – Decoupled by Design

by · June 1, 2016

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The June 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine is now available! Less tightly coupled code is easier to debug and re-use. This month we look at techniques to decouple different aspects of your code: including using asynchronous & distributed workers, transducers, middleware, and secure web services. Also in this issue, we have a library to use […]

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New Book! Build a website with WordPress and Thesis

by · May 27, 2016

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If you need to build a complex, feature-rich website with minimal code and fuss, our latest book Build Exceptional Sites with WordPress & Thesis by Peter MacIntyre will help you from start to finish. This handy reference will guide you in setting up your WordPress environment, configuring your own design and layout using the Thesis […]

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May 2016 – Full Speed Ahead

by · May 2, 2016

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We’ve just released the May 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine. To help you make good use of your development time, this month the magazine looks at libraries including DoctrineORM and FastRoute, and product development lessons from building Laravel Shift. In addition, this month includes articles on defining “Senior Developer”, the value of gratitude, keeping credentials […]

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Win a Free Ticket and Meet us at Drupalcon

by · April 5, 2016

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We’re going to be in New Orleans next month for DrupalCon, will you be? Heather White, Sandy Smith, and I will all be flying down the week of May 9th. Heather helped organize the PHP track for this year’s event and will be helping to make sure everything runs smoothly for the speakers. Sandy will […]

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April 2016 – Off the Island: Drupal

by · April 1, 2016

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The April 2016 issue of php[architect] magazine is out! This issue we take a look at how Drupal is using tools and techniques from the PHP community. This issue also includes articles on how to easily generate documentation, advice on learning new frameworks, what it means to be a leader in the PHP community, and […]

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