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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Exporting Drupal Nodes with PHP and Drush


by · October 5, 2015


With Drupal, it’s possible to build very intricate solutions by gluing the right combination of contrib modules together. Of course, there is a downside to relying only on contrib modules, particularly for one-off or highly custom tasks. Bringing in a contrib module means you assume responsibility for feeding and caring for it. If it’s a […]


October 2015 Issue: Integrating Extensions


by · October 1, 2015


The October 2015 issue of php[architect] magazine is now available. This month we look at useful PHP extensions. This issue shows you how to use Solr search directly from PHP and put it to good use, explains how PHAR files work to bundle PHP applications in a single file, and provides a case study in […]


September 2015 Issue: Security Boot Camp


by · September 1, 2015


We’ve just released the September 2015 issue of php[architect] magazine today. Our focus this month is all things security. In this issue, we have an overview of the various techniques that malicious users can use to attack your application, a deep dive into how passwords can be stored securely and how PHP’s built in password […]


April 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched


by · April 13, 2015


In this issue, we’ll look at how to make sure your application’s front end delights your users. Jordan Kasper concludes his two-part series on “Object Oriented Javascript” with a look at prototypical inheritance, and more. In “UX without the Process”, Marli Mesibov shares tips on how everyone can improve the User Experience (UX) when working […]


March 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched


by · March 13, 2015


Because databases store the data our applications, they need proper care and feeding too. In “DB Migrations”, David Berube shares what he’s learned to properly design your databases, Harrie Verveer looks at “Database Versioning with Liquibase”, and Patrick Schwisow shows you how to consolidate Doctrine Migrations that have gotten unwieldly. Also inside Julien Pauli continues his […]


Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide, Third Edition Released


by · February 12, 2015


An all new, expanded edition of the Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide is now available. Purchase a printed book for $35 plus get a free digital edition. You can also buy the digital only edition for $22. We provide our digital books in DRM-free PDF, ePUB, and MOBI formats.


Vagrant with GUIs and Windows


by · January 29, 2015


Last week, I had the pleasure to present at the Drupal NoVA meetup group about using Vagrant to automate setting up development environments for your projects. Using a VM has been the single biggest change to my workflow in recent years, no matter what CMS or framework I’m using on it. You can view the […]


December 2014 php[architect] magazine launched


by · December 17, 2014


The final issues of 2014 is out!  Our theme this month in “Taming Content” with features on WordPress, Drupal, and ProcessWire. Also read about PHP tricks, Queues with Laravel, the SoundCloud API, and Community News! Check out the full magazine details page for more details, Download the Advanced Custom Fields article for free to sample […]


Build a VM for Drupal 8 with Vagrant


by · November 25, 2014


At this year’s php[world] hackathon, I spent my time getting a Vagrant machine configured to run Drupal 8. I know there are other options, like Acquia’s own Dev Desktop, or even Zend Server. However, I like using Vagrant to run my LAMP stacks, especially on OS X. I’ve never been able to easily run xAMP […]


PHP Foundations for Drupal 8 in-person training


by · October 30, 2014


Get ready for Drupal 8! Learn modern PHP best practices in our two-day, in-person course near Washington D.C. The Drupal community is embracing improvements and best practices from the wider PHP ecosystem. If you work with Drupal, you’ll want to be prepared. PHP Foundations for Drupal will guide you through modern practices for programming with […]