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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April 2015 php[architect] Magazine Launched

 

by · April 13, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

 

Why you MUST Upgrade to Drupal 7.32, now.

 

by · October 16, 2014

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It’s time to update your Drupal sites! Oscar takes a look at the critical SQL Injection vulnerability found in the project to understand what went wrong.

 

July 2014 php[architect] Magazine Released – Navigating the Business

 

by · July 21, 2014

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The July issue is ready to download! In this issue, we focus on ways you can navigate the business side of working with PHP. Jordan Tway gives advice on how to sell yourself via a polished resume and interview skills. Benjamin Greenaway looks at the place of PHP in startups. In Education Station, Matthew Setter explores […]

 

Sending HTML Emails with Drupal 7, Webform, and Mandrill

 

by · July 18, 2014

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Learn about the modules to install and configure to enable Drupal 7 to send HTML emails with Mandrill, a transactional email service. We’ll also show you how to change the default Webform email template to send submissions as HTML.