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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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Long Running PHP – March 2018

by · March 1, 2018

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PHP Daemons, Evolving PHP, containers, accessibility, Lumen, code reviews, signing git commits, running a user group, and more.

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Education Station: Shifting and Masking with a Side of Crypto

by · February 23, 2018

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The basics can be tricky. This month we take a careful walk-through of a few lines of cryptographic code in PHP. This leads us through the difference between ones’ complement and two’s complement representation. We achieve weirdness by combining logical AND with integer addition.

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Know Your Tools – February 2018

by · February 1, 2018

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Containers, Drupal + Symfony, Evaluating Tools, Onboarding, Application Encryption, Laravel Scout, and more

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PHP Sessions in Depth

by · January 19, 2018

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Sessions in PHP are often taken for granted. A session is a magic array which persists across page loads and holds user-specific data. It’s a fantastic and integral part of most web applications. But when misused, sessions can cause substantial security holes, performance and scalability problems, and data corruption. A deep understanding of sessions is vital to production web development in PHP.

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Setting Up to Succeed – January 2018 issue

by · January 4, 2018

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Worker Queues, Async with Generators, and PHP Sessions in Depth, Hiring PHP Devs, Laravel Collections, Security & Logging, and more.

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Security Corner: PHP, meet Libsodium

by · December 14, 2017

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By Eric Mann By the time you read this, the PHP community should have introduced the world to the newest version of our favorite language. This latest version adds better support for type annotations, allows trailing commas in lists (just like JavaScript and other dynamic languages) and introduced several security improvements. The most notable security […]

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Talking Code – December 2017

by · December 4, 2017

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December 2017: Alexa skills, Chat bots, Machine Learning, Event Sourcing changes, PHP_CodeSniffer, PHP 7.2 w/libsodium and more.

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Modern Magento – November 2017

by · November 6, 2017

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FREE issue! November 2017: Magento, Laravel Queues, Payment Gateways, PCI-DSS Compliance, PHP Frameworks and more.

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Managing Private Dependencies

by · October 16, 2017

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Using Composer and a private package server is the most efficient way to manage private dependencies with PHP. I recommend using the software as a service, Private Packagist, or Satis, the open source, self-hosted package server. In this article, I’ll show you how to easily set this up for your own projects.

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Composing Software – October 2017

by · October 2, 2017

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Read the September 2017 issue. In this issue, we cover Git tips, Microservices, Machine Learning, job hunting, Doctrine ORM, security, and more.

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