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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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Treasures, Old & New – May 2018

by · May 1, 2018

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Writing clean code, managing technical debt, testing with Mockery, Toxic Tech, API specifications, and more.

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Testing Strategy With the Help of Static Analysis

by · April 26, 2018

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By Ondrej Mirtes. In this article, I’d like to introduce you to the concept of type safety and how it can improve the reliability and stability of your code. Once your code is more type-safe, and that fact is verified by automated tools, you can cherry-pick which parts of your application need extensive unit tests and where you can rely just on well-defined types.

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Testing in Practice – April 2018

by · April 2, 2018

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PHP Unit, Mockery, Type Hints, Async PHP, building a REST API, training programs, PHP isolation and security, serverless computing, Laravel auth, and more.

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The Dev Lead Trenches: Reviewing Code

by · March 23, 2018

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Code reviews are one of the best ways to help a team ensure they’re writing the best code possible. In all of the jobs where we have done peer-lead code reviews, we have caught more bugs and had better discussions about code than in places or times where we just hammer code through the approval process. I know, I know; we all write beautiful, bug-free code, so why go through the hassle of a code review?

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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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