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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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January 2016 Issue: Doorways to Your Apps

by · January 4, 2016


The first issue for 2016 of php[architect] magazine is ready for download. To start off the new year, we look at solutions to help you easily add an API to an existing appliction. This month includes articles on using Zend’s Apigility, the API Platform, adding a PHP web server to a Raspberry Pi, and Symfony’s […]


24 Days: The Family you Choose

by · December 9, 2015


Samantha Quiñones, aka @ieatkillerbees wrote a wonderful contribution to 24 Days in December. In The Family You Choose, she shares that: I spent the first half of my career isolated in the long loneliness. It almost broke me, but I learned in time to not be afraid of letting other people into my life. I learned […]


PHP Logging Basics in Ultimate Guide for Logging

by · December 7, 2015


Over the weekend, Loggly launched the PHP Logging Basics section for their Ultimate Guide for Logging. I was thrilled to contribute to it, as well as to help shape and review the overall structure of the guide. The goal of the guide is to: “help software developers and system administrators become experts at using logs […]


Thank you for PHP 7

by · December 3, 2015


If you missed the news, PHP 7 has been officially released and is by now finding its ways into the eager hands of PHP developers everywhere. By every definition this is a major release. It brings features like Scalar Type Hints, Return Types, Uniform Variable Syntax. There are also significant performance improvements from tweaks and […]


December 2015 Issue: Winter Tooling

by · December 1, 2015


The December issue of php[architect] magazine is now available. This month’s issue packs a variety of tools for all your project needs. In this issue, you’ll learn how to Profile your applications to identify bottlenecks, see how the FigDice engine offers a novel approach to templates, why you should be using the MySQL native driver, […]


Watch php[world] keynotes live

by · November 18, 2015


We’re live streaming the keynotes from php[world]. Head over to our YouTube channel to see the times and watch them.


November 2015 Issue: New Horizons

by · November 2, 2015


We’ve just published the November issue of php[architect] magazine. With the release of PHP7 scheduled for this month, we take a look into what new features the language has to offer. In this issue, you’ll learn about PHP 7 changes including errors that now are Exceptions and Scalar Type Hinting, writing clear PHP. We also […]


Encryption is Not So Easy

by · October 7, 2015


This morning, during my usual scan of Feedly/Twitter/Reddit I read Secure the data of visitors on your Drupal website better. The post shows you how to use the Field encryption module. The Field encryption module ensures that the values stored in the Drupal database are encrypted. When the database ends up in the wrong hands, […]


Now Available – Zend Framework 1 to 2 Migration Guide

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Our newest book is now available: Zend Framework 1 to 2 Migation Guide by Bart McLeod. Zend Framework 1 has been around ages which means there are many legacy sites using it out there. If you’re tasked with maintaining one, or have inherited one, this guide will give you practical advice on how to update […]


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 […]