The State Of PHP Today

You may have heard a few rumors going around…

“PHP is just a scripting language.”

“It’s only used by beginners.”

“PHP always ends up as spaghetti code.”

“PHP is insecure.”

“Only the smartest, sexiest people use PHP.”

Ok, maybe that last one was me… but hear me out! Much like the old stereotype of “only nerds play video games”, PHP definitely earned a few unflattering labels many years ago. Times have changed and developers in the know tell a very different story. Just like all the cool kids now play Fortnite (do they? I don’t know), PHP is nearly unrecognisable from its days as the scripting language ‘Personal Home Page’.

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PHP Podcast Picks

There are a surprising number of PHP and web development podcasts available to us, which is a great sign of the language’s popularity and passionate developers. Podcasts are nice because they allow us to keep current and learn while on the go. My preference is listening to them while doing chores, turning otherwise boring time into a chance to improve my technical knowledge. Over the last year I’ve listened to several podcasts specifically about PHP and web development, and here are the ones I’ve been following: Continue reading “PHP Podcast Picks”

Bite Sized Code Refactoring – Redundant DB Connections

I maintain and work on a number of legacy code applications. One of them has earned itself some refactoring. So I’ll try to share some of the changes I’ve been making to improve it. Today, a problem that’s bothered me for a while: the DB class connects to the database even if no queries are being used.

I should be thankful that this legacy app doesn’t have a bunch of mysqli_* calls all over the place. Back when I wrote it I at least had the presence of mind to wrap SQL functions in an abstraction class. So this change was quite easy to make.

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How To Learn: Composer

Our How-To-Learns are concise articles with information about how to learn various tools, techniques, skills, etc. These articles won’t teach you directly, instead they’ll make it easier to find authoritative, up-to-date, and relevant information to master the topic.

Intro

For the past several years…. ok, maybe a decade… I’ve been happily growing my personal, private collection of reusable PHP classes, plugins, libraries, modules, themes and even frameworks and a CMS. All coded by me, from scratch. Imagine my excitement – and more than a little embarrassment – when I discovered Packagist and the amazing tool of Composer which pulls the libraries published on Packagist into your project with a snap. It’s beautiful. And it’s become the industry standard along with the autoloading library it comes with. How can we learn Composer? Continue reading “How To Learn: Composer”