The Weekly Top 10: PHP Web Development Resources
Written by Ian Elliot   
Friday, 01 July 2016

PHP is the focus of this week's round up of interesting posts from external blogs. Among the mix you'll find guidelines to reduce complexity, a comparison with HHVM and an excursion into Docker. We start with praise for PHP and end with a rant about its shortcomings. - Why PHP 7 Is Ideal For Web Development

PHP web development is one among several web development methods that will never fade away. With every passing year, it has become the most trusted platform for developers and companies for website development. The reason for such tremendous popularity of PHP is the outcome of the continuous research and development. Through this blog, I am going to unveil the top reasons that stand out for why PHP 7 is ideal for website development. - How to Keep Your PHP Skills Sharp for the Next Generation of WordPress

The enormous strides that WordPress has taken as a platform in the past 12 years have been mirrored by developments around the language it's written in: PHP. Though new languages and frameworks grab the headlines every couple of months, PHP still powers the vast majority of the consumer-facing web. In this article, we’ll cover what you need to know as a developer to keep your PHP skills up to par for WordPress and the wider web beyond. - e-Learning software made with passion and PHP

As with any successful recipe, there are several key ingredients we use in creating our software here at Epignosis HQ: a passion for creating things; an understanding of the e-learning market and our customers needs; hard work and long hours; hard-core programming chops; ketchup (just kidding). In this behind-the-scenes post we’ll delve in why we opted for PHP, what benefits it gives to our team, and how those translate to a better product experience for our customers. - Programming guidelines: Reducing complexity in PHP

PHP is pretty much a freestyle programming language. It's dynamic and quite forgiving towards the programmer. As a PHP developer you therefore need a lot of discipline to get your code right. Over the years I've read many programming books and discussed code style with many fellow developers. This article reflect what I see as some of the most helpful rules for delivering better code. - Docker for PHP Developers

Have you heard of Docker? I first heard this word a year ago. It's all about containers, I was told. Awesome. What are containers?, I thought. I dug deeper, and I read all about containerization, process isolation, and union filesystems. There were so many terms and concepts flying around that my head started spinning. At the end of the day, I was still scratching my head asking what is Docker? and how can Docker help me? I've learned a lot since then, and I want to show you how Docker has changed my life as a developer. In this article I will show you how to build an efficient PHP development environment with Docker. - Comparing PHP 7 vs. HHVM

PHP is one of the most popular scripting languages used for web development. The latest version of PHP, PHP 7 is a new version of the language that is been optimized for fast performance. However, PHP has a rival in HHVM (Hip Hop Virtual Machine) - a virtual tool that executes PHP code. The competition between these two options is heating up, so let’s take a look at the performance that each can offer.

Evaldojunior - Are micro-frameworks suitable only for small projects?

When I first heard about micro-frameworks I thought they were suitable only for small projects, prototyping and small REST APIs (or other types of APIs). Well this kind of thinking wasn’t my fault. That’s how some micro-frameworks were presented to the world. Are micro-frameworks really easy to use and aimed mainly at small projects? - If PHP Were British

When Rasmus Lerdorf first put PHP together, he - quite sensibly, despite his heritage - chose not to write it in Greenlandic or Danish. Good job too - that would have been rather unpleasant to work with. He opted instead, being in Canada, for a more local tongue. No, not French. developers in Britain have been grumpy about this ever since. What was he thinking? And more importantly, how do we undo this travesty? How do we developers ensure the traditions of the British Empire continue to be upheld, even in the digital age? - PHP: a fractal of bad design

I'm cranky. I complain about a lot of things. There's a lot in the world of technology I don't like, and that's really to be expected-programming is a hilariously young discipline, and none of us have the slightest clue what we're doing. Combine with Sturgeon's Law, and I have a lifetime's worth of stuff to gripe about. PHP is an embarrassment, a blight upon my craft. It’s so broken, but so lauded by every empowered amateur who’s yet to learn anything else, as to be maddening. It has paltry few redeeming qualities and I would prefer to forget it exists at all. But I’ve got to get this out of my system. So here goes, one last try.

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