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Welcome to this week's Symfony Station Communiqué. It's your review of the essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities focusing on protecting democracy. We also cover the cybersecurity world and the Fediverse.
Please take your time and enjoy the items most relevant and valuable to you. There are a plethora of Drupal and PHP items.
My opinions will be in bold.
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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony. Highlight -> “This week, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version experienced an intense development activity to finish many new features such as: adding a remember me option for JSON logins, allowing to trim parameters in XML config files, introducing a new Exclude attribute, allowing to define the batch size in Messenger component and allowing to extend the Autowire attribute.“
The brilliant writer, Cory Doctorow explains why large corporate platforms suck:
“online platform businesses have a distinctly more abusive and sinister character. To a one, they follow the “enshittification” pattern: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves.
Why are digital businesses more prone to this conduct than their brick-and-mortar cousins? One answer is tech exceptionalism: namely, that tech founders are evil wizards, uniquely evil and uniquely brilliant and thus able to pull off breathtakingly wicked acts of sorcery that keep us all in their thrall.
There’s another, simpler explanation for the enshittification of platform economics. Rather than trusting the self-serving narratives of the Prodigal Techbros who claim to have superhuman powers but promise that they have stopped using them for evil, we can adopt a more plausible worldview: that tech barons are ordinary mediocrities, no better and no worse than the monopolists that preceded them, and any differences come down to affordances in technology and regulation, not an especial wicked brilliance.”
Anton Lytvynov has two good items:
There’s not much new here information-wise, but some exciting graphics make viewing worthwhile.
Filip Horvat shows us how to:
And Webkul shows us how to:
Lemberg Solutions looks at:
André Laugks shows us how to:
Hurray, Sulu CMS pieces.
Specbee shows us how to:
And ComputerMinds shares a series on updating a Drupal Site:
Speaking of versions CTI Digital looks at:
ADCI Solutions reviews the official Drupal frontend theme.
Adam Vertsson explores:
Drupal Journal shows us how to:
And Marouene shows us how to:
Matt Glaman wants us to:
Evolving Web shares:
Axelerant looks at:
Speaking of Acquia, it and Drupal’s founder, Dries Buytaert opines on:
He’s much more optimistic than I am.
And this one I missed in February:
Drupal Journal also has:
ADCI Solutions also reviews the official Drupal backend theme.
The PHP Foundation’s latest roundup is out.
Tomasz Dobrowolski has two articles for us:
Outstanding stuff here.
George looks at:
Muhammad Noman Rauf shares a:
Florian Bauer shares the cogent point that PHP needs better marketing.
Farhan Tanvir is back with another:
Tom Smykowski has:
Samuel Fontebasso looks at:
Nacho Colomina Torregrosa explores:
Hamid Ghorashi explores:
And on a related note, Veshraj Ghimire explores a:
The Tech Cat opines on:
Alin Pintilie looks at:
Vlad Reshetilo examines:
Camilo Herrera looks at:
This is an interesting article, as he is not discussing threads.
Localheinz examines organizing tests code:
Charles Sprayberry shares:
Stefan Priebsch explores:
Joe Tannenbaum examines:
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The cyber response to Russia’s War Crimes and other douchebaggery
This week marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s reign of terror in Ukraine. So, there were a lot of good articles published.
Ampere News reports:
The Next Web reports:
The Washington Post reports:
The Evil Empire Strikes Back
He He He. They are about as competent (aka shit) at cybersecurity as they are at “journalism”.
The Register reports:
Ars Technica reports:
Bleeping Computer reports:
The Guardian reports:
Bleeping Computer reports:
NBC News reports:
The Markup asks:
Jens Oliver Meiert maintains this handy tool.
Jennifer Wjertzoch shows us:
No JS required. For more like this check out the CSSUI link in our website’s footer.
Spicyweb points out the obvious:
JS frontend frameworks are bullshit.
KD Nuggets shares:
Mafiree explores the:
Kinsta shows us how to:
Andy Piper has:
There is big news this week from Flipboard.
Engadget looks at what drove the decision.
As doe the Fediverse Report.
Here’s the official announcement.
So, if you are on Flipboard but not Mastodon, now is the time to join.
And follow us on Flipboard to get an idea of what will be in next week’s communiqué.
The Verge reports:
Also, this week, Medium started allowing signups to their Mastodon instance. If you are also interested in content production, marketing, strategy, and related fields, you can follow me at @email@example.com.
And don’t forget that Tumblr and Flickr are joining in the future.
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