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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.
Thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our latest communiqué in their Week of Symfony. There's two wagon loads of PHP items this week.
My opinions will be in bold. And will often involve profanity.
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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony. Highlight -> “This week, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version added features to create targeted value resolvers, to allow you to select the parser used in DomCrawler component, to support autowiring services as closures using attributes and to improve Serializer performance.“
A Week of Symfony #845 (6-12 March 2023)
SymfonyLive Berlin 2023 - SymfonyLive comes back to Germany on October 5-6!
SymfonyLive Paris 2023 - Only 7 days to go!
The Power of Blackfire Alerting
SymfonyCasts start its second API Platform course, and it covers security.
The Guardian opines that artificial intelligence in its current form is based on the wholesale appropriation of existing culture, and the notion that it is actually intelligent could be actively dangerous.
The stupidity of AI
Riya Joshi explores:
Manipulating a Large CSV File with Symfony, JS, and Python
Stefano Alletti shares a:
Step-by-step Guide to use Auth0 with Symfony 6
Ozan Akman examines:
Programming paradigms: Which framework is better?
Jessica Kuijer looks at:
Symfony Chatbot with Chat-GPT (and other APIs...)
I don’t know why you would want to do this, but here’s how.
Jarosław Szutkowski explores:
Behat: The Easy and Effective Way to Write Acceptance Tests
Nacho Colomina Torregrosa examines:
Using PHP anonymous classes to test collection services
Jérôme Tamarelle shares:
Rendering Twig templates in Storybook
Great stuff here.
Speaking of Twig, this is an interesting project from Wynton Franklin:
And speaking of Storybook, Diffy explores:
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Aaron Winborn Award
And needs your help with this:
Survey: Module Project Pages on Drupal.org
And most importantly:
DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023 Schedule
Jacob Rockowitz explores:
Providing JSON:API and GraphQL support for the Schema.org Blueprints module
Mastering Drupal 9 Layout Builder: A Comprehensive Guide to Effortlessly Customize Your Website's Design
My recent article shared some critiques of Drupal’s development, but the work on the frontend is an exception. Great strides have been made in the last year to modernize it.
And this is an effort that is similar to the one I propose in my article:
The Drupal Association Supports ICFOSS/Zyxware Back-to-work Programme
Mike Herchel shares:
Creating Your First Single Directory Component within Drupal
And after automatic updates and starter themes, this is the most exciting development upcoming in Drupal 10.
Aten Design Group looks at:
Everything You Want to Know About Backdrop CMS But Are Afraid To Ask
Sylvain Fabre explores a:
Proprietary PHP framework migration to Symfony
Manage Elasticsearch indices with elasticsearch-php library
Index document in Elasticsearch using elasticsearch-php
PhpStorm 2022.3.3 is now available
Regular readers know Jason Knight is one of my favorite writers and a kindred spirit.
He has this spectacularly entertaining case study:
New Client’s Website Had Some Interesting “Problems”
The WP Minute is:
Digging Into the WordPress Block Protocol Plugin
I love the Block Protocol initiative and hope it can integrate with Gutenberg as tightly as possible.
Jorge Castro looks at:
Using ORM in PHP without a framework
This got a lot of love on Mastodon this week.
Moslem Deris explores:
Mastering Strategy Pattern in PHP: 2 Real-World Use Cases
Aminul Islam Sarker examines:
Designing PHP Applications Like a Pro: Leveraging the Power of Design Patterns for Optimal Code
Discovering PHP's first-class callable syntax
Matt Glaman updates us on:
PHPStan's new @not-deprecated annotation
Claudio Riberio shares a:
Quick Tip: How to Get the Current Date in PHP
And Andy Blum has this nifty little tool:
Alp Emre asks:
Do you want to rid of the long and complicated “If Else”?
God, I hate gifs.
Ryan Chandler has this interesting article on Foreign Function Interface:
Blazingly Fast Markdown Parsing in PHP using FFI and Rust
Farhan Tanvir is back with another:
7 Useful PHP Libraries You Should Use in Your Next Project
How many libraries can you use in a project?
Honey Badger has:
Reducing Errors With Type Hinting in PHP
Daniil Bazhenov shows us:
How to Develop a Simple Web Application Using Docker-compose, Nginx, PHP 8, and MongoDB 6
One of my Mastodon buddies, Grant Horwood, explores:
writing command line scripts in php: part 5; styling output text
Nico Mercado looks at why WordPress is moving forward the way it is, and why it’s having success.
The elePHPant in the room: Wordpress
Hayden James explores:
Monitoring PHP Performance and Diagnosing Bottlenecks
Cool Fellow examines:
Self and Static in PHP and their differences
Unleashing the Full Potential of PHP: How to Overcome the Limitations of Web Development
Rakibul Islam shares:
Exploring the Power of ReflectionClass in PHP
Adrien Roches opines on:
Please visit our Support Ukraine page to learn how you can help kick Russia out of Ukraine (eventually).
The cyber response to Russia’s War Crimes and other douchebaggery
The New York Times reports:
Flood of Russians Alters Life for Countries That Took Them In
What Corporate Directors Need To Know About The White House National Cybersecurity Strategy
US, German Authorities Take Down ChipMixer Platform
The Evil Empire Strikes Back
Winter Vivern APT Targeting Ukrainian, European Organizations
Via Bloomberg Law:
Florida ‘Digital Rights’ Push Big Tech Into DeSantis Culture War
Stubby Ron DeCuntis took a break from endorsing Vlad Cuntin this week to have his lickspittle cronies push some undoubtedly unconstitutional legislation. Nothing he gives a shit about other than it helping him in his coup attempt on Cheeto Jesus.
Microsoft fixes Outlook zero-day used by Russian hackers since April 2022
The Guardian reports:
Russia disinformation looks to US far right to weaken Ukraine support
Russian hackers could be regrouping ahead of elections, Microsoft warns
This Is the New Leader of Russia's Infamous Sandworm Hacking Unit
The Hacker News reports:
YoroTrooper Stealing Credentials and Information from Government and Energy Organizations
GoBruteforcer: New Golang-Based Malware Breaches Web Servers Via Brute-Force Attacks
Warning: AI-generated YouTube Video Tutorials Spreading Infostealer Malware
US Shuts Down 'Netwire' Malware That Posed as Legit Remote Admin Tool
GPT-4 Can’t Stop Helping Hackers Make Cybercriminal Tools
Don’t use autofill on your password manager—especially if it’s Bitwarden
This is good advice I was not familiar with.
Preemptive Pluralization is (Probably) Not Evil
Tomasz Dobrowolski shares:
4 Crucial Skills Every Entry-Level Developer Needs but Doesn’t Have (And How You Can Learn Them…
The Begin Blog looks at:
Redefining Developer Experience
Brain Schnee shows us:
How to Learn and Use TypeScript: A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide
Why Svelte Outperforms React: A Deep Dive into Render Performance
Longtime readers know I hate React and love Svelte, so I dug this.
One problem that is now solved by CSS Subgrid
What are Webhooks and how to you use them?
Adam Zewe reports:
New method accelerates data retrieval in huge databases
Leopardo Rossi shares:
SQL Server and Flyway: a Docker approach
And Servebolt shows us:
How To Profile SQL Queries for Better Performance
Twitter’s $42,000-per-Month API Prices Out Nearly Everyone
C^nts gonna c^nt.
As we covered last week, the reaction to this news ranged from incredulous disbelief to horror.
WordPress.com owner Automattic acquires an ActivityPub plugin so blogs can join the Fediverse
Meanwhile, this news was met with joy and acclaim.
Here’s the official statement:
Joe Lotter writes:
Adam Davidson talks Mastodon, @Journa.Host, and content moderation
If you think the Fediverse would be an interesting option to explore for your side projects, The FediForum is coming up
Here’s an example project from Veronica Berglyd Olsen:
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