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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.

I had a death in the family this week (welcome not tragic) that took up several days, so this is an abbreviated edition.

Feel free to jump straight to your favorite section.

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 6.4 continued deprecating features that will be removed in Symfony 7.0, like the doctrine/annotations integration. Meanwhile, we published an article to explain how to prepare for Symfony 6.4 and 7.0 releases, and we announced a new talk for the SymfonyLive Berlin 2023 conference (October 5-6).”

A Week of Symfony #864 (17-23 July 2023)

PlatformSH shares their latest:


There is news on ElasticSearch and Drupal 7 EOL

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Drupal, TYPO3, Joomla, and WordPress have an:

Open Letter on the Significance of Free and Open-Source Software in the EU’s Proposed Cyber Resilience Act

This Week

Gabriel Anhaia explores:

Implementing Feature Toggles in Symfony

Romaixn shows you how to:

Supercharge your application's performance: Consuming Symfony messenger messages with Go


Cristiano Pacheco examines:

Configuring a docker environment for a Magento 2 project


Laravel News has a:

Laracon Recap


Joomla says:

Mark Your Calendars for 26th August 2023. Joomla’s next PBF!

The Drupal Association’s July newsletter is out:

July Newsletter

Dries Buytaert has:

An updated plan for Drupal 11

Kevin Wenger looks at the:

Factory Lollipop, speeding up Kernel Tests on Drupal

HashBangCode explores:

Drupal 10: Creating A Notification System Using The Message And ECA Modules

The Penyaskito Blog is:

Introducing The Dashboard Initiative

Drupal will:

Create new SDC component for Umami Branding

Umami is a Drupal demo theme pre-populated with content.

Specbee shares:

How to Showcase your Content as Page and Block Views in Drupal

Matt Glaman shows us how to:

Speed Up Developer Onboarding with DDEV Snapshots from Your CI

Fenix has:

Drupal, Composer y PHP

Drupalize Me has a new tutorial:

New Tutorial: Start a New Theme with Starterkit

This looks like a solid one.

Previous Weeks

Jhonatan Morais shares:

A study of session sharing across systems that use cookie-based authentication

Wanadev Digital shows us how to:

Gain in performance and development comfort: overview of what's new in Symfony 6.3

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This Week

Nico Anastasio shows us:

How to implement Behat into your PHP project

Laravel News shares:

Watch Marcel Pociot's "NativePHP" Presentation from Laracon

Abdellah Aarab has some details in post form:

NativePHP: Empowering Developers to Build Attractive Native Desktop Apps with PHP

Mimranisrar explains:

How does PHP interpreter works, How PHP is executed on server, PHP script execution explained step by step

Gabriel Anhaia examines:

Visitor + PHP (Design Patterns)

Peter Hrobar looks at:

Serverless functions with PHP

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Fighting for Democracy

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

TechCrunch reports on:

Tech warriors in the battle for Israel’s democracy

Israel has never been much of a democracy and the current c*nts in charge are trying kill off what little is left.

The Markup reports: How to Buy Ed Tech That Isn’t Evil

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

Dark Reading reports: North Korean Cyberspies Target GitHub Developers

China Propaganda Spreads via US News Sites, Freelancers, Times Square

Bleeping Computer reports:

Norwegian government IT systems hacked using zero-day flaw


The Hacker News reports:

New OpenSSH Vulnerability Exposes Linux Systems to Remote Command Injection

More Programming

SitePoint has:

10 Simple CSS and JavaScript Micro-interactions for Buttons

Postman compares:

API Architectural Styles: REST vs. SOAP vs. GraphQL vs. gRPC

Jared White looks at:

The Elon-gate’d Man

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We Distribute shares:

"FediForum" Virtual Unconference is Coming Back in September!

We mentioned this last week, but We Distribute has more details:

CalcKey Officially Rebrands as Firefish

TechCrunch reports: As Twitter destroys its brand by renaming itself X, Mastodon user numbers are again soaring

PCMag asks:

Lemmy and Kbin: The Best Reddit Alternatives?

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