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Symfony Station Communiqué - 30 September 2022

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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. We also cover the cybersecurity world in detail.

This edition was produced under duress due to Hurricane Ian, so it’s late.

Take your time and enjoy the items most relevant and valuable to you.

As always, thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our last communiqué in their Week of Symfony.

My opinions will be in bold.

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony.

Highlight -> “This week, Symfony development activity focused on finishing and polishing some new features for the upcoming Symfony 6.2 version, such as: updating codebase to use modern PHP features like null coalescing assignment and match statements; adding new config options for HttpCache; and updating some new panels in the Symfony Profiler.“

A Week of Symfony #821 (19-25 September 2022)

Symfony announced:

Twig security release: Possibility to load a template outside a configured directory when using the filesystem loader

SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2022: From monolith to decoupled…wait, why is that one getting bigger?!

SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2022: Calculating what we can’t see: carbon emissions in the cloud

SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2022: Voice of partner panel discussion: how agency partners drive innovation and growth

SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2022: Building a great product means designing for your users.

SymfonyCasts continues their Doctrine course:

This week on SymfonyCasts

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Joseph Udonsak shows us how to use two of our favorite things in:

Manage Your Twilio Message History Using Symfony, Svelte, and Webpack

There's more on Webpack below.

This Week

Dariusz Gafka explores:

Handling asynchronous errors in PHP with Laravel Queues, Symfony Messenger and Ecotone

Mert Simsek looks at the:

CQRS Principle with Symfony Messenger

Smaine Milianni examines:

Symfony Messenger pre and post-handle messages


Marko Vušak presents Fun with feature flags

Alexandre Daubois says:

Emojis are new Symfony’s best friends!

Twilio has:

Integrate Twilio WhatsApp Business API with a Symfony Application

Paul Rijke examines:

Getting Doctrine's ChangeSet in a postUpdate event


Xavier Mirabelli-Montan explores:

The future of the CMS in 2022

Concrete CMS shares:

WordPress And Concrete CMS A Philosophical Difference In Adding Features

Drupal updates:

What’s coming in Drupal 10

On a related note the Drupal Association shared:

DrupalCon Prague 2022 Driesnote

Dan Moriarty examines:

Cookie Compliance and Privacy

Esmeralda Tijhoff looks at:

The Need for Knowledge-Level Labelling for Sessions and Other Stuff: A Recap of DrupalCon Prague 2022

Hashbang Code has:

Drupal 9: Using Validation Constraints To Provide Custom Field Validations

Specbee opines:

What Search Engines want and why Drupal is better for SEO

Previous Weeks

Vishwa Chikate uses:

PHP Composer package to resolve Drupal Entities as simple Object/Array of fields

Peter Fox explores:

Automatically updating your projects’ dependencies in GitHub

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This Week

Geni Jaho shows us how to:

Safely upgrade from PHP 7.4 to 8.1 using Rector

Simone Gentili looks at:

Test driven development: a php starter kit

.com explores:

Using Constructors The Right Way

Joe Steinbring shows us:

How to deploy a PHP app to Azure

Previous Weeks

Juampi explores:

Testing your SEO with PHP & Pest

Ramiz Kongulov examines:

PHP Exceptions: Try Catch for Error Handling

Vlad Reshetilo shares:

5 Things you might not know about PHP

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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

The Guardian reports:

Apple removes Russian Facebook competitor VK from App Store

PC Mag reports:

US Allows Tech Firms, SpaceX's Starlink To Expand Internet Services To Iran

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

The Washington Post reports:

The Russian men fleeing mobilization, and leaving everything behind

Axios reports:

Ukraine warns allies about Russian cyberattacks

Ars Technica reports:

Meta disrupted China-based propaganda machine before it reached many Americans

And a Russian one before it reached Europeans.


Decipher reports:

The NSA is Here to Help

The New Stack explores:

5 Myths about CVEs

VentureBeat reports:

How zero-trust segmentation keeps cyberbreaches from spreading across the enterprise

PC Mag reports:

Cloudflare Turnstile Replaces CAPTCHA Tests With a Browser Challenge

Ars Technika reports:

Numerous orgs hacked after installing weaponized open source apps


GitHub opines:

Functional programming is finally going mainstream

Austin Gil shares:

VS Code Timeline Restores Lost Work That Git Can't

Stéphane Robert looks at GitLab’s official CLI tool:

Glab est devenue la cli officielle de gitlab

Postman has:

Understanding Asynchronous APIs

Michael Ogundipe has:

An Introduction to Design Patterns and Pattern Elements

Tech Republic shows us:

How to integrate GitHub and Jira

Kinsta has:

GraphQL vs REST: Everything You Need To Know

Michel Floyd explores:

GraphQL for SQL Developers - Part 1 - The Schema

Percona looks at:

Scaling MySQL – A Good Problem to Have

Ramandeep Kaur examines:

What, Why and How of Webpack...

Lullabot shares:

CSS Features We’re Thankful For and CSS Features We Need

The Conversation reports:

'Protestware' is on the rise, with programmers self-sabotaging their own code. Should we be worried?

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Symfony Station Communique - 24 December 2021

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Welcome to this week's Symfony Station Communique. It's your weekly review of the most valuable and essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities. Take your time and enjoy the items most valuable for you.

And more importantly, we want to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our last communique and our article on how Symfony Station was built in their Week of Symfony.

*Please note all links will open in a new browser window. My opinions, if I present any, will be in bold.




As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony.

Highlight -> "This week, Symfony wrapped up its 2021 conferences and announced a new SymfonyWorld Online 2022 conference for June 14-17. In addition, SymfonyCorp, the company behind the Symfony project, announced that it's hiring new developers from anywhere in the world to work on in-house projects."

A Week of Symfony #781 (13-19 December 2021)


The Blackfire PHP SDK now provides a seamless integration to monitor your CLI commands.

Symfony Commands Monitoring


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I considered the profile of Matt Mullenweg below for our featured item but decided on the following.

We all know PHP is not dying. However, its popularity is slowly decreasing. Which is not a disaster by the way.

This post is a level-headed look at why PHP isn’t being used for as many purposes as it once was.

Why is PHP’s Popularity Decreasing?


This Week


Alex Daubois has yet another post for us. This week he explains the Symfony 6 Security Component.

Symfony’s Security Key Concepts in 5 minutes

William Pinaud provides this review of SymfonyWorld Online Winter 2021

A quick REX on SymfonyWorld Online 2021 — Winter Edition

Dariusz Włodarczyk explores breaking your Symfony project into smaller pieces when you have limited local computing resources.

Splitting a Symfony project into chunks

StrangeBuzz shows you how to organize your Symfony project tests. Check all the available test types and create consistent and robust test suites.

Organizing your Symfony project tests

Drupal announced that version 9.3 is available.

Drupal 9.3.0 is available

Vishwa Chikate covers “alternative approaches which can be introduced to handle API validation in Drupal 8/9 or any PHP-based project, thereby further reducing the need to write needless custom code to validate the HTTP request.”

Drupal 8/9: Writing validation for RESTful API’s the simple way


And Nevin Katz shows us how to set up local development for Drupal with Lando.

How to Set up a Local Drupal Website With Lando

The following post also looks at breaking large projects into smaller pieces. It promotes the Divide and Conquer approach in Spanish.

Divide y vencerás: Parte 1


Last Week


Prestaconcepts looks at the history of Symfony versions in this post in French.

Symfony : Une genèse majeure


This Month


Zlato Spajic writes HautelookAliceBundle is a tool you can use to effortlessly seed test data for your development environment. The bundle utilizes a PHP library called Faker which generates the test data for you.

How to Seed Data with Symfony Hautelook Fixtures




If you ever need to send someone an explanation of what Symfony is, this post's for you.

Symfony framework explained


I have been sharing many posts from Akashic Seer's blog over the past months. These two catch us up.

Working with your app's local image assets in Symfony 5+

How to quickly create a Symfony 5+ controller

We also continue to share the treasure trove of Symfony posts on Twilio’s blog.

Verifying Twilio API Requests in Symfony 5

Implement Two-Factor Authentication with Symfony and Twilio's Authy App and API

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This Week


Doeke Norg is back with a look at Heaps in PHP. He explores the world of Heaps, the data structure. Because some knowledge of Trees is useful, he suggests you read his Trees and Tree Traversal in PHP article before diving into this one.

Heaps explained in PHP

DeliciousBrains wants you to “imagine a world where your IDE or code editor detected problems before you even ran the code.”

Get Started with PHP Static Code Analysis

Anders Björkland continues his month-long series of PHP Christmas posts with one on MVC.

Have Yourself a Model View Controller was a gracious sponsor of the recent SymfonyWorld Online. They now support PHP 8.1 on the platform.

PHP 8.1 lays new ground on

Italo Baeza Cabrera notes that “the PSR-3 implementation describes eight log levels. You read that right. In order of “severity”: Emergency, Alert, Critical, Error, Warning, Notice, Info and Debug.”

PHP: Making Sense of the 8 Log Levels

Smaine Milianni provides a reminder piece on PHP constants.

Use PHP Class constants

Nicholas Valverde writes “Working in Docker feels like you are working in virtual machines, so it can be a bit confusing at first glance, because you don’t have anything installed on your local machine except Docker itself.

Luckily, PhpStorm has us covered; it provides a tight integration with Docker!”

PhPStorm loves Docker


And speaking of PhP Storm:

PhpStorm 2021.2.4 is released


Michał Romańczuk posted a review of SOLID PHP principles. It's always a good time to keep these in mind.

SOLID principles in PHP




Ivo Lukač has a useful article exploring options for headless php website development.

Headless possibilities for PHP

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The Log4Shell fallout continues, and we can all learn things from the fiasco (especially about backward compatibility). Venture Beat takes a look back at Heartbleed and compares it to Log4.

What Log4Shell teaches us about opensource security

Gizmodo looks at the frantic efforts to patch for the vulnerabilities.

Log4j Vulnerabilities Are Piling Up as Companies Scramble to Patch

Enough of the negative. Now for the positive. The following article looks at how Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, and WordPress are building a more open internet. Can he play the hero to big tech villains?

Can Matt Mullenweg save the internet?

Joshua Otwell writes: “I sometimes forget there is a difference in counting the number of rows in a MySQL table versus counting the number of column values for those rows. Because, as you will see, there is a difference.”

MySQL COUNT(*) and COUNT(column or expression) — Differences

For those of you using Tailwind CSS here is a handy font size reference.

Tailwind Size Reference. Lines with a blue background are official Tailwind sizes.


Have you published or seen something related to Symfony or PHP that we missed? If so, just contact us.

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Symfony Station Communique - 17 December 2021

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Welcome to this week's Symfony Station Communique. It's your weekly review of the most valuable and essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities.

Thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our last communique in their Week of Symfony.

*Please note that links will open in a new browser window. My opinions, if I present any, will be in bold.




As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony.

Highlight -> "This week, Symfony 5.4.1 and 6.0.1 maintenance versions were released. In addition, the SymfonyWorld 2021 Winter edition conference too place with great success. During the conference, Symfony UX 2.0 was released to add Stimulus 3 support and we introduced an automated way to create and manage Docker containers in Symfony applications. Lastly, the Symfony Demo application released its new version compatible with Symfony 6.0."

A Week of Symfony #780 (6-12 December 2021)

SymfonyWorld Winter 2021 featured some great presentations including an overview of Symfony 6.

The new version is the culmination of 2 years of hard work by the community. It embeds all the new features added during the development of Symfony 5, but also removes all the features deprecated during the same period.

With PHP 8.0 as the minimum supported version, Symfony 6 is also an opportunity to embrace new language features.

If you attended SymfonyWorld Winter 2021 you can watch the presentation replay by logging into Symfony Connect and using the link below.

Everything about Symfony 6 Presentation from SymfonyWorld.

Launched in 2018, SymfonyCorp is a company aiming at promoting the Symfony Open-Source framework by creating commercial products around it to ensure its sustainability. The SymfonyCorp team manages, the Symfony conferences, the Symfony certification, SymfonyCloud, SymfonyInsight, SymfonyConnect, ...

Symfony announced that SymfonyCorp is hiring remote Symfony developers to work on its internal products and projects.

SymfonyCorp is hiring!

In news I’m excited about Symfony had this announcement.

“Over the years, Docker has become the de facto standard for building, shipping and running server applications. Docker allows you to store all the instructions needed to build the environment that will host your software next to the code, in the repository of the project.

After 6 years of teamwork, Symfony and API Platform now include an industry-first set of tools designed to automatically create, manage and run the Docker containers needed for your applications.

Introducing Docker support


The Symfony Demo application was introduced in 2015 as a reference application to show how to develop Symfony applications following the recommended best practices. This demo application is useful to:

  • Learn Symfony

  • Teach Symfony

  • Test new features

  • Benchmark Symfony and PHP

It’s been updated for Symfony 6.

Symfony Demo 2.0 Introduces Support for Symfony 6.0

Symfony Live is back for you French speakers.

The SymfonyLive is back in Paris on April 7 and 8, 2022! We have the great pleasure to meet you physically at SymfonyLive Paris 2022! After a year of online conferences, we are delighted to be able to once again find the French-speaking community of Symfony at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.

SymfonyLive Paris 2022: le retour!


And they also announced the SymfonyWorld 2022 Summer Edition.

SymfonyWorld Online 2022 Summer Edition conference is announced!


Symfony also reviewed all the SymfonyWorld and Symfony Live conferences.

Online SymfonyTour 2021 was a blast!


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PHP.Watch wrote this heartfelt post and I’m sure most of us share its sentiments.

PHP powers over 75% of the web, and its success is attributed to thousands of PHP contributors, framework authors, PHP tooling developers, IDE and other tooling developers, and the rest of the PHP community. 

One of the most impactful contributors to PHP is Nikita Popov. Over the 25 years of PHP's history, there has never been more acceleration in new features, language clean-up, and up-keep than the past few years, and Nikita was behind most of the important changes in PHP before he recently stepped back from the project.


Thank you, Nikita!


This Week

Alex Daubois continues his impressive output. This week he looks at HTTP in Symfony.

The love story between Symfony and HTTP

Via SymfonyCasts: “Today marks 10 years of SymfonyCasts (formerly KnpUniversity)! How that is possible, I have no idea! But, I am quite certain it has something to do with all of you awesome devs - thank you for making this such a fun project to work on!” They continue to explore Symfony security.

This week on SymfonyCasts

Hanane Kacemi looks at Symfony, Docker, and Doctrine ORM.

Symfony and Database

Symfony & Database-Part 2

Anthony Gilbert also had two posts on Symfony and Docker.

Setting up a Symfony application using Docker.

How to set up Symfony & then Dockerize it.

Drupal announced that:

Various type hints have been added for Symfony subclasses

Speaking of Drupal, specbee notes that “Twig tweak module is a huge time saver for Drupal developers working with advanced twig templates. It offers several useful functions and filters that can ease the developer’s job. Developers can also write well formatted code which is more comprehensible.”

Functions and filters to get you started with Twig Tweak in Drupal 9 (with examples)


Last Week


Christian Kolb wrote “Login throttling is possible with Symfony out of the box since 5.2. But the default configuration doesn't work as soon as you have multiple server instances.
Why? Because it stores the relevant data on the local filesystem.
So all we need to do is to exchange the storage layer with a shared one. How to do this?”

Login throttling with Symfony and multiple server instances




As you by now, I discover Akashic Seer's blog last month, which has Symfony-related posts. Here are a few more.

Symfony 5+ Twig templates don’t forget to call the parent

How to secure individual Symfony AJAX API routes without using API Platform

We also continue to share the treasure trove of Symfony posts on Twilio’s blog.

Create One-Time Passwords in PHP with Symfony and Twilio's Verify API

Envoyer des rappels SMS en PHP depuis votre app Symfony


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This Week


Open Swoole IDE Helper for v4.8.1 are released with enhanced type hinting. Developers can do code autocompletion within the IDE like VScode or PHPStorm.

Open Swoole IDE Helper released with enhanced type hinting for IDE

The Duckly blog recommends its best plugins for JetBrains’ PhpStorm IDE.

23 Best PhpStorm plugins for 2022

Sequally shows us how to create an PHP 8.1, NGINX and MySQL development environment with Docker.

Docker with PHP 8.1, NGINX, and MySQL

Speaking of NGINX, we recently ran across the following via DeliciousBrain’s newsletter.

“DigitalOcean has a great online tool called NGINXConfig. It comes with a bunch of presets, from standard PHP applications to content management systems like WordPress and Joomla, as well as other popular web frameworks, including Django and Node.js. You can also configure practically everything you might need.”

Quick & Easy Nginx Configuration


Cees-Jan Kiewiet writes “PHP 8.1 is out and the hip new feature for non-blocking and asynchronous programming in PHP are fibers. In this post we're going to explore them and see how we at ReactPHP will start with them at the edge.”

async & await at the edge with ReactPHP

The latest edition of PHP Architect magazine is out. Get yours today.

The Zen of Mindful Programming


One Java developer came back to PHP after seven years. He was quite surprised.

Trying out PHP after 7 years

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The Guardian reports “The flaw, dubbed “Log4Shell”, may be the worst computer vulnerability discovered in years. It was uncovered in an open-source logging tool, Log4j, that is ubiquitous in cloud servers and enterprise software used across the industry and the government. Unless it is fixed, it grants criminals, spies and programming novices alike, easy access to internal networks where they can loot valuable data, plant malware, erase crucial information and much more.”

Recently uncovered software flaw ‘most critical vulnerability of the last decade’

NPR reports “When programmers write code, they often rely on some extremely common and freely available bits of software — like using building blocks — to do common tasks. In this case, the vulnerable piece of software was something called Log4j, which is used in the programming language Java and essentially creates a log of activity on a device, copying down everything that happens as programs run.”

Companies scramble to defend against newly discovered 'Log4j' digital flaw

David Crawshaw writes “there is more than enough written on the mechanics of and mitigations for the recent severe RCE in log4j. On prevention, this is the most interesting widely-reshared insight I have seen:

  • Log4j maintainers have been working sleeplessly on mitigation measures; fixes, docs, CVE, replies to inquiries, etc.
  • Yet nothing is stopping people to bash us, for work we aren't paid for, for a feature we all dislike yet needed to keep due to backward compatibility concerns.
  • This is making the rounds because highly-profitable companies are using infrastructure they do not pay for.

It is the second statement in this tweet that is worthy of attention: the maintainers of log4j would have loved to remove this bad feature long ago, but could not because of the backwards compatibility promises they are held to.”

log4j: between a rock and a hard place

Have you published or seen something related to Symfony or PHP that we missed? If so, please contact us.

That's it for this week. Thanks for making it to the end of another extended edition. I look forward to sharing next week's Symfony and PHP news with you on Friday.

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