June 2017 PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service winner

It is time for the June 2017 PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service award. This month it goes to someone who has been giving to PHP for more than 15 years, Ms. Sara Golemon. Sara: Is a regular speaker at PHP conferences worldwide An active core contributor One of the release managers of PHP 7.2 Please join us here at… Read more »

May 2017 PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service winner

Since this is the very first “Michelangelo van Dam PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service”, I spent a long time running through potential recipients. To set the tone for this award, I wanted someone who gives a lot back to our community. While there are a lot of worthy recipients that meet the criteria, the one that stood out to… Read more »

Scrape Screens with zend-dom

Even in this day-and-age of readily available APIs and RSS/Atom feeds, many sites offer none of them. How do you get at the data in those cases? Through the ancient internet art of screen scraping. The problem then becomes: how do you get at the data you need in a pile of HTML soup? You could use regular expressions or… Read more »

zend-config For All Your Configuration Needs

Different applications and frameworks have different opinions about how configuration should be created. Some prefer XML, others YAML, some like JSON, others like INI, and some even stick to the JavaProperties format; in Zend Framework, we tend to prefer PHP arrays, as each of the other formats essentially get compiled to PHP arrays eventually anyways. At heart, though, we like… Read more »

PHP and SQL Server for Linux

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This week we tested the public preview of Microsoft SQL Server for Linux using PHP 7 with our component zendframework/zend-db. Microsoft announced the availability of a public preview of SQL Server for Linux on the 16th of November, 2016. This new version of SQL Server has some interesting features such as: transparent data encryption; always encrypted; row level security; in-memory… Read more »

Using Laravel Homestead with Zend Framework Projects

Laravel Homestead is an interesting project by the Laravel community that provides a Vagrant box for PHP developers. It includes a full set of services for PHP developers, such as the Nginx web server, PHP 7.1, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, Node, and more. One the most interesting features of this project is the ability to enable it per project. This… Read more »

Paginating data collections with zend-paginator

zend-paginator is a flexible component for paginating collections of data and presenting that data to users. Pagination is a standard UI solution to manage the visualization of lists of items, like a list of posts in a blog or a list of products in an online store. zend-paginator is very popular among Zend Framework developers, and it’s often used with… Read more »