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Weekly review of Symfony and PHP development news. 3/10/23

This highlights post is a shortened version of a communiqué that originally appeared on Symfony Station, your source for cutting-edge Symfony, PHP, and Cybersecurity news.

Welcome to this week's Symfony Station highlights. It's your review of the essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities focusing on protecting democracy. We also cover the Fediverse.

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony. Highlight -> “This week, Symfony 5.4.21
and 6.2.7 maintenance versions were released. Meanwhile, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version added support for managing command exit code while handling signals. Lastly, the SymfonyOnline June 2023 conference announced that you can submit your papers until March 6.“

A Week of Symfony #844 (27 February - 5 March 2023)

Symfony announced:

SymfonyLive Paris 2023: Only 2 weeks to go for the pre-conference workshops!

SymfonyCon Brussels 2023 - Call for paper is open!

Blackfire has:

Getting started with the Blackfire test suite: part 3 of a series

SymfonyCasts continues its API Platform course.

This week on SymfonyCasts

Featured Item

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I am tooting my own horn this week as I have published my first “opinion” piece. It examines if Drupal has a path to growth.

“Idiots have been claiming PHP is dead for years. Guess what? It’s not dying. It’s growing and mainly via WordPress and outside the United States. With Drupal, not so much.

This piece will cover Drupal’s strengths and weaknesses as I see them affecting its growth. And when I talk about growth, I mean the total number of Drupal users, not the profits of companies basing their businesses on Drupal.

Then I will look at three paths its future could take. Those of what I want, what could happen, and what will probably happen.”

Does Drupal Have a Path to Growth?

This Week

Anton Lytvynov has:

Why use Symfony for web development

The Future of PHP and Symfony: Predictions and Trends for Web Development

How to Set Up a Local Symfony Development Environment with Docker Compose

It is great to see Smaine Milianni back with:

Feature Flag and Strategy pattern with the Symfony framework

Mark Caggiano shows us:

How to create a WordPress plugin using PHP and OOP, with Composer for package management, Symfony components for backend functionality, and Twig for frontend templating


Quick Sprout has a:

PrestaShop Review – What Makes PrestaShop Great and Where PrestaShop Falls Short

Shopware shares:

Shopware Community Digest February '23

Edna Ololade compares:

Medusa Vs. Sylius: Which Should You Use for Your Ecommerce?


Zyxware Technologies compares:

Drupal Updates vs Upgrades vs Migrations: What's the Difference and When Do You Need Them?

Prometsource shows us:

How to Leverage Load Testing to Scale up a Drupal Site

CKEditor can expand its capabilities:

Drupal Premium Features module now stable

Star Shaped of Lullabot shares her experience at:

Florida DrupalCamp 2023

Mateu Aguiló Bosch of lullabot explores:

Getting Single Directory Components in Drupal Core

This is fantastic news.

Previous Weeks

And Lullabot has this case study.

American Bookseller Association

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This Week

Derry Ross explores:

Mastering PHP for Dynamic Web Development

Dolly Aswin looks at:

PHP Development Trends In 2023

Marcel Bootsman looks at:

Switching to PHP 8.x in Four Steps - An Interview with Juliette Reinders Folmer

This got lots of interest when I shared it on Mastodon this week.

Nikola Stojiljkovic shares:

Impressions on GitHub Copilot and PHPStorm — March 2023

Geek Job shows us how to:

Disable eval in PHP 8

Aminul Islam Sarker examines:

Unlocking the Power of PHP with the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST)

Great stuff here.

Previous Weeks

İlyas Özkurt shows us how to:

Boost Your PHP Testing Speed with Paratest

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Zack Whittaker opines:

Today’s startups should terrify you

Fast Company reports on:

5 cybersecurity trends people who work from home need to know

Use password managers, two-factor authentication, VPN, etc. peeps.

Tech Republic reports on the:

Top 10 open-source security and operational risks of 2023

New National Cybersecurity Strategy: resilience, regs, collaboration and pain (for attackers)

The Guardian reports:

Sensitive personal data of US House and Senate members hacked, offered for sale

Maybe the fucks will do something about cybersecurity now.


Bleeping Computer reports:

GitHub makes 2FA mandatory next week for active developers

Marcus Bentele shares:

How To Become A Git Pro By Mastering Only One Powerful Git Command

Leticia Coelho shows us how to write:

Clean HTML

The acerbic and awesome Jason Knight has:

Adam Wathan (Part 1): Deluded, Predator, Or An Outright Fraud?

Adam Wathan (Part 2): The Ignorance On Full Display

TLDR Tailwind CSS sucks. Don’t be lazy. Learn HTML and CSS.

Cory Doctorow says:

The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble



Let’s start with a few items about the biggest driver of Fediverse growth, Twitter.

The BBC reports:

Twitter insiders: We can't protect users from trolling under Musk

Musk takes the shittiest thing about Twitter and makes it shittier.

The Verge reports:

How a single engineer brought down Twitter

Stupidity in management = product incompetence.

Daring Fireball reports:

Phony Stark Picks on the Wrong Guy, Attempting (and of Course Botching) an HR Exit Interview Live on Twitter

Being a cnt = being a cnt

In late-breaking news, Platformer reports:

Meta is building a decentralized, text-based social network

Fucking hell. While this will work with Activity Pub, at least these instances can be blocked when the inevitable tracking starts.

Fastly shares:

Fastly and the Fediverse, pt.2

Here’s an analytical breakdown of the exodus from Twitter to the Fediverse:

A Snapshot of the Twitter Migration

Daring Fireball reports:

Medium’s Mastodon Server Opens Up

I mentioned this was coming last week.

TechCrunch provides more detail:

Medium launches a ‘premium’ Mastodon instance as a membership perk

Here the official details:

Join Mastodon with Medium

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