One Last Slice

Ken Marks wraps up his series on working with a Raspberry Pi. Ken has done such a fantastic job taking us through his process of using a Raspberry Pi and writing code on that Pi in a real-life scenario at home. In this final installment, Ken establishes a workflow for sending an accelerometer text message using SendMail.

Also, this month, Joe Clermont contributed his article, “*Learning How to Learn.*” In an industry where there is a real need to always learn, Joe shares some techniques to help us with continual learning using technics such as learning by doing and learning by sharing.

In Chris Tankersly’s column Education Station he discusses “*Continuous Code,”* where he discusses continuous code, automated testing, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. PSR Pickup’s Frank Wallen shares an article on “*PSR-3 Logging Interface*” and talks about different log levels and messages. In Eric Mann’s Security Corner, we learn about “*Classifying Ransomware*” and the differences between them.

May brings a new recurring column by Marian Pop focused on the Laravel Framework and Ecosystem. This month he introduces us to “*Pest Control*” and discusses the PEST testing package. Edward Bernard’s DDD Alley gets hands-on with “*Get Organized and Get Started*” and shares his thoughts on some of the steps to getting a project set up with code first and implementing a strategic domain-driven design.

Oscar Merida adds some “*Controlled Randomness*” in this month’s PHP Puzzles. It’s fun for the whole family, provided your entire family are passionate developers. Lastly, in finally{}, Beth Tucker-Long talks about “*Survival of the Fiendish*” and shares her experience of trying to address a simple problem that grows more complex around every turn. That would be an example of a bad problem to have.

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Testing The Core

This month, John and Eric introduce the new Drupal Dab column by Nicola Pignatelli which will be focused on the Drupal CMS system. They also discuss the How to Hack you Home with a Raspberry Pi series is going.

Chris Tankersley takes us down the path of licenses with some thoughts on choosing one for our project in his article Which License to Choose? He discusses the pros and cons of several open-source licenses and explains the benefits and drawbacks. In Security Corner, Eric Mann discusses Operational Security. He touches on what happens when disaster strikes, learning from mistakes, best practices, and the ongoing quest for security. Next to time, one of the more frustrating areas to code is money, and in this month’s PHP Puzzles Making Some Change, Oscar Merida goes over the challenge of making change. He also shows some solutions to last month’s challenge on the best ways to make change.
We’ve all heard the excuses for not having tests, tests are “confusing”, “difficult”, “takes too long to write”, or are just “complicated.” There’s also a saying, “any tests are better than no test.” In this month, The Workshop, Joe Ferguson goes over one of the easiest ways to get some basic tests in your project with his article Accept Testing with Codeception. I have personally been a huge fan of Edward Barnard’s new DDD Alley column. This month he continues the series with When the New Requirements Arrive, where he talks about what you do when new requirements for a codebase are introduced and how to handle them. He touches on the solid principle, bloated classes, test boundaries, and more. Frank Wallen continues his new column, PSR Pickup, where he moves on to PSR 12 Extended Coding Style Standard and discusses what this PSR is and why you might want to use it in your projects.

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Parallelize Your Code

This month’s release touches on some examples that keep PHP and its community strong, relevant, and a fun language to code.

Ken Marks continues his series on using PHP and a Rasberry Pi in a real-world example with Raspberry Pi Part 2 – Installing the LAMP Stack on your Pi. As developers, we live a life where we are constantly learning, and Derek Binkley helps with this by contributing an article called Teaching Through Code Review. We have a bonus third feature article this month in which Gabriel Zerbib introduces us to a documentation concept with his contribution Introduction to Diagram-as-Code.

In Eric Mann’s Security Corner, he talks about how to expand your knowledge with Getting Started with Cybersecurity. Joe Ferguson takes time out of his busy schedule to show us some benefits to using PHP-FPM, such as running multiple versions of PHP in his The Workshop section article Configuring PHP-FPM and Apache. In Community Corner, Eric Van Johnson sits down and gets to know our second rookie release manager in his Interview with PHP 8.1 Release Manager Ben Ramsey. Edward Barnard continues his new DDD Alley series with this month’s installment of When You Know the Pattern. Oscar Merida helps us exercise our learning muscle with this month’s PHP Puzzles, Finding Integer Factors. In this month’s Education Station, Chris Tankersly gives his take on the elusive async development with PHP in his article Async is a Lie. Wrapping up this month’s release is Beth Tucker Long finally{}, Everything Which Way But Loose.

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Domain-Driven Resolutions

As 2021 fades from our memories, we hope that a few of you received fantastic geeky gifts during the holidays. Hopefully, some of those geeky gifts included Raspberry Pis. Over the next few months, we will build a project with one and hopefully inspire you to create something useful for yourself.

This is also a great time to establish some resolutions to aid in your coding career. What do you want to accomplish this year? Continuing education is always a great goal and something that we here at PHP Architect strive to provide. We ourselves are constantly learning how we can improve our process and one of our New Year’s Resolutions is to be more prompt in our monthly delivery. We’re aware this will take another few months, but it is our goal.

Now I want to take a moment to ask you for a favor. Have you ever wanted to be a “published writer”? Maybe you still need a New Years Resolution. We’ll help you keep it 😉 As a magazine for our community, we rely on community members to write articles for us. And better yet, we pay for your content to be published. So take a moment and ask yourself a few questions. “Have I learned anything new recently that helped me?” “Do I want to learn a new skill to share with other people? Sometimes having an article deadline will help you focus and learn that skill. Honestly, this point has helped me write all of my articles and conference talks. If you are interested, please send an email to with your ideas, and we will help you turn your idea into a publishable article.

This month’s issue gets started with “Introducing FilterIterators” by Mauro Chojrin. This feature article will get you looking at your projects in a whole new way. Our second feature is the first in a series called “How to Hack your Home with a Raspberry Pi” by Kenneth Marks. I’ve always been fascinated by the Raspberry Pi but have always been intimidated by them. Ken is opening my eyes, and now I want to use them everywhere.

Our columnists have been hard at work too. Joe Ferguson’s, The Workshop, is giving younger developers a course on “Apache and PHP – Back to Basics.” Every developer should have more of an understanding of what happens even before their PHP code fires up and starts handling a request. In Education Station, Chris Tankersly is talking about “Background Queues” to improve performance for our applications. Eric Mann brings us “The Terrifying Scale of a Security Bug” in this month’s Security Corner. If you’re out on the hunt for a job, make sure you understand the basics of the “Infamous Fizz Buzz” in this month’s PHP Puzzles by Oscar Merida. Then Eric Van Johnson does a great interview with Patrick Allaert, one of your PHP 8.1 Release Managers.

And finally{}, Beth Tucker-Long talks “Experts or Out-of-touch?” where she shares some of her past with PHP Internals.

As always, thank you for subscribing to PHP Architect. We have big plans for 2022, and we hope you do too.

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MageTalk Episode 99.2 – It’s All Fun and Games ’til Someone Tries to “Shedjule” Something

Show Notes

Phillip launches a new podcast called Future Commerce, a podcast about cutting-edge and next-generation commerce. Kalen is taken by surprise as Phillip’s never mentioned it, not even once. Later in the show the guys do a blow-by-blow comparison of Shopify vs. Magento and discuss some of the feature differentiation between the platform.

Magento also enjoys a distinction as topping the new Internet Retailer B2B 300 list.