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1137. Is Artificial Intelligence a Good Thing for the Future of PHP Developers

Updated on: 2023-02-08

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Many professionals worldwide fear for their professional future after the announcement about the possibilities of OpenAI products like ChatGPT.

Therefore it is understandable that they fear that artificial intelligence tools may replace them by doing the work they used to do for customers, and they will lose jobs.

Read this article to learn more about what is possible now to do with artificial intelligence, as well as some advice regarding what you should do regarding Artificial Intelligence to have a better future as a PHP developer.


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1136. Why You Need to Replace Your utf8_encode and utf8_decode PHP Functions to Prepare to Upgrade to PHP 8.2 and Newer PHP Versions

Updated on: 2023-02-07

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Old functions like utf8_encode and utf8_decode are deprecated in PHP 8.2 and will be removed in future versions, probably PHP 9.0, according to the plans of PHP core developers.

If you use these functions in the code of your PHP applications, you need to prepare to change your code, so that code will continue to work in future PHP versions.

Read this article to learn more about the changes in these PHP functions and how to make a smooth transition, so your code continues to work in current and future PHP versions.


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1135. Shall You Upgrade to the PHP 8.2.2 Version that Was Just Released

Updated on: 2023-02-03

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PHP 8.2.2 was just released. It is primarily a bug-fixing version.

The fixes of this release can be important to you if you use the PHP extensions that were fixed.

Read this short article to learn about PHP extensions that were fixed, so you can determine if it is worth upgrading to this minor version.

The article also contains a small script for you to use with the current PHP version that you use to test your PHP version.


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1133. How Can You Benefit from PHP Readonly Classes Improvements Since PHP 8.2 with PHP Code Examples

Updated on: 2023-01-31

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PHP readonly classes is the name of the new feature introduced in PHP 8.2 that was released on December 2022.

The readonly classes are an evolution of the readonly class properties introduced in PHP 8.1.

Read this short tutorial article to learn more about readonly classes and how you can benefit from this feature if you use PHP 8.2 or later by checking some PHP code examples.


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1131. How PHP Developers Will be Able to Handle Better Undefined Properties in PHP 9.0

Updated on: 2023-01-25

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The PHP core developers recently approved a new request for a change to help PHP application developers to handle better mistakes in their code when they misspell the name of a class property in their code.

Read this short article to learn how this improves your process of detecting and fixing code that has mistakes so you can produce code of excellent quality as early as possible.


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1128. PHP Events Calendar of Meetings and Conferences for February 2023

Updated on: 2023-01-18

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Many PHP developers want to participate in events near where they live. However, in some cases, they are unaware of the events.

So now we are starting a test to evaluate if developers like yourself are interested in knowing about the events that will happen soon near your region, so you can prepare to participate in those events.

Read this short article to be aware of PHP events in February 2023, so you can consider participating and learn more to be a better PHP developer with other developers.

Here you can also find guidance on how to promote your future PHP event better with the help of the PHP Classes site.


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1127. Why Would You Want to Do a PHP Upgrade to Version 7.3 or 8.3 to Benefit from Better Security using the Improved SameSite Cookie Support

Updated on: 2023-01-17

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Newer PHP versions often provide improved security features. That is the case of the SameSite cookie support to help your site to be better protected against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Read this short article to learn more about CSRF attacks, SameSite cookies, and code examples of how to benefit from improvements done in PHP 7.3 and PHP 8.3 to quickly implement this option to protect better your sites from these attacks.

There are more modern ways to generate random strings. Read another article about the \Random\Randomizer class to learn more about modern ways to generate random values.


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1125. Why You Will Want to Upgrade to PHP 8.3 to Benefit from Better Random Value Generation

Updated on: 2023-01-11

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PHP 8.3 will introduce several new exciting features. One of those features is the improvements on the \Random\Randomizer class that was added in PHP 8.2.

PHP 8.3 will add more functions to generate random values for strings and floating-point numbers.

Please read this short article to learn more about the \Random\Randomize class functions and how you can use these functions in your PHP applications to make them more secure against possible attacks to current cryptography methods that in the future will be more vulnerable due to the availability of faster CPUs, including those that will use quantum computing.


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1124. Why Your PHP Code Will Benefit When You Upgrade to PHP 8.2 to Use Standalone Types for true, false and null

Updated on: 2023-01-10

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Another attractive new feature of PHP 8.2 is the possibility to treat true, false, and null as standalone types.

This PHP 8.2 feature helps PHP developers catch bugs earlier and improve their code quality in practice by allowing them to be more specific in the types returned by functions that may have to be of these three new types: true, false, and null.

Read this short article to learn more about this new PHP 8.2 possibility and how you can use it in practice in your PHP applications to improve their quality.


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1123. Why You Should Follow PHP Standards Recommendation 20 to Get the System Clock

Updated on: 2022-12-30

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The PHP Standards Recommendation (PSR) 20 specification was released recently to help developers use a common interface to get the system click date and time.

This is an important recommendation if you need to test PHP application code that can manipulate dates and times using the current system clock.

Read this short article to learn more about this PHP standards recommendation, see some code examples, and get a suggestion of when it will be good for you to follow this recommendation.


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