[Newsletter] PSR-7, Middleware, Zend Expressive and new releases

It’s not easy to wrap one’s head around PSR-7, especially when coming from spaghetti PHP with little to no exposure to OOP. Complex hierarchies and rules aside, there’s also the immutability fad that needs explaining, and then the concept of middleware on top of all this. No wonder people are giving up before they start!

With that in mind, we’ve decided to make it more approachable. The best way to learn something is a hands-on example, so that’s what we published - a full, zero-to-app tutorial on using Zend Expressive, the middleware PSR-7 framework, to build a fully functioning NASA Photo of the Day gallery. Kindly reviewed by Matthew Weier O’Phinney et. al., the tutorial aims to be simple, approachable, cross-platform-friendly and quick to go through. Why not check it out and let us know what you think?

In other news, releases galore this month! Most importantly, we’ve got PHP 7 coming up, but then there’s also Magento 2, Drupal 8, Symfony 3 and, last but not least, eZ Platform. We’re also seeing preview releases of other hardcore systems like Sulu, PHP-HTTP, even Otto (tutorials for all of which are coming up in November). 2016 is looking to be a tumultuous year for both PHP and the wide variety of projects in its ecosystem, and we couldn’t be more excited. What’s got you on edge?

Immutability fad link: here, sorry about that. Also, go die in a fire, Discourse, for not allowing edits.

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I’m excited for Drupal 8. Hands down one of the most powerful and advanced CMSs out of the box. When others say it is to difficult to modernize (cough Wordpress)Drupal 8 delivers!

To me, I just like the leaps and bounds of improvement PHP is taking to become a more serious player in the language market (even though 80% of the web is built with PHP!). The release of PHP7 and the direction it is heading and the people behind it, not just from a language perspective, but from a package development perspective, make me really happy I am a PHP developer first and foremost. 2016 is going to be a cool year for PHP and I am certain the fun won’t stop there either.

Scott

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