February 10, 2021 — PHP’s documentation is a goldmine of little but helpful things which is when explored can help improve your code. But this kind of thing tends to get overlooked easily.
February 7, 2021 — Enums or enumerations or enumerator types are those little data structures that can be used to define a set of named values. More like constants. For instance, a contract status which can be “permanent”, “temp”, or “apprentice”. Or a order status that can be “ordered”, “dispatched”, “shipped” etc.
January 28, 2021 — The spread operator in PHP is getting more awesome in PHP 8.1! So, to give you a primer, with the release of PHP 7.4, it got possible to merge multiple arrays by unpacking arrays into another array using the spread operator.
January 12, 2021 — Although the official PHP website’s documentation has a dedicated section on “Overloading”, it’s not truly called overloading by any means.
January 3, 2021 — Before PHP 8, whenever you wanted to get the type of a variable, you could use the native gettype function. Check the examples below.
December 23, 2020 — Up until now, when you want to throw exceptions from your code, you would use the
throw keyword to throw the exception which can be caught by the
catch block like so.
December 21, 2020 — There might be some situations where you would want to crawl a third-party website and perform some actions right from your PHP codebase. For instance, submitting forms, logging into your account, clicking links, etc. to add some degree of automation in your workflow.
December 5, 2020 — If you’re working with PHP for a while, there might be a good chance that you’d be in need to fetch the class of an object. This could be mostly for debugging purposes.
November 23, 2020 — As the official release date (26th November 2020) of PHP’s latest and greatest version PHP 8 is approaching, let’s take a look at every new feature and improvement that the PHP team has managed to fit in this version.
November 3, 2020 — If you’re working with the latest frameworks, it’s not very difficult to set up environment variables for your app.
November 1, 2020 — The newest version of PHP, the PHP 8.0, is coming later this year (November 26, 2020) and it will come packed with many new features such as constructor property promotion, match expressions, nullsafe operator, attributes and a lot others.
October 30, 2020 — Of many great new features that PHP 8 has introduced, one of the most confusing that I found were called “Attributes”, until today. Attributes in PHP 8 got revised many times before gets settled to the current implementation that we will see in a bit.
October 26, 2020 — I’ve said it earlier and I’m saying it today as well that Composer is the backbone of modern development in the PHP landscape. It has been so much easier to pull in open-source packages into your projects which weren’t possible in the pre-Composer era.
October 16, 2020 — If you’ve ever worked on enterprise-level web applications, there’s a good chance that you would have in need to convert documents from one format to another such as converting an HTML document to PDF.
September 28, 2020 — PHP 8 is around the corner and it is coming packed with a lot of new features. But there’s something exciting cooking in PHP 8.1 already.
September 22, 2020 — The standard way of including files in modern PHP development is using namespaces and autoloading of classes using Composer.
September 17, 2020 — In modern web applications, one of the pain points everyone faces at some point is spam submissions to forms by automated bots.
August 12, 2020 — Recently, I’ve been working on a Laravel app and one of my friends wanted to see it in action who’s sitting seven ocean apart. But, I didn’t have an actual server to host it and to make it accessible for my friend. And so, I was looking for a tool/API which can expose my local website instance to the internet.
August 11, 2020 — In PHP, the visibility of a property, a method, or a constant can be defined by prefixing the declaration using keywords
private. Here is how these modifiers work.
July 10, 2020 — Update: Named parameters have been accepted to be included in PHP 8. A 2/3 majority in voting from members was required and it got the required votes! Here’s the RFC that got accepted.
July 3, 2020 — The switch statement in PHP is great when you want check condition on the same expression without incorporating many
if statements altogether.
June 22, 2020 — Up until now, or precisely before PHP 8, whenever you were unsure about which type to use for the propperty or return type, you’d leave it without assigning any type. And if you’re using an IDE such as PhpStorm, the docBlock would mark those properties as
mixed type like so.
June 16, 2020 — Refactoring is important in programming things. It is a process of restructuring existing computer code—changing the factoring—without changing its external behavior. It makes code more readable, structured and easy to process.
June 13, 2020 — Who would’ve thought that PHP would have to wait till its version 8 or rather 25 years after its inception, to get a truly native and understandable function to check if a string is contained in another string?!
June 10, 2020 — The usual way of handling the exception is by requiring the
catch block to catch the exception (thrown from the
try block) to a variable like so.
June 9, 2020 — Wouldn’t it be nice if you don’t have to declare the class property over and over again just to use it across the class? Currently, you’d do it by first declaring it…
June 4, 2020 — Have you ever wanted a feature where you would only want to call a method or fetch a property on the result of an expression if it is not
null? So, for instance, check the following code.
June 1, 2020 — With PHP 5, the core team had introduced type declarations (also known as type-hinting) that allow functions to require that parameters are of a certain type at call time. If the given value is of the incorrect type, then an error is generated: in PHP 5, this will be a recoverable fatal error, while PHP 7 will throw a TypeError exception.
May 8, 2020 — If you’ve worked with modern frameworks such as Laravel, you might have seen this keyword
::class be used extensively throughout the application.
May 4, 2020 — When PHP 7.0 released, it has added many nice things in PHP’s toolbelt of utilities. One of the things among this was Null coalescing assignment operator (??).
May 4, 2020 — If you look at PHP’s core helper functions, they aren’t very intuitive to use and are pretty inconsistent at times. For instance, the array_map function is used to apply the callback to the elements of the given arrays. Here’s how its definition looks like.
April 17, 2020 — I recently stumbled upon this ghost feature of PHP using which you can actually use streams in order to post data using a HTTP POST request.
April 15, 2020 — Sometimes all you need is to define and call function at the same time and only once throughout the scope. Such functions are called as Immediately Invoke Function Expression (IIFE) also known as Self-Executing Anonymous Function.
April 1, 2020 — Exceptions are really useful when you want to handle some situations which can not be handled gracefully otherwise. So, using exceptions, you can handle certain sceanrios by showing a nice error message. Take the following example for instance.
March 27, 2020 — Have you ever felt the class properties that you’re using in the constructor are essentially repeated multiple times? i.e At the declaration, in the constructor parameters and while doing assignment in the constructor. For instance, take the following example.
March 2, 2020 — Constructors are a really important part of the class-based object oriented programming. Through constuctors, a newly created objects initialize properties automatically before it is usable. In PHP, a constructor is a method named
__construct(), which the keyword
new automatically calls after creating the object. Constructors can also accept arguments, in which case, when the
new statement is written, you also need to send the constructor arguments for the parameters.
February 20, 2020 — PHP has introduced an operator called “spaceship opearator” (
<=>) with the release of PHP7. What this spaceship operator do is compare two expressions i.e. its two operands, let’s say
$b, and returns -1, 0 or 1 when
$a is respectively less than, equal to, or greater than
February 18, 2020 — The usual and might be the most used way of cleaning the object is to use the good old __destruct() magic method in PHP. The magic method proves to be good in most of the cases. But there might be some scenario where even the
__destruct() method will fail. For instance, a scenario where your PHP script exceeds the maximum execution time, and terminates thusly. And a fatal error would occur called
Maximum execution time of 20 seconds exceeded in - on line XX.
February 10, 2020 — Traits in PHP is a way of re-using the code. Basically, Traits are assistive copy-paste mechanism provided by the language itself. Using Traits, developers can reduce the limitations of single inheritence based languages such as PHP. I have written a dedicated article about it if you want to check it out.
January 31, 2020 — Exception handling is an essential part of the software development workflow. It is used to handle the runtime errors so that the normal flow of the application can be maintained.
January 26, 2020 — There’s this little trick in PHP that I got to know about today. The trick basically is, you can loop through all the class properties having the “public” visibility just by iterating over the class object using loop construct such as
January 24, 2020 — Working on an application which received user signups and let’s suppose it’s built on top of PHP, you want to validate that the email the user enters is valid. Sure, you’ll check that the email entered is a “syntactically” valid one by using one of these methods.
January 15, 2020 — Sometimes, it’s convenient when you could get to access class objects as arrays. For instance, the time when one of the class properties is of type array and you want to manipulate it just like you’d do with an array without exposing it during object creation. I’ve included a real world example of where this could be useful, at the end of the article. So, read on!
December 18, 2019 — Working with PHP, it would be pretty obvious you’d be worried about the performance of your application. And because of this anxiety, you start to optimize trivial things such as replacing double quotes(“) to single quotes(‘), use
echo instead of
print_r, or using static methods in order to gain those little performance gains during the initial few days of your application development itself. Optimizing these thigs is good and all.
December 16, 2019 — In this short article, I’m going to explain what method chaining is and how it can prove to be useful as an object oriented design pattern.
December 7, 2019 — PHP 7.4 is finally released a few days ago. It’s a fourth feature update to the PHP 7 series and it comes with a very interesting set of features which I’m going to talk about in this article. Some of are very long overdue such as unpacking arrays, typed properties and so forth. However, these all comes with some sort of caveats. Let’s talk about all of the new features in details.
December 5, 2019 — Jetbrain’s PhpStorm is my goto IDE when it comes to the PHP developement. Be it Laravel, Symphony or Magento. It’s like a gold standard. The kind of intelligent features it offers is unmatchable and almost irrplaceable by any IDE of this level.
November 26, 2019 — In this article, I'll talk about Dependency Injection and Dependency Injection Container and why one should use DI Containers.
November 20, 2019 — In this article, I've discussed regarding Nullable types that are introduced in PHP 7.1 and its usefulness.
November 12, 2019 — Today, I got to know about a very clean looking and intuitive way of unsetting/deleting a cookie from client's browser using PHP. No "setting the expiry time in past" bullshit.
October 30, 2019 — In this article, I’m going to discuss about the union types which are going to come in future versions of PHP through this RFC. To understand why and how are union types important in PHP, let’s first understand what are union types.
September 29, 2019 — PHP is funny sometimes. There are many things in PHP which behaves differently instead of the way you think might work. I recently stumbled upon one such thing while working on one of my projects.
September 2, 2019 — Passwords are an integral part of today’s authentication based web applications. In fact, Passwords have been used since ancient times. Sentries would challenge those wishing to enter an area to supply a password or watchword, and would only allow a person or group to pass if they knew the password. In modern web application passwords are used in combination with usernames to authenticate users. So, basically, we’d need to fields in order to store username and password for each user both of which are supplied by user at the time of signing up to the web application.
August 22, 2019 — In object oriented programming, there are two ways using which classes can achieve polymorphic behaviour: “Inheritance” & “Composition”.
August 13, 2019 — Some of the PHP’s core functions are designed in such a way that they do not handle exceptions in a better way. Instead, they just return
false if there’s any error. This makes developers to handle those error themselves. Take the example below.
August 7, 2019 — The inheritence tree in PHP quickly gets dirty if you’re using mix of
non-static methods into your classes and the inheritence is deeply nested. Take from example here.
July 31, 2019 — Have you ever stuck in a situation where the code that you’ve wrote uses foreach to iterate over a set of data into an array and which ultimately caused you to exceed a memory? Well, I’ve been to. Many times.
July 25, 2019 — Recently, I stumbled upon a scenario where I had to extend a class. I'm going to explain what issue I had faced and what's the role of using the grandparent instance of the class to overcome that issue in this article.
June 10, 2019 — In PHP, Invokables refer to any class that may be instantiated without any constructor arguments. In other words, one should be able to create an instance solely be calling
new $className(). To implement an invokable class, one needs to use __invoke() magic method of PHP. Before we understand how invokable exactly works, let’s take a look why invokable classes even exists in PHP.
May 2, 2019 — With the introduction of scalar type declaration and return type declaration in PHP 7.0, the language’s type system got improved at some extent. Although it’s great to have some layer of strictness, it’s still missing the support to declare typed properties. But from PHP 7.4, it seems, it’s going to change because according to this accepted RFC, PHP 7.4 will be getting support for first-class property type declarations.
February 22, 2019 — Today, while working with a project which happens to be bulit on top of Magento 2, I needed to find a way to get the list all the admin users as an array.
February 9, 2019 — While developing applications(not necessarily with Laravel), you come across the situation where you need to implement certain functionality. In such cases you shouldn’t want to reinvent the wheel if the functionality is been implemented by someone as a package, accepted well by the community and is ready to be consumed. It’s a no-brainer. I use to follow the same approach and today in this article, I’m going to list out some of my favorite Laravel packages which have made my experience with development in Laravel delicious.
January 17, 2019 — PHP has evolved greatly as a language over the years. From a simple functional scripting language which initially started by Rasmus Lerdorf as his hobby project to supporting object oriented programming features PHP has come a long way. Although, PHP has been implementing and improving features of object oriented programming in its every release, there is this one feature which is missing and I’ve always wondered why it is not there in PHP all these years. Yes, I’m talking about multiple inheritance.
January 9, 2019 — When working on a project, there comes a time when you need to automate certain tasks. In such cases, it is better to use a CLI tool which can be run from the command prompt because using a web APIs for certain tasks is cumbersome.
December 21, 2018 — There comes times when you wouldn’t want your end users staring at white screens or that intimidating loaders for a long time. For instance when user registers to your site, you must have configured your website to send a welcome email or a confirmation email upon registering. So, that operation should be snappy and for that purpose you’d actually want to reduce the amount of time your app takes while sending the email to the user. Laravel Queues comes to the recue for achieving such kind of time consuming tasks.
December 8, 2018 — PHP development team has just released PHP 7.3 with general availability. This release brings general improvements along with some new features. Even though this is a stable release, the team hasn’t provided concrete migration guide if you want to migrate from the older PHP versions. Maybe they will release those on a later date.
September 5, 2018 — Composer is the goto method of adding dependencies in modern PHP application. You search for a library for a concerned functionality and you’ll probably find the one in the large database of the Pacakgist. But there comes a time where you’d want to use a library which is private and should be only available to you. Well, the good news is, you can achieve this using this trick.
August 23, 2017 — Accessors and mutators allow you to format Eloquent attribute values when you retrieve or set them on model instances. I’ll explain how you can you use them into your app.
August 17, 2017 — Today, while working with one of my projects(which is built on top Laravel) I bumped into the situation where I needed to get associated model’s data for one of the models. So here, I had two approaches in Laravel to accomplish this which are basically called Eager Loading: