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Symfony Station Communiqué - 21 April 2023

By Reuben Walker, 21 April, 2023

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

There is plenty of good content in each category this week, so please take your time and enjoy the ones most relevant and valuable to you.

Or jump straight to your favorite section.

Once again, thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our latest communiqué in their Week of Symfony.

My opinions will be in bold. And will often involve profanity.

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony.

Highlight -> “This week, Symfony 6.2.9 maintenance release was published. Meanwhile, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version continued adding features such as: adding the locale to the app global Twig variable, a new token handler and user for OpenID Connect, two new attributes called MapRequestPayload and MapQueryString to map Request input to typed objects and a new debug command for Serializer. Lastly, we published all the information about the workshops of the SymfonyOnline conference in June 2023.“

A Week of Symfony #850 (10-16 April 2023)

Symfony announced:

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Working with Pull Requests

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Teaching Doctrine to be Lazy

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Here comes Symfony 6.3!

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Decouple Your Apps with Symfony Messenger

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Design your API for the future

SymfonyOnline June 2023 - Keynote: The Scheduler Component

SymfonyCasts continues its second API Platform course.

This week on SymfonyCasts

Featured Item

There was not a single item that stood out to me this week. So, I will feature Javier Eguiluz’s posts about what’s new in Symfony 6.3.

This Week

Strangebuzz is back with:

Using PHP enumerations with your Symfony workflows

David Garcia shows us how to:

Configure Symfony Secrets with HashiCorp Vault

Seyit Erdemir explores:

Unit Test Kavramı ve Php Symfony Uygulaması

Evolving Web gets:

Hands-On With Drupal 10: Symfony 6.2, the New Tech Stack


Inwebworks shares:

6 Ways to Create a Winning Drupal Digital Commerce Strategy

7 ways to enhance your e-commerce Website and online sales with Drupal


Drupal founder Dries Buytaert examines:

Preserving the open web through Drupal

And announces:

Mautic to become an independent Open Source project

It is no longer under Acquia’s wing.

Previous Next shares:

Why a culture of open-source contribution is good for your business

We need more businesses like this, supporting Drupal’s core development.

Specbee has:

Data Security Matters: Marketers' Guide to Securing Your Drupal CMS

Manclu looks at:

Creating Dynamic Tabs on Content Types

Hashbangcode shares:

Drupal 10: Using Parameter Converters To Create Paths For Custom Entities

Drupixels show us:

Automatic Entity Label: Automatically generate entity titles in Drupal

Freelock explores:

Deploying blocks and content to other site environments

Chris Hill has:

Drupal: The Case of the Ugly URLs

Golems examines:

Cleaning Up Database to Speed Up Development Cycles

Lakedrops says:

Now is the right time to update Drupal 7 to 10 thanks to ECA

In fact, it’s several years past time.

Opensource explains:

What you need to know about the Drupal 9 to 10 migration

Evolving Web compares:

Drupal Media Library vs DAM for your Digital Assets

Five Jars shares:

Quicklink: A Tool That Boosts Website Conversions by 50%

I am going to test this out.

Previous Weeks

Gizra details:

GitHub CoPilot: The AI-Powered Assistant for PHP and Drupal Developers

This Week

The strangely named, Curiosities from the World has some good stuff:

Introduction in PHP Anthology. Where do I get help?

This is a good resource to bookmark.

Introduction in PHP Anthology. How do I write portable PHP code?

Using Databases with PDO. What is PDO?

Nico Anatasio explores:

The Role of a Model in an MVC Framework

Jonathan Daggerhart shows us how to:

Use autoloading and namespaces in PHP

Edouard Courty examines:

High-precision numbers computation with PHP

Tim Williams looks at:

PHP 8 Constructor Property Promotion: Simplifying Class Definitions with Examples

Nemanja Milenkovic explores:

Embracing Union Types in PHP 8: An In-Depth Look at Their Benefits for Developers

Atakan Demircioğlu shares:

Making Code More Robust with Guard Clauses: Tips and Tricks

Previous Weeks

Matteo Galacci examines:

CQRS+ES+GDPR+PHP = Broadway Sensitive Serializer

JetBrains looks at:

‘Quick’ Features in IntelliJ IDEA

Please visit our Support Ukraine page to learn how you can help kick Russia out of Ukraine (eventually).

The cyber response to Russia’s War Crimes and other douchebaggery

CNBC reports:

China protests U.S. sanctioning of firms dealing with Russia

Yahoo News reports:

Pro-Russia propagandist unmasked as New Jersey tropical fish seller

The Washington Post reports:

U.S. charges four Americans with aiding Kremlin efforts

TechCrunch reports:

EU lawmakers eye tiered approach to regulating generative AI

Mashable reports:

Microsoft drops Twitter from its advertising platform

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

Caroline Orr Bueno reports:

Kremlin Twitter accounts get a boost thanks to Elon Musk

After CuntEO Space Karen received a virtual ass-reaming for letting Russia and China’s propaganda machines back on Shitter and equating them to NPR, PBS, CBC, and the BBC,

Twitter removes ‘government-funded’ news labels after NPR and other flubs

CBS News reports:

Websites for PMO's office, NCC among those crashed by hackers

The Guardian reports:

Russian hackers want to ‘disrupt or destroy’ UK infrastructure, minister warns

Bleeping Computer reports:

Google: Ukraine targeted by 60% of Russian phishing attacks in 2023

The Hacker News reports:

U.S. and U.K. Warn of Russian Hackers Exploiting Cisco Router Flaws for Espionage

Google Uncovers APT41's Use of Open Source GC2 Tool to Target Media and Job Sites

Iranian Hackers Using SimpleHelp Remote Support Software for Persistent Access

TechCrunch reports:

Apple’s high security mode blocked NSO spyware, researchers say

Forbes reports:

Security Failures At TikTok’s Virginia Data Centers: Unescorted Visitors, Mystery Flash Drives And Illicit Crypto Mining

Bleeping Computer reports:

GhostToken GCP flaw let attackers backdoor Google accounts

Drew Harrell of the Washington Post reports:

The military loved Discord for Gen Z recruiting. Then the leaks began.

Enemies of democracy have an easy time when we do half their work for them. Sad.

Then again we could be Russia.

Russian plane accidentally strikes Russian city near Ukraine border

The Record reports:

Cybersecurity firms to launch legal support fund, advocacy group for ethical hackers

VentureBeat reports:

EU Cyber Solidarity Act aims to establish a ‘European cybersecurity shield’

Decipher reports:

GitHub Launches Private Bug Reporting, Package Provenance Features

Sam Who looks at:

Load Balancing

The irrepressible Jason Knight shares:

My Response To A Medium Page Rewrite Challenge : Part 1

A Medium Page Rewrite Challenge : Part 2, The Markup

Free Code Camp has this excellent article:

The Difference Between Pseudo-Classes and Pseudo-Elements in CSS

Ishadeed looks at:

CSS Text balancing with text-wrap: balance

The Eisenberg Effect explores:

2023 State of Web Components

Molily asks:

Client-side JavaScript and React criticism: What comes next?

This looks at why it’s hard to get rid of shit like React.

Sitepoint examines:

Signals: Fine-grained Reactivity for JavaScript Frameworks

After Svelte, this is the most promising frontend JS framework.

Salma Alam-Naylor shares:

The Acronyms of Rendering on the Web

Another one to bookmark.

Kinsta explores:

Kubernetes vs and Docker: The Difference Explained

Fixed their typo.

Did you see this week’s featured item? ;)

The Verge asks:

Can ActivityPub save the internet?

Evan P. shows us:

How to Make Activity Delivery Look Fast with ActivityPub

The Fediverse Report looks at:

News outlets, Twitter, and the Fediverse

Add CBC to the list of the few news organizations with the integrity to leave Twitter.

FediTips shows us:

How to use groups on Mastodon and the Fediverse

PCMag opines:

What's Happening to Twitter Could Never Happen to Mastodon

Thomas Ricouard explains:

Ice Cubes Meets AI

If you are going to use AI, this is the way. With restraint.

Medium announces:

Now, you can embed Mastodon posts in Medium stories


Flipboard announces:

Flipboard’s Editorial Curation Comes to Mastodon

Boell shows us:

Mastodon - Migration: How to change your instance / server (and why)

A little research up front will prevent the need for this.

Onyx Bits has some Mastodon:

Hashtags research

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Keep coding Symfonistas!

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