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Symfony Station Communiqué - 22 April 2022

By Reuben Walker, 22 April, 2022

Welcome to this week's Symfony Station Communiqué. It's your weekly review of the essential news in the Symfony and PHP development communities.

PHP news was slow this week, so we added coverage to our Other section, including the tech aspects of the war crimes in Ukraine.

Take your time and enjoy the items most valuable to you. And a Happy Earth Day to you as well!

Thanks to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our last communiqué in their Week of Symfony.

Please note that links will open in a new browser window. My opinions will be in bold.


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

Highlight -> “This week, the first beta of Symfony 6.1 was released in preparation for its final release in 6 weeks. Meanwhile, we published some blog posts about new Symfony 6.1 features, such as improved ExpressionLanguage syntax and the Locale Switcher. Lastly, the SymfonyWorld Online conference (June 16-17, 2022) announced its first speakers.”

A Week of Symfony #798 (11-17 April 2022)

They also announced the following:

Last days of Call for Papers for SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2022

SymfonyCasts finish their free look at Symfony 6.

This week on SymfonyCasts announced that “Each of your applications can define custom operations, aka Source Operations, which can be triggered manually or via an automation process (for example, a cron).

When those custom operations run, they can change your codebase (for example, apply a security patch, update a dependency or install a specific extension), and push those changes live.”

Automated code updates

Featured Item

SymfonyCasts’ free Symfony 6 tutorial is now fully released!

Be sure to take it or watch the individual chapters relevant to you.

Harmonious Development with Symfony 6

This Week

Alexandre Daubois shows us "A simple but powerful way to manage messages and file types!"

Symfony’s MIME in 5 minutes

Coding 010 says, “Today I saw the Symfony 6.1.0-BETA1 released a blog post and quickly scanned for updates regarding Enum support. And yes, a new feature was listed: [HttpKernel] Add a controller argument resolver for backed enums. I quickly set up a testing project to play around with this.”

Symfony 6.1, routing and PHP 8.1 Enums

Marco Pfeiffer asks, “You have a working project, and you need to add a full-text search. But most databases (SQL, Document) do not contain reasonable fuzzy searches, so you need to bring a specialized database (like Elasticsearch) into your project.

But how?”

3 Ways on How To Use ElasticSearch in a Symfony Project with ApiPlatform

The Codest writes, “This article was created to show you the most useful and retrieving tips and tricks about Symfony Console Development.”

PHP Development. Symfony Console Component - Tips Tricks

Krzysztof Lobermajer notes, “Legacy code is something I do not want to deal with. It is always not well written, hard to read, and very complicated.

The first thing we want to do when starting to work with a new legacy project is to rewrite everything from scratch.

A better approach is to rewrite step by step, one module at a time. Let legacy live with a new codebase, arm in arm. It can be achieved by using a strangler pattern. Unfortunately, such an approach is also not always possible.

Taming involves reducing refactoring activities and focusing more on introducing new features to make something improvements visible to the customers.

Legacy code - strangle or tame?

The API Platform Conference is the only event dedicated to the API Platform and its ecosystem.

API Platform Conference 2022

Code Bilby has many short posts on the topic of the Twig templating engine. Check them out.

TWIG - Code Bilby

We covered CakePHP in our article, Exploring the 7 PHP Frameworks using Symfony Components. In this article, Stephen Pearl compares it to CodeIgniter.

The Most Significant Differences Between CakePHP and CodeIgniter

Bounteous has a look at:

Drupal 10: Uncovering New Features and Benefits

Last Week

Redfin Solutions explains its role in:

Leading Drupal’s Project Browser Strategic Initiative

Meanwhile, ImageX looks at:

The Easy Out of the Box Initiative for Drupal: even more user-friendliness!

See all the strategic initiatives.

Wim Leers covers the changes made in the CKEditor5 for Drupal 10 during Dev Days Ghent.

Drupal Dev Days Ghent 2022: sprints FTW!

Alain Schlesser says, “Bento is a relatively new high-performance web components library that makes it easy to optimize your web properties for an excellent page experience. It was initially conceived to make the AMP project's performance insights and engineering expertise available to more people and with fewer strings attached. Bento components are self-contained and can be used in a gradual mix-and-match approach.

Bento components are packaged as React or Preact components for seamless integration into any framework using such a stack. However, they are also provided as standardized Web Components so that they can be used anywhere else where (P)React might not be available.”

This could include the Gutenberg Module in Drupal.

Using Bento Components in Gutenberg Blocks

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This week

Simply Stef is starting a series of articles called PHP 101 Fundamentals. It includes this helpful one.

PHP 101: Understanding Functions

Kinsta has this extensive and insightful comparison article for us.

Node.js vs. PHP: A Head-to-Head Comparison

Jordi Bassaganas writes, “I’ll be sharing a series of posts that show how similar PHP and TypeScript are — they’re probably more similar than you’d initially think. I will explain helpful tips on how to do object-oriented programming (OOP) in both of them. More specifically, I’m transcribing a statically-typed, object-oriented PHP codebase into TypeScript from scratch.”

Why TypeScript and PHP Are Good Friends

Fig announced that “that starting in version 1.0.57, it now supports over a dozen new terminals and IDEs including PhpStorm.

Fig now supports JetBrains IDEs

On a related note, JetBrains shows us how to:

Create PHP Courses Inside PhpStorm With EduTools

Last Week

Ahmet Özışık looks at:

PHPUnit failing with exit code 255

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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

TechCrunch has:

An inside look at a Ukrainian fintech startup adapting to life during wartime

Politico Pro reports that:

Russia’s propaganda machine takes another hit

The Next Web covers:

How Russia and Ukraine are using social media as the war drags on

PCMag notes that the:

Pentagon is Impressed by Starlink's Fast Signal-Jamming Workaround in Ukraine

MSN reports, “Cybersecurity experts representing 30 NATO members are fighting a digital war this week to defend a fictional island country in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Though “Berylia” is fake, experts involved hope the lessons learned from the staged attack will better prepare them for the possibility of a Russian attack as war ravages Ukraine.”

NATO Plays Cyberwar to Prep for a Real Russian Attack

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

Reuters have an exclusive:

Senior EU officials were targeted with Israeli spyware

Tech Monitor reports, “Critical national infrastructure is at “increased risk of malicious cyber activity” perpetrated by Russia, according to a warning by the UK and its allies in the ‘Five Eyes’ security alliance. A rare joint advisory from the Five Eyes nations states that the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia mean the threat to infrastructure has increased in recent days.

’A storm on the horizon’: Five Eyes issue Russian cyberattack warning

Gizmondo reports that:

FBI Says North Korea Behind Biggest Crypto Theft in History Against Axie Infinity

The Guardian has this depressing story.

Facebook posts disputing Bucha atrocities were shared 208,000 times in a week


Explore our article on Symfony Security

VentureBeat reports that:

Ransomware targeting virtualization platforms is on the rise, Mandiant says reports, “Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group BlackCat, has already compromised 60 entities worldwide, according to a FLASH warning issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week.

The report confirms that the recently established BlackCat group are typically requesting ransom payments of several million dollars, and are carrying out their attacks using Rust, a highly advanced coding language.”

FBI Warning as BlackCat Ransomware Breaches at Least 60 Organizations


Make Use Of shows us:

How to Use Flex to Align HTML Elements

Dave Rupert shares:

7 Web Component Tricks

TechRepublic covers why:

Why Web3’s promises of decentralization fall flat

MSN opines:

Obama’s plans to fight disinformation are better than most

The NewStack provides:

An Introduction to JSON

InfoWorld reports on:

The steady march of general-purpose databases

Muhammed Hilmi Koca writes, “In this short series of 2 or 3 articles, I will try to talk about the most useful, interesting, and fun “sentinel” feature of Redis.”

Distributed Cache Systems and High Availability on Redis: vol. 1

Vladimir Khorikov looks at:

Modeling Relationships in a DDD Way

Tomasz Dobrowolski has a good What and Why look at TDD.

Test-Driven Development: What Is It And Why You Should Be Using It as a Developer to Reduce Your Bugs

VentureBeat also reports that:

Postman API platform hits 20M users, helps drive the ‘API economy’

That's it for this week. Thanks for making it to the end of another edition. I look forward to sharing next week's Symfony and PHP news with you on Friday.

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