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Symfony Station Communiqué - 24 February 2023

By Reuben Walker, 24 February, 2023

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

Please take your time and enjoy the items most relevant and valuable to you.

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

My opinions will be in bold.

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony. Highlight -> “This week, Symfony continued introducing changes needed to make tests compatible with PhpUnit 10. Meanwhile, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version continued adding PHP types to private methods and functions.“

A Week of Symfony #842 (13-19 February 2023)

Symfony announced:

Help Turkey and Syria

SymfonyLive Paris 2023: Only 4 weeks to go! announced:

It’s time for version 19: All new upgrades for our API server

Blackfire has:

Getting started with the Blackfire test suite: part 2 of a series

SymfonyCasts continued its API Platform course.

This week on SymfonyCasts

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ChatGPT from OpenAI has mostly been hype and horseshit. But when used with restraint and within specific limits it can be helpful to developers.

Velir writes:

I’ve seen lots of doom and gloom posts about how certain jobs are over, or how you don’t need marketing teams now. I’ve also heard absurd claims that you need to fire all your developers or analysts. LinkedIn, for example, is awash in these kinds of posts. But instead of putting more fear out there, I spent some time investigating ways that OpenAI services can help, augment, or assist users in their day-to-day content management tasks in Drupal 10.

The Rise of OpenAI and ChatGPT

This Week

Victor Todoran explores:

Validating Dates With Symfony

Al Abdou Nadim examines:

Symfony HttpFoundation what is it and how to use it

Zoltán Szőgyényi shows us:

How to install Symfony with Flowbite and Tailwind CSS

Bhavin Nakrani shows us:

How to create a Custom DQL Function — Symfony

DevNest looks at:

Securing Your Web Application: How to Fix a Vulnerability in Symfony HTTP Cache Component

William Arin introduces:

Cook: an alternative to Symfony Flex to execute package-embedded recipes for any PHP project announces:

API Platform Conference 2023: we're back!


Valentine has:

textbanner - a module for Prestashop

Social links for customers in Prestashop


The Drupal Association February newsletter is out:


The hotel blocks for DrupalCon Pittsburg are open.

Specbee shows us how to:

Get the Most Out of Apache Solr: A Technical Exploration of Search Indexing

Kevin Reynen examines:

Features Salesforce and Drupal have in Common - Project Browsing (Part 1)

The Agency Bounteous examines:

Upgrading to Drupal 10 (And Beyond) With Composer

!#Code explores:

Drupal 10: Creating Context Aware Plugins

I always enjoy items about individual developers in our community. Here are a few.

Picozzi has:

2022: A Year in Review

I always enjoy speaking with Jonathan, and this is a good interview with him.

We Will Tell You Anything That We Are Legally Able to; Jonathan Daggerhart

The Drop Times has an interview with two of the presenters at Florida DrupalCamp.

Drupal Doesn't Always Have to Do Everything: Melissa Bent and April Sides

New author, Matt Glaman looks at:

The legacy of DrupalVM's impact on my career

You can help the community by filling out the:

2023 Drupal Local Development Survey

Backdrop CMS (a fork of Drupal 7) announces:

Backdrop 1.24 Released!

Debug Academy announces:

The Popular "Become a Drupal Architect Series" Course Starts Soon

If you are an experienced developer working on complex projects, this looks helpful.

Julian Andres Cañaveral Valencia looks at:

Aliases for autowiring in the Drupal services

This is now possible thanks to advances in PHP and the Symfony integration.

Previous Weeks

Sebin A Jacob shares trepidation on:

The Rising Age of the Developers

I enjoyed spending time and playing trashcan pong with DrupalEasy’s owners during Florida DrupalCamp.

Paak's DrupalEasy Fellowship Experience: An opportunity to learn, work within, and contribute to Drupal

I also have an upcoming article on why efforts like fellowships are important to Drupal’s future.


This Week

Dominik Schilling says for:

PHP 8: Stop switch'ing, start match'ing

Jesus Valera Reales looks at:

Declaring array structures in PHP

Filip Horvat provides a:

Quick overview on ”Type hinting” in PHP

Active Hosted shares:

4 PHP Performance Tips (That Make Sense)

Patric has:

A Beginner’s Guide to PHPUnit: Writing and Running Unit Tests in PHP

PHPStan shares:

PHPStan 1.10 Comes with a Lie Detector

Atakan Demircioğlu shows us:

How to publish your first PHP package? 🐘

Laravel News reports on an alternate package manager.

Saloon 2 is Here


Getting started with PHPInsights

Sebastian Dedeyne shares:

PHP wish list: The pipe operator

I thought this was very interesting.

Previous Weeks

Gen Jaho explores:

Development Driven Testing

LocalHeinz looks at:

Extending PHPUnit with its new event system

Pavel Buchnev examines:

RoadRunner — an underrated Powerhouse for PHP applications


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

Fast Company reports:

Inside Ukraine’s colossal task of ‘rebranding’ itself during a war

ZDNet reports:

The war in Ukraine has shaken up the cybercriminal ecosystem, Google says

OpenTech supports:

Building Bridges in Times of War

Business Insider reports:

Hackers claim to have caused Russian websites broadcasting Vladimir Putin's annual address to go offline

The Register reports:

Russian authorities claim Ukraine hackers are behind fake missile strike alerts

PCMag reports:

European Commission Bans TikTok From Government-Issued Devices

The Hacker News reports:

Norway Seizes $5.84 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by Lazarus Hackers

The Evil Empire Strikes Back


Google Reveals Alarming Surge in Russian Cyber Attacks Against Ukraine

The Register reports:

'Russian hacktivists' claim responsibility for DDoSing German airport websites

The BBC reports:

Industrial espionage: How China sneaks out America's technology secrets

The Washington Post reports:

Russian propagandists are buying Twitter blue-check verifications

The CuntEO of Twitter is supporting Vlad Cuntin (at least through ignorance and incompetence). The Taliban and ISIS are getting in on the action as well.

For more Twitter douchebaggery see below.


Who needs cyber enemies when you have this kind of military IT.

US Military Emails Exposed Due to Simple Error in DoD Server; Here's What's Been Leaked

BleepingComputer reports:

GoDaddy: Hackers stole source code, installed malware in multi-year breach

Friends don’t let friends use Go Daddy for hosting.


Fast Company reports:

The internet’s Supreme Court showdown is here, and the stakes couldn’t be higher

The Supreme C*nts may be about to fuck up the internet.

CBS reports:

Supreme Court skeptical of limiting powerful legal shield for internet companies

Luckily, they seem to be admitting their ignorance (for once).

Webkit announces:

Web Push for Web Apps on iOS and iPadOS

This is great news for progressive web apps.

Thiago Pacheco asks:

How do you name things?

Omer Rosenbaum has:

Git Diff and Patch – Full Tutorial for Developers

Anant Vijay has this handy guide:

Git and GitHub: Must-know guide

Infoq reports:

MariaDB 11.0 Brings a New Optimizer Cost Model and More

Igalia explains:

How Shadow DOM and accessibility are in conflict

This is an excellent article.

Zell says:

The Spirit of CSS Tricks is now gone

Unfortunately, this is probably true due to the douchebags at Digital Ocean.

The legendary Brad Frost examines:

Design systems in the time of AI

Smashing Mag shares:

Keys To An Accessibility Mindset

DevCollaborative explores:

Making Images Meaningful and Accessible with Alternative Text and Captions

As you probably know, we pimp Svelte in cases where you have to use a JS frontend framework.

Why Web Developers need to try Svelte.

But, rather than use Svelte we always recommend rolling your own web components.

Web Components in 10 Minutes

This article by Akilesh Rao is the best I’ve ever read on them.


Infoworld asks:

Should you leave Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the Fediverse?

Yes. And the disgracebook equivalent is Friendica.

The Verge reports:

Social networks’ latest business model is charging for security

Aside from the douchebaggery, this is why you should leave commercial social media and join the Fediverse.

Science reports:

As Musk reshapes Twitter, academics ponder taking flight

As should everyone.

Casey Watts explains why Mastodon gets so much more engagement than Twitter.

Why I love Mastodon

I see this as well. Big time.

Solarbird looks at:

Federating a WordPress Blog

What I like about Ice Cubes is that you can follow instances with it.

The making of Ice Cubes, an open-source, SwiftUI Mastodon client.

Fastly helps instances on the Fediverse scale and protect their servers.

Fastly and the Fediverse, pt.1


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