Halloween is filled with ghouls, ghosts, zombies and lots of other spookiness, but the scariest thing ever is FOMO. It’s conference season and several have their call for papers out (including us at Nomad PHP :D). This is the perfect time for you to share your knowledge with the community. Whether it’s your first time or 100th time - it can be scary to put yourself out there and do a talk, but worse than that is not taking the chance and submitting your talk and doing the presentation. Plus, many of these events host lightning talks (short 5-15 minute talks) - meaning you can test out your talk risk free ;)
So here is your chance - submit for one or submit for all of them. May the odds be ever in your favor!
## Fosdem 2019
First we have Fosdem 2019 which will take place on February 2 & 3 in Brussels,Belgium. Some facts about this call for papers:
* **Deadline:** November 3, 2018
* Presentations are expect...
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Ever wanted to publish your own extension for PHP but stopped by the lack of C language background? Well, maybe it's time for another take. [Zephir language](https://zephir-lang.com/en) is targeted at people like you.
If you follow this link, you will find these words that say a lot about this project:
> Zephir, an open source, high-level language designed to ease the creation and
maintainability of extensions for PHP with a focus on type and memory safety.
Its syntax highly resembles that of PHP, only there's no dollars scattered around your code. Dollar signs, I mean, the PHP `$variables`. You only can create object oriented extensions, and all the classes written in Zephir must be namespaced. A different and stricter type system exists in Zephir, which allows for transpiling the code you write, into a real C extension.
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In case you are living under a rock, the latest version of PHP released last week. PHP developers around the world began rebuilding their development containers with it so they can run their tests. Now it’s your turn. If you haven’t already installed it, you can download it here http://php.net/downloads.php Grab it, get it running in your development environment, and run those unit tests. If all goes well, you can begin planning your staged deployment to production.
If you need a quick start guide to get you going, our good friend Mr Colin O’Dell has just the thing for you [“Installing PHP 7.1”](https://www.colinodell.com/blog/2016-12/installing-php-7-1). It’ll get you up and going quickly on PHP 7.1.
What’s the big deal about PHP 7.1? I am so glad you asked. Here are the major n...
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Composer is a must-have tool for every PHP developer these days. This page is a simple breakdown of quick-install instructions.
## How do I install composer?
1. Use PHP to download the composer installer, place it in the current directory, and name it `composer-setup.php`
2. Use PHP to check the hash of the file you downloaded and compare it to the known value of the hash. You can always find the current value of the hash for the installer on the [Composer Public Keys / Signatures](https://composer.github.io/pubkeys.html) page.
3. Run the setup program to install composer. This does more than just download the latest copy of composer, it also sets up your local ~/.composer directory. This will install composer into the current directory. You can add the --install-dir=DIR to specify where you wan...
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PHPUnit is an essential tool for every PHP developers. It is one of those tools that every PHP developer should have installed in their development environment. The problems most first time PHPUnit developers run into are where to install it and how to install it. This quick guide will walk you through the process and answer both questions.
## How do I install PHPUnit
### The Easy Way
In your project’s root directory use this command.
`composer require --dev phpunit/phpunit ^6.0`
This command adds PHPUnit to your project as a development dependency. This is the absolute best way to install PHPUnit. It is the best way because this way the version of PHPUnit does not change unless you change it. We specified ^6.0 as the version which means we’ll get all the updates to the 6.0 ...