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322. Read and Write Microsoft Excel Files in PHP Part 1: Reading XLS files for Download

Updated on: 2015-10-21

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Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program in the world. This is why many Web applications need to provide means to export or import files in Microsoft format.

In general reading and writing Excel files is not a trivial task. However Ignatius Teo had a brilliant idea of using PHP streams to read and write Excel files just and simple and reading and writing arrays of data.

Read this article to learn how to use the MS-Excel Stream Handler class to read and write Excel files from the xls:// stream.


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1. Tracking PHP API Accesses using Google Analytics Part 1: Retrieving Access Statistics

Updated on: 2015-10-20

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Blog: PHP Google Analytics API Metrics Tracker package blog
Package: PHP Google Analytics API Metrics Tracker

Google Analytics is a popular tool used by many sites to keep track of the statistics of the visitors of the sites.

However, it also provides an API that lets you do more than that, like for instance keeping track of the accesses to the APIs of your own sites, as well building custom user user interfaces to view the access statistics in the way that is most convenient for the site managers.

Read this part of the article to learn how to use the Google Analytics API to retrieve and display your site statistics that you need to generate custom reports.


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321. PHP 7 Performance Improvements May Increase if You Optimize it to Your Application using to PGO

Updated on: 2015-10-19

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One of the greatest improvements of PHP 7 is the increase performance of the code in general aspects.

However, a little known fact is that PHP 7 performance can be increased further by optimize itself for specific applications using Profile-Guided Optimization (PGO) support.

In a recent article Intel researchers announced that PHP 7 built with PGO support may run WordPress about 7% or 8% faster when compared to PHP 7 built the using default way.

Read this article to learn more about PGO and how you can benefit from this optimization to make PHP 7 run even faster than it already runs.


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320. O'Reilly OSCON Europe with Great PHP and JavaScript Talks

Updated on: 2015-10-18

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OSCON is one of the most traditional Open Source conferences that O'Reilly organizes since many years ago.

The Europe edition will take place in Amsterdam on October 26 through 28 and it includes great talks from well known speakers of the PHP and JavaScript community.

Read this article to learn more about the event, as well a special low cost pass that includes access to some technical sessions, the Sponsor Pavillion access and Ignite talks.


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319. Shall PHP 7.x Feature Asynchronous Programming Using Async/Await? - Lately in PHP podcast episode 64

Updated on: 2015-10-15

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Recently PHP core developers have been discussing if they should make async and await reserved keywords just in case future PHP versions implement asynchronous programming support similar to Facebook Hack and future EcmaScript/JavaScript versions.

This was one the main topics commented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 64 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also discussed the pros and cons in terms of performance of using native prepared queries with PDO, adding enum data types to PHP 7.x, having class templates similar to C++ or Java generics, among other interesting PHP topics.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn more about these interesting PHP topics.


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318. PHP 7 Anonymous Classes Tutorial

Updated on: 2015-10-13

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PHP 7 has introduced a new class feature called the Anonymous Class which allow us to create objects without the need to name them.

Read this article to learn about the concept behind anonymous classes and how we can use them in your PHP projects.


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317. PHP 7 Adoption Survey

Updated on: 2015-10-12

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PHP 7.0 is about to be released. We all heard about what will be its new features and improvements. What we don't know yet is how well it will be adopted by the PHP community.

Participate in this survey to tell what are your intentions regarding if and when you plan to adopt PHP 7 in your projects.


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316. Create Microsoft Word DOCX files from HTML in PHP Part 2: More Complex Documents

Updated on: 2015-10-07

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In the first part of this article it was presented the class VsWord as a means to create Microsoft Word DOCX articles from HTML.

Read this article to learn how to compose more complex documents either using HTML or calls to the class that can insert document elements programmatically.


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3. Starting Long Server PHP Scripts and Monitor their Status Part 3: Running Multiple Parallel Tasks

Updated on: 2015-10-05

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Blog: Asynchronous Long Server Tasks package blog
Package: Asynchronous Long Server Tasks

In the previous parts of this article it was presented a solution to run a task on the server that could take a long time to complete and still be able to monitor its progress. However it was limited to running one task at a time.

Read this article to learn how to run multiple long tasks on the server in parallel taking the most of the available server resources. You can also watch a video of the example solution in action.


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315. PHP Word Document Generator to Convert HTML to DOCX Part 1: Using VS PHP Word HTML class or PHPDocX Example

Updated on: 2017-05-20

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Many PHP applications require to export documents in Microsoft Word formats. However, most PHP developers only have experience in generating HTML Web pages.

Read this article to learn how to quickly create Microsoft Word DOCX format using HTML templates.


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