Web Development: Good News For HTTP/2, PHP7, And Better Flexbox Grids
Over the years, I have been a fairly regular reader of Smashing Magazine’s web development articles. I particularly enjoy these reading lists, where they talk about the hottest web development related trends of the week.
I was very interested to learn that PHP 7.0 was released this week. I’ll be paying close attention to how PHP-built frameworks (such as Laravel, Drupal, WordPress, etc) factor in these changes – if they haven’t done so already. I am particularly interested in the ‘space-ship operator’ (<=>), return types for functions, and anonymous classes. Upon initial reading of these changes, they remind me of some features I have seen in C# and Java, so the transition to PHP 7.0 should be relatively smooth.
Something else that piqued my attention was the open-source release of Swift. In my previous vocation, the lead developer was using it to develop a hybrid mobile app for a local stadium. While I have yet to type my first byte of Swift, seeing it becoming open-source has brought it back to my attention. While I am primarily a PHP developer, Swift will provide me a good excuse to have a break from it, and also extending my skill-set at the same time.
Below is an excerpt from the list’s introduction, with a direct link to the web development reading list itself:
What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at. — Ed.
Winter isn’t here yet, instead as you’re reading this, I’m out for another biking session in the mountains today. You might already have noticed how important nature is to me. So this week, seeing the international climate conference in Paris not aiming for an ambitious goal, a reader sent me this great article in which he questions what we as people in the tech industry can personally do against global warming. If you’re caring only a bit about this, read it and think about it. Have a great week and try out some of the amazing web development stuff I collected for you this week.