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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 focusing on protecting democracy. That necessitates an opinionated Butlerian jihad against big tech as well as evangelizing for open-source and the Fediverse. We also cover the cybersecurity world.

There's good content in all of our categories, so please take your time and enjoy the items most relevant and valuable to you. This is why we publish on Fridays. So you can savor it over your weekend.

Or scroll down to your favorite section.
Once again, thanks go out to Javier Eguiluz and Symfony for sharing our communiqué in their Week of Symfony.

My opinions will be in bold. And will often involve cursing. Because humans.

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

Highlight -> "This week, Symfony continued tweaking and polishing the new features of the upcoming Symfony 7.1 version. Meanwhile, Symfony UX 2.17 version was published, with the first stable release of Symfony UX Icons. Lastly, we published more information about some of the talks that will be part of the SymfonyOnline June 2024 and SymfonyLive Berlin 2024 conferences."

A Week of Symfony #904 (22-28 April 2024)

They also have:

SymfonyLive Berlin 2024: Designing Security-First Symfony Apps

SymfonyLive Berlin 2024: Strict PHP

SymfonyOnline June 2024: Need for Speed: Removing speed bumps from your projects

SymfonyLive Berlin 2024: Enhancing your customers' search experience with Gally

Featured Item

Molly White writes:

Many yearn for the “good old days” of the web. We could have those good old days back — or something even better — and if anything, it would be easier now than it ever was.

We can have a different web

She also provides excellent coverage of the various Web3, cybercurrency, and blockchain horseshit out there.

This week

David Garcia explores:
Optimizing Symfony Command Performance for Large Data Batches

Fantastic stuff.

Serghei Pogor shares his:
7 Most Common Myths about PHP Symfony Framework

Alaattin Dagli examines:
Symfony 7 CRUD Operations: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jakob Skowron has a case study:
Practical Implementation of Event Sourcing in Symfony: A Case Study on Client
Verification System

API Platform announces:
Sortie de API Platform 3.3


TYPO3 has:
TYPO3 Streamlines Pharma Brand’s Multibrand Management, Expands Global Reach

Community Budget Idea Report: Image Rendering Improvements

Results of Q1/2024 Community Budget Ideas

Drupal has:
Elevate Your Marketing Game at DrupalCon Portland 2024

Add the new Navigation to core as an Experimental module

Great news.

Best Drupalcon Portland 2024 sessions to learn Drupal

Evolving Web asks:
Which Page Builder is Best? Drupal vs WordPress vs Webflow

For Drupal the best is Gutenberg used in conjunction with Layout Builder.

Lullabot looks at:
Understanding What Drupal Editors and Authors Need

Drupal's MVP, Mike Herchel is:
Polishing Drupal’s Admin UI

Oliver Davies explores:
Stepping back into debugging

Troy DeRego shows us:
How I learned to stop worrying and love local Drupal development

DrupalizeMe announces:
Release Day: The Drupal Module Developer Guide Is Here!

Manclu examines:
Getting Smart Date Dialed Up to 11

Hash Bang Code recaps:
LocalGov Drupal Camp 2024

Specbee shows us:
How to convince your team to migrate your Drupal 7 website to Drupal 10

LN Webworks looks at:
Implementation Of Open Social Distribution On A Local Server In Drupal

OVH Cloud has:
MySQL 8.0: Prepare your old Drupal

Previous Weeks

Brian Perry announces:
Drupal API Client 1.0 Release

ImageX media compares:
Drupal 7 vs. Drupal 10: An Objective Visual Comparison of Some Popular Website Features

Capellic shares:
How We Broke up Complex Drupal Webforms to Improve the User Experience

Kerrial Newham shows us:
How I Use The Doctrine ORM Querybuilder

Grzegorz Korba explores:
Messenger: consume all transports on Symfony 6.4

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This week

PhpStorm releases:
PHP Annotated – April 2024

php[architect] releases its April issue:
Deep Diving PHP Security

Jérôme Tamarelle shows us how to:
Fix PHP 8.4 deprecation: Implicitly marking parameter as nullable is deprecated, the explicit nullable type must be used instead

Illiya examines:
Enhancing PHP Session Security: Best Practices and Solutions

Yoosef Alipour looks at:
Numera: A PHP Library for Number to Words Conversion

Tideways shows us how to:
Properly restart Opcache after deployment

More Programming

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Alex Castellano shows us:
How to fix slow SQL queries

Smashing Magazine reports:
The End Of The Free Tier

Read Only Memo shares a:
Substack to Ghost migration guide: How I imported my newsletter and set up Mailgun and Cloudflare

Fuck Substack.

Aphinya Dechalert says:
Microservices is an eventual consistency trap

Grant Horwood explores:
Managing disk space in bash

Free Code Camp examines:
The Difference Between < b > and < Strong > in HTML – Explained with Examples

Smashing Magazine has:
Combining CSS :has() And HTML < select > For Greater Conditional Styling

Christian Asconer says:
I switched from Notion to Obsidian

I made the same switch and love Obsidian.

Go Make Things looks at:
The different ways to instantiate a Web Component

Fighting for Democracy

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

The Record reports:
DHS announces AI safety board with OpenAI founder, CEOs of Microsoft, Nvidia, IBM

Hmm. This sounds like letting the wildcat, coyote, fox, and weasel guard the hen house.

Because this -> 404 Media reports:
Tech Companies Promise to Try to Do Something About All the AI CSAM They’re Enabling


The Verge reports:
FCC fines AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon nearly $200 million for illegally sharing location data

Wired reports:
A Lawsuit Argues Meta Is Required by Law to Let You Control Your Own Feed

Ars Technica reports:
Meta to face EU probe for not doing enough to stop Russian disinformation

The Hacker News reports:
Ex-NSA IT Employee Sentenced to 22 Years for Trying to Sell U.S. Secrets to Russia

CISA announces:
CISA and Partners Release Fact Sheet on Defending OT Operations Against Ongoing Pro-Russia Hacktivist Activity

Noyb reports:
ChatGPT provides false information about people, and OpenAI can’t correct it

They don't even know where they got the bullshit to generate the horseshit.

CNN reports:
Michigan AG executes search warrants on Google and X in ongoing 2020 fake electors probe

TechCrunch reports:
NIST launches a new platform to assess generative AI

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

The University of Wisconsin news:
Popular social media apps use AI to analyze photos on your phone, introducing both bias and errors

The New Republic reports:
The Tech Baron Seeking to Purge San Francisco of “Blues”

This mofo is a real piece of work.

The Markup
Car Tracking Can Enable Domestic Abuse. Turning It Off Is Easier Said Than Done

Reuters reports:
Exclusive: China firms go 'underground' on Russia payments as banks pull back

DarkReading reports:
Philippines Pummeled by Assortment of Cyberattacks & Misinformation Tied to China

NBC reports:
Russia is trying to exploit America's divisions over the war in Gaza

No shit. They and China pushed Iran to allow the bone-headed and evil attack by the c^nts known as HAMAS in the first place.

404 Media reports:
Facebook’s AI Spam Isn’t the ‘Dead Internet’: It’s the Zombie Internet

Do You Like These AI Images of Dying, Mutilated Children? Facebook Algorithm Wonders

Any of you Threads loving fucks like this? Because if you are interacting with it, you're enabling this shit. Jesus fucking Christ. FYI, these are disturbing images.

Russia Clones Wikipedia, Censors It, Bans Original

The Hacker News reports:
Ukraine Targeted in Cyberattack Exploiting 7-Year-Old Microsoft Office Flaw


Navigating the Threat Landscape: Understanding Exposure Management, Pentesting, Red Teaming and RBVM

U.S. Government Releases New AI Security Guidelines for Critical Infrastructure

VentureBeat reports:
Forrester’s top 5 cybersecurity threats for 2024: Weaponized AI is the new normal

Asterisk Magazine opines on:
Debugging Tech Journalism
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The Fediverse

The Fediverse Report has:
Last Week in Fediverse – ep 66

Mastodon announces:
Mastodon forms new U.S. non-profit

We Distribute has more:
Mastodon Incorporates as a Non-Profit in the U.S.

How to Stream to PeerTube or Owncast with OBS Studio

TechCrunch reports:
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone joins board of Mastodon’s new US nonprofit

Some people are less than thrilled with the board members which also include a crypto bro.

Meta confirms launch of a bonus program for creators on Threads

Welcome to even more horseshit.

It's FOSS News pleads:
Please Don’t Share Our Links on Mastodon: Here’s Why!

I ran across this:
Federated communication for public authorities

Good resource.

PeerTube announces:
PeerTube 6.1 is out!

Forgejo has its:
Forgejo monthly update - April 2024

CTAs (aka show us some free love)

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