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Symfony Station Communiqué — 24 March 2023. A look at Symfony, Drupal, PHP, Cybersecurity, and Fediverse news!

This communiqué originally appeared on Symfony Station, your source for cutting-edge Symfony, PHP, and Cybersecurity news. NEW LINK

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. We also cover the cybersecurity world and the Fediverse. There is an abundance of Symfony items this week et c'est très magnifique.

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

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As always, we will start with the official news from Symfony. Highlight -> “This week, the upcoming Symfony 6.3 version added support for 103 status code (Early Hints), updated the service container builder to use PHP weak references, and added three new components: Webhook and RemoteEvent
 and a Scheduler component. Lastly, Symfony announced a new Symfony conference in Berlin
 (October 5-6, 2023).“

A Week of Symfony #846 (13-19 March 2023)

Blackfire has:

Getting started with the Blackfire test suite: part 4 of a series

SymfonyCasts continues its second API Platform course, and it covers security.

This week on SymfonyCasts

Featured Item is not a fan of how PHP is managed by a large committee and thinks it would be better off with a benevolent dictator.

Limited by committee

The problem with benevolent dictators (open source or not) is that they are few and far between, and are likely to devolve into c^nts. Just ask Twitter employees and the doormat citizens of Russia or China. The real solution is more democracy.

This Week

The Droptimes reports on Fabien’s announcement.

Webhook and Remote Event Components Merged to Symfony

In exciting news, Ivo Lukač shares:

Netgen Layouts 1.4 Adds Editable Preview and Component Blocks

SyntaxSeed show us how to:

Convert Symfony Auth Scaffolding Login to use Form Builder

CWD looks at:

Reusable symfony/workflow configuration

Guillaume explores:

Utiliser l’API de ChatGpt dans Symfony 6

Gabor Szabo shows us how to:

Setup local development environment and run tests of PHP Twig

Valentin Crochemore looks at API Platforn with Vue JS:

Mise à jour du Create Client d'API Platform vers Vue 3

Theodo shares why you should:

Love HATEOAS with Symfony and API Platform

Oliver Mensah examines:

Working on Legacy Software: Rewriting technique, experience and lessons

Jolicode shows us how to:

Leverage Symfony VarDumper Component to Enhance your Dumps


Yamen Hadla explores:

Effortless Language Redirection TYPO3 Extension

Eunit shares:

Medusa vs. Magento: A Comparative Analysis


Golems takes:

A Glance at Tome - Drupal static content generator

And Drupal’s founder, Dries Buytaert,, explains why static site generators aren’t needed:

Why content management systems can outperform static site generators

I agree with this 2,058 percent.

Specbee shares:

What You Need To Know About Continuous Integration and Testing in Drupal

Matt Glam looks at:

Using the bundle specific list cache tag for entity types

Currently working on Drupal’s next big leap, Automatic Updates & Project Browser,
Wim Leer explores:

High concurrency Composer

The Drop Times has:

The Drupal Association’s Von Eaton Addresses 'Back to Work for Women'

Lemberg Solutions highlight their contributions to Drupal:

How the Lemberg Solutions Team Contributes to Drupal

We need more efforts like these.

When using Drupal, Volacci shows us:

How to Add Default Metatags for a Specific Content Type

The Drupal Association says:

Industry Summits are the place to be at DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023

Axelerant looks at:

Drupal 7 End Of Life: A Guide To Next Steps

And Chromatic asks:

Why is Drupal 7's End-of-Life a Big Deal?

Previous Weeks

Jolicode shares:

Comprendre et éviter les attaques CSRF grâce à Symfony


This Week

The March issue of php[architect] is out:

Box of PHP

ActiveHosted shares:

Clean PHP Code: 6 Actionable Tips

Darshan explores:

PHP — The combination of Traits and Magic methods

Moslem Deris has:

A Guide to Union Types in PHP 8: Examples, Best Practices, and Benefits

Atakan Demircioğlu examines:

Maximize Your Coding Skills: How To Use These 5 PHP Functions Like a Pro

Yannick Chenot shares how to:

Upgrade your project to PHP 8.2 with Rector

Bernard Araujo shares:

A Bref AWS PHP story – Part 2

Hendrik Prinsloo provides:

A Brief History of PHP: From 1995 to 2023

This is a good one to bookmark.

Bhimani Rutvik looks at:

Asynchronous PHP using ReactPHP

ThePatrykOOO explores:

The 4 Steps That Nearly Tripled My PHPUnit Test Efficiency

Previous Weeks


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

Bellingcat exposes and develops a map for:

Russia’s Assault on Daily Life in Ukraine

The New York Times opines:

Banning TikTok Should Be Just the Beginning

Yes, yes, and yes!

BleepingComputer reports:

Breached hacking forum shuts down, fears it's not 'safe' from FBI

Brookings reports:

How California and other states are tackling AI legislation

The Evil Empire Strikes Back

The Hacker News reports:

From Ransomware to Cyber Espionage: 55 Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Weaponized in 2022

Operation Soft Cell: Chinese Hackers Breach Middle East Telecom Providers



Pompompurin Unmasked: Infamous BreachForums Mastermind Arrested in New York

GovTech reports:

Experts: As Cyber Booms, So Too Must Preparation

DarkReading reports:

Cybersecurity Skills Shortage, Recession Fears Drive 'Upskilling' Training Trend

BleepingComputer reports:

Facebook accounts hijacked by new malicious ChatGPT Chrome extension

Another reason why (unless required by your job) you should not be on Facebook.


The Federal Trade Commission warns:

Chatbots, deepfakes, and voice clones: AI deception for sale

Preach, brother.

Farhan Tanvir shares:

7 Best JetBrains IDE Plugins to Make Your Life Easier in 2023

Lars Lofgren explores:

9 Modern Website Design Trends in 2023 (with Examples)

Take note of these, peeps.

CSS-Tricks has:

Some Cross-Browser DevTools Features You Might Not Know

The world’s greatest CSS teacher, Josh Comeau opines on the foolishness of predicting:

The End of Front-End Development

The World’s greatest design teacher, Brad Frost has:

Layout & Grid in Design Systems

Laravel News reports:

MySQL for Developers Course is Live

I will be exploring this, and so should you.

Anthony Fung shares:

The Secret of Tidy Git Repositories: When Best to Merge and Rebase

And Mike Harbottle asks:

What is Git Merge, and how to use it?

The Verge Reports

GitHub Copilot gets a new ChatGPT-like assistant to help developers write and fix code

Postman announces:

Postman Flows: The Next Generation of Software Development

This looks useful for those building with APIs.


The Conversation UK reports:

Antisemitism on Twitter has more than doubled since Elon Musk took over the platform – new research

The Fediverse Report reports on:

WordPress and the Fediverse

Jeff Sikes explores:

Mastodon API - Media Only Parameters

ActivityPub rocks examines:

Ideating organization structure for the Grassroots Fediverse (wiki)

The Fediverse Report has:

The roundup – episode 10

And this article:

Mozfest and the Fediverse

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