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Archive for October, 2014

Hello, PHP 5.6

Yes, the new version of PHP is out. You can read about what’s new in this article┬áby Avinash Zala.

I am particularly happy with the introduction of constant scalar expressions, both for numeric and string literals. This should come in very handy.

The mechanism for unpacking arguments is also a nice thing to have. Enjoy!

Note: The actual version released at the time of writing this is 5.6.1.

 

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I have been inspecting some examples of the new CSS Shapes specification, which is in its middle stages and I am eager to see it adopted by all popular web browsers in the near future.

CSS Shapes will allow us to structure web content in a manner more akin to the one we are used to seeing in printed magazines where, for example, the text of a recipe for a certain dish may be seen to flow around a picture of the actual meal itself.

For anyone wanting to experiment with the specification, here is a very interesting tutorial by Patrick Catanzariti.

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