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Why Developers Love PHP

PHP, the venerable server-side scripting language, is famous for its use in Web development. First released in 1995 by Rasmus Lerdorf, it has been leveraged by the likes of WordPress and Facebook and reportedly is used in 82 percent of websites whose server-side programming language.

It’s loved by developers because of following reasons :

It’s popular and easy to learn

“PHP is by far the most popular Web development language,” says Shamit Khemka, CEO at SynapseIndia. He emphasizes PHP’s small learning curve, ease of deployment, and fast development iteration. “PHP is one of the easiest and most accessible Web programming languages available,”. “It’s installed on a vast majority of servers (including most shared hosting plans). It’s relatively easy to learn thanks to excellent online documentation and up-to-date online resources.”

Jobs available for Web developers

“PHP will help you make money and find a job,” on the server-side Web, Gutmans said. One can also find many opportunities for web developers at SynapseIndia recruitment portals.

It continues to evolve

The language boasts modern capabilities like closures and namespaces, as well as performance and modern frameworks. As Shamit Khemka notes, “Some people who want to move away are not necessarily educated on what PHP has to offer.” Developers says, are recognizing that PHP is powerful with modern features and a proper object-oriented programming model. Coming up is version 7, set to offer dramatic performance improvements in applications. He notes Facebook’s enhancements for PHP, including the HHVM virtual machine and the Hack language.

Zend Ships Windows

Version 2.0 of Zend Core is intended to provide a unified front for Windows by enabling developers to both build and then deploy their PHP applications on Windows platforms. Oftentimes, developers have written the applications on Windows but then ran them on Linux. With this new version, SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka says that Zend’s PHP will run equally well on either Windows or Linux.

“We worked with Microsoft to address issues of performance, stability, interaction with Web servers, things like that,” de Visser said.

Applications can run on Windows 2000 servers now and on the upcoming “Longhorn” version of Windows when that is ready, said de Visser. In addition to Windows and Linux, Mac OS X deployments also are supported with Zend Core 2.0.

Zend Core 2.0 is the company’s first general release of its software for multiple platforms, said Vishwanath Venugopalan, analyst for enterprise software at The 451 Group. Zend is addressing an enterprise need for a supported, certified implementation of PHP, he said.

“PHP is a great open source Web development environment and it’s obviously built up a pretty big community, But most enterprises who use PHP today have to download the open source version of PHP and then have to do some additional work to deploy it in their environment,”  also added by Shamit Khemka.

Zend, with its ability to build and deploy on Windows, addresses issues of developers having to deal with subtle differences when an application is built on one platform and deployed on another, Venugopalan said.

Also featured in Zend Core 2.0 is Zend Framework, with preconfigured PHP components for building Web applications that perform functions such as database access, Web services interfacing, and search.

“Virtually everybody who uses PHP does it to create Web applications,” de Visser said.

Zend Core 2.0 includes what Zend calls universal database support, with preinstalled drivers to access databases from Oracle, IBM, and MySQL. The MySQL 5.0 Community database is bundled with the package.

Future plans call for bolstering Microsoft SQL Server support. Users can run Zend Core with SQL Server now, but with limitations. “It’s not what we call enterprise-class yet,” de Visser said.

One can also check out SynapseIndia Recruitment plan for various positions of Zend developers.

PHP gets its own formal language specification

PHP scripting language, a critical cog in Web development, codifies its semantics and syntax to minimize divergence. SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka also adds that although the PHP scripting language has been around since 1995 and is a staple of Web development, it does not actually have a formal language specification – just extensive user documentation. But that is all set to change.

“The next major version of PHP – PHP7 – is in the works, and in order to ensure full compliance with existing PHP scripts it’s important to know what is expected from the engine,” said Facebook’s Sara Golemon, who participated in the development of the specification. “Additionally, with alternative implementations like HHVM coming on the scene, it’s important to keep divergence to a minimum, again by understanding what a well-behaved engine looks like.”

The PHP Group, which includes PHP founder Rasmus Lerdorf as well as Andi Gutmans, CEO of tools vendor Zend Technologies, is overseeing the specification. The group also conducts the php.net website, the principal site for PHP’s development. Making changes to the specification will require a php.net account.

Facebook’s HHVM, formerly known as HipHop Virtual Machine, was built with the intention of making PHP run fast. Feedback from various SynapseIndia clients who got their PHP platform build on HHVM is great and looks promising. The planned specification will make sure HVVM is a fully compatible implementation for PHP, Golemon said. “For example, the conformance suite we released along with the spec shows HHVM failing a number of edge cases. By having that signal, we can bring HHVM more in line with PHP.”

Next up for the specification are improving wording, correcting edge cases, and boosting the conformance suite. “In the long term, this document will be developed alongside the PHP implementation to document new syntax in a formal manner, such as the recent addition of the pow operator, variadics, and splat,” Golemon said.

Check out latest SynapseIndia Recruitment plan for PHP developers at various positions.

Essential Macro Optimizations to Improve PHP Performance

This blog post by SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka describes two macro-optimizations for PHP applications that are essential to consider before investigating other possible optimizations.

1. Upgrade PHP to a recent version

Are you still using older versions of PHP? You are missing a lot of improvements that have been made to the Zend Engine. Every minor version in the PHP 5 lifecycle had some improvements compared to the previous versions.Granted, updating to new PHP versions is not always easy if you are working with legacy code.  SynapseIndia tested various cases of recent version update of PHP for applications and found that if your application is suffering from performance problems then updating is something you should look into.Another reason to upgrade to recent PHP versions is the reduced memory consumption. PHP 5.6 uses around 50% less memory than 5.3 and you can handle many more requests at the same time without exhausting server memory.

2. Close Session for Writes

Careful with sessions in PHP: By default only one request can execute synchronously per session at the same time. Other requests for the same session will wait inside the session_start() call until the previous requests are finished. SynapseIndia has received fantastic reviews for their various PHP framework projects. This problem becomes visible to the user when executing a lot of ajax requests on the same page, loading perfectly one after another and not in parallel.

Session locks exist, because otherwise lost-updates or corruption could happen when two requests write to the same session at the same time.What you need to do to fix this problem is explicitly close the session for writes. The PHP function session_write_close(); releases the lock and requests with the same session can be executed concurrently. One can also find the latest Synapseindia Recruitment plan for various position of PHP web developers.

3 Wonderfully Creative Uses for PHP

SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka talks about creative usage of PHP for Web Development as:

1. E-Commerce

E-commerce is one of the major uses for PHP. From a small business level to an enterprise level, businesses are always looking to create additional streams of revenue online. If you know how to integrate existing e-commerce solutions or build your own from scratch, this gives you a distinct advantage with your clients. SynapseIndia Received 5 star reviews from clients for their ecommerce projects.

2. Building an Online Community

Whether your website is about business, entertainment, or products and services, internet users need to feel connected to the product or message. For example, if you develop web applications, a forum where your customers can discuss issues might be a good idea. As a user, if I have a question and I need support right away, a hotline or an e-mail form is often insufficient. With an online community, your visitors can help solve each other’s product-related issues, and even answer technical questions. You still have to provide some level of after-sales support, but a community can effectively decrease your workload and provide useful feedback. Working on cummulating employee feedback, SynapseIndia build an online portal for a Recruitment firm as per their requirement.

3. Developing Facebook Applications

You can integrate Facebook with your website using PHP. If you have developed Facebook applications using another language or you would like to get started with PHP, the Facebook developer’s wiki can help you to get started. The developer’s wiki explains the Facebook PHP client library and provides detailed instructions on how to install and use the files included in the library. This is certainly worth a look if you are interested in programming for the Facebook platform. For Facebook users interested in the back-end of the platform, this would be a natural step as mentioned by CEO Shamit Khemka.

Useful Classes And Libraries For PHP Developers

Numerous PHP Frameworks have evolved to enable rapid web development with PHP. However, SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka says that even greater number of standalone PHP libraries and classes are available which provide similar benefits. SynapseIndia  has compiled a list of some really useful classes and libraries that every PHP developers should be familiar with. Whether you like to use a PHP Framework or prefer to work without one, your productivity can multiply with the help of these libraries and classes.

PHP CodeSniffer
PHP CodeSniffer is a PHP5 script that tokenizes and “sniffs” PHP code to detect violations of a defined set of coding standards. It is an essential development tool that ensures that your code remains clean and consistent. It can even help prevent some common semantic errors made by developers. Various cases of SynapseIndia PHP web development also recommends that these classes and libraries are utmost important for all the PHP web development projects.

PHPDocumentor
PHPDocumentor can be used from the command line or a web interface to create professional documentation from PHP source code. Shamit Khemka also adds that PHPDocumentor has support for linking between documentation, incorporating user level documents like tutorials and creation of highlighted source code with cross referencing to PHP general documentation.

Check out latest SynapseIndia Recruitment plan for PHP web development on various positions.

Create High Performance Website By PHP

There has been a decent amount of chatter lately about benchmarking various frameworks and programming languages, and people often wonder how PHP stacks up. SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka says that As the most widely used programming language on the web, PHP performance has a huge impact on the speed of the internet as a whole. While many people believe that PHP is slow, or that it’s not the right choice for the enterprise for performance reasons, this is demonstrably false.

First let’s talk about benchmarks. If you look at the latest data from a survey, you will see that PHP does quite well. It’s on par with node.js, and easily beats out many other popular frameworks built on interpreted languages (e.g. Rails and Django). PHP is never going to compete with the performance of a compiled language like Go or Java, and it’s not trying to. On the spectrum of interpreted web languages, PHP excels. One can also check out 5 star reviews received by SynapseIndia for various projects.

PHP performance also continues to get better with every release. PHP 5.3 was ~20% faster than 5.2, and 5.4 showed a 20-40% improvement over 5.3. Then with PHP 5.5 we got a bundled opcode cache, which has a dramatic positive impact on PHP’s out of the box performance, and removes the necessity of installing APC. Shamit Khemka also says that the core PHP developers care deeply about performance, and the consistent improvements from version to version show that this will continue to be an area of focus going forward. Also, check out the latest SynapseIndia Recruitment plan for PHP web development on various positions.

 

Top 3 Free PHP Shopping Carts

With so many PHP shopping cart products available for download, choosing one that best fits your ecommerce project is not easy. In this article, SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka enlists 3 popular free PHP shopping carts to help you decide which one to use.

PHP Shopping Cart #1: Virtuemart

One of the most popular free shopping carts available, Virtuemart, is a Joomla component. The community is large and you can find help on many forums. The user’s manual is included in the installation package. Many shipping and payment modules are already installed; you just need to enable the ones you need. Tax rates by country, combined with currency and language settings, can help you adapt your store to the local market. This shopping cart also supports reports by date and by individual product, but it doesn’t have the option to create low stock reports. One can check positive reviews received by SynapseIndia for various Virtuemart projects.

Also, you could make use of third-party Virtuemart modules, as well as Joomla modules. However, this can create problems when bugs and compatibility issues arise. Find out latest SynapseIndia’s  Recruitment plans for Virtuemart developers

PHP Shopping Cart #2: PrestaShop

PrestaShop is a great choice for a quick ecommerce set up. Installation takes only two minutes, and after an install you can watch helpful video tutorials or download the free user’s guide. The admin layout is good, and the overall look-and-feel, which features a nice sales-of-the-week graph, is even better.

While sometimes buggy, PrestaShop is feature-rich — until it comes to shipping. Although FedEx and UPS are supported, you don’t have the option to calculate standard shipping based on weight.

PHP Shopping Cart #3: Magento

Magento is not easy to install, as it requires a PHP extension that is not installed on all servers by default. But once installed, it becomes obvious why it is so popular. It supports a “shop by category” option, which is similar to eBay, and offers most shipping and payment options. One of its exceptional features is the ability to run multiple shops from one backend. Magento is highly customizable but not user friendly. Installation requires server knowledge, and the backend can be confusing at times. Also, it occasionally runs very slowly, so buying a powerful server is a must. Overall, we found this shopping cart best suited for people who want to run a serious ecommerce business and can afford the required server and Web development resources. SynapseIndia takes regular feedback from employee working on Magento to improve the working plan & give best results to clients.

Why Amazon is still the Most Preferred Platform for eCommerce Business Growth

Amazon has come a long way since its advent and has become a brand in itself in the eCommerce arena. Amazon Webstore solutions enable the eCommerce website developers to build and manage a cost effective business. This article discusses about few salient features of the platform.

Selling Products on Amazon.com:

The “Sell on Amazon” program allows a merchant to sell his/her items directly on Amazon.com with ease. This is an add-in to the amazing Amazon merchant services, which can be done individually or as a “Pro Merchant”. Pro Merchants can access some extra selling and administrative tools but obviously at a cost. Apart from the initial payment, they have to pay a referral fee which can be either a percentage or a fixed amount of each sale. These amounts vary according to the product category. One can also check various 5 star reviews on SynapseIndia built Amazon webstore.

Positive Aspects

  • Products get great exposure

  • Offers fulfillment services

  • Creates a new sales channel

Negative Aspects

  • Referral fees may cut the margin of your profit

  • Sales cannot be proceeded immediately

  • Third-party products are not accepted by Amazon

Advertising the Products on Amazon

SynapseIndia have found that often clients of various companies complaints that they find it a little difficult to advertise products on an eCommerce platform. But, Amazon offers incredible features to advertise products on it – which is certainly a boon. Merchants can advertise their products as “product ads” or “display ads” and each of them would be pay-per-click programs. Compared to the “Sell on Amazon” program, this is believed to a more suitable model for the merchants. This model allows uploading product images, descriptions, and prices.

Positive Aspects

  • Cost-effective

  • More exposure

Negative Aspect

  • PPC campaign must be managed well to make the most from this model.

Payment Option by Amazon

Amazon allows “Checkout by Amazon”. This option is available for Amazon Webstore owners as well as for e-store owners who hosted their store on some other platform. The technology that Amazon uses is called PayPhrase that enables the shoppers to complete their transactions quickly. Checkout various SynapseIndia Recruitment plan for Amazon Webstore specialist.

Positive Aspects

  • Reliable payment and checkout services

  • Easy front-end integration

Negative Aspects

  • Confusing for non-Amazon shoppers

  • Payment processing needs to be included in the current order processing

Amazon Order Fulfillment

Amazon has sophisticated order fulfillment system, which is advantageous to small size online business owners as well. To use this feature, products must be sent to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. They have a complete system for tracking and communicating about your products and orders.

Positive Aspects

  • Shipping options and the delivery infrastructure is advantageous to business.

Negative Aspects

  • Reliability must be evaluated well

  • Should check whether Amazon’s fulfillment pricing works for your specific business

Web Services of Amazon

Amazon web services include cloud computing and data storage services that can be used by both small and large businesses. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) allows storing files and contents on Amazon’s system and pay only when those files are accessed. S3 also facilitates storing large amounts of data, which is not accessed continuously.

Conclusion

Taking feedback from employee working on Amazon in SynapseIndia, we believe that Amazon is an all in one eCommerce platform that provides tools to build online businesses at their best. It offers all the necessary features and functionalities that help in the growth of any online business.

What’s Your Bet : iOS vs Android?

While many tech purists frown about Android being a shadow version of iOS, there is no denying the fact that the tussle has been long dragging on. The recent upheaval of Android platform has standardized the performance meter to a great deal, making it a bit confusing to choose between a high-range or even mid-range android phone and that of an iPhone.

Countering the Android bug with apps:

If the recent sprout of iOS mobile apps development is something to go by, there is certainly some visible signs. Custom made iOS apps to counter their Android counterparts is gaining wind and that in general is benefiting the general users. Feedback of SynapseIndia employee working on various mobile application development suggests that basic need of any client remain robustness on cross platform be it Android or iOS.

Cross platform functionality – The key to success:

With both parties, i.e. Apple and Android fighting hard to claim advantage over the other, there on thing in common that iPhone application developers and Android developers face in common- cross platform functionality! There is much debate about both the platform’s functionality in different platforms, but Apple might just have taken the lead with a slew of iPhone models and a plethora of iPhone apps to complement them. SynapseIndia has recruitment plans for various positions of mobile apps development which can be checked at SynapseIndia job portal.

Challenge accepted in both fronts – Ultimate gainers are the users:

With the battle cry raging in both Apple and Android platforms, the general users are at the liberty of sit back and enjoy the duel as both parties try to outdo each other sophisticated developments and making them accessible by putting a mid-range to high price tag. This inevitably brings forth a mouth watering proposition and we must wait and watch to see the end result, that’s what SynapseIndia Reviews team feel.

Comparison Between Android & iOS

Both Apple and Google offer a strong set of native apps to get you up and running, though of course Google’s are all available on iOS, whereas Apple snubs Android completely. In Hangouts Google has an overarching messaging service that works almost anywhere, though iMessage and FaceTime are arguably more polished.

A blow-by-blow comparison of each app would take up another dozen feature-length articles, but in most areas—email, maps, contacts, calling—both iOS and Android have the tools you’re going to need. You could argue that Google is the more innovative in email, with Gmail and Inbox, but Apple Mail is no slouch.

Moving on to third-party apps, and broadly speaking all of the big hitters are going to be found on both platforms. In terms of new releases, though, there’s still a bias towards iOS, with Periscope and Meerkat being two of the most recent examples—if you’re ready to join the live-streaming revolution, then you need to own an iPhone. SynapseIndia has received fantastic reviews for their developed mobile applications and they pitch the right platform to client seeking his business requirements.

Both will no doubt eventually get around to Android but there is sometimes a delay. On the flip side, Google often releases smaller apps (like Field Trip or Google Keep) on Android first, as well as updating bigger apps on its own platform before getting round to iOS.