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The Art of Modern PHP 8

By : Joseph Edmonds
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Book Image

The Art of Modern PHP 8

5 (1)
By: Joseph Edmonds

Overview of this book

PHP has come a long way since its introduction. While the language has evolved with PHP 8, there are still a lot of websites running on a version of PHP that is no longer supported. If you are a PHP developer working with legacy PHP systems and want to discover the tenants of modern PHP, this is the book for you. The Art of Modern PHP 8 walks you through the latest PHP features and language concepts. The book helps you upgrade your knowledge of PHP programming and practices. Starting with object-oriented programming (OOP) in PHP and related language features, you'll work through modern programming techniques such as inheritance, understand how it contrasts with composition, and finally look at more advanced language features. You'll learn about the MVC pattern by developing your own MVC system and advance to understanding what a DI container does by building a toy DI container. The book gives you an overview of Composer and how to use it to create reusable PHP packages. You’ll also find techniques for deploying these packages to package libraries for other developers to explore. By the end of this PHP book, you'll have equipped yourself with modern server-side programming techniques using the latest versions of PHP.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1 – PHP 8 OOP
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Chapter 1: Object-Oriented PHP
Section 2 – PHP Types
Chapter 5: Object Types, Interfaces, and Unions
Section 3 – Clean PHP 8 Patterns and Style
Section 4 – PHP 8 Composer Package Management (and PHP 8.1)
Section 5 – Bonus Section - PHP 8.1

Model, View, Controller – MVC

When working with modern object-oriented programming (OOP) frameworks in PHP, such as Symfony or Laravel, the first pattern you are going to see is called MVCModel, View, Controller (

In MVC, your application is split into three main areas. I think you can guess what the names are!

These three areas are as follows:

  • Model: The data for your application – including CRUD (create, retrieve, update, delete).
  • View: The visual – taking data and creating the output (usually HTML for PHP developers).
  • Controller: The bit that handles requests. It uses the model to process data and prepare it for the View, then passes it to the View for rendering before finally serving back up as a response.

To assist with understanding MVC, I've put together a very simple "toy" MVC application. It is deliberately simple and lacks many features provided by full-blown frameworks, but I hope...