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A few days ago I stumbled on a strange tweet that was highlighting a controversy about scalar type hints. Scalar type hints & return types vs no scalar type hints & return types is #PHP's new spaces vs tabs — Cees-Jan 🔊 Kiewiet (@WyriHaximus) 19 maggio 2017 After asking references about this, someone alluded to this very short video: “PHP Bits: Visual Debt” (it’s only 3 minutes, please watch it before continue reading).

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Like clockwork, on May we head up to Verona to attend the phpDay conference; this time it was on May 12th and 13th. We met a lot of new people and known fellow PHP developers, and like previous years, we wanted to write down a light summary; like the previous ones, this won’t be a full “review” of the conference, but an highlight of the talks that captured most of our attention, or what we found more valuable for our everyday work.

#FacileHack 2017, 10 days later

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Ten days ago #FacileHack 2017 came to its conclusion; this was the second edition of the hackathon organized by Facile.it. Holding an event of this kind has allowed us to see, work and discuss with many very diverse teams, made up of programmers, designers and marketers. The hackathon’s theme for this year was connectivity: our site offers the comparation between internet access services, and we have decided to put this at the center of the competition.

#FacileHack 2017, 10 giorni dopo

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Dieci giorni fa è terminato #FacileHack 2017, la seconda edizione dell’hackathon organizzato da Facile.it. Tenere un evento di questo genere ci ha permesso di vedere all’opera e di confrontarci con tanti team molto eterogenei, composti da programmatori, designer e specialisti del marketing. Il tema dell’hackathon di quest’anno è stata la connettività: il nostro portale propone la comparazione dei servizi di connessione ad internet, e ha deciso di porre questo al centro della competizione.

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The enemies of programming As many of you will agree with me, sleep deprivation is the enemy of programming. Maybe we fear only one thing more than that: being interrupted. While writing code we have to think really hard, we use complex abstractions, we go through long business workflows and so on… fatigue and interruptions are the main enemies of those in this line of work. My experience On my day job, I do all this mental juggling on a pretty big project, which is based on PHP 5.5, Symfony 2.8, Doctrine etc.; luckily, in this project we use a good deal of good practices, and automated software testing is one of those.