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Using Laravel with an SQLite database

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The fast-paced world of web development requires selecting tools that balance efficiency and scalability. The choice of a suitable database management system plays a pivotal role. SQLite, a lightweight yet powerful database engine, often remains overlooked. When integrated with Laravel, a popular PHP web application framework, SQLite offers developers a reliable solution for building efficient applications.

Improved GeoDetect featuring flag recognition

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Collecting and analyzing data on users' geographical locations has become increasingly essential for various applications. Precise geolocation data has the potential to significantly enhance the user experience by personalizing content, customizing marketing strategies, and implementing features specific to regions. Back in May, we introduced the GeoDetect package to facilitate this process.

Running PHP8.3 with Nginx on Ubuntu

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PHP is a scripting language widely used for web development, with code processed on a web server through a PHP interpreter, implemented as a module, daemon, or CGI executable. Nginx lacks the default ability to handle dynamic web pages with PHP and requires specific additional plugins for this purpose. One such plugin is FPM (FastCGI Process Manager), an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation offering additional features, particularly advantageous for high-traffic sites. FPM stands out as the preferred method for PHP page processing with Nginx, surpassing traditional CGI-based methods in terms of speed.

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What's new in PHP 8.3

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PHP 8.3 was released as scheduled on November 23, introducing numerous new features and improvements since the PHP 8.2 release. We'll go through most important features, performance improvements, changes and deprecations one by one.

PHP 8.3 and subsequent versions now enable the declaration of types for PHP class constants. This guarantees type compatibility for constants when overridden by child classes and interface implementations. Before PHP 8.3, there was no way to enforce type compatibility programmatically.

Soft Deletes vs Hard Deletes: Making the right choice

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In the world of data management, there are often two contrasting approaches to removing information from a database: soft deletes and hard deletes. Both have their pros and cons, and the choice between them can significantly impact how your data is handled. Let's dive into this crucial decision and help you decide which option is best suited to your needs.