Category: extensions

10 Must-have VS Code Extensions for JavaScript Developers

In this article, I’ll focus on must-have VS Code extensions for JavaScript developers. Visual Studio Code is undoubtedly the most popular lightweight code editor today. It does borrow heavily from other popular code editors, mostly Sublime Text and Atom. However, its success mainly comes from its ability to provide b...

ReactJS in PHP: Writing Compilers Is Easy and Fun!

I used to use an extension called XHP. It enables HTML-in-PHP syntax for generating front-end markup. I reached for it recently, and was surprised to find that it was no longer officially supported for modern PHP versions. So, I decided to implement a user-land version of it, using a basic state-machine compiler. It se...

There’s a Gender Extension for PHP

Unlike in our “mainstream” paid course about exploring PHP, I like to explore the weird and forgotten areas of the language. Recently, I ventured into a section of the PHP manual which lists extensions that are used to help with Human Language and Character Encoding. I had never looked at them as a whole &...

Can You Build a CLI Image Drawing Laravel App with These Packages?

It’s time for our monthly hunt for new open source libraries to use and contribute to! If you’re new to Sourcehunt, it’s our monthly post for promoting open source projects that seem interesting or promising and could use help in terms of Github stars or pull requests. It’s our way of giving bac...

Getting to Know and Love Xdebug

It’s been 15 years since Xdebug first came out. We think this is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce it to the world, and explain how and why it does what it does. Xdebug is a PHP extension (meaning it needs to be compiled and installed into a PHP installation) which provides the developer with some features...

Creating One Browser Extension For All Browsers: Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave And Vivaldi

    In today’s article, we’ll create a JavaScript extension that works in all major modern browsers, using the very same code base. Indeed, the Chrome extension model based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript is now available alm...

Procedurally Generated Game Terrain with React, PHP, and WebSockets

Last time, I began telling you the story of how I wanted to make a game. I described how I set up the async PHP server, the Laravel Mix build chain, the React front end, and WebSockets connecting all this together. Now, let me tell you about what happened when I starting building the game mechanics with this mix of Rea...

Upgrading from PThreads v2 to V3: What to Look out For

A fair amount has changed for the pthreads extension with the release of pthreads v3. This article aims to cover the necessary information for those who are looking to upgrade their applications from pthreads v2 to v3. If you’re unfamiliar with pthreads, check out my introduction to pthreads instead! A big thank ...

Game Development with React and PHP: How Compatible Are They?

“I’d like to make a multiplayer, economy-based game. Something like Stardew Valley, but with none of the befriending aspects and a player-based economy.” I started thinking about this the moment I decided to try and build a game using PHP and React. The trouble is, I knew nothing about the dynamics of...

Parallel Programming with Pthreads in PHP – the Fundamentals

PHP developers seem to rarely utilise parallelism. The appeal of the simplicity of synchronous, single-threaded programming certainly is high, but sometimes the usage of a little concurrency can bring some worthwhile performance improvements. In this article, we will be taking a look at how threading can be achieved in...