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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Build a New App with Laravel and EmberJS in Vagrant
August 25, 2014 @ 11:31:58

The SitePoint PHP blog has kicked off another series of posts today with part one of a series looking at building an application based on the Laravel PHP framework and EmberJS.

Nowadays, everything is turning into a web application. Even simple websites have a mobile app relying on a REST Api. Web applications are accessible everywhere - on a laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile, and recently on wearable devices like smartwatches. Everything is becoming smaller and faster - front ends are becoming separated from back ends, and only communicate with the server through APIs. In this series, we are going to create a photo uploading app. For the front-end, we will use EmberJs and Foundation 5. [...] For the back-end, we will use Laravel. The source code will be available per-part, and in final shape in the final part of this series.

They go with the Laravel Homestead virtual machine (and Vagrant) to make for a quick setup and stable environment. They help you get it all set up to push up to Heroku and get all needed dependencies, both frontend and backend, installed. They also walk you through the setup of the database, configuring the connection and deploying the application to production.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-new-app-laravel-emberjs-vagrant/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
APIfy Your Legacy App with Toro
August 19, 2014 @ 12:09:39

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post that wants to help you API-ify your legacy application with ToroPHP, a router that's "designed for minimalists" to make routing and handling RESTful requests easier.

For the Google Summer of Code 2014, I was selected for a project to create a REST API for ATutor. ATutor has hundreds of thousands of lines of code, yet is written in core PHP. Introducing a PHP router class for the API was necessary, but we needed something unintrusive.

The result was the ToroPHP library. He introduces the library with some background about why it was created and some of the goals it was trying to achieve. Next he shows you how to create a simple "Hello World" endpoint that just defines the endpoint and echoes back the string. He shows how to separate out the logic from the route handling via the "urls.php" definition file. He also shows the handling of URL prefixes and mentions user authentication, making a "backbone" for the API and reuse of classes for similar objects.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/apify-legacy-app-toro/

AboutPerformance Blog:
How to Spruce up your Evolved PHP Application - Part 2
August 08, 2014 @ 10:57:51

On the About:Performance site today there's a new post (part two in the series, part one is here) about increasing the performance in your PHP application. In this new post he talks about a few other updates that can be made to make your app fly.

In the first part of my blog I covered the data side of the tuning process on my homegrown PHP application Spelix: database issues, caching on both the server and the client. [...] In this part, I will concentrate more on technical topics: network traffic, code caching and session handling.

The post shares helpful tips and code examples showing how to:

  • Reduce Network Traffic
  • Leverage Browser / CDN cache
  • Use Conditional and Non-Conditional Caching
  • Using the HTML5 Application Cache
  • Optimize Session Handling

He does suggest the use of a commercial tool for a more in-depth analysis, but there's nothing here that it's required for. A little poking around in your browser can yield most of the same results.

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Link: http://apmblog.compuware.com/2014/08/06/spruce-evolved-php-application-part-2/

Symfony Blog:
Push it to the limits - Symfony2 for High Performance needs
August 04, 2014 @ 13:51:48

On the Symfony blog today they've posted a use case that talks about Symfony meeting some high performance needs and some of the development that was done to make it happen.

For most people, using full-stack frameworks equals slowing down websites. At Octivi, we think that it depends on correctly choosing the right tools for specific projects. When we were asked to optimize a website for one of our clients, we analyzed their setup from the ground up. The result: migrate them toward Service Oriented Architecture and extract their core-business system as a separate service. In this Case Study, we'll reveal some architecture details of 1 Billion Symfony2 Application. We'll show you the project big-picture then focus on features we really like in Symfony2. Don't worry; we'll also talk about the things that we don't really use.

They start with some of the business requirements they needed to meet and how it influenced the overall architecture of the application. They cover some of the things they liked the most about using the framework including bundles and using the EventDispatcher component. Some example code is also included for the custom handling they created for routing, CLI commands and request handling. There's also a mention of using the Profiler, Stopwatch and Monolog trio to do some performance analysis on the resulting application. Finally, there's a brief mention of some of the tools they're not using and why (two of them): Doctrine and Twig.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/push-it-to-the-limits-symfony2-for-high-performance-needs

PHPBuilder.com:
Creating Real Time Applications with PHP and WebSockets
July 29, 2014 @ 12:13:07

On PHPBuilder.com today there's a new tutorial introducing you to the combination of PHP and WebSockets to make real-time requests to fetch data in your application.

This article will explore the main PHP libraries used to create real time, bi-directional applications between clients and servers over WebSockets. WebSocket is full-duplex client/server communication over TCP. It is also a new feature available in browsers as a part of the HTML5 specs that allows JavaScript clients to open bi-directional socket connections to a server. [...] WebSocket connections are basically TCP socket connections that following the WebSocket rules to communicate. The WebSocket Protocol is an independent TCP-based protocol.

They introduce some of the basic concepts behind WebSockets (including an example URL) and show how to use the PHPWebSockets library to handle some sample requests. They also include some basic JavaScript to make the request to the backend PHP script and send or fetch content on the server. They also show you how to implement a simple chat server using a few other libraries like Ratchet, Elephpant.io and Socket.io.

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Link: http://www.phpbuilder.com/articles/application-architecture/optimization/creating-real-time-applications-with-php-and-websockets.html

NetTuts.com:
Best Practices When Working With Sensitive Data Securing Your Application
July 21, 2014 @ 10:27:07

The NetTuts.com site has a new tutorial posted today sharing some tips about working with sensitive data in your applications and steps to secure it.

In my previous article, I showed you how to protect your server from attacks and malicious software. This part will focus completely on the third layer of security - your application itself. So here, I will show you techniques that you can use to protect your application from attacks and intrusions.

There's three main topics covered here, each with a few subpoints and some code examples:

  • Using a Database
  • Use a Salt When Hashing
  • POSIX: Drop Privileges When You Don't Need Them
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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/best-practices-when-working-with-sensitive-data-securing-your-application--cms-21719

Qandidate.com Blog:
Fault tolerant programming in PHP
July 17, 2014 @ 10:44:04

The Qandidate.com blog has a new post today looking at fault tolerant programming in PHP applications. Essentially, this means writing your code so that error conditions are handled gracefully and with as little impact as possible.

In your application, every time you call an "external" service you are vulnerable to the failure in that service. That either might be a third party API being down, your database being unresponsive or unexpected errors from the 3rd party library you are using. With many developers and companies being interested in composing applications out of microservices at the moment, guarding for failures because of broken dependencies gets even more important.

They describe a situation where data is coming from an external source (an inventory service) and a timeout or connection failure occurs. They propose a sort of "circuit breaker" to be put in place to protect the application, fail fast on error and maybe even retry until the request is successful. They also point out a library from oDesk, Phystrix, that allows for fault tolerant execution through a wrapper that traps errors and deals with them instead of just breaking. This is the first part of a series, so in part two they'll show the library in use along with the React HTTP client.

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Link: http://labs.qandidate.com/blog/2014/07/14/fault-tolerant-programming-in-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
8 Heroku Add-ons for Production Ready PHP Apps
July 14, 2014 @ 12:56:50

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post from editor Bruno Skvorc with a list of eight Heroku add-ons for PHP applications. These add-ons (they call them "dynos") he lists help with things like logging, monitoring, working with CDNs and adding deploy hooks.

Heroku uses "dynos" as units of computing power which spin up your slugs. Dynos are lightweight, isolated containers for your apps which can execute any process type and can run and scale independently. There are two types of dyno - a web dyno, which handles web requests letting you serve more users as you increase your web dyno power, and worker dynos, which handle everything else like running your code and processing background tasks.

Bruno walks you through getting a sample Laravel-based application up and running on Heroku's PHP functionality and provides a list of add-ons from the Marketplace to get you started. His list includes:

These add-ons and more all come with descriptions, configuration settings/commands to enable them and some with screenshots showing the results.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/8-heroku-addons-production-ready-apps/

WebLessons.info:
Login with LinkedIn
June 25, 2014 @ 10:47:16

The WebLessons.info site has a new tutorial posted showing you how to use the LinkedIn authentication handling to allow your users to log in with their own account information.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. It is mainly used for professional networking. So if you are having an application or website that serves working professionals then its very important for you to implement login with LinkedIn in your application. By this way you can able to access the data of your users like email, work history, education etc. So now let's dive into the coding part.

They walk you through the various steps, providing screenshots or code where applicable:

  • Creating a LinkedIn Application
  • Get the API Key and Secret Key
  • Create the database and set up the PHP configuration to connect
  • finally, the PHP code for the login form and making the request to LinkedIn

A live demo can be found here (but if you're paranoid about your credentials, I wouldn't use it) and you can download all files included in the tutorial.

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Link: http://weblessons.info/2014/06/25/login-with-linkedin-tutorial-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Autogenerate CRUD Apps with Phreeze
May 30, 2014 @ 12:45:02

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Taylor Ren has shared a tutorial about using Phreeze to easily create CRUD applications for a MySQL backend. Phreeze is made up of three parts: an MVC handler, an ORM for database interaction and the "Phreeze Builder" to generate the application code.

Back in the times of Symfony 1.x, the framework had a powerful backend module to help the developers and site administrators create a good enough app and provide necessary CRUD features to manage the database (and save us from using PHPMyAdmin). [...] In this article, we will take a look at Phreeze, a simple and easy to use PHP framework that can help us generate a MySQL CRUD backend app. I will use my book collection test site as the underlying database. Please refer to my Data Fixtures in Symfony2 article for more details on the database structure.

He walks you through the installation of Phreeze (downloaded from GitHub) and what the first page should look like when pulled up in a browser. The wizard helps with the database setup and lets you pick the tables to generate models for as well as a few other application options. He shows how to integrate this generated code with a simple Symfony2-based application and easily allow for working with the database contents. He modifies the Symfony2 code to handle some additional options to pass into the generated code and talks some about the API interface Phreeze generates automatically.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/autogenerate-crud-apps-phreeze/


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