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Google Cloud Platform Blog:
Google App Engine for PHP with PhpStorm
October 24, 2013 @ 10:09:05

On the Google Cloud Platform blog there's a recent post showing you how to directly integrate the Google App Engine PHP support with the popular PHP IDE PhpStorm for seamless development.

Our IDE for PHP, PhpStorm, provides seamless integration with Google App Engine for PHP - allowing you to locally develop, debug and deploy your PHP applications on Google App Engine. When testing your application locally, we also support full emulation of App Engine services through the App Engine Development server. The [introductory] video shows how to get started with Google App Engine for PHP in PhpStorm. We also have a comprehensive tutorial which covers Google App Engine with PhpStorm in detail.

His example shows how to integrate the IDE with the Google Cloud SQL service. He shows how to create a new user (via the API console) and how to connect that user in PhpStorm. He includes a CREATE statement for a sample table and the PHP code to connect.

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Link: http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.cz/2013/10/google-app-engine-for-php-with-phpstorm.html

Zend Blog:
Rise of the Native Cloud Developer - ZendCon Keynote
October 11, 2013 @ 12:54:22

If you weren't able to make it to this year's ZendCon conference that just happened in Santa Clara, you can get at least a little piece of it from this new post to the Zend blog. It's a video from a keynote session from Peter Magnusson titled "Rise of the Native Cloud Developer."

At his keynote session at ZendCon, he shared some of the important and sometimes unexpected lessons Google learned while building for the cloud - such as the importance of lightweight execution containers, relying on failure, and how to overcome the speed of light when building distributed systems.

And then he went ahead to discuss about the rise of the "Cloud Native" developer - how engineers and organisations large and small now using these principles to build truly robust and scalable services, and businesses.

You can watch it embedded in the post or full size on Youtube.

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Link: http://blog.zend.com/2013/10/10/rise-native-cloud-developer/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Running Tasks in the Cloud with IronWorker
September 13, 2013 @ 10:37:09

On the SitePoint PHP blog today there's a new tutorial showing you how to run tasks "in the cloud" using PHP and the Iron Worker service.

In this article I'm going to show you how we can use IronWorker to run code in the Cloud, just as if it were being run inside our PHP application's code. There are a number of advantages to running tasks in the cloud, for example: processor-intensive tasks can be offloaded from your web server, better fault tolerance and the execution of your code isn't blocked waiting for long-running tasks

The tutorial uses a Ruby-based CLI tool and this PHP Package to setup and execute the tasks. They walk you through the creation of a first task script and help you create the ".worker" file it needs to execute. With the IronWorker PHP package, you can quickly create these workers and configure things like schedule, data to send or - as their last example shows - send emails directly from the worker.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/running-tasks-in-the-cloud-with-ironworker/

Gonzalo Ayuso:
Sending Android Push Notifications from PHP to phonegap applications
August 06, 2013 @ 10:26:09

Gonzalo Ayuso has a new post today showing how he set up Android push notifications to a Phonegap-based application with PHP.

Last days I've been working within a Phonegap project for Android devices using Push Notifications. The idea is simple. We need to use the Push Notification Plugin for Android. First we need to register the Google Cloud Messaging for Android service at Google's console, and then we can send Push notifications to our Android device.

He includes the steps you'll need to push the notification and the library to make the cURL connection out to the Google messaging platform. He's posted the full code out to github.

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Link: http://gonzalo123.com/2013/08/05/sending-android-push-notifications-from-php-to-phonegap-applications

7PHP.com:
A Chat About Cloud Computing & PHP Development In The Cloud
July 29, 2013 @ 09:05:13

On 7PHP.com today there's a new interview, another with Vito Chin, this time talking about cloud computing and doing PHP development specifically for that environment.

Whenever we talk about web development nowadays, there has to be an awareness or at least an interest towards cloud computing. We, as PHP Developers, should be aware of what development in the cloud has to offer and how we can leverage it to stay in the game. To this end, I bring forward a small interview with the Pro Cloud Computing guy, I named Vito Chin! Let's hear and learn form his pro experience and advice...

After some brief introductions, they start in talking about Vito's book (co-author) "PHP Development in the Cloud" and some of the basics of SaaS (cloud-based services) ownership. He mentions the high scalability needed and some architecture considerations you'l need to keep in mind during development. He also points out a few "pain points" to watch out for and includes some recommendations of services/libraries to use.

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Link: http://7php.com/php-cloud-computing

PHPMaster.com:
Moving to Cloud-Based Web Development
July 16, 2013 @ 10:42:07

On PHPMaster.com today there's a new article from Martin Psinas about moving to cloud-based development for your PHP applications (using online editors that can potentially replace your local development tools).

I knew going into this purchase that the Chromebook was designed without a hard drive and is intended more for casual web surfers rather than power users, but that didn't stop me. I also knew I wanted to take full advantage of the Chromium OS as an on-the-go platform so installing a LAMP-based development environment or tinkering with the system would just defeat the purpose. I decided it was time for change, time for liberation!

He talks about some of the basic concepts behind the move to a cloud-based environment and working with various aspects of development there. He covers things like version control, finding a place to store his code and choosing an IDE. He links to a few options including ShiftEdit, CodeEnvy and Cloud9 (his choice).

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Link: http://phpmaster.com/moving-to-cloud-based-web-development/

NuoDB.com:
Using NuoDB from the PHP Zend Framework
June 27, 2013 @ 11:45:57

On the NuoDB site there's a recent post showing how to use this cloud-based database solution from inside Zend Framework applications.

The Zend Framework is an object oriented PHP framework that can be used to construct interactive web applications. NuoDB supports both Zend Framework version 1 and version 2 . In this TechBlog article, I will show you how to use NuoDB with both Zend Framework v1 and v2. I will use the example applications that are provided in the Zend Framework documentation and show you how to make them work with NuoDB.

They briefly walk you through the install and configuration of Apache and NuoDB you'll need to get things up and running. Sample code is included showing you how to install the NuoDB PDO driver, pull down their github repo with the needed files (for both ZF1 and ZF2) and implementing in each version's quickstart application.

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Link: http://www.nuodb.com/techblog/2013/06/20/using-nuodb-from-the-php-zend-framework

Web & PHP Magazine:
Issue #11 - Climate Change
February 07, 2013 @ 09:08:37

The latest issue of Web & PHP Magazine has been released today - issue 11, "Climate Change". This new edition includes articles like:

  • "PHP in the Cloud" By Frédéric Harper
  • "Develop your Agile mindset" By Steffan Surdek
  • "Database Indexing part 2" By Cory Isaacson
  • "Presenting For Geeks eBook teaser" By Dirk Haun
  • "Level Crossings and Traffic Jams" By Stefan Priebsch

As always, you can pick up this issue for free by either registering or logging into your account. You can also get the back issues from the site too for more great reading.

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Oracle.com:
Oracle Invests in Leading Platform-as-a-Service Company Engine Yard
November 14, 2012 @ 12:19:35

According to a new press release on the Oracle.com site today, they've announced the company's investment in the popular PaaS provider (and big sponsor of several PHP conferences, events and the community) Engine Yard. From the official press release:

Oracle announced today that it has made a strategic minority investment in Engine Yard, a leading cloud development platform that supports Ruby, PHP and Node.js, popular web development languages. [...] In conjunction with this investment, Oracle and Engine Yard expect to work closely together to provide cloud application developers with a greater choice of development and deployment options. The two companies are expected to connect their respective PaaS offerings to enable more rapid development of applications in a secure, reliable and scalable environment.

No word yet on how this will integrate with Oracle's own cloud solutions but it should be interesting to see what comes out of it. Congratulations to the Engine Yard folks on the investment!

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Fortrabbit.com:
PHP-Focused PaaS Launched!
October 05, 2012 @ 10:45:17

The folks over at Fortrabbit.com have officially announced the opening of their cloud-based, PHP-focused hosting platform:

We do managed hosting for over 5 years - a business where reliability is one of the core values. And Platform as a Service is just a label for a modern approach of scalable hassle-free hosting solutions. This PaaS market is very young and still a changing category in the wide field of cloud hosting. Listening to customers and their needs will influence the way current services work.

They offer a "Bootstrap" service if you'd like to try it out. It supports PHP 5.4, APC, MySQL, Git integration, Composer support, SSH/SFTP access and DNS management. You can also add on memcache and SSL support if desired.

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