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Matthieu Napoli:
Serverless Laravel
Jun 05, 2018 @ 11:53:36

In a new post to his site Matthieu Napoli shows how, with the help of the Bref package, to run a serverless Laravel instance. This is a continuation from his previous post covering the use of serverless functionality for running plain PHP.

Serverless basically means “Running apps without worrying about servers”. The main difference with a traditional hosting is that you do not maintain the servers and reserve their capacity. They are scaled up or down automatically and you pay only for what you use.

[...] Serverless hosting has the advantages of scaling very well since there are (theoretically) no limits. It can also help optimize costs by avoiding paying for unused server resources. You can read more about advantages and drawbacks here.

After briefly introducing what "serverless" computing is, he dives right into the creation of the first lambda on AWS. He then goes through the process of creating the new Laravel project, installing and configuring Bref, and wrapping the Laravel functionality in its HTTP handler. Next, he shares an example of the serverless.yml configuration, how to set up the file storage (for things like sessions and cache) and configure the application to run correctly on the lambda. The post finishes out with a look at setting up the logging, session handling and routing before finally deploying the app using Bref's own command.

tagged: laravel serverless tutorial bref framework application lambda aws

Link: http://mnapoli.fr/serverless-laravel/

Rob Allen:
Using Serverless Framework with OpenWhisk PHP
May 31, 2018 @ 10:43:01

In a new post to his site Rob Allen provides the steps you'll need to follow to use the Serverless Framework toolkit with OpenWisk to host PHP-based applications.

Serverless Framework is a toolkit to help you mange and deploy a serverless application. (Personally, I'm not a fan of the name as the word "Serverless" already has a meaning in the same space!) It's a useful tool and supports all the major providers, though AWS Lambda seems to be first-among-equals. The OpenWhisk plugin for Serverless is maintained by the rather excellent James Thomas, so if you have any questions, ping him!

As I build more complex PHP based OpenWhisk applications, I thought I'd explore how Serverless makes this easier.

He starts with helping you get the Serverless framework and the related OpenWisk plugin installed. He then helps you create a project, modify the configuration for a simple "Hello world" kind of script and create the PHP script to act as an endpoint. With the setup complete, he includes the steps to deploy and run the project, invoking the action and enabling it (as a Web Action) to make it reachable via the web.

tagged: serverless framework tutorial openwisk helloworld setup configure deploy

Link: https://akrabat.com/using-serverless-framework-with-openwhisk-php/

Matt Sparks:
Building a PHP Framework: Part 5 – Test Driven Development
May 30, 2018 @ 12:55:12

Matt Sparks has posted the latest tutorial in his "Building a PHP framework" series of posts. In this latest article he covers the use of test-driven development during the development of some of the first framework code.

In part 4 we laid the foundation for Analyze. Now it’s time to write the very first lines of code! [...] Essentially, test driven development is a process of writing tests before writing any code, then writing code that passes the tests. [...] If you’re new to TDD, this probably seems pretty weird. Stick with me.

He starts with a brief definition of what test-driven development (TDD) is and what tool he'll be using to create the tests. Next is a simple example of a test that creates a class instance (NumberAdder) and calls an add method on it. This fails because none of this exists yet, hence the "test first" part of TDD. He then goes back and creates the class and method and loads them so the test can use them.

tagged: build framework tutorial series part5 tdd testdriven development

Link: https://developmentmatt.com/building-a-php-framework-part-5-test-driven-development/

Matt Sparks:
Building a PHP Framework Series (Parts 1-4)
May 16, 2018 @ 12:50:42

On this site Matt Sparks has posted the first few parts of a series covering the creation of a custom framework. Why? Well, as he explains in part one of the series:

So with all of that being said, it begs the question: why on Earth would you want to do this?

The extremely short answer: I want to. The less short answer: A PHP framework encompasses many of the areas I want to learn more about.

The first four posts of the series are already on his site (with more to come):

Matt does a great job of laying out some of the fundamentals behind frameworks including structure, design patterns, and commonalities between frameworks. You can follow along with his progress on the project on the AnalyzePHP GitHub repositories.

tagged: build framework tutorial series part1 part2 part3 part4

Link: https://developmentmatt.com/building-a-php-framework-part-4-the-foundation/

Joe Ferguson:
Getting Lucky With Crystal in Homestead
May 16, 2018 @ 09:12:27

Laravel users are no doubt familiar with the Homestead VM project that makes it quick and easy to get new sites up and running. In this new post to his site, project maintainer Joe Ferguson covers some changes made to run something besides a PHP framework: a Crystal project.

A few days ago a random internet stranger (Rid) showed up in the Larachat Slack #homestead-dev room. This is about the best real time chat support for Homestead. Rid proceeds to ask about building something like Homestead for the framework he was working on called Lucky for the [Crystal programming language](https://crystal-lang.org/). After we chatted about Vagrant and Docker I mentioned that it wouldn’t be too difficult to get supported in Homestead. Rid shared some helpful URLs and I was off to the races.

Joe mentions that the next Homestead box will come configured to support this out of the box but also provides instructions if you'd like to set it up before that. The Cyrstal language is inspired by Ruby and is designed to be as "fast as C".

tagged: crystal laravel homestead language framework lucky tutorial

Link: https://www.joeferguson.me/getting-lucky-with-crystal-in-homestead/

Zend Framework Blog:
PHP 7.2 Support!
May 09, 2018 @ 09:51:55

Matthew Weier O'Phinney has made a post on the Zend Framework blog about the release of PHP 7.2 support for Zend Expressive, now in version 3.

With Expressive 3 complete, we were able to turn our sights on another important initiative: PHP 7.2 support across all components and Apigilty modules.

The short story is: as of today, that initiative is complete! If you are using the Zend Framework MVC framework, Expressive, or Apigility, or any of the ZF components standalone, you should be able to perform a composer update to get versions that support PHP 7.2.

The full story is much longer.

He starts with a look at the path to get to PHP 7.2 support including the considerations for not breaking backwards compatibility as much as possible. He then moves on to the approach they took with changes to the Composer and Travis-CI configuration changes to make it easier to run the tests on multiple PHP versions (with multiple PHPUnit versions too). The post ends with a look ahead at four things coming soon including a PSR-7-based zend-mvc v4, work on the documentation and more tutorials/guides to help devs make the most of Zend Expressive.

tagged: zendexpressive zendframework php72 support path method framework

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2018-05-08-php-7.2-support.html

Benoit Schneider:
The main reasons we use Symfony for web application developments
Apr 16, 2018 @ 11:36:05

On his Medium.com site Benoit Schneider (CTO of Outsourcify) has a post sharing some of the reasons they made the choice to use Symfony for their web development needs.

At Outsourcify we work on projects of varying sizes, from small sites with a few pages to complex business applications. Depending on the case, we recommend different technical solutions (we do a lot of Javascript SPA and Wordpress also), but for the most complex cases, when we have to chose a technology to build large web applications that require several weeks or months of work for several web developers, Symfony is our framework of choice.

He starts with a bit of background on his own experiences with Symfony and why he chose it for his own needs early on. He then shares his thoughts around "why Symfony?" when there are many other major frameworks to choose from. He wraps up the post with a summary of some technical reasons to use the framework including the innovation it brings to the table and the robust ecosystem around it (and related products/tools).

tagged: symfony framework choice development opinion technology

Link: https://medium.com/@outsourcify/the-main-reasons-we-use-symfony-for-web-application-developments-6281d2a56390

Christoph Rumpel:
Content Security Policy 101
Mar 15, 2018 @ 09:52:43

In a new post to his site Christoph Rumpel shares an introduction to the use of Content Security policies to prevent client-side security issues in your applications. While his examples are more Laravel-specific, the concepts can be applied to just about any framework or home-grown solution.

As more and more services get digital these days, security has become a significant aspect of every application. Especially when it comes to third-party code, it is tough to guarantee safety. But in general, XSS and Code Injection is a big problem these days. Content Security Policy provides another layer of security that helps to detect and protect different attacks. Today, I will introduce this concept and its main features, as well as show real-world examples.

He starts with a general look at web application security vulnerabilities and, more specifically, cross-site scripting issues. These are the ones that a Content Security Policy (CSP) can help prevent. He then covers the basics of the CSP header and gets into the implementation. In his example he sets up the addition of the CSP header as a middleware so that it's included on every request. With the default header all resources are blocked so he walks through the process of restoring access to the scripts, fonts and styles his blog needs to work correctly.

With the basics covered he then gets into a few more advanced features of CSP policies such as nonces for resource identification, iframe handling and the submission of forms. The post ends with a recommendation of the Laravel CSP package for use in Laravel applications. If you're looking for something more framework agnostic you might want to look into ParagonIE's CSP Builder library.

tagged: contentsecuritypolicy csp beginner tutorial laravel middleware framework

Link: https://christoph-rumpel.com/2018/03/content-security-policy-101

Nathan Dench:
BrisPHP News - 1 March 2018
Mar 09, 2018 @ 12:19:26

On his "Tech Notes" blog Nathan Dench has put together a listing of some of the interesting things that happened in the first part of 2018 in the PHP community.

I organise the a post from Marcel Pociot about the GitHub statistics for various PHP projects
  • news around Symfony, Silex and Laravel
  • There's also a few other "random things" to finish off the post with links to other interesting articles, projects and tools.

    tagged: news community 2018 release feature github framework

    Link: https://ndench.github.io/brisphp/brisphp-news

    Algotech Solutions:
    Converting to another web framework: Basic apps in Symfony and Django
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 11:19:34

    On their Medium.com site Algotech Solutions has a post that does a side-by-side comparison of two web applications frameworks from two different languages: Symfony in PHP and Django in Python.

    Many times have I heard the following from a developer: “I am scared to change technologies”, “I am excited but I’m afraid it will be entirely different”, “I only know , I’ve never seen any code in my life!”. Sounds familiar? This article will show you that different web frameworks are not in fact that different.

    With the advent of open source software, modern frameworks have inspired each other in adding and improving features for easier and more efficient usage. I will try to explain the abstract notions under MVC Web frameworks and how you can easily implement them through any framework and programming language needed.

    The article then walks through the basic setup and creation of a web application in each, going through:

    • Installation
    • Generating the sample application (Jobeet)
    • Configuring the controllers and views
    • Creating the view output

    All of the code and command line calls are included in the post too. If finishes out with an overview of the similarities between the two frameworks and briefly mentions some of the differences (like when it comes to model handling).

    tagged: framework convert symfony python django similarities application tutorial

    Link: https://medium.com/algotech-solutions/converting-to-another-web-framework-basic-apps-in-symfony-and-django-f55332030c44