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Bill Sourer - Finding Time to Become a Better Developer
Jun 30, 2016 @ 10:35:48

On the FreeCodeCamp Medium blog Bill Sourer shares some tips you can use to find time to become a better developer in the fast-based, sometimes crazy world of software development.

There’s no time for anything. At least that’s how it feels doesn’t it? No time to learn all the things you think you need to learn to stay ahead of the curve. No time to go back and refactor that ugly piece of code. It works (sort of) and there’s a deadline approaching. No time to write unit tests for everything. No time to write documentation or comments for the next guy who gets stuck maintaining what you wrote. No time to think. No time to breathe. No time!

Well… if you take the time to read this article, I promise you’ll find yourself with more time for what’s important.

He breaks it down into five main tips (here's a tl;dr for those in a rush):

  • You don’t need to learn every new thing in order to stay relevant.
  • Writing good code takes less time than writing bad code, BUT it doesn’t feel that way.
  • Working 24/7 does NOT make you a hero. Managing expectations does.
  • Not all time spent “improving” code has the same ROI.
  • Scheduled down time makes you more productive.

Each item on the list has a paragraph or three explaining it in a bit more detail. There's also some other interesting ideas and thoughts in the comments of the post from other readers.

tagged: better developer time management suggestion tips top5

Link: https://medium.freecodecamp.com/finding-time-to-become-a-better-developer-eebc154881b2#.6ojvwlad0

SitePoint PHP Blog:
First Look at Pagekit CMS – Clean, Extensible, Fast, But…
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:55:55

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a post from Bruno Skvorc introducing the Pagekit CMS, a content management system that's "clean, extensible and fast" (but it does come with some caveats).

Pagekit hit version 1 recently, and as I’d been looking at personal blogging engines, I thought it’d only be fair to check it out. Granted, blogging is merely a subset of the functionality Pagekit can offer, but a good basic test-drive subset nonetheless.

He walks you through the installation and configuration of a new Pagekit-based site using their own installer script (after downloading it from their site). He then goes through some of the basic features of the CMS including native Markdown support, how the editor looks and how the results render. He includes a guide on setting up a blog too using a "blog" plugin and an extension to add in better syntax highlighting. He also looks at other features of the CMS including custom layouts and "pretty" URL support. He points out some security changes you'll want to make out of the box to protect sensitive files and briefly touches on deploying the site to production and links to their own guide for additional help.

tagged: pagekit cms content management introduction tutorial project

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/first-look-at-pagekit-cms-clean-extensible-fast-but/

Symfony Finland:
What eZ Platform adds to Symfony
Feb 12, 2016 @ 10:44:01

On the Symfony Finland blog Jani Tarvainen has written up a new post sharing some of the things that eZ Platform adds to Symfony and what kind of functionality it brings with it on top of the usual Symfony featureset.

eZ Platform is a Content Management System built with the Symfony Full Stack framework. While this may be clear to developers who have worked with, it maybe somewhat vague for the unitiated, especially when compared with Concrete5 or Drupal, which have adopted Symfony components into their core. [...] The relationship between Symfony and eZ Platform is very similar to Expression Engine using Code Igniter or EPiServer using ASP.NET MVC.

He then goes on to talk about the things Symfony includes by default including the request/response structure, internationalization handling and Twig integration. From there he lists out the things that the eZ Platform adds on top of the standard Symfony including:

  • a content repository
  • dynamic routing
  • a user interface
  • user and permission management

He ends the post with a look at some of the other bundles and features eZ Platform also provides around HTTP caching, image manipulation and more.

tagged: ezplatform symfony project framework content management system

Link: https://www.symfony.fi/entry/what-ez-platform-adds-to-symfony

Statamic v2 Beta: First Impressions of a new Laravel-based flat-file CMS
Feb 01, 2016 @ 13:37:14

On the Tighten.co blog they've posted their own review of Statamic, the flat-file based content management system with a Laravel backend. Statamic is a project that hopes to provide easy content management, responsive layouts and plenty of features to make an easy-to-use and robust CMS.

Among the developers I know who used to use ExpressionEngine but have since left, most work in Craft and/or Laravel. I kept hearing folks mention Statamic, but all I knew about it was that it was flat file, which wasn't particularly compelling to me.

Fast forward two years, and they've re-written the entire application to run on Laravel (now released as v2 beta). [...] Their documentation is hilarious, the community is welcoming and helpful, and the code—granted, I'm only a few weeks in—seems super easy to work with. So, what's the deal? Why have we set up Tighten's blog on Statamic?

The post then goes on to talk about the "quest" for a good Laravel-based content management system. They also talk about some of the essentials they see a CMS needing to be effective: good user interaction (UI/UX), how much and how difficult it is to customize and how it is configured. For each point they talk about how Statamic does things and their own verdict on the software and how good it does at filling these requirements.

tagged: statamic beta laravel content management system cms flatfile

Link: http://blog.tighten.co/statamic-v2-beta-first-impressions-of-a-new-laravel-based-flat-file-cms

SitePoint PHP Blog:
OctoberCMS CRUD – Building a Team/Project Management Plugin
Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:32:47

The SitePoint PHP blog continues their series covering the use of the OctoberCMS product to create a custom content management system tailored to your needs. In this new part of the series they show how to build a custom plugin for team management, showing how to use models and controllers along the way.

So far, we covered different aspects of OctoberCMS. This is a follow up article to discover how to use OctoberCMS for CRUD applications and take a detailed view at how to work with models, relations and controllers. [...] We are going to build a project management plugin where you can add different users to teams and assign them to projects.

You'll need to follow the first part of the series if you want to be able to follow along. Once you have that set up they show how to use the artisan command to create the plugin scaffold code and what the resulting pluginDetails function should look like. The tutorial then shows you how to create the related database tables and how to add the "team" column to the current user table. They then get in to creating the models to work with the tables, building out the controllers and view to manage the teams and the same kinds of handling for the "projects" the teams are related to. The post ends with a look at creating lists of projects/teams, adding in filtering and working with permissions for the management of teams.

tagged: octobercms series plugin custom team project management

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/octobercms-crud-building-a-teamproject-management-plugin/

Programming With Yii2: Using the Advanced Application Template
Nov 24, 2015 @ 10:10:47

NetTuts.com has continued their series around programming with the Yii2 framework in this latest tutorial looking at the use of the Advanced Application Template, an enhanced boilerplate system that provides a bit more built-in functionality than the default application setup.

In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the Yii2 Framework for PHP. As you begin to use Yii for real development, you may want to start your next project with its Advanced Application Template. Among other things, it provides integrated user management features as well as two applications, one for the consumer-facing front end and the other, an administrative back end.

In this tutorial, I'll introduce you to the Yii2 Advanced Template and guide you through the basic setup and usage.

They start with a look at how the Advanced Template is different from the default one (a checklist) and how to set up a new project using it. They show how to configure the database connection and execute the required migration to build out the user table. They also walk you through the Apache setup for local development and what the resulting "Congratulations" page should look like. The remainder of the post explores the user management section, showing how to configure email delivery, signup, login and password reset requests.

tagged: yii2 framework series advanced application template user management tutorial

Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii2-using-the-advanced-application-template--cms-24994

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Basic User Management in Symfony2 with FOSUserBundle
Nov 17, 2015 @ 12:44:05

The SitePoint PHP blog has a tutorial posted looking to help you with managing your application's users via the Symfony2 FOSUserBundle. This bundle provides much of the basic user functionality (creation, login, etc) is a easy-to-drop-in package for your Symfony 2 application.

Symfony has a very powerful authentication and authorization system, which can cater to a lot of our needs out of the box. FOSUserBundle is a library built on top of Symfony’s security system, which provides functionality such as registration, login, password resets, etc. It has built in support for MongoDB, as well as ORMs such as Doctrine, Propel, etc.

The tutorial walks you through the setup of a new Symfony 2 application (living on a Homestead instance) and grabbing the FOSUserBundle code via Composer and pulling into the project. They help you configure the application's security via the security.yml file and create the base user class and matching database table. From there they talk about customizing the templates that come as defaults with the bundle (Twig) and how to handle the email verification of new accounts as well as user logins/forgot password features. The tutorial ends with an example template showing the user's profile information including username, email address and and "edit" link.

tagged: tutorial user management fosuserbundle symfony2 authentication

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/basic-user-management-in-symfony2-with-fosuserbundle/

Getting Started with Building APIs in Symfony2
Nov 09, 2015 @ 13:44:28

The IntelligentBee.com site has a "quickstart" kind of tutorial for those wanting to use Symfony 2 to build an API-based application. In this tutorial they walk you through a few step process to create the application and a few actions to get the basics working.

Hello all you Interwebs friends! While we’re passing through the shallow mists of time, REST is becoming more and more of a universal standard when building web applications. That said, here’s a very brief tutorial on how to get started with building APIs in Symfony2.

They make use of two other libraries, the FoSUserBundle, JMSSerializerBundle and Doctrine, to handle some of the low level user management and database functionality. They show you how to:

  • Generate a new bundle
  • Set up API versioning
  • Install the FoSUserBundle and JMSSerializerBundle
  • Configure the application's REST interface
  • Set up the routing to get things to the right place

Code is also included to show the creation of "get user" and "get users" actions along with a simple form and "add user" endpoints to allow new users to register. Wrapping the post up, he includes the code for the other pieces of the CRUD operations, the "edit user" and "delete user" methods.

tagged: api symfony2 tutorial introduction rest user management bundle versioning

Link: http://intelligentbee.com/blog/2015/11/03/getting-started-with-building-apis-in-symfony2/

PHP Roundtable:
025: PHP7 Release Management
Jul 15, 2015 @ 10:52:09

The PHP Roundtable podcast, hosted by PHP community member Sammy K Powers, has just released their latest episode: Episode #25: PHP7 Release Management with guests Kalle Sommer Nielsen and Anatol Belski.

We've seen 2 alpha releases of PHP 7 so far and the first beta release became available this past Friday, July 10th. We might not put too much thought into what goes into each release of PHP so for this episode we take a closer look at the release management processes for PHP 7.

You can watch the video recording of this latest episode either through the in-page player or by heading to YouTube and watching it there. If you enjoy the show, be sure to follow their feed and the PHPRountable account on Twitter for more information on live recording times and new episodes.

tagged: release management phproundtable ep25 kallesommerneilsen anatolbelski podcast

Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/php7-release-management

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Record Retrieval and Pagination in Bolt CMS
Jun 02, 2015 @ 12:29:59

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted showing you how to set up pagination in the results provided by the Bolt CMS that includes handling to grab content from the database and display the results.

Bolt is a lightweight CMS built on Silex with Symfony components that’s fast, easy, and fun to develop with. My recent affinity for Bolt has turned it into my CMS of choice as I make a conscious effort to choose wisely and step away from bloated frameworks. Previously, I gave a very detailed insight into what it’s like developing with Bolt. Today, we’re going to break down a very popular task into steps in order to accomplish it with ease.

He starts with an installation of the Homestead Improved virtual machine and checks out a new copy of Bolt. He sets up a basic Bootstrap-based theme, including header and footer partial views. He then shows how to create "contenttypes" and fetch the current content records. He updates the Twig template to show the results and integrates the simple pagination. He then creates the single page version to view the content and "previous" and "next" links to accompany it.

tagged: bolt cms tutorial pagination content type management silex

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/record-retrieval-pagination-bolt-cms/