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Symfony Blog:
PHP-PM grows up to be a credible option for high performance PHP
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:29:58

On the Symfony Finland site there's a post about a relatively new way to run PHP applications and how it's "growing up" to become a viable option: PHP-PM.

PHP-PM is a novel way of running PHP applications. Instead of creating an exotic high performance runtime for the PHP language, it takes an alternative route to mechanism of running PHP applications with existing runtimes.

This translates to real performance gains with existing complex applications, not just impressive theoretical benchmark results.

Instead of the usual complete bootstrap that normal PHP process goes through in its lifecycle, PHP-PM runs them as a continuous process, making for a huge boost in overall performance. The project has started gathering more momentum and is being worked on to make it a more credible platform for PHP applications.

From the humble beginnings the PHP-PM now has over 1700 stars on GitHub and a number of developers working on it. Great strides have been done since the early stages with the documentation and ease of use, but most importantly the platform now supports multiple frameworks: Symfony, Zend and Laravel.
tagged: phppm process option high performance application project symfony

Link: https://www.symfony.fi/entry/php-pm-grows-up-to-be-a-credible-option-for-high-performance-php

Rob Allen:
Configuration in Slim Framework
Mar 16, 2016 @ 12:30:10

If you're a Slim framework user you should check out the latest post on Rob Allen's site covering all things configuration in using the framework and it's simple configuration handling.

Configuration in Slim Framework is nice and simple: the App's constructor takes a configuration array for the DI container.

He shows how to pass in the configuration as a optional constructor parameter on the main application, including a settings value containing some of the common options. These include the displayErrorDetails flag to show/hide detailed error messages and a logger setup (in his example Monolog). He also shows how to:

  • get settings from the configuration
  • use a separate file for the configuration
  • using a .env configuration file
  • combining multiple configuration files

He includes code examples for each of these cases as well as a method for using a non-array structure (like YAML or XML) via the ZendConfig component.

tagged: slim slim3 slimframework configuration option tutorial settings

Link: https://akrabat.com/configuration-in-slim-framework/

Lorna Mitchell:
Handling Composer "lock file out of date" Warning
Jan 22, 2016 @ 09:48:23

Lorna Mitchell has a post on her site that wants to help you out when Composer reports a "lock file out of date" warning when you try to update your Composer dependencies. She provides three options to help resolve this issue.

Composer is dependency management for PHP, and it consists of two main files: [composer.json and composer.lock]. Crucially, the composer.lock also includes a hash of the current composer.json when it updates, so you can always tell if you've added a requirement to the composer.json file and forgotten to install it.

The post includes three different ways to correct the warning message:

  • Option one: upgrade all of the things
  • Option two: try to work out which composer.json change caused this
  • Option three: do nothing, safely

The first two options are preferable to the last one (essentially overriding the error) but it could be used in cases where you think Composer is just getting things wrong.

tagged: composer lock file outofdate warning option fix override

Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2016/handling-composer-lock-file-out-of-date-warning

SitePoint PHP Blog:
4 Best Chart Generation Options with PHP Components
Jun 26, 2015 @ 08:30:29

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new article posted sharing four of the best charting libraries they've seen for use in your PHP applications. Options include both server and client side tools, making finding one for your situation easier.

Data is everywhere around us, but it is boring to deal with raw data alone. That’s where visualization comes into the picture. [...] So, if you are dealing with data and are not already using some kind of charting component, there is a good chance that you are going to need one soon. That’s the reason I decided to make a list of libraries that will make the task of visualizing data easier for you.

He starts with a brief comparison of the server side versus client side options, pointing out some high level advantages and disadvantages of each. He then gets into each of the libraries, giving an overview, an output example and some sample code to get you started:

  • Google Charts (Client Side)
  • FusionCharts (Client Side)
  • pChart (Server Side)
  • ChartLogix PHP Graphs (Server Side)

He ends with a wrapup of the options and links to two other possibilities you could also evaluate to find the best fit.

tagged: chart generation option component top4 list example output code

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/4-best-chart-generation-options-php-components/

Matthias Noback:
Symfony2: Add a global option to console commands and generate a PID file
Nov 26, 2013 @ 14:06:11

Cal Evans has pointed out a post by Matthias Noback related to Cal's "Signaling PHP" book and an idea presented in one of the appendices - working with PID files as a global option. Mattias writes:

Recently I read the book Signaling PHP by Cal Evans. It’s a short book, yet very affordable and it learned me a couple of things. First of all it explains about how you can “capture” a Ctrl+C on your long-running command and do some necessary cleanup work before actually terminating the application. In the appendix it also mentioned the interesting concept of a PID file. [...] In Appendix A of “Signaling PHP”, Cal writes about a way to extend a Symfony command to automatically create such a PID file before executing its task, and to delete this file afterwards.

Mattias shares what he calls a "hack" to make it happen globally - using the eventing system built into the Symfony Console functionality and the "console.command" event. He creates a bundle to help with the reading/writing of the PID file and shows how to implement it as a part of the event handling. He does point out one problem with this method (that the "input" object isn't available) so he works around it with the "ArgvInput" component and some manual handling to grab the PID file location provided.

tagged: symfony2 console option command pid file tutorial bundle

Link: http://php-and-symfony.matthiasnoback.nl/2013/11/symfony2-add-a-global-option-to-console-commands-and-generate-pid-file/

Anthony Ferrara:
Failure Is Always An Option - Programming With Anthony
Apr 01, 2013 @ 09:03:19

Anthony Ferrara has posted another video in his "Programming with Anthony" series, this time pointing out that failure is always an option.

A few days ago, I posted a video about how to become a better developer. There were a few interesting comments made, but one in particular from the Reddit threadpeaked my interest. So I decided to do a reply.

You can watch the video either in his blog or over on Youtube. He's also included the some of the contents of the Reddit post and a funny (relevant) comic about learning "C++ in 21 days".

tagged: failure option video programming youtube reddit

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Christer Edvartsen's Blog:
Running Multiple Versions of PHPUnit
Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:26:18

Christer Edvartsen has a recent post showing you how to get multiple PHPUnit versions installed and working on your application. There's been some issues lately due to some updates in recent PHPUnit versions:

The latest version of PHPUnit (3.6.4 at the time of this writing) does not play well with the Zend Framework extensions (Zend_Test_PHPUnit). After asking Matthew Weier O'Phinney about this he answered that they had standardized on PHPUnit-3.4 for ZF1. Having just upgraded to the latest version of PHPUnit on our servers we were no longer able to test our Zend Framework applications. One option was to downgrade PHPUnit, but since we were already using some of the new features this was not going to happen.

He method uses the "installroot" option that can be passed in to the PHPUnit installation process to point it to someplace other than the default PEAR install location. A small change is needed to the "phpunit" executable to have it correctly set the include path. Then it's just a matter of making a symlink to your "/usr/bin" directory pointing to the specific version.

tagged: multiple version phpunit unittest installroot option

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Brian Swan's Blog:
SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Encrypt & Failover_Partner
Mar 11, 2011 @ 08:41:11

Brian Swan has posted two more in his "SQL Server Driver for PHP" series looking at some of the connection options that are available. In these two new articles he looks at the Failover_Partner and Encrypt options.

Database mirroring is primarily a software solution for increasing database availability. [...] When a PHP application connects to the primary server, the Failover_Partner connection option specifies the name of the server to which the application should connect if the primary server is not available.

[...] These two options, Encrypt and TrustServerCertificate, are often used together. The Encrypt option is used to specify whether or not the connection to the server is encrypted (the default is false). The TrustServerCertificate option is used to indicate whether the certificate on the SQL Server instance should be trusted (the default is false).

In both there's code examples showing the connection strings and what kinds of parameters you can pass to them. He also gives a few examples of scenarios when they might be useful.

tagged: connect sqlserver driver option failoverpartner encyrpt trustservercertificate

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Brian Swan's Blog:
SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: CharacterSet
Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:15:33

Brian Swan has posted another in his series looking at connection options for the SQL Server driver for PHP. In his latest he looks at the "CharacterSet" setting, an easy way to define which encoding the remote database is using.

One thing that helped me understand the CharacterSet option was to realize that its name is a bit misleading (although it seems to be inline with other uses of CharacterSet or charset). It is used to specify the encoding of data that is being sent to the server, not the character set. With that in mind, the possible values for the option begin to make sense: SQLSRV_ENC_CHAR, SQLSRV_ENC_BINARY, and UTF-8.

He looks at each of these three options in more detail - SQLSRV_ENC_CHAR being the default, SQLSRV_ENC_BINARY when binary data is needed and UTF-8 when, obviously, you need UTF-8 data transfer between the client and server.

tagged: sqlserver connection option characterset encoding

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Brian Swan's Blog:
SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: ReturnDatesAsStrings
Feb 09, 2011 @ 08:45:28

Brian Swan has a new post to his blog today looking at one of the connection options for the SQL Server driver in PHP - the "ReturnDatesAsStrings" setting that can make handling date and time information simpler for PHP.

This is short post to address a frustration I’ve seen mentioned on Twitter and in forums a lot: By default, the SQL Server Driver for PHP returns datetime columns as PHP DateTime objects, not strings. This can be especially frustrating if you are not aware of the ReturnDatesAsStrings connection option. By simply setting this option to 1 (or true) when you connect to the server, datetime columns will be returned as strings.

He includes some sample code showing how to use the setting (as a part of the settings array passed in to sqlsrv_connect) and the resulting array key from the fetched results on his sample table. This just gives you one more option for handling dates in your SQL Server-based application, especially if you don't need the full DateTIme object's functionality.

tagged: sqlserver driver connection option return date string datetime

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