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Hasin Hayder:
Running Symfony 2 Applications in OpenShift
October 25, 2013 @ 09:10:57

Hasin Hayder has posted a guide to getting a Symfony2 application up and running in an OpenShift instance. OpenShift is a cloud hosting service that makes deploying and scaling applications simpler.

Openshift is a fantastic Polyglot PaaS from Redhat, and you can do a lot of things with these containers. The good news is that with free accounts, OpenShift gives three gears for free, forever. Today, in this article I will show you how to install and run your Symfony applications in OpenShift.

He shows you how to set up a Zend Server (5.6) instance and grab the repository through a git checkout. The commands to create a new Symfony2 application (via Composer) are also included. With a small change to the .gitignore, the needed configuration files and directories will no longer be ignored and will be pushed. There's also a bit of information about setting up and using the provided database instance.

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Link: http://hasin.me/2013/10/25/running-symfony-2-applications-in-openshift/

Engine Yard Blog:
Deploying PHP Applications on Engine Yard A How-To
September 27, 2013 @ 10:22:57

Matthew Weier O'Phinney has written up an article for the Engine Yard blog walking you through the full process of getting a PHP site set up and working with their platform-as-a-service hosting.

I've been experimenting with a variety of cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings lately, and naturally was interested in seeing what Engine Yard brought to the table for PHP developers with its Engine Yard Cloud offering. Deployment of my application includes several non-trivial aspects, and I wanted to see how easy, or difficult, it was to accomplish each.

He lists some of his criteria (including deployment from a git repo, usage of Composer and cronjobs) and notes that the EY service matches all of his needs. The rest of the post goes into the details of the deployment, breaking it up into sections:

  • Initial deployment: Git and Composer
  • Private Configuration setup
  • Deployment Tasks
  • Cronjobs
  • DNS
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Link: https://blog.engineyard.com/2013/deploying-php-applications-on-engine-yard-a-how-to

Andrew Podner:
Using Stackato for PHP Applications in a Private PaaS
March 18, 2013 @ 12:17:51

In this new post to his site Andrew Podner looks at using the Stackato software from ActiveState to provide a Platform-as-a-Service environment on any cloud infrastructure.

So, now it is settled, I want to stay inside the corporate firewall, but I want each application isolated from the next, and by the way, there is no budget for any of this. I posted about three PaaS providers a while back, and started thinking that what I really needed was PaaS, but I needed to be able to host the PaaS environment inside a corporate LAN. Off to search the web. Surprisingly, there were not just a ton of viable results in that search. Even more surprising...hard to find one with a "download here" button. No matter how I searched though, one company & product kept popping up: Stackato by ActiveState. The words "Free Micro Cloud" were a very encouraging sign. So let's take this thing for a spin and see just how easy it is...

He walks you through the installation process - downloading the VMs, setting up the initial configuration and how to use the command line tool to deploy your own applications (several come preconfigured though). He also includes an example configuration (YAML) you can use to configure custom applications and some sample code showing a database connection.

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Andrew Podner:
PHP Apps and Platform as a Service
January 07, 2013 @ 09:30:27

Andrew Podner has a new post to his site today talking about platform as a service providers out there that offer PHP support. He mentions three different ones, but goes into more depth on getting a site set up with AppFog.

There are several options out there for PHP apps using this medium for deployment, and picking one is not always the easiest thing to do. The most interesting thing that I noticed about the various PaaS providers that I looked at was they way they differentiate their pricing models. [...] The PaaS providers do not make the choice nearly as simple [as VPS providers]. Each of them has different options to consider and different terminology that describes their particular product offering.

He briefly covers the offerings of three providers - Engine Yard/Orchestra, PagodaBox and AppFog. Its the final one he's most interested in, so he gets into the details and steps you'll need to create an account, set up an application and make your first push out to their platform. He also includes a hint on how to set up a .htaccess file if your application's document root is in something other than the base directory.

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Benjamin Eberlei:
Composer and Azure Websites Git Deployment
November 20, 2012 @ 10:35:23

In a new post to his site Benjamin Eberlei continues his look at using various platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings for PHP available today and talks about using Composer with Windows Azure via its post deployment hooks.

It turns out that Azure Websites - to support other platforms that require compiling - actually has an extremly robust deployment system (as far as I understood its internals). If Composer fails during this step, the website will still be served from the currently running version and you don't have to face unexpected downtime. To actually run Composer as a post-deployment tool you have to do some manual work.

This manual work comes in the form of a special ".deployment" file included in the root of your repository that defines the command to execute (a custom script). Included there at the end of the post is the PHP code you'll need to put in this custom script to get the latest version of composer and then require the phar file for use later in your application.

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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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OpenShift Blog:
Integrate PHPStorm and SFTP into OpenShift
November 09, 2012 @ 12:47:45

On the RedHat OpenShift blog (platform-as-a-service PHP hosting) they have a new post showing you how to integrate PHPStorm into OpenShift and make deployment simpler.

"PhpStorm is a lightweight and smart PHP IDE focused on developer productivity that deeply understands your code, provides smart code completion, quick navigation and on-the-fly error checking. It is always ready to help you shape your code, run unit-tests or provide visual debugging." In this tutorial I will show you how to use build in functionality in PhpStorm to deploy PHP application to OpenShift.

Screenshots are included in the post to guide you through the process - creating a new project, setting up the SFTP configuration and where to go to upload the changes to your system to OpenShift.

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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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Fortrabbit.com:
BETA survey results
August 28, 2012 @ 11:19:54

Fortrabbit.com has conducted a survey of developers world-wide about what kind of platform, tools and software they use in their development work. They've posted the results to their site today, the answers from about 160 different developers.

We have asked our readers a few questions on their PHP workflows, hosting and tools. We are very curious about this, because we want to build the best PHP PaaS for dev guys.

Some of the highlights from their findings include the large share of Zend Framework use, the predominant use of git for deployment, MySQL still being the database of choice and multi-stage deployment (environments) are a preferred setup. You can see the full results here [pdf].

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OpenShift Blog:
Getting started with PHP, CodeIgniter, MongoDB, and the cloud (OpenShift)
August 10, 2012 @ 08:44:57

On the OpenShift blog today there's a new post about how to get started using their service together with CodeIgniter and MongoDB to create a simple site.

In this blog post, I am going to show you how to get up and running with CodeIgniter and MongoDB. Best of all, I will show you how to get all of this deployed to a fully scalable environment using OpenShift from Red Hat.

The process involves:

  • Creating an OpenShift account
  • Installing the RHC client tools
  • Creating an OpenShift application
  • Adding mongodb to your application
  • Adding mongodb support to CodeIgniter
  • Creating a Model, View, and Controller
  • Deploy and test your application

You can then SSH into the instance and look at the database to call a "find()" and see what's there.

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