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Phillip Shipley:
Docker makes upgrading to PHP7 easy
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:13:07

In this post to his site Phillip Shipley talks about Docker and how using it for your PHP deployments can make it much easier to upgrade to PHP 7.

Last year at php[tek] 2015 during the hack time I messed around and created a Docker image to run and test PHP7. It was surprisingly easy and I quickly learned that the app I was working on at the time ran fine in PHP7, good deal. So since then I’ve been awaiting the general availability release of PHP7 to move forward with upgrading my apps.

The main thing holding me back was I just didn’t want to maintain an image based on compiling from source. Not that it’s a problem, it just didn’t feel as clean and simple as using supported packages.

He points out that Ubuntu 16.04 was released and that does now have PHP 7 as a standard package so he's happily upgrading. He gets into a bit of detail about how upgrade process and some of the smaller issue he faced along the way. He also includes the update to his Dockerfile he made to change to PHP 7 (only a few characters) to rebuild with PHP 7.0.4.

tagged: upgrade php7 docker ubuntu package official release

Link: http://www.phillipshipley.com/2016/04/docker-makes-upgrading-to-php7-easy/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Sourcehunt: Cron Management, Hackathon Starters, PHP-GUI…
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:40:55

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted the latest edition of their Sourcehunt spotlight. The Sourcehunt posts gather together some notable packages discovered over the last month and bring them to the community.

Packages and tools included in this latest post are:

There's several others mentioned as well including an ORM, a command line Twitter client and a language editor for Laravel. Be sure to check out the post for the full list.

tagged: sourcehunt package library featured project

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/sourcehunt-cron-management-hackathon-starters-php-gui/

Jordi Boggiano:
Common files in PHP packages
Apr 21, 2016 @ 09:29:15

Jordi Boggiano has a new post to his site today sharing some interesting PHP package statistics he gathered as a part of the metadata in the Composer/Packagist ecosystem.

This one started in a peculiar way. Paul M. Jones announced a new version of his Producer tool, I had a look at it and saw that it recommended having a changelog called CHANGES.md by default. [...] My first thought was to report an issue asking to change the default, but then I thought it's Paul, he will not just take my word for it, he will want hard facts. So here I am two days later. I queried GitHub's API for the file listing (only the root directory) of all PHP packages listed on packagist.org. What this let me do is look at what files are commonly present (and not), which is quite interesting to get a picture of the whole ecosystem.

He queried about 79,000 packages and found some interesting patterns in the results. These included findings like:

  • 8% have a DependencyInjection/ directory, which I believe indicates Symfony bundles
  • 3.6% have a examples/ and 3.5% a docs/ directory
  • 49% have some file or directory indicating the presence of tests (phpunit.xml & co)
  • 14% have committed their composer.lock
  • 8% show a presence of some code quality/style CI (scrutinizer, codeclimate, styleci)

There's some other interesting statistics in the post around license files, changelogs and CLI binaries too. He's also posted the full data set for anyone interested in running some of their own statistics on the results.

tagged: package statistics packagist composer data results summary

Link: https://seld.be/notes/common-files-in-php-packages

Alejandro Celaya:
Improving ZendServiceManager workflow with annotations
Apr 11, 2016 @ 10:19:57

In a post to his site Alejandro Celaya shows you how to make life easier when using the ZendServiceManager with the help of annotations and a package he's developed to make it all work together.

Everyone who regularly visits my blog knows that I'm a complete fan of the ZendServiceManager component. It is always my choice to deal with dependency injection in any kind of project, more now that v3 has been released, which is faster and has a better public API.

The workflow while working with the ServiceManager is usually the same. You create a factory or abstract factory that creates a service and then you register that service into the ServiceManager itself. Of course you have to optimize your code, and you should try to reuse the same factories whenever possible, and try not to abuse of abstract factories and initializers.

He points out the main problem with using services like this in a larger application, namely that you can end up with a large amount of them, making them difficult to manage (and find problems with). He proposed solution uses this library to minimize the amount of code needed buy injecting dependencies into the service based on "inject" annotations. He includes an example of this functionality in action and includes a few things to keep in mind using the package (like the slower parsing of the annotations some limitations it currently has).

tagged: zend servicemanager component services workflow annotations inject tutorial library package

Link: http://blog.alejandrocelaya.com/2016/04/09/improving-zend-service-manager-workflow-with-annotations/

Joe Ferguson:
Validating and Releasing Packages with Producer
Mar 29, 2016 @ 10:49:50

In this post to his site Joe Ferguson takes a look at the recently announced Producer package that helps with ensuring your packages are "high quality" and makes the release process easier.

Producer is a pretty neat project that wants you to release higher quality packages. Well, actually (sorry) it’s “a command-line tool to validate, and then release, your PHP library package. It supports Git and Mercurial for version control, as well as Github, Gitlab, and Bitbucket for remote origins.”

[...] I was immediately interested in this tool because the Phergie project I manage (with other awesome developers) contains a number of individual packages. [...] Phergie packages are pretty solid. We have Travis CI running our tests across multiple PHP versions, we have hours and hours into these packages. But I wanted to take it to the next level, step up our game so to speak. In order to help raise our quality control on our packages I needed a producer.

He uses a Phergie plugin he developed as an example to try out Producer. He shows the results of the validate call with Producer and the few issues it reports. He shares the updates he made to the code (documentation) and the addition of a CHANGES.md file to the repository.He then uses Producer to push out a new version of the package using the release command (v3.0.1) and the resulting output of the command.

tagged: producer package validate release phergie plugin example tutorial

Link: https://www.joeferguson.me/validating-and-releasing-packages-with-producer/

Freek Van der Herten:
A modern package to generate html menus
Mar 25, 2016 @ 11:17:38

In this new post to his site Freek Van der Herten shares a new package he's worked up to help generate and maintain the status of menus in a Laravel application. While this example is Laravel-centric, there's also a framework-agnostic package that can be used in any application structure too.

Virtually every website displays some sort of menu. Generating html menus might seem simple, but it can become complex very quickly. Not only do you have to render some basic html, but you also have to manage which item is active. If a menu has a submenu you’ll also want the parents of an active item to be active. Sometimes you want to insert some html between menu items.

There are some packages out there that can help generating menus, but most of them have a messy API or have become victims of feature creep. Thanks why we decided to create our own modern menu package that has a beautiful API to work with.

He spends the rest of the post introducing the package, starting with the generation of a basic menu (and something a bit more complex). He also shows the use of the isActive method call to mark something as "active" but the package will handle that automatically for you if you'd like to keep it simple. He ends the post with a listing of the components that make this menu handling work (three of them) and some of the "modern PHP" functionality that they use.

tagged: menu package library html generate output manage active

Link: https://murze.be/2016/03/a-modern-package-to-generate-menus/

Paul Jones:
Producer: Validate and Release PHP Library Packages
Mar 23, 2016 @ 09:40:44

In this post to his site Paul Jones introduces a tool that aims to help you and your Composer-centric workflow, making it easier to validate and release packages for your projects: Producer.

Back when I was working on Solar, we needed a process to package up each release of the entire framework and make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything. [...] After Solar was done, we began extracting its individual components as 30 or so separate packages in Aura.

[...] But now I have started some non-Aura projects: Relay, Radar, Arbiter, Bookdown, and most recently Atlas. These projects do not have the benefit of the automated release process, with all of its checks and validation, that Aura does.

With that in mind, then, I have extracted a substantial amount of the Aura package release process into a new project, Producer, so that I can use it with any non-Aura library package. That means you can use it with your library package, too.

He goes on to talk about why you might want to use Producer in your workflow and its functionality for validating and releasing packages. He also answers some of the common questions he's gotten about the tool, mostly around the steps it takes during the validation/release process.

tagged: producer composer package library release validate workflow process

Link: http://paul-m-jones.com/archives/6301

Freek Van der Herten:
A modern backup solution for Laravel apps
Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:15:54

As Freek Van der Herten mentions in this post to his site the latest release of the Laravel backup package has been released - version 3 - with some major improvements over previous releases.

Today our team released a new major version of laravel-backup. It can backup the files and databases of your application to one or more external filesystems. It uses Laravel’s native cloud filesystem to do this. The package can also notify you via Slack and/or email when something goes wrong with your backups. We’ve also created a dedicated site with full documentation. In this blogpost we want to give you some background of why and how the package was created.

They start out with a bit of history about the package, talking about how they created it to fill their own needs and how its risen in popularity since its release. Following this the post talks about new features in version 3 including:

  • Taking backups
  • Cleaning up old backups
  • Monitoring the health of all backups
  • Sending notifications

There's also some brief mentions of other new features around event hooks and adding additional information to the backup file. There's a bit of code shared to show the quality/readbility of the code and links over to various resources on the documentation site as well. Finally they mention some information about the use of the package in PHP 5 (it has become PHP 7 focused with this release) and some of the alternatives that are out there.

tagged: backup laravel package php7 release improvement features history php5

Link: https://murze.be/2016/03/a-modern-backup-solution-for-laravel-apps/

Lorna Mitchell:
PHP 7.0 (and 5.6) on Ubuntu
Feb 11, 2016 @ 10:52:59

In this new post to her site Lorna Mitchell show you how to get both PHP 7 and PHP 5.6 installed on a Ubuntu-based system with the help of a custom PPA (Personal Package Archive).

PHP 7 is released but for those of us who don't usually compile our own PHP, it can be a long wait for our preferred distro to release the packages we want. For Ubuntu, I'm using a PPA which allows both PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 to be installed, including things like extensions, at the same time. It was very easy to set up (I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 but this process should also work on older versions back to at least 14.04 which is the previous LTS) so here's a quick walkthrough of what I did.

She then shows you how to:

  • Add the PPA to your system (this one)
  • Install the new versions as expected with apt-get
  • Configuring and switching between versions as needed

She ends the post talking about extensions and the issues that could come up when compiling them against each of the versions. This includes installation instructions so you can easily enable and disable the extensions much like the "sites available" some Apache installations use.

tagged: php7 php56 ubuntu ppa package install custom extension tutorial

Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2016/php-7-0-and-5-6-on-ubuntu

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Command Buses Demystified: A Look at the Tactician Package
Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:47:44

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a tutorial posted that wants to help demystify the command bus design pattern with the help of the Tactician package, a part of the packages from The PHP League.

Command Buses have been getting a lot of community attention lately. The topic can be quite overwhelming at first when trying to understand all the concepts and terminology, but in essence – what a Command Bus does is actually incredibly simple.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at variations of the Command Pattern; their components; what a Command Bus is; and an example application using the Tactician package.

The article starts with a look at what the Command Bus design pattern is and where it could be put to use in an application. There's a bit of sample code showing how to implement a basic bus and the commands it would be used to execute. Their example application uses a "deck of cards" set of actions. They show how to use the Tactician library to build and execute three related commands: CreateDeck, ShuffleDeck and DrawCard. They show you how to build out the pieces you'll need - the extractor, locator and middleware - and join them all together to execute the commands.

tagged: tutorial tactician package commandbus designpattern introduction

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/command-buses-demystified-a-look-at-the-tactician-package/