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Master Zend Framework:
Using Sessions In Zend Framework 2 - Part 1
April 29, 2014 @ 12:09:49

On his Master Zend Framework site today Matthew Setter has posted the first part of a series looking at working with sessions in Zend Framework 2 applications.

To help work around [the stateless nature of the language], PHP introduced the concept of sessions, which allows for storing information across requests. However, like most things, as application's have become more complex, the ability to interact with sessions in a way that matches the needs of the application has continued to grow. Gladly, in Zend Framework 2, a set of classes is available, which helps reduce the complexity of managing session information, whether that's interaction, configuration or backend storage, without placing too much distance between you and the underlying PHP implementation, or adding too much complexity in the process.

Using the ZF2Skeleton as a base, he shows you how to add session support to the overall project in a few simple steps:

  • Update Module.php to initialize the session
  • Create a new container & store some data
  • Retrieve it later

There's not too much code change involved, but the snippets to add/update are included. In the next part of the series, he'll look at validation, preventing hijacking and using different backend storage methods.

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zendframework2 session tutorial series part1 introduction

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/sessions/using-sessions-in-zend-framework-2-part-1

NetTuts.com:
Refactoring Legacy Code Part 1 - The Golden Master
March 24, 2014 @ 12:56:32

NetTuts.com has kicked off a new series of posts looking to help you get a handle on that big pile of legacy code you're having to work with. In part one of their "Refactoring Legacy Code" series they talk about the "Golden Master", a method of testing all the things before starting on changes.

Old code. Ugly code. Complicated code. Spaghetti code. Jibberish nonsense. In two words, Legacy Code. This is a series that will help you work and deal with it. In an ideal world, you would write only new code. You would write it beautiful and perfect. You would never have to revisit your code and you will never have to maintain projects ten years old. In an ideal world... Unfortunately, we live in a reality that is not ideal. We have to understand, modify and enhance ages-old code. We have to work with legacy code.

They start with a definition of what "legacy code" is and link to a codebase they'll guide you through for refactoring. They talk some about understanding the code and scanning through it to get an overall feel for it. They recommend some testing techniques (including the Golden Master) and include the code to create it and some of the sample output.

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tutorial refactor legacy code series part1 goldenmaster

Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/refactoring-legacy-code-part-1-the-golden-master--cms-20331

VG Tech:
Swagger Docs in ZF2 with Examples - Part 1 Setup and Annotations
February 25, 2014 @ 10:33:48

The VG Tech blog has posted the first part of a series they're doing about Zend Framework 2 and Swagger, the auto-generating documentation project for APIs. In this first part of the series, they go through some setup and show the use of annotations to define the Swagger output.

So everyone is building APIs now - parsing and outputting JSON is not that hard. Some people even build truly RESTful APIs, or something not to far from that. Before, when building APIs was about SOAP with XML schemas and WSDL specifications, people spent so much time building their APIs that they had the time to think. Now, building an API is so easy and fast that the documentation is often suffering. [...] Swagger is a popular project providing auto generated API docs based on a service specification. This spec is based on annotation comments in the controllers and models, giving the developer a fairly easy, and close to the code way of keeping the API docs up to date.

He walks you through the process to clone and setup the Zend Framework 2 project first, then pull in the "outeredge/swagger-module" with Composer. This package provides the tools to generate Swagger output from annotations in the PHP code. He also shows you how to set up the Swagger UI project (wordnik/swagger-ui). Finally, he gets into the code examples, showing how to annotate models and use partials.

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swagger api zendframework setup annotation tutorial series part1

Link: http://tech.vg.no/2014/02/24/swagger-docs-in-zf2-with-examples-part-1-setup-and-annotations/

Suresh Ariya:
Implement Flash Messages using Session in PHP (Part 1 & 2)
February 06, 2014 @ 11:08:55

In a two part series on his site Suresh Ariya shows you how to implement "flash messages" in your applications (in a framework-agnostic way) with the help of a custom script and the current user's session.

As part of the post series, today we are going to see how we can implement Flash Messages using PHP Session. Before proceeding into that, first i like to explain what is Flash Message and its usage. [...] Flash message is a message that will be shown/displayed only once. if you reload the browser or navigated to other pages and came back, you won't see the same message displayed again.

In part one he introduces the concepts behind flash messaging and gets into the initial steps of the implementation via a "FlashMessageInterface" to define the structure. In part two he gets into the actual implementation and shares a script that uses a custom prefix to define the messages and the expected getter/setter methods as well as "clear" functionality.

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flash message series part1 part2 implementation interface

Link: http://sureshdotariya.blogspot.in/2013/12/implement-flash-messages-using-session.html

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Integrating Polymer/Dart and Symfony - Part 1
January 15, 2014 @ 10:43:31

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Taylor Ren shows you how to integrate the popular PHP framework Symfony with Polymer/Dart to make a dynamic web application. In this first part of the series, he focuses on just getting things set up and working and creating the first template to populate with data.

In this 2-part series, we are going to look at how to integrate these two powerful tools together, i.e. to run Dart (after compiling to JavaScript) in a Symfony website to add some dynamics. We will also discuss the work-around to avoid JSONP to access data from a remote server where the user has no direct control and the RESTful API called has no CORS enabled. Finally, we will highlight the limitation of the integration and seek the attention of the Dart team to solve the issue and make Dart a better platform.

He starts off with the server-side of things, using Symfony to create a simple template for the site used by the default controller. He then moves to the client-side, showing how to bootstrap Dart and include the resulting Javascript into the page. He includes the markup to add to the page to make things work and the results of his simple "Quote of the Day" application.

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polymer dart tutorial symfony javascript part1

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/integrating-polymerdart-symfony-part-1

NetTuts.com:
Building a Customer Management App Using AngularJS and Laravel (Part 1)
January 13, 2014 @ 10:37:33

On NetTuts.com today they've posted a new tutorial showing you how to combine two powerful (and popular) technologies to make a customer management application - Laravel and AngularJs. This is the first part of a series and focuses on the backend work in Laravel.

When creating a single-page app we should use some kind of framework to do some of the job for us, so we can focus on the actual functionality. AngularJS fits here perfectly, because features like dynamic dependency injection and bi-directional data binding are just great. Sometimes we also require some kind of server. If you've chosen PHP then Laravel may be your best option, as it's easy to work with and pretty powerful.

They assume that you'll already have an instance of Laravel all set up and that you'll have access to a MySQL server for a database. Other than that, they provide all of the code you'll need to get the server side up and running. The application stories simple data about customers and transactions and walks you through making models and controllers for each.

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angularjs laravel series part1 customer management tutorial

Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/building-a-customer-management-app-using-angularjs-and-laravel/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Social Network Style Posting with PHP, MongoDB and jQuery - part 1
November 15, 2013 @ 09:09:43

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted today kicking off a series about creating a "social network style posting" application that combines PHP, MongoDB and jQuery that feels similar to a nested commenting system you'd see on most social sites.

Post mechanisms similar to Facebook are nowadays very common within any application. The concept of Post-Like-Comment is familiar to everyone who ever used a social network. In this article, we will learn how to create a similar working model wherein the user will be able to post his status, like posts and comment on them. What's more interesting is that after learning things from this article, going forward you will be able to implement a lot of other features on your own.

In this first part of the series they start you off with the base code and introduce you to how the data is stored. They also walk you through how the "stream" part of the code works and the tracking of the current user. From there, there's a brief look at how to pull out the comments and display them to the page.

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social post tutorial mongodb jquery part1 series

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/social-network-style-posting-php-mongodb-jquery-part-1/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Creating a Subscription-Based Website with Laravel and Recurly, Part 1
September 26, 2013 @ 12:18:24

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a post by Lukas White (part one of a series) showing you how to make a subscription-based website with Laravel and Recurely. Recurly is a subscription billing service that takes case of the recurring billing process.

In this two-part series I'll show you step-by-step how to create a paid subscription-based membership website using Laravel, a PHP5-based framework, and the Recurly payment processing service. First we'll start by creating a simple site with basic registration, authentication, and user roles and permissions. Then we'll add payment processing and tie it into the registration process, allowing people to purchase different membership tiers.

He walks you through the full process (well, the first part of it at least) to getting a new Laravel project up and going and a few other libraries you'll need to connect to the Recurly service. He creates a simple user table and roles/permissions functionality for the Authority connections. He also shows how to make the basic template, login mechanism and user registration system.

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laravel recurly tutorial subscription part1 series

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/creating-subscription-based-website-laravel-recurly-1/

DZone.com:
PHP Performance Crash Course, Part 1 The Basics
June 12, 2013 @ 14:56:13

In a recent post to DZone.com Dustin Whittle talks about performance in PHP applications and gives you a crash course on some of the basics around it (this is part one of a series).

We all know performance is important, but performance tuning is too often an afterthought. As a result, taking on a performance tuning project for a slow application can be pretty intimidating - where do you even begin? In this series I'll tell you about the strategies and technologies that (in my experience) have been the most successful in improving PHP performance. To start off, however, we'll talk about some of the easy wins in PHP performance tuning. These are the things you can do that'll get you the most performance bang for your buck, and you should be sure you've checked off all of them before you take on any of the more complex stuff.

He talks some about why performance matters and some of the more common practices to introduce immediate performance improvements into your application. His list includes things like: update PHP, use an opcode cache, use autoloading and session optimization. He also talks about using processing queues for blocking work and learning how to use code profiling tools to find the pain points.

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performance crash cource series part1 basics

Link: http://java.dzone.com/articles/php-performance-crash-course

Andrew Podner:
Functional Testing to Improve Quality Assurance (part 1)
May 20, 2013 @ 09:19:17

Andrew Podner has posted the first part of a new series to his site today. He'll be looking at using functional testing to improve quality of the resulting code and full application.

For this week, I wanted to focus on some different types of automated testing other than unit testing that can help developers build more robust applications and improve both the speed and effectiveness of quality assurance. Specifically, this post is going to focus on functional testing. Functional testing is composed of the tests that you write which are from the user's point of view. A functional test is used to perform quality assurance on all or part of an application utilizing the user interface as a pathway to the application.

He gives some examples of functional tests like clicking on buttons, trying a login, checking that the contents of the page are correct. He talks some about the purpose of functional testing and how it differs from unit testing. He suggests the metaphor of a race car - the pit crew would be the "unit testers" and the driver would be the "functional tester", saying whether or not all of the parts of the car are working together as they should for the race. In the next part of the series, he'll talk some about the actual software to automate this process.

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functional testing quality assurance part1 series overview

Link: http://unassumingphp.com/functional-testing-to-improve-quality-assurance-part-1


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