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Frank de Jonge:
Rendering ReactJS templates server-side
May 21, 2015 @ 09:17:50

Frank de Jonge has posted a tutorial to his site showing how you can render React.js templates server-side in PHP. He makes use of the V8JS extension to execute Javascript inside of PHP and echo out the rendered result.

The last couple of months I've been working with ReactJS quite extensively. It's been a very rewarding and insightful journey. There is, however, one part that kept coming back to me: server-side rendering. How on earth am I going to use ReactJS when I want to render my templates on the server? So, I sat down and looked at the possibilities.

He suggests two options, running a small Node application or using the V8JS extension, and opts for trying the second option to meet his needs. He talks about the "why" of rendering server-side JS and gives a brief introduction to V8JS and the workflow he'll follow to use it. He helps you get this library via Composer to make working with it easier and provides an example of how to use it. After trying out this method, he then goes back to option #1, the small Node application (what he ended up choosing). He walks through the setup of this application, showing how to set it up inside a Lumen application and using Express to output the generated templates and data. He then hooks this into the PHP application via a simple HTTP client grabbing the results and pushing them back out to the page.

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Link: http://blog.frankdejonge.nl/rendering-reactjs-templates-server-side/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Integrate Elasticsearch with Silex
April 13, 2015 @ 08:38:55

The SitePoint PHP blog has continued their look at integrating Elasticsearch into a simple Silex-based PHP application. In this latest part of the series (part two) they move away from the full Drupal example in part one and go a bit more simple and create a basic site to show a node's detail (content and title).

In the previous article I started exploring the integration between Drupal 7 and the Elasticsearch engine. The goal was to see how we can combine these open source technologies to achieve a high performance application that uses the best of both worlds. [...] We'll now create a small Silex application that reads data straight from Elasticsearch and returns it to the user.

Using Silex and the same Elasticsearch PHP SDK they create this simple site. The tutorial walks you through the installation of both tools, the configuration of the Elasticsearch client and creating the controllers to respond to the view requests. They also show how to use the Twig templating engine to render the results as a simple page containing the node title, any images attached to it and the body content. The tutorial ends with a brief mention of how this same data could also be rendered as JSON output with a different view handler.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/integrate-elasticsearch-silex/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Laravel Blade Recursive Partials with @each
April 02, 2015 @ 08:21:50

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a post from editor Bruno Skvorc showing you how to create recursive partials in Blade, the templating library that the Laravel framework uses internally for rendering output.

n this tutorial, we'll go through the process of implementing recursive partials in Laravel's Blade templating engine by means of the @each command. This will allow us to render data structures with an arbitrary number of nested children without needing to know the maximum depth of the array.

In his example, he's rendering the data from a nested set, a folder structure that could potentially go many levels down. He gives an example of the data he's working with in PHP arrays and how it could be outputted in plain old PHP. Of course, things have to be done a little differently in Blade and he includes the templates to do it - the main level and a partial that's used to output the folder information. He shows the use of "@each" in these examples and explains how it works and an example of the output.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/laravel-blade-recursive-partials/

Developer Drive:
40+ tools for writing better PHP
April 01, 2015 @ 10:56:43

The Developer Drive site has posted their top 40+ list of libraries and tools that can help developers write better PHP. Their selections range from templating libraries to request handling and even testing tools.

There are scads of PHP tools available over the internet for php developers, but finding an appropriate PHP tool is quite an arduous task and demands effort and time. Today we've collected 45 handy PHP development tools for developers.

Included in their list are tools such as:

Several of the libraries can be installed via Composer (another tool in their list) but other items are stand-alone software that would need to be set up outside of the application.

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Link: http://www.developerdrive.com/2015/03/40-tools-for-writing-better-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Use Laravel Contracts to Build a Laravel 5 Twig Package
March 16, 2015 @ 11:52:13

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted showing you how to integrate Twig into a Laravel application with the help of the recently added "contracts" feature of the framework. Twig is a templating library that aims to be fast, secure and flexible for data output in multiple contexts.

Laravel 5 is finally out, and with all the awesome features it brings. One of the new architectural changes is the new Contracts Package. In this article we are going to understand the reasoning behind this change and try to build a practical use case using the new Contracts.

He starts with a brief look at what Contracts are and what it means to use them in a Laravel application. He then shows how to define the package installation (via Composer) to pull Twig in and register it with the application for future use. He creates a simple service provider to register Twig and return a new "TwigFactory" instance. This instance extends the "FactoryConnect" implementing the "ViewFactory" and, along with a custom "TwigView" object can be used just like you would normally output information via Blade.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/use-laravel-contracts-build-laravel-5-twig-package/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Building an Internationalized Blog with FigDice
November 26, 2014 @ 09:55:44

On the SitePoint PHP blog they've posted the second part of the series looking at using the FigDice for the templates in your application. In this new post they expand on the basics presented in part one and look at internationalization.

In part one of this two-part series I started looking at FigDice, a PHP templating system that takes a slightly different approach to most. [...] In this second and final part we're going to add a simple blog to our example site, which allows us to look in more detail at Figdice's concept of data feeds. We'll also look at internationalization, translating some of the site's content into a couple of additional languages.

In this part of the series (part two of two) they create a simple blog application based on their "Feed" class from before, faking some basic content. He then creates the factory class the FigDice templating will fetch the data from and makes a view to use it. He also talks about the optional functionality to add additional data to the feed output as attributes on the element. Finally he shows how to work all of this back into the HTTP framework under a "blog/post" URL.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/building-internationalized-blog-figdice/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Getting Started with FigDice
November 21, 2014 @ 12:19:12

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted the second part of their series highlighting the FigDice template rendering system. In this latest article Lukas White focuses on FigDice's ability to "pull" data into templates as needed rather than having it injected.

Amongst the many templating systems out there, most work in pretty much the same way; variables are "injected" using some syntax or another, be it curly braces, percentage signs or whatever that library's convention happens to be. They'll usually have basic control structures, such as if...then and, of course, iteration. FigDice, however, takes an altogether different approach. Inspired by PHPTAL - the subject of a future article - it gives the view layer the responsibility of "pulling" in the data it requires, rather than relying on controllers to assemble and "push" it into the templates.

He walks you through the installation of the tool (via Composer) and how to create a basic FigDice view to work with (including template loading). He uses a sample Silex-based application for his examples, making a layout with the FigDice additions to the attributes. He then shows how to make the template for the main index page with a "mute" region for the include logic. He shows how to include this basic template into the view and render it directly as output. Next he shows how to integrate data with the template, pulling in "tweets" from an array dataset via a loop (walk) and a factory to provide the template the data.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/getting-started-figdice/

Sanisoft Blog:
Themes in CakePHP 3, A step by step HowTo
August 21, 2014 @ 11:45:38

On the Sanisoft blog there's a recent post that gives you a step-by-step guide to working with themes in the upcoming version 3 release of the CakePHP framework.

Almost every application I code has themes which either the end user can change or the admin can set or can be changed on the fly. Doing all these things was easy in CakePHP 2.x. With the first alpha release of CakePHP 3.x I was naturally keen to try out how theming worked with V3.

He shows how to convert an existing theme into one that will be compatible with the 3.x version of the framework. He breaks it down into seven steps (well, technically eight) to make it easier to follow along:

  • Step 0: Make the "posts" table
  • Step 1: Bake the model, controller and views for the Posts
  • Step 2: Bake in the "Twit" plugin
  • Step 3: Download and install the Twitter Bootstrap
  • Step 4: Create the "default.ctp" file with the content given
  • Step 5: Make the "index.ctp" template with the given content
  • Step 6: Add the line to the AppController to use the new theme
  • Step 7: Reload and verify the results
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Link: http://www.sanisoft.com/blog/2014/07/21/themes-in-cakephp-3-howto/

NetTuts.com:
Working With Templates in Symfony 2
May 20, 2014 @ 10:34:05

NetTuts.com continues their introductory screencast series today with the latest episode focusing on using templates in Symfony 2. Other parts of the series have looked at using controllers, routing and some of the basics of the framework.

Today, let's learn about Symfony 2's Twig Templates. With Twig, you can seamlessly and painlessly integrate your PHP and HTML together, giving you a very clean looking presentation of your view code, without all the clutter of PHP tags, an overabundance of parenthesis, or semicolons. Instead, we have a simple and elegant syntax that we can use.

The screencast works with a sample application and a bundle to render the Twig template and includes examples of defining blocks of content and extending other templates. They also show you how to use layouts and pass data out to the template to be rendered on load. You can watch the screencast in-page or over on YouTube.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/working-with-templates-in-symfony-2--cms-21172

Custom Scripts Blog:
Dynamic layouts in Twig
December 18, 2013 @ 12:18:14

On the Custom Scripts blog they've shared a new tutorial showing you how to use the popular PHP templating tool Twig to create dyanmic layouts for your application.

Recently I worked on a project that needed dynamic layouts for each bundle. The idea was to have a base template, then several layout templates that each extends from the base. Each view would then extend from one of the layout files.

In the scenario I had, I needed to allow each bundle to specify there own stylesheets and javascripts. So each bundle needed to create a custom layout that overrides the parent stylesheet and javascript block adding their own content, and I did not want to re-create the layout files for each bundle.

He's created a base template for the entire site leaving areas for stylesheet and javascript injection as well as making it flexible enough to accept multiple column layouts. Layered on top of this is a base template for each bundle that's then extended via a custom extension class as needed. The PHP is also included to define this and the other extension classes you'll need to make the setup work.

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Link: http://blog.customscripts.co.za/dynamic-layouts-twig/


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