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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:
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:
Introduction to Silex - A Symfony Micro-framework
February 20, 2015 @ 12:31:40

The SitePoint PHP blog has a tutorial posted today introducing you to one of the more popular PHP microframeworks out there, Silex. This new article jumps right in and shows you how to use it.

Silex is a PHP micro-framework based on Symfony components and inspired by the Sinatra Ruby framework. In this article, we are going to get started with the framework and see the how it fits our needs.

He walks you through the installation of Silex (and Twig) through Composer and the creation of the basic folder structure to build the first app. He then gets into talking about how routes are handled, parameters and linking controllers to routes. He also introduces the use of providers and shows how to implement the one for Twig to use in templating the output of the application.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/introduction-silex-symfony-micro-framework/

Symfony Blog:
New in Symfony 2.7 Twig as a First-Class Citizen
January 15, 2015 @ 13:16:18

The Symfony blog has a new post about a change coming in the next version of the popular PHP framework - treating Twig as a first-class citizen. This update removes the abstraction layer that was introduced for it to be used in templating.

When I started to work on Symfony2, Twig didn't exist. Anyway, to ease using PHP as a templating engine, I created the Symfony Templating Component. Later on, not very satisfied with using PHP as a templating language, I decided to create a new templating language, Twig, based on the Python Jinja2 language. And Symfony2 became the first popular framework to adopt a non-PHP templating engine in core. [...] But what would Twig as a First-Class Citizen mean in Symfony2 then? To be able to support PHP and Twig in Symfony, we added an abstraction layer. [...] For Symfony 3.0, I'd like to extract the Templating Component into an independent library (for the few people using PHP with Symfony) but I'd also like for Twig to be front and center in the framework. The good news is that most of the work has already been done in Symfony 2.7.

He compares the two methods for using Twig, one in 2.6 and the other in 2.7, showing both the reduction in code needed and the overall speed improvement gained by removing the excess layer. He includes a link to the Blackfire.io reports showing the difference in the metrics with a total of 48 classes less to load just by removing this layer.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/new-in-symfony-2-7-twig-as-a-first-class-citizen

SitePoint PHP Blog:
3 Ways to Implement Embeddable Custom Badges
December 29, 2014 @ 09:12:38

The SitePoint PHP blog has a recent tutorial showing you how you can use one of three different ways to embed badges into your site. These "badges" are a common practice among sites allowing other sites/applications to embed small statistics such as number of Tweets or Likes about a page.

One great way of organically promoting your application is to provide "badges"; snippets of content that people can embed on their own websites. [...] This can contain up-to-the-minute information from your application about a user, piece of content or another object, dynamically generated and inserted into other websites. In this article I'm going to take a look at some of the ways you can implement this.

He walks you through the creation of a simple application based on Silex, using Twig for template rendering and the WideImage library for creating the images. His datastore, a static array, lists an image, rank and number of "trophies" for each user of the system. He creates a main page showing all of the badges at once, making use of an "iframe" to contain the dynamically created image. He shows how to use the WideImage library to pull in the background, avatar and trophy images, merge them together and add a bit of text with the username and level ranking. Finally he includes the Javascript needed so the remote site can just use a "script" tag to pull in the rendered image and place it on their page.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/3-ways-implement-embeddable-custom-badges/

Rob Allen:
Overriding the built-in Twig date filter
December 16, 2014 @ 09:45:31

In his latest post Rob Allen shows a way you can override the default Twig date filter with your own custom Date extension handling.

In one project that I'm working on, I'm using Twig and needed to format a date received from an API. The date string received is of the style "YYYYMMDD", however date produced an unexpected output. [...] This surprised me. Then I thought about it some more and realised that the date filter is treating my date string as a unix timestamp. I investigated and discovered the problem in twig_date_converter.

He includes some example code you'll need to create the custom renderer. As part of the internals of how Twig formats the date currently is internal and can't be changed, he opted to override the extension itself. As a result, the call to the filter is exactly the same as before, the output results are just formatted more correctly.

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Link: http://akrabat.com/php/overriding-the-built-in-twig-date-filter/

Bernhard Schussek:
Puli Powerful Resource Management for PHP
December 04, 2014 @ 11:53:22

Bernhard Schussek has announced a tool for handling resources in a more Composer-inspired way: Puli. Puli is described as a tool that "manages files, directories and other resources in a filesystem-like repository".

Unfortunately, sharing your work gets a lot harder when you leave PHP code and enter the land of configuration files, images, CSS files, translation catalogs - in short, any file that is not PHP. For brevity, I'll call these files resources here. Using resources located in Composer packages is quite tedious: You need to know exactly where the package is installed and where the resource is located in the package. That's a lot of juggling with absolute and relative file system paths and prone to error.

[...] One and a half years ago I talked about this problem with PHP-FIG. I wrote a blog post about The Power of Uniform Resource Location in PHP. Many people joined the discussion. The understanding of the problem and its solution got riper as we spoke. Today, I am glad to present to you the first (and probably last) alpha version of Puli, a framework-agnostic resource manager for PHP.

He walks through the basics of the tool - how it manages the various resources, what the configuration looks like and how it can directly be integrated with Composer. He also points to a Twig extension that allows for Puli integration via paths in your templates. There's also a Symfony bridge that lets you use it in your YAML configuration files.

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Link: http://webmozarts.com/2014/12/03/puli-powerful-resource-management-for-php/

Rob Allen:
Using ZF2 Forms with Twig
September 23, 2014 @ 09:28:53

Rob Allen has a new post today showing how to integrate Zend Framework 2 forms into a Slim framework based application. He started the topic in a previous post and continues, this time using the Twig templating framework to handle the rendering.

The ZF2 view helpers, formRow and formElement now look like Twig functions, however we don't want to have to rewrite all our ZF2 view helpers into Twig. Fortunately, Twig supports the concept of a undefined function callback is called whenever Twig encounters a function that it doesn't know how to call. We can use this to proxy through to the ZendView system and get it to render the ZF2 view helpers.

He shows how to use this callback functionality and a custom view layer with the Slim-Views component to render the output. He includes a simple Slim example, setting up the custom View class as a parser extension and how to register the callback to invoke Twig.

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Link: http://akrabat.com/zend-framework-2/using-zf2-forms-with-twig/

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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