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NetTuts.com:
Building With the Twitter API: Analyzing Your Followers
Apr 10, 2017 @ 12:18:14

On the TutsPlus.com site Jeff Reifman has posted the latest article in his "Building with the Twitter API" series. In this latest tutorial he shows how, with the Yii2 application they've been building, to analyze your followers and get information like followers, tweets, favorites, etc.

Welcome to the latest episode of our Twitter API series. In our last episode, I built Twixxr.com which will let you discover influential women on Twitter for your account to follow. Today, I'm going to turn the focus inward to look at my own followers.

[...] For a long time I've wanted to look more closely at my Twitter followers and answer some questions: Who exactly is following me? And why aren't they more interactive? Is it possible that only 10% of my followers are real people? [...] The Twitter API is a good tool to investigate this. Yet it has a ton of rate limits which make even something simple like analyzing your followers quite complex. In today's episode, I'll show you how I worked with the rate limits to assess and build a scoreboard of my followers.

He starts with a screenshot of the ultimate result of gathering the information for each follower from the API and describes what the overall goals are. From there's it's all about the code:

  • creating database migrations for the related tables
  • making the connection to the Twitter API to gather follower data
  • saving the data to the database
  • creating the "score" for each based on if the account is verified, protected, and follower/friend count

The post ends with the code to show the "scoreboard" presented in the original screenshot having all of the information populated for his follower set.

tagged: tutorial yii2 framework analyze follower score tutorial series

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-with-the-twitter-api-analyzing-your-followers--cms-27523

TutsPlus.com:
Programming With Yii2: Building a RESTful API
Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:30:05

The TutsPlus.com site has posted the latest article in their "Programming with Yii2" series today, this time focusing on the creation of a RESTful API with the built-in framework support.

In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the Yii2 Framework for PHP. You may also be interested in my Introduction to the Yii Framework, which reviews the benefits of Yii and includes an overview of what's new in Yii 2.x.

In today's tutorial, I will review how to build a REST API in Yii to connect your application to the cloud, mobile apps, and other services. I'll guide you through Yii's REST API quick start guide and provide context and examples of common requests.

He starts off with some of the benefits of having a REST API for your Yii2 application and some of the functionality that comes included with the framework. He then starts in on building the base functionality of the API with a controller, a "tree" for the endpoints and configuration of the URL routing. The rest of the post is a set of example requests made to the API with the help of both cURL and the Postman app for Chrome.

tagged: yii2 framework series tutorial build rest api example

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii2-building-a-restful-api--cms-27513

TutsPlus.com:
How to Program With Yii2: Running Cron Services
Mar 30, 2017 @ 12:19:26

TutsPlus.com has posted the latest tutorial in their "Programming with Yii2" series showing you how to work with cron services to periodically run scripts in your application.

In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the Yii2 Framework for PHP. In today's tutorial, I'll share with you how to take advantage of Yii's console capacity to run cron jobs.

In the past, I've used wget in my cron jobs—a web accessible URL would run my background tasks. This raised security issues and has some performance problems. While I addressed some ways to mitigate risks in our startup series' episodes on security, I had hoped to transition to console-driven commands. And with Yii2 it's fairly straightforward.

He starts with a brief look at what a "cron" is for those that may not be familiar and how it works on linux-based systems. He then gets into the use of console "cron" commands using the Yii2 framework's own functionality to create a "cron controller" that performs Twitter operations on "frequent", "quarter" and hourly measurements. He shows how to update the crontab file to call the commands instead of making the web requests. He ends this tutorial with an issue to consider regarding different namespaces when using the commands versus web requests.

tagged: programming yii2 series cron services tutorial

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-program-with-yii2-running-cron-services--cms-27508

TutsPlus.com:
Building With the Twitter API: Creating Friends to Follow
Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:32:04

The TutsPlus.com site has posted the latest tutorial in their "Building with the Twitter API" series showing how to, in a Yii2 application, automatically add friends to a Twitter account via the Twitter API. You've probably seen this in several services that offer suggestions of followers to add to your list.

Today I'll guide you through using the Yii2 Framework for PHP to access the Twitter API and automate adding friends to people's Twitter accounts. (If you'd like to learn more about Yii2, check out our parallel series Programming With Yii2.)

And, I've created a website, Twixxr.com, which will let you demonstrate the feature by adding prominent women on Twitter for your account to follow.

The tutorial starts with links to some of the other Twitter tutorials that have been posted in the past and how things have evolved to make it easier in a Yii2 application. He starts by helping you get the Twitter OAuth PHP Library installed and lists some of the goals of the end result. The code is included to authorize the user and handle the callback once they've approved the app in the normal OAuth flow. It then shows how to connect via the API using that user's information, load profiles for the suggested users and link them as a friend. The tutorial finishes with a look at performance and a bit of code used to handle the backend processing of the request instead of performing it in real time.

tagged: twitter tutorial api oauth2 friends follow suggestion yii2

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-with-the-twitter-api-creating-friends-to-follow--cms-27492

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Running Multiple Domains
Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:53:11

The TutsPlus.com site has posted their latest tutorial in their "Building Your Startup" series today. In this new article they show you how to update the application to support multiple domains in one Yii2 application.

The Yii2 advanced template allows you to run a number of sites in one code tree. I used its front-end tree to build Meeting Planner and its back-end tree to build the administrative suite of tools for the service. Today, however, I'll focus on launching another domain on top of the existing front-end tree—and all the small and large complexities that go along with this.

[...] I presumed it would be fairly simple (no pun intended) to launch Simple Planner, but it ended up taking a few days of work.

He points out that the work to get the frontend of the application working with a different domain name was relatively simple. It was the update to the email handling that took the most time (the application is very email-driven). He then shows the configuration changes required to add multiple domains, how to change the homepage for each domain and update images/links/etc to match the new domain. He then moves on to configuring the services used for each domain and, finally, the pieces that need to be updated to have the emails support the multiple domains.

tagged: startup build tutorial series yii2 multiple domain

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-running-multiple-domains--cms-27459

Cloudways Blog:
User Authentication In Yii2 With Email Verification
Mar 13, 2017 @ 13:54:47

The Cloudways blog has a new tutorial posted showing you how to set up a system for user authentication via email in a Yii2-based application. The concepts would be the same in just about any other framework, it's just the code to implement it would be slightly different.

User authentication is an essential component of every web app. Whether it is a simple to-do list or a complex corporate portal, user authentication remains a common factor across all types of PHP applications.

[...] In this tutorial, I will show you how to develop a user authentication component in Yii2 that features a SMTP email verification. If you are new to Yii2, you must first read previous tutorials to get an introduction to Yii2. Next read about form handling in Yii 2 and database management in Yii 2.

The tutorial makes use of this extension for the traditional user handling as a more flexible option than the built-in framework features. They then walk you through the process of creating the new Yii2 project and getting the component installed. It also helps you:

  • run the migrations to create the required tables
  • set up the SMTP mailer
  • update the navigation with the links for logged in/logged out users
  • configuring the email settings

The end result is a signup form that, when submitted will send an email to the user's email address to verify it and allow the user to continue the registration process.

tagged: user authentication yii2 framework tutorial signup package

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/user-authentication-yii2/

TutsPlus.com:
How to Program With Yii2: ActiveRecord
Mar 09, 2017 @ 12:07:53

In the latest tutorial in their "Programming with Yii2" series the TutsPlus.com site shows you how to work with the ActiveRecord functionality included with the framework.

In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the Yii2 Framework for PHP. In today's tutorial, I'll walk you through using Yii's object-relational mapping, known as ORM, for working with databases. It's called Active Record and is a key aspect of programming database applications efficiently in Yii.

Yii offers different ways to work with your database programmatically, such as direct queries and a query builder, but using Active Record offers a complete set of benefits for object-oriented database programming.

The article goes on from there and defines some of the basics around what Active Record is and how it works. It then starts on the code, showing how to create an ActiveRecord model and execute queries to:

  • locate single or multiple records
  • build queries
  • counting records
  • and accessing the records returned

They also talk about mass assignment, saving data via model instances, deleting records and creating relationships between the models.

tagged: yii2 framework series activerecord database tutorial introduction

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-program-with-yii2-active-record--cms-27434

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Requesting Scheduling Changes
Feb 07, 2017 @ 12:44:23

The TutsPlus.com site has continued their "Building Your Startup" series with this new article enhancing the application they've already created to send requests for scheduling changes.

As the Meeting Planner alpha testing phase began, the clearest feature gap was the inability to change a meeting after it had been scheduled. It's not an easy problem. Is it okay to just change a meeting without a participant's permission? Or should you ask? Or do either, depending on your role in organizing the meeting? What if you just want to ask if it's okay to meet 15 minutes later—that should be easy, right?

Solving all this required some reflecting on the social aspects of adjusting a meeting. Over time, I realized that the ability to adjust meetings easily after they've been scheduled could make or break the Meeting Planner brand.

He then starts out by describing the "tall mountain to climb" in the number of changes to backend, frontend and UX/UI functionality required to add the feature. He includes all of the code changes and additions that need to be made including:

  • migrations to add new tables
  • UI updates to add options for rescheduling requests
  • form changes
  • handling request submissions

Each point on the list includes code, screenshots and anything else that was required to make the update.

tagged: startup build scheduling change yii2 tutorial ui backend frontend

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-requesting-scheduling-changes--cms-27076

NetTuts.com:
Building Your Startup: Automatic Time-Zone Detection
Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:43:43

The TutsPlus.com site continues their "Building Your Startup" series of tutorials with the latest in the series covering automatic timezone detection based on the user's local time.

For the alpha release of Meeting Planner, I provided people the opportunity to change their time zone in user settings. However, for anyone outside of the western United States, they may have been wondering why their calendar appointments were at the wrong times. You have to know to look for the settings page.

As I approach the beta, I realized I needed to fix this as soon as possible. So I began to reflect on how best to resolve this. In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through my approach to automatic time-zone detection and how I integrated it into the user experience.

The tutorial starts off with a look at the current state of timezone detection, linking to two options that do mostly the same thing. Eventually, however, he decided on the jsTimezoneDetect library as it fit best with the needs of the application. He covers some of the thoughts that went into designing the user experience and the code required to integrate the Javascript library with his Yii2-based application. He ends the tutorial with a few additional considerations worth keeping in mind including timezone representation in ical exports and virtual meetings.

tagged: timezone detection tutorial startup series yii2 automatic

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-automatic-timezone-detection--cms-27041

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Preparing for Text Messaging
Jan 23, 2017 @ 09:44:52

The TutsPlus.com site has posted the latest in their (lengthy) series of tutorials showing how to use PHP to "build your startup". In this new tutorial they show how to integrate SMS functionality into the application. This is the first part covering this topic and mostly covers the setup and testing of the connection to send the necessary SMS messages.

In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through the first half of my SMS configuration for the Meeting Planner application. Basically, I'll cover choosing an SMS provider, setting up the account, building the initial application infrastructure, and trial texting.

In the next episode, I'll build specific texting scenarios into the Meeting Planner application and walk you through those decisions and the coding that followed.

He starts off talking about one of the main choices you'll have to make early on: which SMS provider you want to use to send your messages. While they list several, for the sake of the tutorial they move ahead with Twilio. He show you how to set up an account with the Twilio service and where to get the credentials to connect your application to their API. After talking a bit about things like SMS pricing and handling incoming messages he starts on the integration with Yii2 via this package. Once installed and configured he creates a simple class to send a message via Twilio and tries it out with a "First test" message.

tagged: startup build tutorial series yii2 framework twilio sms notification

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-preparing-for-text-messaging--cms-26912