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Master Zend Framework:
How To Generate Class Factories The Easy Way with FactoryCreator
Jan 20, 2017 @ 10:07:57

The Master Zend Framework site has a new tutorial posted guiding you through the process of generating class factories the easy way with the help of the "FactoryCreator" tool in the Zend ServiceManager component.

If there’s one thing that’s always frustrated me when working with Zend Framework, it’s having to create factories for classes. Sure, it’s gotten easier as Zend ServiceManager’s continued to ever improve. And PhpStorm and Zend ServiceManager Grand Master, Gary Hockin, has given me a number of great tips and suggestions.

But it’s always been something I’ve felt frustrated by. Perhaps you feel the same. [...] But, what I’ve felt for some time is that they could also make it easier for us to follow these best practices too, such as with some tooling support. In the latest release of Zend ServiceManager, version 3.2.0, they have.

He goes on to talk about two tools that are included in this latest release: the ConfigDumper and FactoryCreator. He helps you get the FactoryCreator tool installed and provides a simple example of it in use, generating the factory for a "JournalService" class. He includes the results of the generation of the simple example before moving on to a more complicated example: a TableGateway object. The final example shows the generation of the factory for an "Actions" class, handling the controller processing for a simple MVC application. If you're a bit shorter on time, he's also created a screencast version of the tutorial you can view in-page or over on Vimeo.

tagged: zendframework generate class factory factorycreator tutorial screencast

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/simple-factory-generation-with-factorycreator/

Zend Framework Blog:
Implement an XML-RPC server with zend-xmlrpc
Jan 18, 2017 @ 14:22:33

As a sort of follow up to their previous article showing the use of the zend-json-server component to create an XML-RPC service, the Zend blog is back with a different take on the same functionality, this time using zend-xmlrpc.

zend-xmlrpc provides a full-featured XML-RPC client and server implementation. XML-RPC is a Remote Procedure Call protocol using HTTP as the transport and XML for encoding the requests and responses.

[...] Each XML-RPC request consists of a method call, which names the procedure (methodName) to call, along with its parameters. The server then returns a response, the value returned by the procedure.

The post walks you through an example request/response flow and some of the value types allowed in the XML-RPC structure. From there it's on to the code, creating the simple server and an "add" method on the "calculator" service. The post then covers how to integrate this setup with the zend-mvc component and an application based on it. It finishes up with an example of the same kind of functionality only applied in a PSR-7 middleware instead.

tagged: zendframework zendxmlrpc xmlrpc component zendmvc psr7 middleware

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2017-01-17-zend-xmlrpc-server.html

Zend Framework Blog:
Implement JSON-RPC with zend-json-server
Jan 11, 2017 @ 12:47:01

On the Zend Framework blog there's a new post showing you how to implement a JSON-RPC interface with zend-json-server, a package from the Zend Framework 2 set of components.

zend-json-server provides a JSON-RPC implementation. JSON-RPC is similar to XML-RPC or SOAP in that it implements a Remote Procedure Call server at a single URI using a predictable calling semantic. Like each of these other protocols, it provides the ability to introspect the server in order to determine what calls are available, what arguments each call expects, and the expected return value(s); JSON-RPC implements this via a Service Mapping Description (SMD), which is usually available via an HTTP GET request to the server.

The article provides a basic example of the creation of a service that handles GET requests and gives back a service mapping description. Building on this, they show how to integrate it into an application that makes use of the zend-mvc structure. They implement a "JsonRpcController" using the same methods as before. Finally they show an example of performing JSON-RPC handling in middleware, outputting the same output as before based on the data in the $response variable.

tagged: zendframework jsonrpc zendjsonserver example controller middleware tutorial

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2017-01-10-zend-json-server.html

Master Zend Framework:
How to Simplify Expressive Configuration with Interop-Config
Nov 17, 2016 @ 09:58:59

On the Master Zend Framework site there's a tutorial posted showing you how to simplify your Zend Expressive configuration with the help of the interop-config package.

Zend Expressive (and Zend Framework) are great frameworks, ones designed not to constrain you in almost any way. You’re in charge. You set the scene. You make it do just what you want it to do. Unlike other frameworks, you’re not bound to work with a specific way. You’re free to work in, almost, whatever way you want. But that comes at a price.

Consequently, using Zend Expressive can give you too much freedom — especially when it comes to configuration. That’s why I was happy to hear about Interop-Config some time ago from my friend Sandro Keil.

Interop-Config is a library which helps ensure that you have a valid configuration for your code. It can provide default options, as well as enforce mandatory options, ensuring that it has a well laid out structure, and is easy to understand.

He starts by briefly talking about the package itself and what kinds of features it brings along with it. The tutorial then shows how to get the package installed and a simple base configuration. With that in place it then shows you how to access this configuration via the "ConfigurationTrait" and a "dimensions" method. From there you can then easily get configuration data from the DI container (and see if it exists with a "canRetrieveOptions" method). The post finishes up showing you how to add default values, making options mandatory and a bit about defensive programming methodologies in using the tool.

tagged: zendexpressive configuration interopconfig package tutorial zendframework

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/simplify-expressive-configuration-with-interop-config/

Master Zend Framework:
How to Begin Migrating From Zend Framework 2 to Zend Expressive
Oct 04, 2016 @ 12:29:21

The Master Zend Framework site has posted a new tutorial showing you how to start the process of migrating to Zend Expressive in your current from Zend Framework 2 application.

If you are managing one or more Zend Framework 2 applications, did you know that you can already begin porting them to Zend Expressive? In this tutorial, you will learn how you can start doing so today, using the Zend/PSR-7 bridge.

He starts with a little background on Zend Expressive and how it compares to Zend Framework 2. He also shares his opinions on the "just start from scratch" idea that's so tempting when migrating from one framework to another...that almost always leads to disaster. He then breaks down the migration process (using the zend-psr7bridge) into four steps, each with related code:

  • Create The Middleware Class
  • Initialize the Middleware
  • Configure the ServiceManager
  • Configure the Routes

He concludes with a few final thoughts about the migration from ZF2 to Expressive and how, with the help of this middleware setup, it can be a much smoother and easier transition.

tagged: migrate zendframework zendexpresssive psr7bridge tutorial framework introduction

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/migrate-from-zendframework2-to-zendexpressive/

Master Zend Framework:
How To Build a Local Development Environment Using Docker
Sep 02, 2016 @ 11:57:05

The Master Zend Framework site has posted a tutorial helping you create a Docker-based development environment complete with PHP, MySQL and Apache working happily together.

Why in this modern day and age is setting up a development environment still such a complicated process? [...] Why is it still so hard to get one setup that works, that does what you need, and that matches the deployment environment’s of testing, staging, production and so on?

[...] By now our development environments have grown quite sophisticated. But the overhead of both building and maintaining them has increased significantly also. Wouldn’t it be easy if we could set them up, but with only a small investment of time and effort? I think you know where I might be heading with this. You can. Yes, that’s right, you can. Ever heard of Docker?

He then starts in on introducing Docker (for those not already familiar) and how it differs from a VirtualBox/Vagrant setup that's already become quite popular. He talks about "containers" and the role they play as well as an overview of the environment he's going to show you how to create. He then helps you get Docker installed, explains how the containers will work together and provides the Docker YAML configuration for each of them. The docker-compose command is then used to bring the environment up, downloading the containers as needed. The final result of his setup is a set of containers running together to serve up a Zend Framework Skeleton Application.

tagged: docker local development environment tutorial introduction mysql apache zendframework skeleton

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/docker-development-environment/

Gary Hockin:
ConfigAbstractFactory in ZendServiceManager
Sep 02, 2016 @ 10:31:16

Gary Hockin has a post to his site today introducing you to the new ConfigAbstractFactory class to work with ZendServiceManager in Zend Framework applications. The library helps make the creation of configuration service factories easier than having to write them in code.

I wanted to introduce the new ConfigAbstractFactory that has been written for ZendServiceManager 3 and got merged to develop today and will be included in the next 3.2.0 release of the ServiceManager.

[...] Laravel has shown us that developer usability is a real thing and that by making things easier for your target audience you gain traction and Good Things Happen. This is why in response to an issue on the Service Manager repository, I’ve written the catchily named Config Abstract Factory. Essentially, it allows you to create service factories from configuration rather than having to write all the code.

He talks about being a fan of the "configuration over magic" approach the Zend Framework has and how, with this new new library, it makes it even easier to directly link configuration files and the objects created based on their contents. He gives a simple example of a UserServiceFactory, first showing the "old" way of handling it then how to shift over to the new abstract handler just defining the same setup in the module configuration.

tagged: configuration abstract factory class servicemanager zendframework

Link: https://blog.hock.in/2016/09/02/configabstractfactory-in-zendservicemanager/

Master Zend Framework:
The 3-Step Guide to Downloading Files in Zend Expressive
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:37:44

On the Master Zend Framework site there's a tutorial posted showing you how to set up file download functionality in a Zend Expressive-based application.

A common requirement of web-based applications is to upload and download files. But, out of the box, there’s no simple way to download them in Zend Expressive. This tutorial shows you how - step-by-step.

Recently, I was asked on Twitter by @dgoosens, about how to download files using Zend Expressive. The timing was pretty good, as I’d done a simple implementation in a recent Zend Expressive project. So I knocked up a quick example and he, @acelayaa, and I talked it over, making various changes and suggestions along the way.

So, In today’s tutorial, I’m going to walk through a 3-step process for downloading files when using Zend Expressive.

He breaks the process down into three parts:

    1. The Download Functionality
    1. Using the Download Method
    1. Running the Application & Downloading the File

He includes code or commands for each step, showing you exactly how to set up this simple piece of functionality. Additionally it's implemented as a (mostly) self-contained method using the Stream handler to set the required headers and body.

tagged: zendframework zendexpressive file download tutorial stream

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/downloading-files-in-zend-expressive/?platform=hootsuite

Master Zend Framework:
How To Use Laravel’s Eloquent ORM with Zend Expressive
Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:43:47

On the Master Zend Framework site there's a new tutorial posted showing you how to integrate Laravel's Eloquent database library with Zend Expressive to replace the usual options of Doctrine or ZendDb.

When working with Zend Expressive, if you were to choose a database layer for your application, I guess that the first two names to come to mind would be either ZendDb or Doctrine. But what about Laravel’s ORM: Eloquent? That’s right, Eloquent!

I’ve been getting to know Laravel a bit better recently, primarily for the comparison I wrote about it and Zend Expressive not that long ago. The tutorial was exceptionally well received. So I thought I’d dig a bit further, and see if I could use Eloquent instead of my standard ZendDb. It turns out, with a bit of work, you can do it!

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to step you through how to make it available, using a project based off of the Zend Expressive Skeleton Installer.

He starts by installing the Eloquent package and setting it up with a simple configuration (using a Homestead environment). With that configuration set up, he shows how to make the Eloquent connection available to the rest of the application. Once the connection is set up he shows how to create a first model - Capital - and using it to create a new record. He also includes examples of retrieving all records and mentions three things that seem missing from this Eloquent install: the "artisan" command, migrations and database seeing functionality.

tagged: zendframework zendexpressive eloquent orm laravel integration tutorial

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/using-eloquent-with-expressive/

Zend Framework Blog:
End-to-end encryption with Zend Framework 3
Aug 22, 2016 @ 11:56:35

With the recent release of the latest version of the zend-crypt package, the Zend Framework has announced that it's possible to use it to create end-to-end encryption in your applications (Zend Framework based or not).

Recently, we released zend-crypt 3.1.0, the cryptographic component from Zend Framework. This last version includes a hybrid cryptosystem, a feature that can be used to implement end-to-end encryption schema in PHP.

A hybrid cryptosystem is a cryptographic mechanism that uses symmetric encryption (e.g. AES) to encrypt a message, and public-key cryptography (e.g. RSA) to protect the encryption key. This methodology guarantee two advantages: the speed of a symmetric algorithm and the security of public-key cryptography.

He starts with a brief overview of how the system works and the flow of the request/response messaging. With this base in place, he gets into the code required to perform the encryption, first generating the keys needed for the encryption (and why he chose the mode/cypher he did for each). Then, using these keys, he shows how to use zend-crypt and its "Hybrid" handling to encrypt and decrypt a simple message. He also shows how to encrypt the contents of a file using a password.

tagged: endtoend encryption zendcrypt zendframework encryption tutorial string file

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2016-08-19-end-to-end-encryption.html