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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

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

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

Ben Ramsey:
Building PHP Projects on AWS CodeBuild
Dec 05, 2016 @ 10:54:48

Ben Ramsey has a post to his site sharing the process he's worked up to deploy PHP applications on AWS Codebuild, a new service from Amazon Web Services that fills the niche for an easy to spin up and use build server.

The main highlight of re:Invent is always the keynotes and the new services and features announcements they make during the keynotes. One of the new services caught my attention, and I decided to give it a try. That service is AWS CodeBuild.

CodeBuild is designed to be used as part of the AWS CodePipeline, but it may also be used by itself. [...] Out of the box, CodeBuild provides some managed images that you may use to build your projects. These include environments for Android, Java, Python, Ruby, Golang, and Node.js. PHP is missing from this list, but since you’re able to use other images, I decided to see how easy it is to get up and running on CodeBuild with a PHP project. I chose to try out my ramsey/uuid library for a simple test.

He walks you through the creation of a new CodeBuild instance (complete with screenshots of the UI) and how to configure your project, explaining each of the settings as he goes. He includes the full build command he's using for the library running tests, a lint check and codesniffer checks for formatting. He shows how to get the project to build and what the UI will show when the build is successful (all green).

tagged: project aws codebuild pipeline library tutorial setup build server amazon

Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2016/12/aws-codebuild-php/

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Issue Tracking and Feature Planning
Dec 02, 2016 @ 12:56:23

TutsPlus.com has continued their "Building Your Startup with PHP" series today with this latest tutorial covering the creation of an issue tracking and feature planning process with the help of the Anana service.

Even for a one-person startup, it helps to have more than a spreadsheet (or paper) to track issues, ideas, and bugs. A few years ago, I'd used Lighthouse for my grant-funded NewsCloud Community Starter Project. Last year, I'd been introduced to Asana during a consulting gig.

[...] Eventually, I found my way and discovered the tool works well whether you're working with a variety of people or just solo. In today's episode, I'll walk you through how I began using Asana for Meeting Planner. I use Asana not only to track issues but to organize them and plan for the future. I also use it to track and process bugs.

He walks you through getting started with the service (they have a free tier) and how to set up your first project. He includes examples of task creation, tagging tasks and tracking bugs right inside the service. He then uses it to create a "release plan" for the next version of the Meeting Planner application. He wraps up the post talking about what's next on his side for the Planner application and its funding goals.

tagged: build startup series meetingplanner issue tracking feature planning tutorial

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-issue-tracking-and-feature-planning--cms-26722

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Delivering Notifications
Nov 04, 2016 @ 10:54:14

TutsPlus.com has posted the latest part in their "Building Your Startup with PHP" series today with a focus on delivering notifications to your users when meeting information is updated.

This tutorial is part of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Envato Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real-life example. Every step along the way, I'll release the Meeting Planner code as open-source examples you can learn from. I'll also address startup-related business issues as they arise.

In the prior episode, I described building the infrastructure for tracking changes to meetings so we would know how to share updates with participants. In this episode, I'll cover monitoring the log and delivering email notifications of changes.

They start with a look at monitoring for updates to current meetings via a "actionFrequent" method and the code required to locate and notify the correct people of the updates. Next up is the logging of these changes to the audit log and pulling a history of the meeting to show what actually changed. Finally there's code to deliver the actual update email.

tagged: build startup series meetingplanner deliver notifications change meeting tutorial

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-delivering-notifications--cms-26595

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup: Notifying People of Meeting Updates
Oct 24, 2016 @ 10:37:50

On TutsPlus.com they've continued their series showing the construction of a startup (a calendaring site) using PHP and the Yii2 framework. In this latest article they walk you through their construction of a notification system when others need to be informed/invited to meetings in the system.

This tutorial is part of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Envato Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real-life example. [...] In this two-part series, I'll describe how we built the notifications infrastructure and their delivery. Today, I'm going to focus on the MeetingLog to track changes that help us determine when to send updates.

They start with their vision of how the notification system should work (starting at the UI level) and the types of responses an invited user could reply with. The article then gets into how the notifications will work and the creation of the first step: a log to track all actions taken around notifications. They include the model to work with the logging table, adding a new log message, defining the logging command and finding specific log messages. With that in place, the tutorial switches to the frontend, showing what the notifications should look like using flash messages and a few updates to the views in the application.

tagged: startup build tutorial series log message yii2 framework

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-notifying-people-of-meeting-updates--cms-26594

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Modding Minecraft with PHP – Buildings from Code!
Oct 20, 2016 @ 10:58:47

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted another Minecraft-themed tutorial from Christopher Pitt, this time explaining how you can mod Minecraft with PHP without having to learn Java.

I’ve always wanted to make a Minecraft mod. Sadly, I was never very fond of re-learning Java, and that always seemed to be a requirement. Until recently. Thanks to dogged persistence, I’ve actually discovered a way to make Minecraft mods, without really knowing Java. There are a few tricks and caveats that will let us make all the mods we desire, from the comfort of our own PHP.

The method he's come up with talks directly to the Minecraft server (using AMPHP) to communicate via a RCON connection and place items in the world based on messages from the user. He uses code created previously to listen to the logs and grab the messages from the user. With this data he then sends a "blueprint" over the RCON connection with a set of coordinates of locations to build the blocks. The end result looks something like this.

tagged: mod minecraft tutorial build rcon command

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/modding-minecraft-with-php-buildings-from-code/

Raphael Stolt:
Eight knobs to adjust and improve your Travis CI builds
Oct 11, 2016 @ 09:18:53

If you're a Travis-CI user, like many projects are, you'll find this new post from Raphael Stolt very interesting. In it he provides "eight knobs" you can use to improve your use of the service and optimize your test runs.

After having refactored several Travis CI configuration files over the last weeks, this post will provide eight adjustments or patterns immediately applicable for faster, changeable, and economic builds.

Suggestions in his list include:

  • Reduce git clone depth
  • Configure PHP versions in an include
  • Only do static code analysis or code coverage measurement once
  • Run integration tests on very xth build

For each item on the list he includes the updates you'll need to make to your .travis.yml configuration to enable/disable the feature.

tagged: travisci service performance improvement build top8

Link: http://raphaelstolt.blogspot.com/2016/10/eight-knobs-to-adjust-and-improve-your.html

TutsPlus.com:
Building Your Startup With PHP: Email Commands
Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:22:40

TutsPlus.com has continued their "Building Your Startup with PHP" series in this latest tutorial covering the use of email commands in their "Meeting Planner" example application.

This tutorial is part of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Envato Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real-life example. [...] In the last tutorial, we began emailing meeting invitations which included numerous links for participants to respond, i.e. view the meeting page, accept all places and times, reject a place or time, etc.

In this tutorial, I'll review how I chose to construct and process those links in a secure, functional manner.

He then starts in on the idea of "commands" explaining a bit about what they are and what kind of commands are needed for the planner application. Code is included to create some of these commands and how to integrate them into the rest of the Yii-framework based application.

tagged: startup build tutorial series email command yii framework

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-email-commands--cms-23288