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Eric Barnes:
How to set up your Mac for local PHP Development
Aug 05, 2015 @ 10:48:14

Eric Barnes has posted a guide to helping you set up (as he sees it) a good PHP development environment on your Mac that includes Homebrew for package management, Composer, Vagrant and the Laravel Homestead VM for project hosting.

This past weekend I decided it was finally time to wipe my Macbook’s hard drive and start fresh. I have used it daily for several years now and still had artifacts from when I used Mamp. Since then Vagrant has turned to my local server of choice and one of the reasons is how clean you can keep your machine by utilizing it.

After finishing the new Mac OS X install it felt like a new beginning. So clean, so minimal. [...] This go around I wanted to keep it as minimal as possible and only install things I know I need and use. This tutorial covers how I set up my Mac for local PHP Development.

His list of software includes the previously mentioned four as well as the ZSH shell replacing the default bash and, obviously, PHP itself installed via Homebrew.

tagged: osx mac local development homestead composer zsh vagrant homebrew

Link: http://ericlbarnes.com/set-mac-local-php-development/

Joe Ferguson:
How I use Laravel Homestead everyday
Jun 25, 2015 @ 09:21:28

Joe Ferguson has a new post to his site sharing a bit about how he uses Homestead (the Laravel project's virtual machine offering) in his every day development.

I feel like I’ve been talking about homestead a lot lately. I feel like Vagrant is such an important part of a developer’s workflow. If you are still using MAMP, WAMP, or installing Virtual Machines manually you are wasting so much of your own time (and your clients money) by not using prebuilt development environments. [...] I prefer to have my open source projects contain a Vagrant environment so that any potential contributor can easily clone my repository and run “vagrant up”. [...] The recent changes to Homestead have brought the option to use Homestead exactly as I do, without having to use my own packages or copy and paste files.

He walks you through the simple process of getting a project set up with this Homestead-per-project configuration:

  • Starting a new Project
  • Adding Homestead as a dependency
  • Make the Homestead configuration for this project

Now when a "vagrant up" is run from the project, Vagrant understands to create a Homestead virtual machine instance, import the base box and configure it to be a locally hosted web server for your application. He also includes instructions for using it with non-Laravel applications and how to share the environment.

tagged: laravel homestead everyday tutorial project dependency vagrant

Link: http://www.joeferguson.me/how-i-use-laravel-homestead-everyday/

Joe Ferguson:
Install Homestead into your project
Jun 24, 2015 @ 09:53:42

As the Laravel News site mentions in one of their latest posts, the Laravel Homestead project received an update recently that makes it easier to install per-project rather than the previous "one install for everything" setup.

Over the weekend, Homestead received a new update that allows you to run it on a per project basis. Previously Homestead was designed so that you install it once on your system and share all your sites within the virtual machine. Joe Ferguson created the pull request to help get this feature implemented and he has a full write up on his blog.

This change pulls in the functionality doing all the hard work for you. It copies over needed files and setting up the Homestead vagrant instance directly from inside the project. Joe also describes the command line options you can provide, defining a name and hostname for the new instance. You can find out more about it in the official documentation.

tagged: laravel homestead project perproject command hostname name

Link: http://www.joeferguson.me/install-homestead-into-your-project/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Re-introducing Vagrant: The Right Way to Start with PHP
Jun 09, 2015 @ 08:57:59

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted showing you the right way to start with PHP using Vagrant. Vagrant allows for the easy creation and management of local virtual machines that work as self-contained environments and make for easy reuse.

I often get asked to recommend beginner resources for people new to PHP. And, it’s true, we don’t have many truly newbie friendly ones. I’d like to change that by first talking about the basics of environment configuration. In this post, you’ll learn about the very first thing you should do before starting to work with PHP (or any other language, for that matter). We’ll be re-introducing Vagrant powered development.

He starts off by getting everyone on the same level with an introduction to what Vagrant is, how its set up and some of the advantages is brings to the table. He moves to the next piece of software needed, VirtualBox, that actually hosts the virtual machines. With that installed you'll then need Vagrant. With those both set up, he talks more about what makes this a perfect setup for PHP development and information about their preferred VM, the Homestead Improved image. He ends the post with some links to other resources and SitePoint's own posts with more information on this powerful setup.

tagged: vagrant homestead improved tutorial virtualbox gettingstarted

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/re-introducing-vagrant-right-way-start-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Getting Started with eZ Platform on Vagrant
May 13, 2015 @ 09:54:48

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post about getting eZ platform set up and running on a Vagrant VM relatively painlessly. eZ Publish (and the newer eZ Platform) are a content management system aimed at the digital marketing space.

Last year, I had a somewhat negative experience with installing eZ Publish on a Vagrant box. Since then, they’ve significantly improved both the software and the VM-friendliness by, well, flat out removing the legacy stack. The VM setup we’ll be using in this tutorial comes from the labs of NetGen and the mind of @vranac, and is followed by the installation procedure on our very own Homestead Improved modified by yours truly.

Author Bruno Skvorc walks you through the entire process, using Vranac (Vagrant, Anisble and VirtualBox) to get the VM instance set up and running. He then shows how to clone the latest eZ installation and build the demo application. He follows this with the instructions on getting the same setup running on a Homestead Improved instance, requiring a few more steps but it can be a bit faster overall. He finishes off the post by mentioning an upcoming event, PHPSummerCamp, a conference that will include sessions and in-depth looks at the eZ Publish and Platform functionality (happening in Croatia in August).

tagged: ezplatform introduction vagrant homestead improved install configure

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/getting-started-ez-platform-vagrant/

Mike Bronner:
How To Install PHPCI in Homestead
Apr 10, 2015 @ 08:54:19

Mike Bronner has a new post on Medium.com about installing PHPCI on a Laravel Homestead instance and have it able to execute your builds.

PHPCI is a nifty little swiss-army-knife for your development toolbox. [...] It will monitor your source repositories for changes, and trigger a new build when it sees activity. Then it will let you know if anything went wrong or can be improved. This comes in handy to improve your code quality and minimize errors and issues down the road. In the following section we’ll go through the process of installing PHPCI in Homestead.

He goes through the full process of getting the necessary software installed and all of the commands you'll need to:

  • Adding the PHPCI database
  • Clone the PHPCI code
  • Configure the PHPCI install
  • Set up the cron to run automatic builds
  • Configure MySQL
  • Set up the Homestead instance for the new PHPCI site

Check out the full post for more details.

tagged: homestead laravel phpci setup configure install tutorial commands

Link: https://medium.com/@genealabs/how-to-install-phpci-in-homestead-5ee0b022e8be

Mike Bronner:
Run #AllTheCommands Outside of Homestead
Mar 04, 2015 @ 10:02:49

In this new post Mike Bronner shows you how to get the latest PHP5 and Mcrypt versions installed on OS X Yosemite to make ti easier on developers needing to run commands outside of Homestead.

Laravel Homestead has brought virtual machines for web development to the mainstream PHP developer: it makes setting up a development stack similar to XAMP extremely simple. [...] However, one of the drawbacks so far has been that you always needed to run Laravel Artisan commands from within homestead, as they depending on MCrypt being installed. [...] The accepted solution thus far has been to install newer versions of PHP alongside Apple’s version using Homebrew or MacPorts. [...] However, there’s another method I came across while research some non-related issues: install the latest version of PHP from a binary that includes the MCrypt extension.

He walks you through the complete process (well, except for getting Homestead - that needs to already be there) complete with each command you'll need. You'll need to be familiar with the command line to make this all happen and know how to edit configuration files. If all goes well, the "artisan" command will work correctly and no errors will happen during the compile. He also includes a fix you'll need to put in to get the database configuration working from outside Homestead too.

tagged: laravel homestead command artisan mcrypt install configure database

Link: https://medium.com/@genealabs/run-allthecommands-outside-of-homestead-e2fc8d05251f

Laravel News:
Homestead Now With Blackfire Support
Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:05:47

As is mentioned in this new post to the Laravel News site, the Homestead development environment now comes with support for the Blackfire.io profiler.

Blackfire Profiler by SensioLabs automatically gathers data about your code's execution, such as RAM, CPU time, and disk I/O. Homestead makes it a breeze to use this profiler for your own applications. All of the proper packages have already been installed on your Homestead box, you simply need to set a Blackfire ID and token in your Homestead.yaml file

With the configuration set up, the only installation the user needs to make is setting up the companion extension (Chrome) for your browser.

tagged: blackfire support laravel homestead development environment performance

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/02/homestead-now-with-blackfire-support/

Matt Stauffer:
Introducing Laravel Homestead 2.0
Nov 17, 2014 @ 10:41:45

In his latest post Matt Stauffer has posted a guide to the latest release of the Laravel Homestead project, version 2.0, walking you through the installation, configuration and validation of this virtual machine.

When Laravel Homestead first came out, it was a Github repository that included a base Homestead.yaml by default. There was no prescribed place to install it, no global commands for accessing the box, and any time you actually customized your Homestead.yaml file you instantly dirtied your Homestead Github clone, making upgrading difficult.

You can guess where I’m going with this. All of these things are problems no more. The latest version of the Homestead ecosystem has just been released, and it’s moved Homestead into a globally installable Composer package which copies Homestead.yaml (and any other user-editable files) into ~/.homestead on your machine.

He covers the two different ways you'd get this updated version - the fresh install (no previous VM installed) and the upgrade path. For each all of the commands and configuration updates you'll need are included. He also points out some of the new features and handling as he goes along.

tagged: laravel homestead version introduction install configure setup tutorial

Link: http://mattstauffer.co/blog/introducing-laravel-homestead-2.0

SitePoint Web Foundations:
Quick Tip: Install Recki-CT into a Vagrant Ubuntu Box
Sep 03, 2014 @ 11:14:51

On the SitePoint Web Foundations blog Bruno Skvorc has a quick post showing you how to get Recki-CT installed and working in a virtual machine. The Recki-CT project is a creation of Anthony Ferrara that allows you to compile down PHP into machine code.

If you don’t know what Recki-CT is, see @ircmaxell’s original post or the repo, we won’t go into depth here. This quick tip will merely show you how to install it on a Homestead Improved box, much like we did with other software before.

It's a pretty simple four step process including testing things at the end:

  • Install and configure a Homestead Improved instance
  • Install the JitFu tool
  • Grab the latest Recki-CT library version from GitHub
  • Run the provided test code with the local PHP install and test the performance

You can find out more about the Recki-CT project in its GitHub project.

tagged: reckict install virtualmachine mv homestead vagrant tutorial

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/quick-tip-install-recki-ct-vagrant-ubuntu-box/