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Matt Stauffer:
Image dimension validation rules in Laravel 5.3
Jul 26, 2016 @ 09:09:18

Continuing his series looking at the features coming in Laravel 5.3, Matt Stauffer has posted his latest article in the series covering some of the image validation rules that the update will include.

In Laravel 5.3, we have a new validation option: image dimensions for image uploads. The validation rule is called dimensions, and you can pass the following parameters to it: min_width, max_width, min_height, max_height, width, height and ratio.

This provides a simplified version of many of these checks you might have been doing manually in the past (and fits in with the Laravel validation structure). He gives a few examples of verifying images from a basic form submission. The validations are put on the "avatar" field and work much like the other validation definitions with the checks "stacked" and separated by the pipe character ("|").

tagged: laravel v53 feature image dimension validation rules

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/image-dimension-validation-rules-in-laravel-5-3

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Finding Differences in Images with PHP
May 26, 2016 @ 10:56:33

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a new tutorial from author Christopher Pitt on an interesting topic that could come in very handy in the right situations: finding differences in images with PHP.

I recently stumbled across a fascinating question: how could I tell whether an image had changed significantly? As PHP developers, the most troublesome image problem we have to deal with is how to resize an upload with an acceptable loss of quality. In the end I discovered what many before me have – that this problem becomes relatively simple given the application of some fundamental mathematical principles.

He starts off by talking about images as "bitmaps", basically a collection of pixels composed in a grid. He also mentions images as sets of vectors, but in PHP the bitmap approach is simpler and more understandable. He includes some code showing the breakdown of an image into its RBG colors values and what the data represents. He then moves into measuring the distance "in three dimensions" with a bit of geometry and applies them to a simple State class. This class breaks down the image given into RBG details then, eventually, compares the other image based on the euclidean distance between the points on the original and the ones from the new image. He filters some of these results through a standard deviation view to weed out problems with almost identical images.

tagged: image difference evaluation tutorial gd similar euclideandistance standarddeviation

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/finding-differences-in-images-with-php/

Rob Allen:
Determining the image type of a file
Mar 04, 2016 @ 11:08:14

In his latest post Rob Allen shows a handy way, making use of the http://php.net/getimagesize function, to determine the image type of a file based on header information returned.

One thing I learnt recently which I probably should have known already is that getimagesize() returns more than just the width and height of the image. [...] However, getimagesize() also returns up to 5 more pieces of information. Interestingly, the data array is a mix of indexed elements and named elements

He gives an example of the output from the function and shows how, using data from the returned array, you can compare constants (IMAGETYPE_JPEG, IMAGETYPE_GIF, IMAGETYPE_PNG) to determine what the image type is. This is a better option than relying on the extension of the file as that can be easily faked.

tagged: image type determine tutorial getimagesize constant

Link: https://akrabat.com/determining-the-image-type-of-a-file-with-getimagesize/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Glide: Easy Dynamic on-Demand Image Resizing
Mar 03, 2016 @ 10:52:59

On the SitePoint PHP blog editor Bruno Skvorc has posted a tutorial showing you how to use Glide, an image manipulation library that's a part of the League of Extraordinary Packages.

Glide is an image processing library built on top of Intervention. Its purpose is to facilitate on-demand image processing. That’s a fancy way of saying it creates images as they’re requested if they don’t exist.

He gives the example of the need to manipulate the image based on the user's device - like desktop versus mobile clients. He shows how to get the library installed (via Composer) and how to configure it with cache and source directories. He then integrates the library into a "no framework"-based application, passing the missing image request to the "image" controller for handling. However a basic implementation like this leaves it open to exploit. He shows how to restrict the allowed sizes with an allowedWidths data set. He ends the article with a look at image saving and caching with the possibility of writing the resulting file to the local drive (caching) if re-requested later.

tagged: glide image manipulation library theleague ondemand tutorial

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/easy-dynamic-on-demand-image-resizing-with-glide/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
How to Build a NASA Photo Gallery with Zend Expressive
Nov 03, 2015 @ 09:52:06

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial from author Andrew Carter showing you how to create a NASA photo gallery application with the latest framework offering from Zend, Zend Expressive.

In this article, we are going to use Zend Expressive to build a photo gallery using the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day API. The end result will be the AstroSplash website which was created for the purpose of this article. [...] Zend Expressive is an exciting new micro-framework for building PSR-7 middleware applications. [...] Middleware is a term that will be used a lot in this article. A good definition of middleware is given by the Zend Expressive documentation.

They walk you through the basics of the application and how to set up an account and application over on the NASA API. They help you create the initial project, what the output should look like and commands to remove some extra code. They include the configuration of the container, set up the route middleware, work with the templating for the app and connecting it with Doctrine for database storage. Finally they integrate the NASA API using this library and pull down the latest images from the service.

tagged: zendexpressive tutorial nasa image application api framework middleware

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-nasa-photo-gallery-zend-expressive/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Docker and Dockerfiles Made Easy!
Oct 16, 2015 @ 15:56:58

The SitePoint PHP blog has a post that aims to help you with Docker and introduces some of the basic concepts and steps to understand the Dockerfile configuration.

It’s become second nature for developers to use Virtual Machines to configure and manage their working environments. Most professionals who use VMs use Vagrant for dealing with their development environments. In this article, we’ll be moving from Vagrant to Docker, and use a small Laravel application to test that everything is working as expected.

They walk you through the installation of necessary tools, creation of a simple Docker machine and the concepts behind images and containers. They show you how to create a simple Ubuntu-based machine and configuring it to serve up the default Ubuntu+Apache page. They also cover container volumes, a method for keeping a local folder in sync with one in your instance. They help you set this up with a Laravel installation. Next up they help you configure the database container running MySQL and connect it to the Laravel instance. The tutorial also shows how to set up links between the containers, gets into some of the details of the Dockerfile structure and using "docker compose" to easily create environments based off a YAML configuration.

tagged: docker dockerfiles tutorial environment container image laravel

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/docker-and-dockerfiles-made-easy/

Programming With Yii2: Rich Text Input With Redactor
Jun 19, 2015 @ 10:38:55

NetTuts.com continues their series about programming with the Yii2 framework in this new article moving on to the use of the Redactor rich text editor that comes bundled with the framework.

In this Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the newly upgraded Yii2 Framework for PHP. In this tutorial, I'm going to introduce you to using the rich text editor Redactor within the Yii Framework. For these examples, we'll continue to imagine we're building a framework for posting simple status updates, e.g. our own mini-Twitter.

Thanks to the Yii community purchasing an unlimited license for the Redactor rich text editor, it's easy to install and use via the "yii2-redactor" extension. They help you get it installed and update a sample form to use it instead of the normal basic HTML textarea for content input. They also show you how to add image support and what it looks like both inline in the editor and the resulting HTML output.

tagged: yii2 series tutorial programming redactor richtext editor image

Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii2-rich-text-input-with-redactor--cms-23174

New Media Campaigns:
Docker for PHP Developers
Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:29:38

The New Media Campaigns site has posted a new tutorial today introducing PHP developers to Docker, the handy tool to create containers for your applications a bit simpler and more efficient than just something like Vagrant.

I've used Vagrant to manage local development servers for several years. Vagrant is, according to its official website, a tool to "create and configure light-weight, reproducible, and portable development environments." [...] However, Vagrant has one large downside—it implies hardware virtualization. This means each project runs atop a full virtual machine, and each virtual machine has a complete operating system that demands a large overhead in system resources.

[...] There is another solution, though. Have you heard of Docker? I first heard this word a year ago. It's all about containers, I was told. Awesome. What are containers?, I thought. I dug deeper, and I read all about containerization, process isolation, and union filesystems.

He starts with a brief introduction to what Docker is and two of the key concepts: containers and images. He then talks about how Docker is different from Vagrant, including the extensibility and lighter resource demands. Following all this he starts in on building an actual application in a container. He walks you through each step, including commands, to build the container and image that will result in the final instance running Ubuntu, MySQL, Nginx and PHP-FPM. He sets up a simple "Hello World" page and shows how to configure the Nginx server to serve it up as well as the MySQL server to cooperate with PHP and run locally.

tagged: docker introduction container image configure server setup tutorial

Link: http://www.newmediacampaigns.com/blog/docker-for-php-developers

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Creating Custom Field Formatters in Drupal 8
Mar 12, 2015 @ 12:29:01

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted today showing how to create custom field formatters in a Drupal 8 application. Custom formatters allow you to enhance the current functionality of objects in the application and extend them with additional functionality.

With the introduction of annotated plugins, a lot has changed in Drupal 8. We have a more streamlined approach to describing and discovering pieces of functionality that extend the core. Along with many other components, the former Field API (part of the larger and consolidated Entity API) is now based on plugins. In this tutorial we will go through defining a custom field formatter for an existing field (image). What we want to achieve is to make it possible to display an image with a small caption below it. This caption will be the title value assigned to the image if one exists.

They start with a new custom module, starting with just the YAML configuration. Then they help you create the field formatter as a plugin in the "Plugin/Field/FieldFormatter" namespace (code included). They explain how this code works and show how to add it as a hook to make it available to the template layer. Finally they show it in use and how it places the title value into the image caption in the result.

tagged: drupal8 custom field formatter tutorial plugin image title

Link: Creating Custom Field Formatters in Drupal 8

Laravel News:
Easy Image Processing in Laravel with Glide
Jan 30, 2015 @ 10:06:41

On the Laravel News site there's a new post sharing a video tutorial of how to use the Glide image handling library with your Laravel-based application.

Glide is a new package by Jonathan Reinink which is an on-demand image manipulation library. In this video he shows you how to set it up and the basic usage in Laravel 5.

In the tutorial Jonathan walks you through an introduction to the library and how it wraps around the Intervention image handling. He creates a basic application that, when an image endpoint is called, output the image with any given configuration options (like height and width). Glide is one of many packages making up The PHP League.

tagged: laravel image processing glide library thephpleague screencast video

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/using-glide-laravel/