Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

Rasmus Lerdorf:
Upgrading PHP on the EdgeRouter Lite
Jan 26, 2016 @ 10:30:33

Rasmus Lerdorf has shared a post to his site detailing how he upgraded his EdgeRouter Lite router (hardware) to use PHP 7 for the uI handling and processing, upgrading it from the PHP 5.4 it came installed with.

After nearly 7 years of service I retired my Asus RT-16 router, which wasn't really a router, but a re-purposed wifi access point running AdvancedTomato. In its place I got a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite. It is Debian-based and has a dual-core 500MHz 64-Bit MIPS CPU (Cavium Octeon+), 512M of ram and a 4G removable onboard USB stick for < $100. The router is completely open and, in fact, any advanced configuration has to be done from the command line. The Web UI has been improving, but there are still many things you can't do in it. In other words, exactly the type of device I prefer.

He made use of the open platform the router has to upgrade both the PHP installation and a bit of the web UI code to make things work happily with PHP 7. There's just three steps in his process:

  • Getting a Big-Endian MIPS64 build of PHP 7
  • Configuration (php.ini)
  • Fixing broken stuff

The "broken stuff" in this last item was only a few small changes that needed to be made to the web UI code for raw POST data fetching and session writes. He ends the post with a little summary of the performance post-changes and some about the opcode handling and memory use per request.

tagged: router edgerouter ui version language install upgrade configuration bigendian mips64 php7

Link: https://toys.lerdorf.com/archives/59-Upgrading-PHP-on-the-EdgeRouter-Lite.html

Jack Skinner:
PHP Version Roundup - PHP Install Statistics for 2015
Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:43:49

Jack Skinner has posted his latest "roundup" results of the most popularly installed versions of PHP across the web. In the post he looks through the percentage of installations for each version and how many are "secure" (currently supported and in a popular/stable linux distribution).

Last year, Anthony Ferrara posted an excellent round up of PHP versions in the wild, specifically focusing on the volume of un-patched versions running production websites. Even as an estimate it was an eyeopening moment for many people.

Using data from w3techs and, while the raw data isn't posted, what's there is good enough for an estimation. He talks some about the definition of "secure" in the context of the results and lists the current versions of several popular linux distributions and the versions they support. His results are then grouped by minor release and created some graphs for the results to help with visualization. The remainder of the post shares these results for PHP versions 5.6, 5.5, 5.4, 5.3 and yes even 5.2/5.1. The results end with overall numbers/graphs of the most widely installed versions and what percentage of those are considered "secure". With PHP 7 just released the results are a little discouraging but it is good to see things trending the right way since last year's results.

tagged: version roundup install popular language secure linux supported w3techs

Link: https://developerjack.com/blog/2015/12/09/php-version-roundup/

Michelangelo van Dam:
Installing PHP 7 on OS X Yosemite
Dec 07, 2015 @ 09:40:34

Michelangelo van Dam has a post to his site, now that PHP 7 is released, showing you how to get it installed on OSX (Yosemite) for your local development.

Yesterday was the release of PHP7.0.0 and I wanted to have it on my mac as fast as possible. Since I'm still using Mac OS X Yosemite I will post here the steps to upgrade my platform, it might be useful for you too.

He starts with the requirements needed for the installation including XCode to be able to compile the PHP from scratch and the latest download of PHP 7 from php.net. He then talks about the benefits of compiling your own installation and shares a script that he uses to compile the PHP version he wants (based on a command line option). Once this is run the typical make and make install are executed and, if all goes well, your output for a /opt/php7/bin/php -v will look the same as his.

tagged: install php7 osx yosemite script compile custom module

Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2015/12/installing-php-7-on-os-x-yosemite.html

Rob Allen:
Installing Phan on OS X
Dec 03, 2015 @ 09:27:37

Rob Allen has posted a quick tip to his site showing how to get Phan installed on an OS X system. Phan is a static analysis tool written for PHP 7 and makes use of the new functionality that exposes the AST for the underlying language.

I use Homebrew for my local PHP installation on OS X and am currently running PHP 7.0.0 RC8.

Phan is a static analyser for PHP 7 which was written by Rasmus and then rewritten by Andrew Morrison. As it benefits from PHP 7's abstract syntax tree it can find all kinds of subtle errors, so I wanted to install it locally to have a play with it.

He shows how to get the tool installed via Composer (with a custom repository definition) and links to the ast extension you'll need installed to let the tool work. A quick exit to your php.ini file is then all it takes to complete the installation and let you install and run the tool from the command line.

tagged: phan static analysis tool php7 install configure osx

Link: http://akrabat.com/installing-phan-on-os-x/

Liip Blog:
Magento 2.0 Release
Nov 19, 2015 @ 09:40:01

On the Liip blog there's a post about the release of Magento 2, the latest and hugely reworked version of the popular eCommerce platform. The post walks you through the installation of this latest update using a pre-configured Vagrant machine.

I’ve downloaded my M2 sample from the official Magento website, there I also found an archive with sample data. For a setup I used a pre-configured Vagrant machine according to the installation guide for Magento server. This installation guide offers two options: easy and advanced. Let’s try the easy way first ;) M2 has an installation wizard, so it is supposed that even a none technically prepared user can install it successfully. And indeed, it looks easy.

He walks through some of the issues he had importing the data during the installation, ultimately, falling back to a command line call to push the large sample data into the platform.

You can find out more about this release and get the latest version over on the Magento website with plenty of information about what's been improved, added and how to get started using this latest version.

tagged: magento2 release install import data ecommerce platform

Link: https://blog.liip.ch/archive/2015/11/18/magento-2-0-release.html

Tyler Longren:
Use Composer in Your WordPress Plugin or Theme
Nov 16, 2015 @ 10:22:47

In this post to his site Tyler Longren shows how to use Composer to install WordPress plugins as well as the usual libraries.

I love Composer. It just makes including libraries or scripts in your app incredibly easy. So easy that it’s stupid not to use it (in many, if not most cases).

[...] I'd never used Composer with a proprietary WordPress plugin before. The plugin is for a client so it’ll never be available to the public. Here’s the steps I took to make this WordPress plugin compatible with Composer so that I can easily bring in third-party libraries.

He breaks it down into a five step process, showing the installation of the Mailgun PHP client:

  • Install composer on your server
  • Add Mailgun as a dependency
  • Check your composer.json file
  • Tell composer to install Mailgun
  • Autoload Our Mailgun Classes in Our Plugin

With the help of Composer, the Mailgun client is ready to go and accessible in his WordPress instance, quickly and easily.

tagged: composer wordpress plugin mailgun client install autoload

Link: https://longren.io/use-composer-in-your-wordpress-plugin-or-theme/

SitePoint WordPress Blog:
How to Install and Use WP-CLI to Manage WordPress Websites
Nov 04, 2015 @ 09:19:13

On the SitePoint WordPress blog they've posted a tutorial showing you how to install and use the WP-CLI tool to manage your WordPress-powered websites.

Speeding up your work process should be one of your top priorities. Simply put, if you do more work in less time, then you will have more time to work on more projects, study and rest. WP-CLI is one of the command line tools specifically made to manage your WordPress websites through the command line. With a few simple commands, you can manage WordPress without even needing to login to your WordPress admin and navigate through the pages.

They start with some of the requirements to use the WP-CLI tool and follow it with the steps to get it installed and moved to the right place on your system. They then show off some of the functionality the command-line tool has to offer including:

  • working with the WP cache
  • installing WordPress core
  • installing themes and plugins

The WP-CLI tool also helps you keep your WordPress installation up to date, including core and themes/plugins too.

tagged: wordpress tutorial wpcli commandline tool install

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/wp-cli/

Marc Morera:
Composer Install in CI
Sep 29, 2015 @ 10:48:38

In this post to his site Marc Morera talks about Composer dependencies and an issue that can come up with two things: having a large number of dependencies and minimum PHP version requirements (and when they change).

Any final project needs a lot of dependencies, and even if your composer.json file is small, you may need a dependency with a lot of dependencies. [...] Computing the real dependencies in my environment seems a great solution, right? I run composer update in my computer, I update the composer.lock version in the repository, and then I only need to do composer install. What I reduce here is the computing time of all recursive dependencies from 20+ minutes to less than 5 minutes. [...] Why this is a bad solution?

He explains that some projects will change the PHP version requirement in a minor version, potentially causing your build to break on other versions without you changing anything. He points out that there's "no good solution" he sees but does recommend good upkeep of your composer.json as a composer update is the best course of action. He also makes recommendations to the library developers about keeping requirements scope as wide as possible and only defining specifics when the project is finalized.

tagged: composer install continuous integration update dependencies

Link: http://mmoreram.com/blog/2015/09/28/composer-install-in-ci/

Barry vd. Heuvel:
Using local repositories to easily install private Magento extensions with Compose
Sep 22, 2015 @ 09:02:26

In a post over on Medium.com Barry vd. Heuvel shows you how to use a recently added feature of Composer, the ability to use local repositories, to install Magento extensions quickly and easily.

I’m a fan of using Composer (in- and outside Magento), so I like to use that option. This works great for free packages listed on Magento connect or Firegento Packages, because you can just require the packages and run composer update. [...] This is all great for public packages, which are download through the Firegento repository. But what about private packages? Ideally we could also use Composer for the packages we purchase. [...] In this blog I’d like to explain how to tackle these 2 problems, so you can keep using the Composer workflow.

He walks you through the two steps you'll need to set up the module so it can be installed via Composer: creating a mapping (package.xml) and the composer.json. For the first he recommends using the Magerun modman tool to help with this. Creating/updating thecomposer.json file to work with the extensions is relatively easy. He makes use of the "path repositories" functionality to points the package at the "extensions/" directory using wildcards in the path name to allow for inclusion of all extensions without having to list each one (see this PR). Finally, to help make the process a bit more clear, he walks through a full example using the Amasty module.

tagged: magento composer install local repository extension packagexml tutorial

Link: https://medium.com/@barryvdh/using-local-repositories-to-easily-install-private-magento-extensions-with-composer-7eb966dec23e

Laravel News:
Installing Zend Z-Ray on Homestead
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:45:01

On the Laravel News site there's a tutorial posted showing you how to Install the Zend Z-Ray tool on Homestead, the popular Laravel-related virtual machine environment. This tool helps with debugging applications by giving you an inside look (a sort of "x-ray") into its inner workings as it executes.

For the past week or so I have been running Zend Z-Ray in Laravel Homestead. Every time using it, new features come to light that are fantastic for debugging your apps in development! What follows is a quick preview of Z-Ray, along with all the steps necessary to install it on Laravel Homestead.

He talks some about the Z-Ray tool and the features it has to offer as well as some of the technologies it supports. He also covers some of the Laravel specific features included like project information, route inspection and current user information. He then gets into the Administration panel, what kinds of information it provides and, finally, how to get it all installed and working. It's not a super simple process but all the commands you'll need are included in the post.

tagged: install zray zend tool plugin laravel tutorial inspect

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/08/installing-zend-z-ray-on-homestead/