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Delicious Brains Blog:
How to Use Xdebug for Advanced PHP Debugging
Aug 07, 2017 @ 10:17:14

On the Delicious Brains site there's a tutorial posted that shows you how to use XDebug for advanced PHP debugging versus some of the usual practices of var_dump or print_r-ing your way through your testing.

You could just debug your PHP code using functions such as error_log, print, and var_dump, (and to be honest we’ve all done it, a lot!), but sometimes they just aren’t enough, and can actually slow you down while developing.

There must be a better way, surely?! Enter Xdebug, the rather awesome debugging and profiling tool for PHP.

In this post, I’ll take you through why Xdebug is amazing, getting it setup, how to use it, get the most out of it it, and some neat advanced uses all to make your life easier.

He starts with some background on his previous debugging practices and how discovering XDebug revolutionized his workflow. He then talks about breakpoints for debugging and what he calls "debug driven development". The article then walks you through the installation process and the integration with IDEs, specifically PHPStorm. The rest of the post shows examples of how to use XDebug along with breakpoints and IDE features to get more information about the current application state and where things are failing. He also includes sections about using XDebug for profiling and performing remote debugging via an SSH tunnel.

tagged: xdebug introduction debugging profiling tutorial setup ide integration

Link: https://deliciousbrains.com/xdebug-advanced-php-debugging/

Laravel News:
Minio: An Open-Source S3 Compliant Storage Service
Aug 07, 2017 @ 09:33:23

On the Laravel News site they've posted a tutorial showing you how to use Minio for storage and integrate it into a Laravel application as another filesystem location.

Have you ever wanted a local version of Amazon S3 while developing Laravel applications? Well want no more, Minio is an open-source distributed object storage server built in Golang. The best part: Minio is Amazon S3 compatible. Let’s go through setting up Minio locally and then try out the new temporaryUrl method introduced in Laravel v5.4.31.

They walk you through the setup of the Minio server (locally, instructions are for brew on OS X) how to access it directly to ensure it is up and running. The tutorial then shows how to integrate it into the Laravel configuration as another file system location (as it is S3 compliant). It also shows how to create a "test" bucket for the content storage and using the "Storage" handling to push a file to the Minio service.

tagged: minio s3 storage opensource laravel tutorial integration golang

Link: https://laravel-news.com/minio-s3-compliant-storage

Stefan Koopmanschap:
Customizing Sculpin: Highlight image and Facebook
Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:14:15

Stefan Koopmanschap has a new post to his site showing the Sculpin users out there how to customize the system for a highlight image and Facebook integration.

Over the past months I've been slowly customizing my Sculpin installation for this blog to fit my own liking a bit more. I've added a bit more styling including a beautiful background image and a transparent white background for the content column. Today I wanted to add a bit more. Two things specifically: I wanted to control a bit more about how my blogposts are displayed when they are shared on Facebook [and] I wanted to have an optional image at the top of blogposts to make them look a bit better.

It turns out this was actually quite easy, so here's a short description of what I did to make it work.

He splits the article into these two parts, showing how to add in custom markup and add custom frontmatter to modify the Facebook posts. He then shows how to add a block to the main templates for the highlight image and a small section to credit the photo back to the original.

tagged: sculpin facebook integration highlight image tutorial meta template credit

Link: https://leftontheweb.com/blog/2017/07/28/Customizing-Sculpin-highlight-image-and-facebook/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
How to Build a Lyrics Website with Laravel Scout and Algolia
Jul 06, 2017 @ 12:06:11

On the SitePoint PHP blog they've posted a new tutorial showing you how to create a lyrics website with the combination of Laravel Scout and the Algolia data search service.

In this tutorial, we will create a minimal lyrics web site using Laravel Scout and Algolia. To do so, we need a CRUD app to work with our data, and a search interface to let users search through the content. However, instead of creating the full app from scratch, let’s just install the finished CRUD app that we’ve created for this tutorial.

Algolia is a hosted search engine API, providing us with all the tools and resources we’ll ever need to create products with awesome search capabilities.

The end result is a site with a simple search box that displays the matching album/songs for the search string provided. They start in on the code by bootstrapping the project and setting up the database (including loading it with the included SQL file). Next they install the Laravel Scout package and update the "Song" model to be searchable. The tutorial then walks you through the creation of a Algolia account, indexing the current data and importing it into Algolia. Finally it circles back around to the site and helps you create the pieces (controller/view/etc) to make the frontend search work with the Algolia API for searching the indexed data.

tagged: tutorial algolia search laravel scout lyrics integration api

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/build-lyrics-website-laravel-scout-algolia/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
8 Must Have PHP Quality Assurance Tools (2017 Update)
Jul 03, 2017 @ 13:43:09

As you write your PHP code, you'll need to verify that everything is working as expected and that the code follows all style and formatting requirements. In this list from the SitePoint PHP blog they give you a list of eight tools you can use to ensure all of these criteria are met.

For shipping quality code, we must have testing in mind while coding (if not doing TDD). However, with the wide range of PHP testing tools out there, it’s hard to make a choice! Exploring PHP is a fun adventure (premium course on that here!) but it’s hard to assemble a toolbelt that’s not too heavy to wear to work!

This popular article will highlight the most popular testing tools and has been updated to reflect the state of QA tools in 2017.

Included in their list are tools like:

  • PHPUnit
  • Cucumber
  • Selenium
  • Kahlan
  • php_testability

The post ends with a brief look at continuous integration and how they can help execute these tools automatically when code changes or before production builds are deployed, taking most of the burden off of developers to remember.

tagged: top8 list quality assurance tools ci continuous integration

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/8-must-have-php-quality-assurance-tools/

Laravel News:
Invisible reCAPTCHA Integration With Laravel
Jun 09, 2017 @ 09:46:15

On the Laravel News site, there's a new post showing you how to use Google's invisible reCAPTCHA in a Laravel application with the help of the "albertcht/invisible-recaptcha" package.

Invisible reCAPTCHA is an improved version of reCAPTCHA v2 (No CAPTCHA) developed by Google, and users now only need to click the button: “I’m not a robot” to prove they are human.

In Invisible reCAPTCHA, there is no longer an embedded CAPTCHA box for users to interact with. It’s totally invisible with only a badge showing on the bottom of the page so users your website know you are using this technology. (The badge can be hidden, but this is not recommended.)

They start with an example of what the output looks like attached to a form and how to install and configure the package. This requires API credentials from the Google side: a sitekey and secretkey. The post finishes with the code you'll need in your forms and as a validator to check the reCAPTCHA code in the response.

tagged: laravel turorial invisible recaptcha integration package

Link: https://laravel-news.com/invisible-recaptcha-integration-with-laravel

Laravel News:
Developing a CI Process for Laravel with Codeship and Forge
Jun 05, 2017 @ 13:01:05

On the Laravel News site they've posted a tutorial showing you how to create a CI process for deploying Laravel applications using the Codeship and Forge services.

Codeship empowers developers to efficiently test and deploy web applications with a basic command. Today, I want to demonstrate some of the platform’s features through testing and deploying a Laravel application.

They start the tutorial with some of the things you'll need to have set up prior to the process including a local instance of Docker, a DigitalOcean or AWS account and a Laravel Forge account. The tutorial then shows how to complete the process using this sample application:

  • Setting up our Codeship project
  • Setting up Laravel Forge
  • Connecting Forge and Codeship

The article walks you through all the setup and configuration you'll need to get the process integrated and up and running quickly.

tagged: laravel deployment codeship forge tutorial integration

Link: https://laravel-news.com/ci-process-codeship-forge

thePHP.cc:
Testing Keeps Me From Getting Things Done
May 25, 2017 @ 09:52:29

On thePHP.cc site they have a new post that tries to refute a common claim from developers when it comes to testing: testing keeps me from getting things done. The post is a response to an email to the group about testing asking where the real value is in applications versus libraries/tools.

To successfully develop software means to work target-oriented. These targets should be derived from acceptance criteria that are reconciled with the business. Without clear targets – we mean at a task level, not project or annual targets – the developer runs the risk of getting lost in work. Most importantly, he does not know when he is done with a task.

It is prudent to document and verify acceptance criteria through automated tests. One way or another, the targets have to be defined before production code gets written. This is test-driven development, whether you want to call it that or not.

The response goes on to talk about how, with tests written after the code has already been written (legacy code), it's not always clear what the original intent was resulting in lost context. It also compares two of the main types of testing - integration and unit - and the place each has in an overall testing strategy.

tagged: testing unittest reply integration opinion application

Link: https://thephp.cc/news/2017/05/testing-keeps-me-from-getting-things-done

Medium.com:
Using Guzzle 6 Middleware in a Laravel Application
May 03, 2017 @ 11:10:36

In this recent post on Medium.com author Paul Redmond shows how to use Guzzle 6 middleware in a Laravel application instead of the framework's own functionality.

The most significant change between Guzzle 5 and 6 is moving away from the event system I grew so accustomed to in Version 5 to middleware in version 6. Needless to say, it was a big adjustment for me at first and it felt like a downgrade. After my initial grumbling, the upgrade guide explains the reasoning for the change.

[...] I prefer to keep my dependencies as up-to-date as possible so I decided to learn Guzzle 6 and become more familiar with the middleware. The concepts are pretty straightforward and I have a few patterns that I like to use when building out middleware within my Laravel applications.

He then shares some code he's used to generate an authorization header and how to add it into the Laravel application as a service using the "tagged" middleware functionality. Finally he shows it in use making a simple request to the endpoint and showing the response results, including the authorization header.

tagged: guzzle middleware laravel application tutorial tagged integration

Link: https://medium.com/@paulredmond/using-guzzle-6-middleware-in-a-laravel-application-7fbd6d966235

Fabien Potencier:
Symfony 4: Automate your Workflow
Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:33:24

Fabien Potencier has continued his series looking at Symfony 4 with a new post to his site today. This time he focuses on workflow automation and removing some of the daily application management tasks.

Symfony 4's most "innovative" feature is the way it drives the day-to-day application management. No more tedious copy/paste from README files. No more boilerplate code. Automation to the max. On a curated list of Composer packages.

He starts the post talking about Symfony Flex (the main engine behind Symfony 4) and how it can help with package management and installation/integration. He uses the sensiolabs/security-checker package as an example, showing how Flex understands the package and knows to run the checks on future composer install commands. He then digs into other areas Flex helps with:

  • bundles
  • configuration
  • environment variables
  • makefile tasks
  • Composer scripts

...and a few others. Examples are provided for each of the sections in the composer.json configuration and the post finishes with an example of the full configuration file, putting everything together.

tagged: symfony4 automation workflow integration installation symfonyflex framework

Link: http://fabien.potencier.org/symfony4-workflow-automation.html