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SitePoint PHP Blog:
APIfy Your Legacy App with Toro
August 19, 2014 @ 12:09:39

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post that wants to help you API-ify your legacy application with ToroPHP, a router that's "designed for minimalists" to make routing and handling RESTful requests easier.

For the Google Summer of Code 2014, I was selected for a project to create a REST API for ATutor. ATutor has hundreds of thousands of lines of code, yet is written in core PHP. Introducing a PHP router class for the API was necessary, but we needed something unintrusive.

The result was the ToroPHP library. He introduces the library with some background about why it was created and some of the goals it was trying to achieve. Next he shows you how to create a simple "Hello World" endpoint that just defines the endpoint and echoes back the string. He shows how to separate out the logic from the route handling via the "urls.php" definition file. He also shows the handling of URL prefixes and mentions user authentication, making a "backbone" for the API and reuse of classes for similar objects.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/apify-legacy-app-toro/

NetTuts.com:
Setting Up User Authentication in Laravel Using Confide
August 08, 2014 @ 11:05:24

NetTuts.com has posted a new tutorial recently showing how you can use Confide to set up authentication in a Laravel-based PHP application. Confide is a package specifically for Laravel that provides a lot of the usual needs for a user authentication system.

User authentication is part of almost every web application. Although it is common, a deeper look shows that it's not as simple as it may seem. Remember that validation, password recovery, and email confirmation are vital to any decent authentication form. Confide is an authentication solution for Laravel made to reduce the repetitive work involving the management of users. [...] In this tutorial, we'll start from the very beginning by creating our Laravel app using Composer and then: create a signup form with a full set of validation rules, a login form with a "forgot my password" option that will send a link for the user to redefine his password and use Laravel filters to only allow logged users can access a specific route.

The tutorial walks you through creating a simple Laravel application (obviously you can always use one you've already created) and getting Confide installed via Composer. Once you've added the provided lines to the Laravel configuration, you'll be ready to follow along with their examples. They run the migrations to set up the database and show how to view the user pages (and update their look to something a bit more friendly). The remainder of the post shows how to add in the pre-execute validation, via Laravel's filters, to ensure a user is logged in on certain routes.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/setting-up-user-authentication-in-laravel-using-confide--cms-21866

Reddit.com:
PHP library authors Have you considered to arrange security bug bounties?
August 06, 2014 @ 10:39:00

In this new post to Reddit.com Timoh suggests something that could definitely help improve the overall security of the PHP ecosystem - a bug bounty system, providing libraries and projects an easy way to security-related submissions for their code.

To encourage software security research on the open-source PHP libraries we use everyday, I have been brainstorming the possibilities for us, the code authors, to start to offer security bug bounties on the projects we maintain. It is a shame such a few PHP projects encourages security research by offering bug bounties, and I think it doesn't have to be this way.

He describes his ideas for the system including the ability to offer both monetary bounties and other kinds of recognition as well. Comments on the post are largely supportive, agreeing with him that it can definitely help things. He also makes the suggestion of getting frameworks with corporate backings (like Zend Framework and Symfony) to be some of the leaders and be an example to other projects and get them on board. What do you think? Add your own thoughts and suggestions about the project to the mix!

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/2cpu6v/php_library_authors_have_you_considered_to/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Using Guzzle with Twitter via Oauth
July 31, 2014 @ 10:54:01

Continuing on with his series about using the Guzzle PHP HTTP library, Miguel Ibarra Romero is back with this new post showing how to connect your PHP application, via Guzzle, to the Twitter OAuth protected service.

In a previous article, we found out about Guzzle and how it can aid us in the task of establishing communication with third party APIs over HTTP. We used it to get the output of a random number generator and for basic interaction with Github's API. [...] While interacting with Github's API we discovered that it supports basic authentication (sending plain username/password). But what if the API we want to use just offers OAUTH authentication?

He shows how to use Guzzle's own OAuth subscriber to make a basic connection to the API. He walks you through the installation of the subscriber (via Composer) and an example of its use. He explains each part of the code, giving a little background on where it fits into the OAuth request and where to put your API secret and key to make the connection work. Finally, he includes the code to handle the callback once the OAuth request is successful, grabbing the token data and adding it to the user session.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/using-guzzle-twitter-via-oauth/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Getting Started with FluentPDO
July 17, 2014 @ 11:08:01

The SitePoint PHP blog recently posted a new tutorial helping you get up and running with FluentPDO, a small PHP library that makes building queries easier and faster. In the tutorial Francesco Malatesta introduces you to the tool and creates a test project to show it in use.

You know the story: writing SQL queries is so boring. Especially when you don't have time to do it. If you feel like me, today we are going to see something really cool: Fluent PDO. [...] The result? No more SQL queries. Maybe this is not the first one you have seen: there are many similar projects out there and every single one has its key features. Fluent's key feature is a great JOIN Query Builder.

His test project links a "wishlist" listing with a users table based on a "user_id" field. He includes the SQL to create the two tables and helps you get the library installed (via Composer). He shows some basic select operations using the fluent interface including where clauses, order by and group by handling. He also covers some basic examples of the other CRUD operations (create, read, update, delete) before getting into one of the more advanced features: the join query builder. Finally, he wraps up the post with a brief look at the query debugger, making it a bit simpler to tell where the failures might lie.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/getting-started-fluentpdo/

Qandidate.com Blog:
Fault tolerant programming in PHP
July 17, 2014 @ 10:44:04

The Qandidate.com blog has a new post today looking at fault tolerant programming in PHP applications. Essentially, this means writing your code so that error conditions are handled gracefully and with as little impact as possible.

In your application, every time you call an "external" service you are vulnerable to the failure in that service. That either might be a third party API being down, your database being unresponsive or unexpected errors from the 3rd party library you are using. With many developers and companies being interested in composing applications out of microservices at the moment, guarding for failures because of broken dependencies gets even more important.

They describe a situation where data is coming from an external source (an inventory service) and a timeout or connection failure occurs. They propose a sort of "circuit breaker" to be put in place to protect the application, fail fast on error and maybe even retry until the request is successful. They also point out a library from oDesk, Phystrix, that allows for fault tolerant execution through a wrapper that traps errors and deals with them instead of just breaking. This is the first part of a series, so in part two they'll show the library in use along with the React HTTP client.

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Link: http://labs.qandidate.com/blog/2014/07/14/fault-tolerant-programming-in-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Automate PHP with Phake - Real World Examples
July 10, 2014 @ 12:51:07

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted part two of their series looking at using Phake for automation in your applications. In this second part they take some of the basics they shared in part one and apply them in some more practical examples.

In part one, we covered the basics of Phake and demonstrated ways of executing tasks with it, covering groups, dependencies, and arguments. In this part, we'll look at some sample real world applications of Phake. Note that the following examples are largely based on things that I usually do manually that need some sort of automation.

He includes three different task examples, each with the code to make them happen (and descriptions of what it's doing):

  • Uploading Files to Server with a Phake task
  • Seeding the Database
  • Syncing Data

You can find out more about Phake on the project's GitHub page (including grouping, aborting and describing tasks).

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/automate-php-phake-real-world-examples/

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July 07, 2014 @ 16:08:46

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a new tutorial showing you how to automate your PHP development and deployment with Phake.

As developers, we often have to do repetitive tasks such as updating the database structure, seeding the database, writing CRUD code, running tests, and uploading files to a server. Wouldn't it be great if we could automate these mundane tasks and proceed with solving the more important problems such as making our app more secure or more usable to our users? Phake, an automation tool written for PHP, can do those tasks for you.

They show you how to use Phake (not to be confused with this Phake) including getting it installed via Composer and the creation of a first Phakefile. The include examples of simple tasks, dependencies, grouping, adding descriptions and passing arguments. The command to run the tasks and the resulting output is also included.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/automate-php-phake-introduction/

Lorna Mitchell:
Logging to Stdout with Monolog
June 09, 2014 @ 09:08:10

Lorna Mitchell has a quick post today showing how you can use the popular Monolog logging library to log messages and data to stdout, the standard output stream of whatever is executing the script.

My worker scripts have really basic logging (as in, they echo when something happens, and I can see those in the supervisord logs). Which is kind of okay, but I wanted to at least add timestamps in to them, and maybe send emails when something REALLY bad happened. I'm a huge fan of Monolog so I grabbed that, but it wasn't immediately obvious which of the many and varied options I would need for this fairly simple addition. It turns out that the right thing to use is the ErrorLogHandler.

She includes a few lines of sample code that use the "ErrorLogger" to output the message. It includes the log level, a timestamp, the message itself and any additional contextual information you pass in.

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Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2014/logging-to-stdout-with-monolog

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Google's BigQuery Provides Free Access to GDELT
June 03, 2014 @ 10:19:31

In this recent post to the SitePoint PHP blog Bruno Skvorc points out a recent announcement from Google that the GDELT database information is now available via their BigQuery functionality.

The Global Database of Events, Language and Tone is one of the largest datasets on the planet. It is the quantitative database of human society, relying on thousands of news sources from every corner of the globe dating back to 1979. [...] Google BigQuery, "Google's powerful cloud-based analytical database service" is, basically, the world's fastest SQL engine, and it's completely free for any and all uses of GDELT. Due to the sheer power of BigQuery, you can get results on GDELT queries in near real-time and any permutation of fields and values you can think of won't be enough to bog it down to a halt - unless you really mess things up and go against the grain.

He goes on to describe the GDELT database and what kind of information it contains. He also includes an example query and the kind of data it returns (screenshot). He also links to a PHP-based library that you can install via Composer and use API keys to access their search endpoints.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/googles-bigquery-provides-free-access-gdelt/


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