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Ben Ramsey:
Lack of Hypermedia
Nov 27, 2015 @ 09:37:38

In a post to his site today Ben Ramsey shares his response to a question about hypermedia in APIs and how they could make the API more brittle if used incorrectly.

One of the most common problems I see in API development is lack of hypermedia, or none at all. By hypermedia, I mean links that describe relationships among data in the API. When hypermedia isn’t used, the API becomes brittle, and those building clients that talk to the API are forced to code to URLs. The URLs become an important interface to the API, and if they change, they break everything. This leads to URL-based versioning schemes, and the only upgrade path for clients is to modify their code to accommodate the new versions.

He suggests that when APIs use hypermedia they tend to no longer rely on the URLs of the resources (as they're linked from the meta in other requests). He also shares the slides for a presentation he gave at this year's True North PHP Conference with more information on the topic.

tagged: hypermedia lack url resource link

Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2015/11/lack-of-hypermedia/

Build A Link Sharing Website With Laravel
Jun 09, 2015 @ 10:02:31

The Vegatbit.com site has posted a tutorial today showing you how to build a link sharing site with Laravel, a simple application that lets you create "shortlinks" to make it easier to pass along URLs to others.

Building your own applications, even on a simple or small scale, is a great way to build your skills. This Link Sharing Website tutorial using Laravel will help us to to just that. If you’d like to save yourself a little time, you could just as easily head on over to http://www.easylaravelbook.com/ and pick up a great pre written application, PHPLeaks. PHPLeaks is a Link Sharing Website that has everything you need to get a nice starter project going.

They walk you through every step of the process, showing you all the code and commands you'll need to get the application, database and frontend set up and running. This even includes the installation of the Homestead virtual machine and configuration of your local machine. Don't be intimidated by the long list of steps - it's pretty quick thanks to several of the Laravel artisan commands.

tagged: link sharing tutorial application laravel stepbystep shortlinks

Link: http://vegibit.com/build-a-link-sharing-website-with-laravel/

Joshua Thijssen:
Symfony2: logging out
Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:51:03

In this new post to his site Joshua Thijssen talks about something that's usually considered a common task and might be overlooked when it comes to security: logging out (specifically in Symfony-based applications).

One of the “golden rules” of symfony2 is to never hardcode urls or paths inside your code or templates. And letting symfony deal with the generation of your urls and paths makes your life a lot easier as a developer. But one of the things I see regularly is that people are still hardcoding their logout urls like using “/logout”. But logging out is actually a bit more complex than it might seem, and using a simple /logout might work for most cases, but there are better ways to deal with this.

To give some context, he starts with an overview of the Security component of the Symfony framework, mentioning how it can be configured with different "secure" areas and how they handle the user authentication. He includes an example configuration of one of these "firewalls" in a YAML document with three different sections: "dev", "superadminstuff" and "main". He explains what each of these sections are configuring and how they will react when the user visits them. He talks some about the "logout: true" handling and what kind of defaults are also included when it's called. He suggests that, instead of a hard-coded "logout" URL in your application, you make use of the "logout_url" and "logout_path" functions to create the link for you, making it consistent across the application and easier to configure.

tagged: symfony logout security user login component link

Link: https://www.adayinthelifeof.nl/2014/10/06/symfony2-logging-out/

Design Aeon:
Check Dead Links From Database Using PHP CURL
Jun 18, 2012 @ 09:45:55

On DesignAeon.com there's a recent tutorial posted showing you how to extract URLs from your database and determine which ones are "dead" automatically with the help of cURL.

Checking Deadlinks From the database manually is a Headache ,So why not use a script which return the http status of the particular link and tell us if the link is dead or not.So how do we check the dead links from the database ? How do we programatically check whether the link is dead or not ? To check broken or dead links from Database we will use curl .

Included in the post is a sample script that extracts the URLs from a field in the database (you'd need some extra smarts if you're pulling it from content) and running it though a "checklink" function. If the call to curl_getinfo returns false, the link is marked dead.

tagged: dead link url curl check automatic tutorial database


Tales of a Coder:
What are the Essential PHP/Javascript/Web Development Feeds?
Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:07:53

On the "Tales of a Coder" blog today there's a new post trying to gather some of the more popular web resources for PHP, Javascript and general web development and provide a set of links to make them easier to get to.

What feeds do the super star PHP/ JavaScript web developers subscribe to? What are the essential PHP/ JavaScript/ Web Development feeds? I have shared my fledgling list below. Many of these feeds were recommended by my friends at PHPWomen, others I somehow stumbled across myself and some I picked up from articles tweeted with the #linktuesday hashtag, which are aggregated here.

So far, the links include php|architect, Planet-PHP.net, the YUI blog, Matt Gemmell's blog and Evan Goer's blog. If you have others to share, be sure to leave them in the comments!

tagged: link resource javascript webdevelopment resommendation


Sameer Borate's Blog:
How not to create a Random string
Nov 26, 2010 @ 10:18:48

In this latest post to his blog, Samer Borate talks about how not to create random strings and how, if you're not careful, it could backfire on you.

It is surprising to see how after all the code floating around people still find it hard to create random numbers. In a recent piece of code I encountered, the following was used to generate a string of random numbers. The code was written to provide a random string to be passed to a email verifier system - the type wherein a new user when he subscribes to a website needs to verify his email by clicking on a provided link.

He includes a snippet of the code that uses a call to str_shuffle on the set of numbers 1-10 to generate a random number. The only problem with the method is that, when the number gets large enough, PHP would automatically kick it into exponential format - not exactly ideal for an email link. Let this serve as a reminder for any scripts you might make that are similar.

tagged: random string hownotto example email link


Build a PHP Link Scraper with cURL
Jan 15, 2010 @ 10:02:45

On PHPBuilder.com today there's a new tutorial posted about building a link scraping script with the combination of PHP and cURL (the script pulls in a page, grabs all of the links off of it and follows them, etc).

I actually built this a few years ago because I had grandiose visions of becoming the next Google. Clearly, that did not happen, mostly because my localhost, database, and bandwidth are not infinite. Yet this little robot has quite interesting applications and uses if you really have the time to play with and fine-tune it.

You'll need to have cURL support built into your PHP installation to get the scripts working, but the actual code itself is pretty simple. Curl and XPath do most of the heavy lifting of finding and following the links and its easy enough to drop them into a MySQL table from there. You can download the source here.

tagged: link scraper curl xpath mysql tutorial


Creating an Advanced Password Recovery Utility
May 06, 2009 @ 08:47:49

On the NETTUTS site today there's a new article (continuing on from this tutorial) looking at how to make a "forgot your password" system to add on to their current login technique.

In my last tutorial, 'A Better Login System', a few people commented on how they would like to see a tutorial on password recovery, which is something you don't always see in user access tutorials. The tutorial I am bringing you today will deal with just that. Using mySQLi, we will learn to recover unencrypted and (one-way) encrypted passwords.

They give you what you'll need to set up the database for the user information and the PHP code you'll need to connect to it and fetch the user's information. The script then generates an email with a custom link that will take the user to a page asking them to answer a security question before they can continue.

tagged: password recovery security question link email login


How to Read an RSS Feed with PHP 5
Apr 22, 2009 @ 11:15:16

New on the TotalPHP blog today is this article talking about reading RSS feeds with PHP (more specifically with SimpleXML).

PHP 5's ability to read XML files is fantastically easy to use. In the past it was possible but it required quite a bit of long winded code to get any where. PHP 5's SimpleXmlElement function makes working with XML a breeze, and with much less code too!

They include a script as an example - five lines to completely parse and pull the title and link information out of the remote RSS file. The example creates a SimpleXML object using the feed's URL and makes each element inside accessible as an object (that can be looped through and properties can be checked on).

tagged: title link object example simplexml php5 read rss


Embedding PHP In CSS
Apr 13, 2009 @ 12:05:52

New on the phpPro site is this article looking at a technique for embedding PHP inside of your CSS files and have it correctly interpreted.

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of using PHP with websites, is getting variables into CSS. Having variables stored in an ini file, config file or even a database can make the updating of the look and feel of a site simple, however, CSS files, by default, do not parse PHP. [...] A html file may also include a PHP file, in the same manner as it includes a CSS file. This means the stylesheet can be renamed from style.css to style.php.

Using this method, the PHP inside the file is parsed and, because its included with a link tag, the CSS is also made available to the rest of the page.

tagged: embed css link parse webserver