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Slim Framework Blog:
Lumen
April 17, 2015 @ 09:34:17

Josh Lockart, the lead developer and creator of the Slim framework, has responded to some questions and comments around the recently released Laravel microframework Lumen and how it relates to Slim and its own goals.

Lumen happened. It's a shiny new micro-framework from Taylor Otwell, and it joins the Laravel family today. It looks to be a pretty nice framework, and it shares many of the same features and goals as Slim 3.0. I'm sure this raises a few question about Slim's future roadmap. [...] Is there overlap between Slim and Lumen? Of course. They both have similar goals and solve similar problems. There are also differences.

He talks about some of the current work being done on version 3.0 of Slim, the PSR-7 support it offers and some of the differences between Slim and Lumen. He points out two main ones: that Slim has fewer dependencies and that it is a supporter of the PSR-7 HTTP interoperability standard. Josh talks about why you might choose Lumen over Slim and that, in the end, he welcomes alternative microframeworks and challenges the Slim community to help consistently improve Slim and its place in the community.

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Link: http://www.slimframework.com/2015/04/14/lumen.html

Laravel News:
Announcing Lumen
April 15, 2015 @ 10:23:12

The creators of the Laravel framework (Taylor Otwell and crew) have just released a new micro-framework based on some of the ideals and components that power the full version of Laravel - Lumen. In this post to the Laravel News site they talk some about the framework and what it has to offer.

Lumen is a brand new PHP framework from Taylor Otwell designed for building lightning fast micro-services and API's. When speed is a necessity, Lumen should be your first choice.

One of the neat things about the framework is you can still use all the Laravel features you love like Eloquent, caching, queues, validation, routing, middleware, and the powerful Laravel service container. Plus if you start your project with Lumen and eventually need even more power, moving to the full featured Laravel is a simple process.

They interviewed Taylor about the framework answering:

  • What made you decide to create Lumen?
  • Where did the name Lumen come from?
  • Being able to upgrade right into Laravel is huge. Was this the plan from the beginning?
  • How were you able to get the framework so fast, while still keeping so many great features?

Check out the full post for the answers and more details about the framework itself.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/04/lumen/

Matt Stauffer:
Introducing Lumen from Laravel
April 14, 2015 @ 13:34:50

Taylor Otwell, lead developer of the Laravel framework, released a new micro-framework recently based on some of the same components and ideas behind the Laravel framework called Lumen. In this new post from Matt Stauffer you'll get a brief introduction to this new framework and how to get your own instance up and running.

Lumen is a new project from Laravel creator Taylor Otwell. It's a "micro-framework", meaning it's a smaller, faster, leaner version of a full web application framework. PHP has two other popular micro-frameworks, Slim and Silex. Lumen has the same foundation as Laravel, and many of the same components. But Lumen is built for microservices, not so much for user-facing applications (although it can be used for anything.) As such, frontend niceties like Bootstrap and Elixir and the authentication bootstrap and sessions don't come enabled out of the box, and there's less flexibility for extending and changing the bootstrap files.

Matt shows how to get a copy of the framework installed and how to enable some common features. He includes examples of route definitions, API callers and using the simple caching mechanism.

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Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/introducing-lumen-from-laravel

Sameer Borate:
Create a quick REST API using Slim framework
March 16, 2015 @ 10:16:40

Sameer Borate has a quick tutorial posted showing how to create a basic REST API with Slim, the popular microframework for PHP.

During a recent client project, I frequently needed to access a remote database table and update the same for certain fields. This was accomplished using phpMyAdmin on the server. However, it was getting tedious and was prone to accidental updates and deletes. [...] This is all a tedious process and prone to errors. One solution was to create a quick REST api wrapper around the remote database, using which developers could update the database table without any risk of corrupting the data and also with the added benefit of updating the table programmatically.

He uses an example of working with student data (SQL for the table included) and helps you get Slim installed and working with an Apache install. He covers the overall structure of the API he's creating and the code to help make it happen. Obviously he doesn't share the entire codebase - that would be too large. He does show examples of GET and POST requests for the student data to give you something to work from. He finishes the post with a few simple cURL calls to make requests to the API and the responses.

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Link: http://www.codediesel.com/php/create-a-quick-rest-api-using-slim-framework/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Introduction to Silex - A Symfony Micro-framework
February 20, 2015 @ 12:31:40

The SitePoint PHP blog has a tutorial posted today introducing you to one of the more popular PHP microframeworks out there, Silex. This new article jumps right in and shows you how to use it.

Silex is a PHP micro-framework based on Symfony components and inspired by the Sinatra Ruby framework. In this article, we are going to get started with the framework and see the how it fits our needs.

He walks you through the installation of Silex (and Twig) through Composer and the creation of the basic folder structure to build the first app. He then gets into talking about how routes are handled, parameters and linking controllers to routes. He also introduces the use of providers and shows how to implement the one for Twig to use in templating the output of the application.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/introduction-silex-symfony-micro-framework/

Allan MacGregor:
Exploring Hack Building a MicroFramework
August 11, 2014 @ 09:09:13

Allan MacGregor has started a new series of posts to his site where he creates a microframework in Hack, the language created by Facebook to compliment their HHVM (Hip-Hip Virtual Machine) project. He sees it as a "learn by doing" kind of thing and wanted to share his results.

I honestly believe the best way to learn something is to get your hands dirty and make mistakes; so instead of writing dozens of post on the many new features of Hack and why they are awesome (in theory) let's build something useful. So to get started I've decided to build a micro-framework using HACK and HHVM, building a simple microframework should be a challenging enough task to illustrate some of the more interesting features of the language and at the same time it has an achievable goal so we don't end on a never ending development cycle.

His framework, one he calls "Slash", will mostly be about creating RESTful applications but it could, in theory, be for any kind of web application. He also mentions some of the other great microframeworks out there already that are well-developed and have good communities behind them (including Slim and Silex. This is just the first part of the series and introduces some of the "why" around his goal. In the next part of the series he'll get into the structure and routing with some actual framework code.

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Link: http://coderoncode.com/2014/08/06/exploring-hack-part1.html

David Makin:
Creating a simple REST application with Silex
December 27, 2013 @ 10:36:48

David Makin has put together a new post to his site showing you how to make a simple REST web service with Silex, the PHP microframework from the Symfony project.

So you have come to the conclusion that, rather than having the code to update customer details and that little fix to convert the date from GMT to UTC should happen in once place rather than being copied into several pieces of code, a REST service is the answer. Perhaps you just think you should know how to create a REST service. Either way this post is for you. In this post we will start off with a blank directory and go through installing Silex and getting it to serve a couple of simple routes.

He helps you get Silex installed via Composer and gets you started with a simple root and "stock code" route. He uses these to explain a bit about the framework's route handling and includes URLs to call that will execute them.

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Link: http://sleep-er.co.uk/blog/2013/Creating-a-simple-REST-application-with-Silex/

7PHP.com:
Slim PHP Micro Framework Through The Lens Of Jeremy Kendall
December 09, 2013 @ 09:44:13

On 7PHP.com today there's an interview with PHP community member Jeremy Kendall sharing some of his opinions about the Slim Framework.

Have you ever tried to use Slim PHP micro framework? Or you are in a confusion whether to choose it or not? Well, today I bring you a small chat with Jeremy Kendall [@jeremykendall] who's been using Slim PHP for quite some time now and he is even using it on his side open-source project as you will discover. Jeremy has previously been giving a nice talk about Slim PHP Microframework last year in November at Tech Camp Memphis, you can view the Youtube video here! Also worth noting, he has recently delivered another Slim talk at the recent php[tek]2013, you can view his slideshare talk here.

Jeremy talks some about his background with the Slim framework and his overall thoughts on it as a microframework. He shares some of the things he thinks the framework could work on in the future and places where "it rocks" and does it all right. There's a brief comparison of Slim versus Silex and Jeremy's choice of it over something like Zend Framework of Symfony.

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Link: http://7php.com/slim-php-micro-framework-jeremy-kendall-opinion/

Igor Wiedler:
How heavy is Silex?
September 03, 2013 @ 13:17:35

Igor Wiedler has shared some of his thoughts on his site today about the "heaviness" of things that call themselves "microframeworks" and why it may not be about the amount of code involved at all.

Quite often silex has been described as heavy or bloated. It's time to put this myth to rest. [...] Micro-framework What an excellent buzzword! Let's face it, this is an overloaded and mostly nebulous term. I don't think it's possible to clearly define what it means. [...] But the real answer lies in what silex doesn't do.

He suggests that the "micro" in "microframework" is more about it providing a limited amount of features (bare-bones) versus a more full-featured, possibly full stack framework. He talks about the dependencies that Silex currently has and provides some statistics about it and these packages it depends on. He also briefly mentions the minimal interface the framework provides, citing the few components you'll probably touch in your work with it.

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Link: https://igor.io/2013/09/02/how-heavy-is-silex.html

CodeForest.com:
Creating simple tasks app with Backbone.js and Slim micro framework (part 1)
June 25, 2013 @ 11:52:44

New on CodeForest.com today, Luka Peharda has posted the first part of a series that combines the Slim microframework with backbone.js to make a simple tasks (to-do) application.

The app in this tutorial will be called "Tasks". I know, right? Super creative. This first article will give an introduction to the technologies and the idea of the series. Also, we'll cover project structure and entire PHP side of the story. In second article we'll cover Backbone.js side of the story and create simple tasks application which we'll refine and upgrade in later articles (third and fourth one).

They introduce the two technologies (briefly) and get right in to the directory and database structure they'll be using. They use the NotORM library for accessing the database. Code is included showing the routes for getting, adding, updating and deleting tasks out of the database.

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Link: http://www.codeforest.net/creating-simple-tasks-app-with-backbone-js-and-slim-micro-framework-part-1


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