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Twilio Blog:
Creating a Symfony 3 Project with Basic User Handling
Aug 18, 2017 @ 09:56:26

On the Twilio blog they've posted a new tutorial from author Margaret Staples showing you how to create a Symfony 3 project with user handling along with the Friends of Symfony bundle.

User handling is a fundamental part of a ton of web projects. This post will walk through how to get setup using the Symfony 3 framework and the Friends of Symfony bundle so that your project can allow users to register, login and out, and view and edit their User profile. The steps here will serve as a great starting point for your next web project.

She then walks you through the installation of the Symfony standard edition and how to answer some of the interactive setup questions. Once that's set up she shows how to install the FriendsOfSymfony/FOSUserBundle and what configuration options need to be changed to implement it. She then shows how to update the database schema for the new user handling and how to check to be sure the login, registration and profile pages are working as expected.

tagged: symfony3 project user handling tutorial install configure migrate

Link: https://www.twilio.com/blog/2017/08/up-and-running-with-symfony-3.html

Gonzalo Ayuso:
Silex is dead (… or not)
Jul 10, 2017 @ 11:24:58

In a new post to his site Gonzalo Ayuso talks about the Silex project (a Symfony-based microframework) and how it just might be dead.

The last week was deSymfony conference in Castellón (Spain). IMHO deSymfony is the best conference I’ve ever attended. [...] This year I cannot join to the conference. It was a pity. A lot of good friends there. So I only can follow the buzz in Twitter, read the published slides (thanks Raul) and wait for the talk videos in youtube.

In my Twitter timeline especially two tweets get my attention. One tweet was from Julieta Cuadrado and another one from Asier Marqués. [...] Tweets are in Spanish but the translation is clear: Javier Eguiluz (Symfony Core Team member and co-organizer of the conference) said in his talk: “Silex is dead”.

He goes on to talk about how, despite the overly dramatic title, the Silex project isn't really "dead" but does have an uncertain future. He talks some about the next version of Symfony - Symfony 4 - and how, because if the changes since v3, it could essentially replace most of what Silex offers. Unfortunately, this also leads to another problem - Symfony 4 isn't ready and if Silex will be deprecated which should he choose for new projects? After some investigation, he decided that Lumen, a Laravel-based microframework, was just right for his needs.

tagged: silex microframework symfony framework project dead symfony4

Link: https://gonzalo123.com/2017/07/10/silex-is-dead-or-not/

Fabien Potencier:
Symfony 4: Directory Structure Updates
Jul 05, 2017 @ 10:06:21

Fabien Potencier has a quick post to his site that may be of interests to the Symfony developers out there related to directory updates coming in Symfony 4:

After a long discussion in the community, the directory structure has been slightly changed.

etc/ was renamed to config/, and web/ to public/. My blog posts about Symfony 4 have just been updated to reflect these changes.

He also includes instructions about how, if you're already running a Symfony Flex application, you can make these changes manually including updating the Flex version.

tagged: symfony symfonyflex directory update project discussion

Link: http://fabien.potencier.org/symfony4-directory-structure-updates.html

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Poka Yoke – Saving Projects with Hyper-Defensive Programming
Jun 29, 2017 @ 10:55:11

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted that introduces the idea of "Poka Yoke" - basically defensive programming - and how to apply it in your own development processes.

When working in a medium to large team on the same codebase, it can sometimes become hard to understand each other’s code and how to use it. [...] It can be quite hard to remember how particular classes were intended to work, both on their own and in combination with each other. At that point, it becomes easy to accidentally introduce side effects or bugs without realizing it.

These mistakes might get caught in quality assurance, but there’s a realistic chance they might slip through. And even if they get caught, it can take a lot of time to send the code back and get it fixed. So how can we prevent this? Enter “Poka Yoke”.

The article then introduces the basic ideas of "poka yoke" and the two main parts: mistake prevention and mistake detection. It then gets more practical and suggests some PHP-specific things that can be done to prevent mistakes such as:

  • the use of type declarations
  • using value objects
  • making use of effective validation
  • returning null objects

For each there's a brief explaination and some sample code to help make the example more practical.

tagged: pokayoke project defensive programming practices tutorial

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/poka-yoke-saving-projects-with-hyper-defensive-programming/

Delicious Brains:
Announcing serializededitor.com: A Visual Editor for PHP Serialized Data
Jun 28, 2017 @ 09:22:23

On the Delicious Brains site there's a new post from Gilbert Pellegram announcing serializededitor.com, an editor specifically designed to help visually edit serialized PHP data.

I recently built a command line daemon in PHP to emulate AWS SQSD for the purposes of testing in Mergebot. As it turns out, one of the benefits of building a large, complex product like Mergebot is that there are pieces of the system that we need to build for the project that might be of use to other developers.

Today, we’re launching that system piece, a free online visual editor for PHP serialized data as serializededitor.com.

In this article, I’ll explain how and why we built this “side” project and how I overcame some of the challenges I faced when building this project.

He starts off with the problem they were trying to solve when creating the editor, mostly centered around determining the differences between two pieces of serialized data. They found something similar to what they were wanting but it didn't provide the "easy editiing" functionality they wanted. He then goes through some of the issues they bumped up against along the way: working with the data and PHP's unserialize, the creation of their own parser, the work to create the Vue.js frontend and re-serializing the data once complete.

They've also open sourced the project over on GitHub so you can clone it locally and contribute back.

tagged: serialized data editor project introduction github vuejs

Link: https://deliciousbrains.com/announcing-serializededitor-com-visual-editor-php-serialized-data/

The Bakery:
Welcoming Phinx to the CakePHP family!
Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:54:02

On The Bakery (the CakePHP site) an official announcement has been posted welcoming Phinx to the CakePHP family. The Phinx library is a popular tool for framework-agnostic database migration handling.

We are very excited to announce that Phinx has joined the CakePHP team. The Github project has already been moved to the CakePHP organisation. The project itself will stay MIT-licensed but be gradually transformed into a Cake Software Foundation project. Other great news is that the current way to install and update Phinx remains unchanged.

As you are aware, CakePHP has been using Phinx since 3.0.0 for database migrations. The CakePHP Core team welcomes the opportunity to look after and maintain the project and will now start making changes to bring the code in line with the CakePHP (our) coding standards. As well as cleaning up issues and PR’s soon. We will be following up with our plans for the code and setting roadmaps in the coming weeks.

Rob Morgan, the original author of the library has also added some of his own commentary in a post to his site:

I’ve been busy lately. Juggling startups and open source work is no easy feat. I managed to do it for the past 5 years, but beyond 30 its proving to be more difficult. Phinx is not accelerating at the pace I’d like it to be. In fact so far this year we’ve only managed to ship 6 releases. I decided that the best strategy moving forwards is to find a new home for Phinx. One that has an active and loyal community and one that delivers great software. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve found the right fit.

He points out that the only real thing changing for now is the location of the repository. He looks back on the journey that got him and the project to where it is today and how much the support from the PHP community meant during that time.

tagged: cakephp phinx database migration robmorgan library project foundation

Link: https://bakery.cakephp.org/2017/06/23/welcoming-phinx-to-the-cakephp-family.html

Zend Framework Blog:
Zend Framework and PHP 7.1
Jun 07, 2017 @ 12:18:45

On the Zend Framework blog Matthew Weier O'Phinney has a new post covering the state of the Zend Framework project and how it relates to PHP 7.1.

When we announced Zend Framework 3 last year, one of the changes was setting the minimum supported PHP version to 5.6. Our initial plan was to support 5.6 until it reaches end-of-life, which occurs 31 December 2018.

PHP 5.6, however, stopped receiving active support almost five months ago, on 19 Jan 2017. This means that it is no longer receiving bugfixes, only critical security fixes. As such, a number of contributors have been pushing for us to up our minimum supported version to support only actively supported PHP versions, which would mean only PHP 7 versions.

[...] Our view is that the new features in PHP 7 will allow us to simplify our code dramatically, reduce bugs (primarily by increasing type safety), make our code more easily maintainable (less code required to check types; less repetitive code), provide stronger and more predictable interfaces to our users, and simultaneously provide users access to more and better language features.

He also talks briefly about their thoughts about HHVM support and if it makes sense to keep moving forward with it (given the small percentage of their user base). He then lays out a plan for the framework moving forward that includes the release of PHP 7.1+ only components and security patches on 5.6 versions until end of life.

tagged: zendframework php71 version future roadmap php56 hhvm project

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2017-06-06-zf-php-7-1.html

Artisanal: Project Creation
May 18, 2017 @ 11:59:12

On the php[architect] site they've shared an article originally from the May 2016 issue of the magazine by Joe Ferguson: Artisanal: Project Creation (also released as a free PDF).

Every developer has a set way of starting a new project. Most frameworks have a linear path to getting started, and Laravel is no exception. With a few commands, you can quickly get started configuring routes, writing controllers, and saving data in a database.

In the article Joe walks you through the tools and commands that come with the Laravel framework to make getting up and running quickly easier. He covers tools available for both the backend and frontend functionality as well as testing (mentioning Dusk), routing, middleware groups and database functionality.

tagged: phparchitect magazine free article project creation laravel artisan

Link: https://www.phparch.com/2017/05/artisanal-project-creation/

Derick Rethans:
15 years of Xdebug
May 10, 2017 @ 10:27:14

In a recent post the fifteenth anniversary of the XDebug PHP debugging tool was celebrated and lead developer Derick Rethans was presented with several tokens of appreciation from the PHP community. In this new post to his site he shares the experience (it was a surprise after all) from his perspective and thanks those involved.

This article was going to be about some upcoming features in the 2.6 release. Or rather, I was hoping to announce at least a beta release of Xdebug 2.6. Unfortunately, I couldn't find enough time to work on all the issues that I wanted, although I've made a little progress.

What I can write about, is a little mystery.

He talks about the initial invite from James Titcumb to meet him at his favorite whisky store and the eight special bottles that the community purchased to show their appreciation for his hard fifteen years of work on this invaluable tool. He lists out the types for those interested and some of the messages from contributors showing their appreciation. He thanks all of those involved.

And on the Xdebug front, there are plenty of bugs to fix, features to add for Xdebug 2.6, and undoubtedly Dmitry will be "breaking" some things in PHP 7.2 that I need to support in Xdebug as well.
tagged: fifteen years anniversary derickrethans xdebug debugging tool project whiskey

Link: https://derickrethans.nl/xdebug-15.html

Matt Stauffer:
What happens to Laravel if Taylor Otwell disappears?
May 09, 2017 @ 11:52:25

In this post to his site Matt Stauffer poses an interesting question around one of the more popular PHP frameworks these days. He wonders "what would happen to Laravel if Taylor Otwell disappears?"

After we talked a bit about enterprise apps on the Laravel Podcast the other day , a few folks in the Laravel community have been talking about what makes a tool enterprise-ready. I have a lot of thoughts about support plans, SLAs, and other such features of "enterprise-readiness", but I'll save those for a later date. Today, let's talk about the easiest-to-dismiss concern: What happens if Taylor disappears suddenly?

This question brings up the point that, unlike a framework backed by a company, a framework backed by an individual relies on that individual's desire and ability to keep the project running. What happens if Taylor decides he wants to retire and be a goat farmer?

He shares the plan that's already been set in place with Jeffrey Way (of Laracasts) being the next in line to head up the project. He also mentions the Laravel, LLC company that wouldn't go away if Taylor did and how the community would fit in.

tagged: laravel taylorotwell project leader jeffreyway company community

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/what-happens-to-laravel-if-taylor-otwell-disappears