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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Setting up PHP 7 Servers with Laravel Forge and DigitalOcean
Jan 07, 2016 @ 11:11:38

The SitePoint PHP blog has another new article from editor Bruno Skvorc showing you how to set up PHP 7 servers in two different ways: one the DigitalOcean platform and the other using the Laravel Forge service.

In this quick guide, we’ll cover two ways to bring a PHP 7 server online on DigitalOcean – a popular VPS provider. We’ll use two approaches, the latter of which will be applicable to any Ubuntu installation whereas the former will only work on DigitalOcean.

He starts with a brief description of what Laravel Forge is for those not familiar with it and how to use it to set up your new server instance. Screenshots of the interface are included showing the setup of the instance, backups, configuration of the server and how to link it to a repository. Then he gets into the more "manual" installation, working with a simple low-tier DigitalOcean droplet to secure and configure it with similar kinds of features: PHP 7 installed and working, Nginx and a fresh checkout of the repository.

tagged: php7 server tutorial setup laravelforge digitalocean deploy repository

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/setting-up-php-7-servers-with-laravel-forge-and-digitalocean/

Cees-Jan Kiewiet:
Phergie Slack setup and configuration
Jan 05, 2016 @ 10:27:28

Cees-Jan Kiewiet has posted a tutorial to his site showing how to connect Phergie to Slack through a custom gateway. Phergie is a popular PHP open source IRC bot project in use in several channels on the Freenode.net IRC network.

Ever since the rise of Slack and the Phergie v3 connecting them has been on my to do list. And while Slack API is the better alternative this was fun nontheless.

He walks you through some of the prerequisites for the setup including a working installation of the Phergie bot (installations instructions not included). From there he helps you make the custom Gateway and make a user for the bot to operate under. He then includes the settings and configuration you'll need to configure on the bot to allow it to join the Slack instance.

tagged: phergie slack configuration setup tutorial bot irc

Link: http://blog.wyrihaximus.net/2016/01/phergie-slack-setup-and-configuration/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Easy Continuous Delivery with ContinuousPHP and Zend Server
Dec 10, 2015 @ 12:54:32

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a tutorial from author Daniel Berman showing you how to combine the ContinuousPHP service with Zend Server to create a continuous deployment system for your PHP applications.

The continuous delivery approach aims at making the process of continuously deploying code to production error-free, or at least less error-prone, using automated tasks, tests, builds and deployments. Minimize risk and downtime, maximize quality and value. That’s the motto.

However, this process is not always straightforward, to say the least. Often enough, the continuous delivery tools chosen for implementing continuous integration and deployment are hard to figure out and use, and are usually time consuming and expensive. The bigger the application, the bigger the challenge. This article introduces an interesting new approach to dealing with this challenge by demonstrating a continuous delivery process using continuousphp and Zend Server.

They briefly walk you through some of the prerequisites including an installation of Zend Server already set up and waiting. He also provides a skeleton application you can use if you just want to test it out first. From there he goes through the steps in the process:

  • Setting up your repository (on ContinuousPHP)
  • Creating a new deployment pipeline
  • Configuring build and test settings
  • Packaging and deploying your app

All along the way he's included screenshots of the ContinuousPHP interface so you can be sure you're still on the right track. He ends the post with a few extra "goodies" linking directly to the ContinuousPHP and Zend server documentation among other useful links.

tagged: zendserver tutorial continuousphp service setup configure continuous deployment

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/easy-continuous-delivery-with-continuousphp-and-zend-server/

Lorna Mitchell:
Test Your PHP Application on PHP 7
Jul 24, 2015 @ 09:06:53

Lorna Mitchell has a post to her site showing you how to get a PHP7 setup and working so you can test out your current application, preparing it for this next major version's release.

PHP 7 is coming, which is nice, but what does it mean for the majority of PHP developers? PHP as a community is notoriously slow in adoption, some of us are still waiting for 2012's new shiny to be available as standard on our hosting platforms. However with the performance benefits and a few really nice new features, PHP 7 is well worth everyone's attention, and it's actually quite easy to get started so here's my quick howto.

The large part of the post is the steps you'll need to get the php7dev box (from Rasmus Lerdorf) up and running, complete with a shared folder mounted from your local machine and a custom Nginx configuration. She also mentions the "Go PHP7" initiative that's aiming to help make the transition to PHP7 as easy as possible for everyone (including various extensions).

tagged: test application php7 php7dev vm virtualmachine setup configure

Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2015/test-your-php-application-on-php-7

Sameer Borate:
Accessing WordPress data using the new REST api
Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:53:57

Sameer Borate has posted an article showing you how to use the WordPress REST API (set up by this plugin) to access the data housed inside your WP installation.

WordPress is without doubt the most used CMS system around. Various sources peg the usage around 20-30% of all web sites. Whatever the correct figure, there is no doubt that the collective content of WordPress sites is enormously large. However almost all content is virtually held in independent WordPress sites with no way to easily access a sites content programmatically. [...] As WordPress is moving towards becoming a fully-fledged application framework, we need new APIs. At present a REST api plugin is available to access your site’s data in simple JSON format, including users, posts, taxonomies and more.

He walks you through the installation of the plugin and how to make a request to the REST API's test endpoint to ensure everything's functioning correctly. He also includes an example request that fetches the contents of a post by it's ID. The tutorial wraps up with a look at authentication and how the plugin provides two kinds of handling: basic authentication (HTTP Auth) and OAuth. You can find out more about the structure and functionality of the API on the project's website.

tagged: wordpress rest api tutorial installation setup plugin

Link: http://www.codediesel.com/wordpress/accessing-wordpress-data-using-the-new-rest-api/

DigitalOcean Community Blog:
How To Deploy a Basic PHP Application using Ansible, Part2
Jun 26, 2015 @ 09:53:33

Digital Ocean has continued their series about deploying "advanced PHP applications" on an Ubuntu instance via Ansible in part two of the series. If you missed the first part of the series, you can check it out here.

This tutorial is the second in a series about deploying PHP applications using Ansible on Ubuntu 14.04. The first tutorial covers the basic steps for deploying an application, and is a starting point for the steps outlined in this tutorial.

In this tutorial we will cover setting up SSH keys to support code deployment/publishing tools, configuring the system firewall, provisioning and configuring the database (including the password!), and setting up task schedulers (crons) and queue daemons. The goal at the end of this tutorial is for you to have a fully working PHP application server with the aforementioned advanced configuration.

You'll need to finish the first tutorial if you want to follow along here. They pick up where they left off to finish the whole process, starting with a switch to a more advanced example repository. They modify the Ansible configuration and run the playbook to update the host. From there they break things down into several more steps:

  • Setting up SSH Keys for Deployment
  • Configuring the Firewall
  • Installing the MySQL Packages
  • Setting up the MySQL Database
  • Configuring the PHP Application for the Database
  • Migrating the Database
  • Configuring cron Tasks
  • Configuring the Queue Daemon

While a good bit of these steps relate to something Laravel needs (what they use for the sample application), it's still a good overview of the wide range of things you can do with Ansible during deployment.

tagged: deploy ansible digitalocean setup tutorial configure laravel framework part2

Link: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-deploy-an-advanced-php-application-using-ansible-on-ubuntu-14-04

New Media Campaigns:
Docker for PHP Developers
Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:29:38

The New Media Campaigns site has posted a new tutorial today introducing PHP developers to Docker, the handy tool to create containers for your applications a bit simpler and more efficient than just something like Vagrant.

I've used Vagrant to manage local development servers for several years. Vagrant is, according to its official website, a tool to "create and configure light-weight, reproducible, and portable development environments." [...] However, Vagrant has one large downside—it implies hardware virtualization. This means each project runs atop a full virtual machine, and each virtual machine has a complete operating system that demands a large overhead in system resources.

[...] There is another solution, though. Have you heard of Docker? I first heard this word a year ago. It's all about containers, I was told. Awesome. What are containers?, I thought. I dug deeper, and I read all about containerization, process isolation, and union filesystems.

He starts with a brief introduction to what Docker is and two of the key concepts: containers and images. He then talks about how Docker is different from Vagrant, including the extensibility and lighter resource demands. Following all this he starts in on building an actual application in a container. He walks you through each step, including commands, to build the container and image that will result in the final instance running Ubuntu, MySQL, Nginx and PHP-FPM. He sets up a simple "Hello World" page and shows how to configure the Nginx server to serve it up as well as the MySQL server to cooperate with PHP and run locally.

tagged: docker introduction container image configure server setup tutorial

Link: http://www.newmediacampaigns.com/blog/docker-for-php-developers

DigitalOcean Community Blog:
How To Deploy a Basic PHP Application using Ansible on Ubuntu 14.04
May 13, 2015 @ 10:15:16

If you've ever been interested in learning Ansible and how to use it in deploying your PHP applications, you should check out this new tutorial from Stephen Rees-Carter on the DigitalOcean blog. He walks you through the full process for getting the server and application set up and configured just the way you need it (on a Ubuntu server).

This tutorial covers the process of provisioning a basic PHP application using Ansible. The goal at the end of this tutorial is to have your new web server serving a basic PHP application without a single SSH connection or manual command run on the target Droplet. We will be using the Laravel framework as an example PHP application, but these instructions can be easily modified to support other frameworks and applications if you already have your own.

He starts with a list of the things you'll already need installed and things to know including a basic understanding of Ansible and two servers (they use their own Droplets in the examples). From there, they walk you through a seven step process to get the automated deployment up and running:

  • Installing Ansible
  • Installing Required Packages
  • Modifying System Configuration Files
  • Cloning the Git Repository
  • Creating an Application with Composer
  • Updating Environment Variables
  • Configuring Nginx

Some of the steps here are Laravel-specific as mentioned but if you're familiar with the setup of your own application, it's pretty easy to adapt. Each step includes the configuration changes and commands you'll need to complete it.

tagged: deploy ansible digitalocean setup tutorial configure laravel framework

Link: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-deploy-a-basic-php-application-using-ansible-on-ubuntu-14-04

Gary Hockin:
Debugging PHP Command Line (with PHPStorm and XDebug)
May 07, 2015 @ 11:47:09

Gary Hockin has a recent post showing how you can debug PHP HTTP requests from the command line using PHPStorm and XDebug. These instructions aren't specific to PHPStorm, however. They can be used in any IDE/editor that supports remote XDebug connections.

At PHP North West I had huge difficulties configuring Xdebug and both my PHP and PHP Storm so they play nice in a CLI environment. So here, for others and almost certainly my future self, is how to do it.

He goes through each step of the setup process assuming that you already have the necessary software installed. He shows how to configure XDebug for remote debugging in the ini configuration, setting up PHPStorm to receive the connection and, finally, adding the "XDEBUG_CONFIG" environment variable to tell PHP to relay the requests back to your waiting IDE.

tagged: remote debugging phpstorm commandline xdebug configure setup environment

Link: http://blog.hock.in/2015/05/04/debugging-php-command-line-with-php-storm/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Inspecting PHP Code Quality with Scrutinizer
Apr 29, 2015 @ 11:24:24

The SitePoint PHP blog has a recent tutorial showing you how to use the Scrutinizer service to evaluate the quality and "pain points" in your PHP code, be it a library or full application.

We’ve gone through a decent number of tutorials about code quality, inspections, auto-build systems and so on here at SitePoint. [...] In this article, we’ll take a look at Scrutinizer CI – a continuous integration tool that’s quite expensive and closed to private projects, but very handy for public ones.

He starts with a quick comparison of Scrutinizer versus (and really plus) the popular CI service Travis CI. He then walks you through the setup of Scrutinizer to evaluate your application automatically when code is pushed to GitHub. He then gets into the configuration options the service provides including filters, specific checks to evaluate and other tools to execute in the evaluation build. The article then gets into examples of the reports that are provided and a bit of detail about what each view provides. There's also options to hide certain errors that you know aren't actually problems and the "follow up" links it provides for the issues you may not understand.

tagged: inspect code quality scrutinizer tutorial setup configure

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/inspecting-php-code-quality-scrutinizer/