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Building Your Startup With PHP: Collecting and Managing User Reports and Feedback
Oct 11, 2016 @ 12:13:05

TutsPlus.com has posted the latest part of their "Building Your Startup with PHP" series following along with the creation of a "meeting planner" application based on the Yii2 framework. In this new article the focus is on collecting and managing user feedback and reports for a simple support system.

In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real-life example. Every step along the way, I'll release the Meeting Planner code as open-source examples you can learn from. I'll also address startup-related business issues as they arise.

In this tutorial, I'm going to guide you through how I quickly and economically launched a support system and knowledge base for the application as well as some of the issues and alternatives I considered.

He starts with some of the third-party options he considered including Zendesk, Grove and Freshdesk. In the end he decided to go with the last option as it had the startup-friendly combination of a free account for small business and good functionality at that level. He covers their pricing levels, the signup process and the basic usage of the account and hooking it into Mailgun for sending/receiving emails. He also walks you through customizing the domain to match yours and updating the code to make the "Support" URLs match the new Freshdesk setup.

tagged: collect manage user feedback report startup tutorial series

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-collecting-and-managing-user-reports-and-feedback--cms-23356

Building Your Startup With PHP: Choosing and Configuring Production Hosting
Oct 03, 2016 @ 10:47:19

The TutsPlus.com site continues their "Build Your Startup with PHP" series of tutorials with the latest part of the series. In this most recent article they move into the hosting world and offer some tips and setup options for your production hosting.

In this tutorial, I'll explore choosing an ideal hosting platform for Meeting Planner and the initial configuration of our server. I'll be guiding you through the process as I migrate the pre-launch website to a better production environment for our upcoming alpha launch.

[...] As a reminder, all of the code for Meeting Planner is written in the Yii2 Framework for PHP. If you'd like to learn more about Yii2, check out our parallel series Programming With Yii2.

They start by looking at how to choose the right hosting company for your application and abilities. For their particular needs, they opted for managed hosting (like Rackspace or Digital Ocean). For the remainder of the tutorial, they show the setup with Digital Ocean and a simple "droplet" (virtual machine instance). They walk you through the setup of the droplet, the server configuration for hosting the application and packages to install. Then they check out and set up the code for the "Meeting Planner" application and, finally, update the DNS to point to the new server.

tagged: startup hosting application production digitalocean

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-choosing-and-configuring-production-hosting--cms-23359

Building Your Startup With PHP: Simplifying Onramp With OAuth
Sep 22, 2016 @ 12:45:49

The TutsPlus.com site has posted the next part of their "Build Your Startup with PHP" series today. This time they show you how to make it even easier for the users of your site to sign up using OAuth and third-party authentication.

In this tutorial, I'll guide you through implementing OAuth integration with common social networks to make signing up and repeated usage easier and more efficient. I'll explore Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn, the networks I see as being most appropriate to Meeting Planner's target users.

The tutorial makes use of the Yii framework's own AuthClient functionality to make the actual requests to the 3rd party services. They help you get it installed via Composer and the configuration changes you'll need to make for it to be available and functional.

The tutorial then shows how to create developer applications on a few different services: Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. They help you update your configuration with the secret keys for each and create a new database update for storing the 3rd party identifiers when the connection is made. Finally they hook it into the user profile and the login page for use by your users.

tagged: startup series tutorial oauth connection thirdparty service integration authclient

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-simplifying-onramp-with-oauth--cms-23512

Building Your Startup With PHP: Email Commands
Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:22:40

TutsPlus.com has continued their "Building Your Startup with PHP" series in this latest tutorial covering the use of email commands in their "Meeting Planner" example application.

This tutorial is part of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Envato Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real-life example. [...] In the last tutorial, we began emailing meeting invitations which included numerous links for participants to respond, i.e. view the meeting page, accept all places and times, reject a place or time, etc.

In this tutorial, I'll review how I chose to construct and process those links in a secure, functional manner.

He then starts in on the idea of "commands" explaining a bit about what they are and what kind of commands are needed for the planner application. Code is included to create some of these commands and how to integrate them into the rest of the Yii-framework based application.

tagged: startup build tutorial series email command yii framework

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-email-commands--cms-23288

Run Geek Radio:
Episode 009 – Crawling Before We Can Walk
Oct 15, 2015 @ 13:43:15

The Run Geek Radio podcast, hosted by PHP community member Adam Culp, has posted its latest episode - Episode 099: Crawling Before We Can Walk.

So many startups attempt to skip the crawling stages and the MPV (minimum viable product) as they push to become successful. Just as many developers attempt to skip the vital stages of learning and forge ahead to create bugs, security holes, and poor code. Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, talks about how important it is to crawl before we can walk.

He also talks about the ZendCon and Sunshine PHP conferences (he's an organizer for both) and an update on some of his own personal speaking and running happenings. You can listen to this latest episode using either the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show. You can also subscribe to the feed to get info about future episodes as they're released.

tagged: rungeekradio ep9 podcast adamculp crawl walk startup learning zendcon sunshinephp

Link: https://rungeekradio.com/episode-009-crawling-before-we-can-walk/

Building Your Startup With PHP: Scheduling a Meeting
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:37:52

NetTuts.com continues its "Building Your Startup with PHP" series today in this latest post enhancing the application and allowing the user to add a meeting.

This tutorial is part of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real life example. Every step along the way, we'll release the Meeting Planner code as open source examples you can learn from. We'll also address startup-related business issues as they arise. All of the code for Meeting Planner is written in the Yii2 Framework for PHP.

In this new post (one of four that will deal with adding a meeting) they start by creating the initial meeting listing page that includes a description, last update date and icons linking to actions to perform on that meeting. Next up they create the "Create Meeting" form and the functionality behind the scenes to make it work. This includes some alerting functionality as well. Next is the functionality to invite people to the meetings, using autocomplete handling to make it easier to locate individuals. Following this they include code to add locations (integrating Google Maps), assigning a meeting time and adding additional notes.

tagged: startup tutorial series schedule meeting yii2 framework

Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-scheduling-a-meeting--cms-23252

Building Your Startup With PHP: Localization With I18n
Mar 09, 2015 @ 10:43:08

In the latest part of their series of "building a startup" application in PHP, NetTuts.com looks at supporting internationalization with the functionality of the Yii framework.

This is part four of the Building Your Startup With PHP series on Tuts+. In this series, I'm guiding you through launching a startup from concept to reality using my Meeting Planner app as a real life example. Every step along the way, we'll release the Meeting Planner code as open source examples you can learn from. We'll also address startup-related business issues as they arise. In this tutorial, I wanted to step back and add I18n internationalization support to our application before we build more and more code.

They start off with a look at some of the overall goals of internationalization (i18n) and about how it works in the Yii system. It uses placeholders with a key/value system to replace the data based on which language is selected. They show you how to configure Yii's support including default language, sorting of the data and files to exclude when looking for i18n configurations. With this configuration in place they show how to use the command line tool to extract these messages out into separate folders for easier management and faster reference. Finally they show how to select a language and use the Yii code generator together with the translations to create models and forms.

tagged: build startup series part4 internationalization i18n localization language yii framework

Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/building-your-startup-with-php-localization-with-i18n--cms-23102

Keith Casey's Blog:
Joining a Startup
Dec 31, 2009 @ 11:19:54

Many software developers (the ones that haven't been in on a start-up usually) are tempted to make the jump into the seemingly glamorous start-up world to build that next killer web app. Keith Casey has posted a bit of a reality check for developers thinking of making the move.

In the last few weeks, I've talked with a number of friends about career changes. Some are feeling antsy and just want to move, others are starting their own consulting, and others are starting and joining startups. While I've done all the above - to varying levels of failure success - I thought I'd share the things I've learned along the way.

He gives six things to keep an eye out for when considering your entry into the startup world:

  • Everyone does everything
  • There's no career path
  • You never have enough money
  • v1.0 never looks like the original Vision
  • Every founder believes in him/herself
  • Most startups don't explode, they fizzle

He's not saying all of this to push you away from startups, though - more to help you go in "with eyes open" and ready to ask the harder questions before you get into a bad situation.

tagged: startup join advice opinion


Shawn Stratton's Blog:
Startups and Working Environments
Apr 07, 2009 @ 10:22:47

Shawn Stratton has an interesting new post to his blog about startups, working environments and a few ideas that could change things a good bit for the average developer's workplace.

I've come to several conclusions after making observations on several articles by successful founders, thinking back on the startups I've seen and interacted with, and seeing the common mistakes that have been made thus far in the businesses and projects I've been involved in and let me just state that it has been a most interesting journey.

He suggests a few things that could make up an "idea workspace" scenario including less (required) work hours and more time off, giving full benefits, promoting an open environment instead of a "cube farm" and the encouragement to always keep learning. He even suggests something that could help make it easier - replacing a lot of the usual means (like books and training courses) with a Kindle loaded and ready to go.

I'm hereby making an open call for people to argue with or contribute to my ideas, let's fix what's wrong with the current corporations and thereby making our economy and our lifestyles sick and dying.

Want to comment? Head over here and share your thoughts...

tagged: startup environment training hours work timeoff kindle open workspace


Rich Zygler's Blog:
PHP Developer Jobs are the Hottest EVER!!!
May 13, 2008 @ 13:14:55

Rich Zygler has blogged about a trend he's been seeing that will make just about every PHP developer's eyes light up - the market for qualified PHP programmers has taken off dramatically.

While there are lots of PHP jobs in the usual suspects like small start-ups, there also seem to be a number of jobs at established companies and developer shops. I'm also seeing a definite split in PHP jobs where there are both entry level jobs as well as jobs for more experienced people with titles like "Senior PHP Developer" and "PHP Tech Lead."

He notes that the requirements for the jobs are just as diverse as the companies looking for candidates. Some want framework developers (like with the Zend Framework or Symfony) and some are looking for the "jack of all trades" sort of PHP developer that is flexible and experienced.

If you happen to be looking for a job, you can also check out our jobs section to find recently added positions.

tagged: job developer community framework company startup established