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Sergey Zhuk:
Build A Simple Chat With ReactPHP Socket: Server
Jun 28, 2017 @ 10:46:39

Sergey Zhuk has a new post to his site showing how you can use ReactPHP's socket component to build a simple chat service as a server runing on a remote port.

In this article, we are going to build a simple chat server based on ReactPHP Socket Component. With this component, we can build simple async, streaming plaintext TCP/IP or a secure TLS socket server.

There are client and server sockets. The server is bound to a specific port number and just waits listening on this port. The client knows the host of the server and the port on which the server is listening. When the connection between server and client is established, the data exchange begins.

He then gets into the code required to make the server and add in some additional functionality. He starts by creating the server to listen for incoming connections and has it write back a simple message to prove it's working correctly. He then moves on to the code required for sending and receiving data. This initial version just echoes back what the user submits. He takes this an expands it out to start on the intiial steps of the chat system - creating the connection pool for multiple clients, storing usernames of those connected and using that information when transmitting a message to all clients connected.

tagged: simple reactphp chat server tutorial server client username

Link: http://seregazhuk.github.io/2017/06/22/reactphp-chat-server/

Sam Greenwood:
Event Sourcing for the Rest of Us
Jun 27, 2017 @ 12:15:20

In this recent post to his site Sam Greenwood gives a high level overview of functionality that's becoming more popular and widely used - event sourcing. His post is a guide to event sourcing "for the rest of us" that aren't familiar with it but want to get an understanding of what it's all about.

Event sourcing can be described as storing the events that happened in your system in the order they happened, in some kind of store. These events are then replayed to recreate state in your system, rather than just having a single row in a table, using event sourcing, you have a full history of actions that happened in your system, and how your state got to the given point that it is in.

He uses a single entity in his illustration, showing how the changes would be put into an EventStore repository (possibly stored in something like this). He then sets up his event system for "members" and shows how to apply the different associated events. This is then sent to the repository for handling and saving to whatever data source you have defined.

tagged: eventsourcing introduction tutorial member event example

Link: https://www.samgreenwood.me/event-sourcing-for-the-rest-of-us/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Hello, Laravel? Communicating with PHP through SMS!
Jun 27, 2017 @ 11:05:29

In a previous article the SitePoint PHP blog showed you how to use Laravel, the Twilio service and some helpful packages to create an application that allowed interaction via phone calls. In this new tutorial they continue the series and update the application to allow interaction via SMS messages.

In this article, we will modify our Laravel-powered phone-capable weather forecast app so that it is accessible via SMS (text message) in addition to the voice telephone system.

They just add on the functionality rather than creating a new application for the SMS side, adding new routes, controller methods and changing up the service layer a bit. It also includes the messaging that comes back from Twilio and how the response needs to be formatted. Finally, the article shows (with screenshots included) how to configure your Twilio application to allow messaging as well as phone calls. The post ends with screenshots of the application on a mobile device sending the requests for the weather information based on the zip code provided.

tagged: tutorial laravel twilio sms weather communication series part2

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/hello-laravel-communicating-php-sms/

Master Zend Framework:
How to Migrate from Zend Expressive Version 1 to 2 with Command-Line Tooling
Jun 27, 2017 @ 10:43:30

On the Master Zend Framework site Matthew Setter has written up a new tutorial showing you how to migrate from Zend Expressive v1 to v2 with the help of some command line tooling support provided as a part of recent updates to the project.

In part one of this series, we started learning about the tooling support available for Zend Expressive, provided by Zend Expressive Tooling There, we learned how we can use the package to create, register, and deregister middleware, and scaffold new modules. But that's only half of what the package can do.

Here, in part two, let's learn about the other half, which removes some of the heavy lifting required when migrating Zend Expressive applications from version one to two.

He first defines some of the main differences between the two versions, a checklist of things the tooling will help you more automagically update. He talks more specifically about migration support, moving to "programatic pipelines" in Expressive v2 and scanning for deprecated error middleware. There's also information about locating the legacy request and response handling and how they're refactored to the newer format.

tagged: tutorial zendexpressive zendframework migrate version update tooling commandline

Link: http://www.masterzendframework.com/tooling/migrating-to-version-2/

Freek Van der Herten:
Building a realtime dashboard powered by Laravel and Vue (2017 edition)
Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:53:33

Freek van der Herten has a recent post to his site sharing a project that was created by the team at Spatie to show real-time information on a large display there in the office. In his post he details how this system was created using Laravel for the backend and Vue.js for the frontend.

At Spatie we have a tv screen against the wall that displays a dashboard. This dashboard displays the tasks our team should be working on, important events in the near future, which music is playing at our office, and so on.

We’ve opensourced our dashboard, so you can view the entire source code on GitHub. It is built with Laravel 5.4 and Vue.

He goes through some of the history behind the project and how it was designed to replace some initial efforts with Dashing. He covers the basic functionality of the system with a high level overview and what kind of information it's displaying. From there he gets into more of the technical details of the dashboard including the grid setup, server-side code, client side Vue.js functionality and packages involved.

tagged: dashboard laravel vuejs tutorial github opensource display

Link: https://murze.be/2017/06/building-realtime-dashboard-powered-laravel-vue-2017-edition/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
There’s a Gender Extension for PHP
Jun 26, 2017 @ 13:58:25

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's a new post from editor Bruno Skvorc sharing information about a "gender" extension for PHP that tries to guess the gender of a first name.

Recently, I ventured into a section of the PHP manual which lists extensions that are used to help with Human Language and Character Encoding. I had never looked at them as a whole – while dealing with gettext, for example, I always kind of landed directly on it and ignored the rest. Well, of those others, there’s one that caught my eye – especially in this day and age given the various controversies – the Gender extension.

This extension, in short, tries to guess the gender of first names. As its introduction says: "Gender PHP extension is a port of the gender.c program originally written by Joerg Michael. The main purpose is to find out the gender of firstnames. The current database contains >40000 firstnames from 54 countries."

This is interesting beyond the fact that the author is kinda called George Michael. In fact, there are many aspects of this extension that are quite baffling.

He then walks through some examples of putting the extension to use, evaluating various names in different languages and gauging the results. The extension allows for definite answers (is male/female), relative results, unisex, a "couple" or, when all else fails, erroring or giving a "not found" result. It also can check for "nicknames" for common names. He walks you through getting it installed and shows other functionality for getting similar names and checking for nicknames, showing code examples and the resulting output.

tagged: gender extension language tutorial introduction install example

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/theres-a-gender-extension-for-php/

Symfony Finland:
Porting a Symfony 3 application to Flex
Jun 26, 2017 @ 11:42:12

On the Symfony Finland site they've posted a retrospective about moving an application from Symfony 3 to Flex including the work that was done in the switch and the performance of the result.

Earlier this year I did some experimenting with a Hybrid state object between Symfony Twig templates and front end JavaScript frameworks. Since that time I did that experiment, the Symfony Flex project has progressed. I thought I would try how to port the state prototype to Symfony Flex.

[...] In my case the application was rather simple and all built in the AppBundle, which is best-practise in Symfony3 for many applications. I mostly had to move files and configurations around and change namespaces.

He starts by spending some time talking about the difference between a Symfony 3 environment and the environment Flex provides. He then goes through the eight or so steps to move from one to the other including file/directory changes and configuration updates. Next comes the look at performance differences between the two. Unsurprisingly Flex came out on top in every measurement he threw at it.

In addition to the new structure, the apparent improvement in performance is obviously welcome. This would likely be even more evident where I could leave more dependencies out, for example in API workloads. This obviously won't magically push Symfony/PHP into Golang or Node.js territory for raw API throughput, but for existing large code bases it could provide a low-effort boost.
tagged: symfony symfony3 symfonyflex migration performance benchmark process tutorial

Link: https://symfony.fi/entry/porting-a-symfony-3-application-to-flex

Cal Evans:
Mautic Step 1 – Configuring an Email Service Provider
Jun 26, 2017 @ 10:30:17

Cal Evans has continued his series covering Mautic, the PHP based self-hosted marketing automation platform. This is step one in the process with his previous post in the series introducing Mautic and why he's trying it out.

This is the second post in a series titled “My Journey into Mautic”. If you are starting here, you might get an incomplete picture, you may want to check out the previous articles.

There are two things that really confuse me about Mautic, properly configuring an Email Service Provider (ESP), and segmenting & tagging. We’ll tackle the latter one in a later post, but the former is an important topic. It is also one that I do not fully understand. What is presented here is what I have learned through trial and error. it my be partially or wholly incorrect. If you find something that I’ve gotten wrong, please, by all means, correct me in the comments.

He starts by defining what an ESP service is and what it's useful for. While he had done the self-hosted email server in the past, he recommends paying for a service these days, deciding for his needs on Mailgun. He covers the difference between transactional and broadcast emails followed by the setup process he followed to get Mailgun up and working with his Mautic install.

tagged: series mautic marketing automation selfhosted platform tutorial email service provider

Link: https://blog.calevans.com/2017/06/25/mautic-step-1-configuring-an-email-service-provider/

Cloudways Blog:
Create A Contact Form In Laravel That Sends You An Email
Jun 23, 2017 @ 11:17:02

On the Cloudways blog they've posted a tutorial showing you how to create a simple contact form that emails when someone fills it out and the information they submitted.

Laravel is well known for providing multiple solutions for a problem. This is one of the main reasons of the popularity of the framework. Popular Laravel solutions cover routine functionality such as authentication, sessions, routing, and caching.

Contact Us forms are another routine functionality that is a requirement of more or less every website. In this article, I am going to demonstrate how you can easily create a contact form in Laravel with email. To understand the functionality of Laravel mail function. I suggest you read my previous article on sending emails in Laravel.

The author then walks you through the installation of a new Laravel application on the Cloudways service. He then shows how to install the "Form" package (laravelcollective/html) and enable it as a service provider. Next up comes the database configuration and the creation of the table to handle the data submitted via the "Contact Us" form. The model is then created to work with the table, the route is added to show the form (and handle the submission) as well as the matching view and controller. The post wraps up with the commands and configuration you'll need to send the emails and an example of a "mailable" class to handle the email's construction.

tagged: tutorial laravel contact form email simple

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/laravel-contact-form/

Ionic 3 and Angular 4: PHP Restful API User Authentication for Login and Signup
Jun 23, 2017 @ 10:32:17

On the 9Lessons.info site they've posted a tutorial walking you through the creation of an application using Iconic 3, Angular 4 and a PHP restful API and how to handle user authentication and signup. It's a continuation from this previous post that kicked off the series.

Today’s post explains how to implement login authentication system for your AngularJS applications. It will show you how to log in with a user and store the user session, so it deals with token based authentication. Since we are using token based authentication, it protects if any unauthorized request is made and notices for a new login if required. This makes your application’s authentication to be more secured compared with any other authentication system. Every user details will be stored in an external database and a PHP based API is used in the backend for handling this authentication. Hope you’ll find it more easily using this as your authentication system in your AngularJS projects.

They assume you've worked through the previous post and already have the basic structure of the application set up. They share a screencast showing the process but also include the key details - database tables, code and markup - in the post for those that prefer to follow along that way.

tagged: tutorial 9lessons iconic angularjs restful api user authentication signup

Link: http://www.9lessons.info/2017/06/ionic-angular-php-login-restful-api.html