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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Generating PHP Documentation with Sami
April 28, 2015 @ 09:55:31

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted today showing you how to generate API documentation with Sami, a "Friends of PHP" project that's currently used to generate API documentation similar to what the Symfony project provides. In this case "API" refers to your class and method structures, not something like a REST API.

Documenting your methods, classes, and functions is becoming second nature for everyone, so it makes sense to have a way to generate a separate documentation instead of navigating through the source code. In this article, I'm going to introduce you to Sami, the new API documentation generator.

He starts with a brief introduction to the DocBlock commenting methods and why you might want to choose Sami over other document generation tools (like phpDocumentor). He then helps you get Sami installed as a phar archive and how to use it to generate the document output for the Laravel Illuminate package. He includes the code you can use to set up the Sami configuration and an example of the output from the command execution. He then includes a bit about the versioning of the documentation, using themes and customizing the look and feel through custom assets and markup changes.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/generating-php-documentation-sami/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Sending Emails in PHP with PHPMailer
April 27, 2015 @ 12:53:56

The SitePoint PHP blog has a tutorial from Narayan Prusty showing you how to effectively use PHPMailer to send emails from your PHP application. PHPMailer provides a simplified interface to send both simple and complex emails.

PHPMailer is one of the most popular open source PHP libraries to send emails with. It was first released way back in 2001 and since then it has become a PHP developer's favorite way of sending emails programmatically, aside from a few other fan favorites like Swiftmailer. In this article we'll talk about why you should use PHPMailer instead of PHP's mail() function and we'll show some code samples on how to use this library.

He starts by answering the obvious question - is it an alternative to PHP's own mail function? He describes the differences, mostly in the way of enhanced functionality PHPMailer offers. He then helps you get it installed via Composer and how to send a first simple email. Next up he shows how to send an email with attachments and connecting the library to an external SMTP server for sending. The tutorial finishes with a quick mention of using POP3 to read emails and how to show local error messages when something goes wrong.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/sending-emails-php-phpmailer/

NetTuts.com:
Creating a Dating Application with Sinch RESTful API
April 27, 2015 @ 10:19:26

NetTuts.com has kicked off a new tutorial series today about building a dating application with a combination of Laravel, MongoDB and the Sinch service allowing for messaging between users. The Sinch service has several features including voice/messaging/SMS communication methods and device verification.

In this tutorial, we're going to create a dating application for iOS similar to Tinder. For voice and messaging, we will leverage the Sinch platform, making use of its powerful SDK. In the first part, we will focus on the development of a RESTful API to store and retrieve user information. In the second part, the iOS client will hook into this API to find nearby users based on the user's current location. We will use Laravel 5.0 for the RESTful service and will be covering basic concepts, such as routes and controllers. We are also going to define custom models to support MongoDB integration in an ActiveRecord-like manner.

This first part of the series is mostly about just getting things set up so they walk you through:

  • Basic setup of the Laravel application
  • Creation of the Base model (for MongoDB connection)
  • Creating helper methods
  • Building out CRUD functionality for the database layer
  • Making a User model
  • Creating the BaseController class
  • Making a SessionController class (and working with sessions)
  • Building a UserController

They end this part of the series by hooking all of this functionality together with some simple RESTful routing for GET, POST, PUT and DELETE request handling for the various endpoints.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-dating-application-with-sinch-restful-api--cms-23709

Luciano Mammino:
Developing a web application with Lumen and MySql
April 27, 2015 @ 08:24:09

Luciano Mammino has a tutorial posted to his site showing you how to create a Lumen application that ties into a MySQL database from start to finish. It's a simple "display a famous quote" application, but it shows the full process you'll need to follow to hook it all together.

Lumen is a new Php micro-framework developed by Taylor Otwell, the same author of the famous Laravel framework. I wanted to give it a try and I am here to share my experimentations. I am not an expert of Lumen (yet), but I think one of the best characteristics of this framework is that it makes really really easy to bootstrap a new project. So to prove this, we will now build a fully functional app backed by a MySql database in less than 30 minutes. Are you ready to start?

His goal is a create a simple application that displays a quote, "randomized" based on the day. He shows you how to set up a new Lumen project, configure the database and create a migration to create the table in MySQL. He also includes the code for the data seeder and the main application routing (just two routes). Finally, he includes the output template and the CSS needed to make the end result look as expected.

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Link: http://loige.co/developing-a-web-application-with-lumen-and-mysql/

Sameer Borate:
Adding WordPress like shortcodes to your web applications
April 24, 2015 @ 09:14:50

Sameer Borate has posted a new tutorial showing you how to add shortcode-like handling to your application. Shortcodes are a feature that's common in tools like WordPress to make adding custom markup easier (like "[tag][/tag]").

One of the cool features of WordPress is its shortcode feature. There may be times one wished to add this capability to your PHP web applications. Recently I found one such library which allows you to add shortcode features to your web apps. The library discussed here implements WordPress style shortcode syntax as a standalone package. Its a small package and so can be easily integrated into you existing applications. Content from editors, databases, etc. can be scanned by the Shortcode Manager and the contents replaced by a custom callback.

He makes use of the maiorano84/shortcodes library (installable through Composer) that makes it simple to add the functionality to your existing application. He includes a few examples of tag formats that the library can parse and the code needed to parse and handle the formatting. The custom tags are processed via callbacks and can modify the incoming value easily. He also shows how to access any attributes that may be set on the codes and grouping all of his functionality into one self-contained class.

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Link: http://www.codediesel.com/php/adding-wordpress-like-shortcodes-to-your-web-applications/

Graze.com Tech Blog:
Sharing Controller Logic with Traits in PHP
April 24, 2015 @ 08:53:48

On the Graze.com Tech blog there's a recent post about sharing logic between controllers with the help of traits. He makes use of the traits functionality in PHP to abstract out functionality common to multiple controllers (in his case, common user functionality).

There have been a few times I have come across a situation where I need to share some logic between controllers but it hasn't been as clear cut as abstracting that logic out into a library. I've been pondering the best way to tackle this problem and would like to share my thoughts.

In his example he shows how two different controllers, the Account and Signup controllers, both need to be able to look up an address and perform some simple checks on the results. The logic is duplicated so he first tries to move it out to an abstract controller but notes that it's not the most ideal solution. Next he tries moving the code out into a library but finds issues with separating out the necessary concerns. Finally he moves the logic into a trait (AddAddressTrait) that contains it and allows the direct integration of his "lookupPostalCode" method into the controller without inheritance or other design issues.

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Link: http://tech.graze.com/2015/04/14/sharing-controller-logic-with-traits-in-php/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
StackPHP Explained
April 23, 2015 @ 11:40:02

The SitePoint PHP blog has a tutorial posted today that wants to help you understand StackPHP, the project centered around middleware, specifically related to the Symfony2 HttpKernelInterface.

Today we are going to look at StackPHP and try to understand what this thing is all about. Although this post will have some code, this article will be rather theoretical as we are interested in learning what StackPHP actually is, where it comes from and why it is useful. As the front page of the StackPHP project says, Stack is a convention for composing HttpKernelInterface middlewares. But, in order to actually understand this definition, we will have to cover a few concepts first. At the end, we will also illustrate the concepts we learned in the context of StackPHP with some example code.

They start with a brief look at the HttpKernelInterface and how it works with the overall request and response flow of a typical application request. From there they describe the Decorator design pattern that will be used to augment the request/response objects as they're going through the middleware process. Following this they look at how StackPHP fits into this picture and provides a few code examples showing both basic and a bit more complex middleware handling (including the use of StackBuilder).

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/stackphp-explained/

Scotch.io:
Build a Time Tracker with Laravel 5 and AngularJS - Part 2
April 22, 2015 @ 09:38:53

Scotch.io has posted the second part of their series today showing you how to build a simple time tracking application with Laravel and AngularJS. In this latest part of the series he finishes the application and connect the two pieces.

This is the second of a two-part series on using Laravel 5 and AngularJS together to build a simple time tracking application. If you've gone through part 1, you'll have seen that we put together the front-end first and used a simple JSON file with some mocked-up data to test with. We left off with the ability to add new time entries and have the total time from all of them display on the side. We didn't include any way to edit or delete the time entries, and of course there was no persistence to a database. In this part we will complete the application so that the time entries get stored in a database and our Angular front-end and Laravel backend work together to create, read, update and delete from it.

He starts by helping you get a Laravel application up and running (time-tracker-2), set up the database and modify the configuration to point to the database location. He helps you run the migrations to set up the database tables and generate the related model code. Next up he shows how to inject the seed data, setting up the main index view and adding in routes for the Angular code to access. The rest of the article is just about as detailed and covers steps to:

  • View all the Available Routes
  • Return all Time Entries
  • Return All Users
  • Updating the front-end
  • Setting up the users list
  • Creating time entries
  • Updating time entries
  • Deleting time entires

Finally he wraps it all up with a few possible things that could be done to improve the application, both simple and a bit more complex. He challenges you the developer to implement those features.

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Link: https://scotch.io/tutorials/build-a-time-tracker-with-laravel-5-and-angularjs-part-2

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Using BoltCMS to Build a Small Business Website
April 21, 2015 @ 12:12:23

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new tutorial posted showing you how to set up a simple small business website using the BoltCMS tool. This recent article will walk you through the full installation, configuration and setup for a simple site including database interactions.

As the web continues to mature and the demand for the efficiency of content delivery increases, more and more slim and trim CMSs are coming into the fray. Developers (front-end and back-end) are branching away from the heavy-hitters like WordPress and Drupal, and into the likes of more streamlined, tailor-made solutions. Bolt CMS is one of these CMSs, and prides itself on being a dream for designers, developers, and content editors alike.

He starts with a brief overview of what the BoltCMS has to offer and some of the technology that powers it. He then goes through each of the steps to get the application up and running:

  • Requirements, setup and installation
  • Main configuration and theme set up
  • Splitting up files into templates
  • Introducing and creating content types
  • Retrieving content from database records

Each step along the way includes the code, configuration changes or template updates you'll need to make to end up with a simple site allowing you to view a page of content and list/add related testimonials.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/using-boltcms-build-small-business-website/

NetTuts.com:
Building Your Startup With PHP Scheduling a Meeting
April 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.

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


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