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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Build a New App with Laravel and EmberJS in Vagrant
August 25, 2014 @ 11:31:58

The SitePoint PHP blog has kicked off another series of posts today with part one of a series looking at building an application based on the Laravel PHP framework and EmberJS.

Nowadays, everything is turning into a web application. Even simple websites have a mobile app relying on a REST Api. Web applications are accessible everywhere - on a laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile, and recently on wearable devices like smartwatches. Everything is becoming smaller and faster - front ends are becoming separated from back ends, and only communicate with the server through APIs. In this series, we are going to create a photo uploading app. For the front-end, we will use EmberJs and Foundation 5. [...] For the back-end, we will use Laravel. The source code will be available per-part, and in final shape in the final part of this series.

They go with the Laravel Homestead virtual machine (and Vagrant) to make for a quick setup and stable environment. They help you get it all set up to push up to Heroku and get all needed dependencies, both frontend and backend, installed. They also walk you through the setup of the database, configuring the connection and deploying the application to production.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-new-app-laravel-emberjs-vagrant/

Geshan Manandhar:
Getting started with PHP (LEMP) on Vagrant, the easiest way
August 11, 2014 @ 12:06:11

Geshan Manandhar has posted a "getting started" guide to getting a LEMP environment up and running (LEMP being Linux, Nginx, MySQL and PHP) through a Vagrant setup.

A software engineer tells to a colleague in his team "Man, it is working on your machine, but why is it not working on mine?", then they both find out that one has Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with PHP 5.3 and the other software engineer on which the code is working is Ubuntu 14.04 with PHP 5.5 after some investigation. If you have ever faced this or similar problem its high time to switch to a portable and a reproducible virtual development environment shared among all team members. This is a context where Vagrant comes into play.

He introduces Vagrant and some of the problems it can help with for development groups. He includes some of the basic terminology and mentions some of the alternatives, including Docker and some of the Google popularity results comparing the two. Finally, he gets down to creating the Vagrant configuration with the PuPHPet service with screenshots of each step of the way. He wraps up the post with a look at how you can determine if things are working and how to add records to your hosts file to make the machine easier to reference.

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Link: http://geshan.blogspot.ae/2014/07/getting-started-with-php-lemp-on-vagrant.html#sthash.fPMXLkWP.dpuf

SitePoint Web Foundations Blog:
Quick Tip Install Zend Server 7 on an Ubuntu 14.04 Vagrant Box
July 22, 2014 @ 11:14:30

The SitePoint Web Foundations blog has a post from Bruno Skvorc showing how to install Zend Server on Ubuntu 7 set up and configured by Vagrant.

I recently took a look at Zend Server 7, the latest version of the powerful application monitor/manager suite. This quick tip will show you how to get it installed on a Vagrant box so you too can experiment with its features.

The process is made up of four (well, five...one is optional) steps making it pretty easy to try out:

  • Install Prerequisites
  • Clone and Boot
  • Download and Run Installer
  • Fix Log Permissions
  • Deploy an Application (the optional one)

He includes the code updates you'll need to make and some screenshots along the way to be sure you're on the right track.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/quick-tip-install-zend-server-7-ubuntu-14-04-vagrant-box/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
How to Install Xdebug with PHPStorm and Vagrant
July 08, 2014 @ 11:32:42

The SitePoint PHP blog has a recent post showing you how to get Xdebug installed and working with PHPStorm through a Vagrant installation. The Xdebug tool provides additional debug information on top of what PHP natively includes in its own error handling.

Xdebug is a PHP extension which allows you to debug and profile your code, view detailed and readable stack traces when errors happen, and much more. For a detailed walkthrough, see Shameer's post. If you're completely unfamiliar with it, you would do well to first install it following the procedures below, and then refer to the post linked above for a breakdown of everything Xdebug can do for you and your apps. In this tutorial, we'll set up Xdebug with PHPStorm for Vagrant hosted PHP apps.

His guide doesn't actually include the installation of Xdebug via Vagrant as the VM he's chosen (Vagrant Homestead) already has it installed. If you need instructions on that, check out this other tutorial. He shows you how to enable it in Homestead and configure the extension to connect back out to your waiting PHPStorm client. He then moves on to the client side and shows how to connect it to the server through PHPStorm's own debugger configuration. He includes a bit of sample code to test the connection (a Laravel route) and checking that the breakpoint handling works as well.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/install-xdebug-phpstorm-vagrant/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
6 Reasons to Move to Laravel Homestead
June 20, 2014 @ 10:14:10

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post from editor Bruno Skvorc sharing six reasons why he thinks you should move your Laravel-based application over to using the Homestead pre-build Vagrant box.

Laravel Homestead is, in a nutshell: "an official, pre-packaged Vagrant "box" that provides you a wonderful development environment without requiring you to install PHP, a web server, and any other server software on your local machine." In other words, it automatically does what we've done before manually through Vagrant and PuPHPet in articles like these. So what makes it different from your run-of-the-mill Vaprobash/Vagrant/PuPHPet setup? Let's see.

He quickly covers the six points, each with a paragraph or two of explanation:

  • It Works
  • It's Otwell Approved
  • It's Fast to Set Up
  • Ports
  • Best Practices and Common Ground
  • Easy to add sites

There's also a bit of a tutorial aspect here, showing you (via screenshots and configuration examples) how to get some of these points up and running.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/6-reasons-move-laravel-homestead/

Community News:
PuPHPet Adds Support for HHVM
February 21, 2014 @ 09:36:36

Juan Treminio passed along a note about his GUI-based virtual machine builder PuPHPet and some recent advancements in what it supports.

PuPHPet just added support for HHVM via FastCGI for Apache/Nginx and needs your help to create a VM and report any bugs encountered to make the experience as smooth as possible.

PuPHPet makes creating Vagrant/Puppet configurations much simpler and does a lot of the hard work for you. The project is also open sourced on GitHub so you can always add support for anything you might not see.

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Link: https://puphpet.com/

Erika Heidi:
Vagrant Usage Research
January 27, 2014 @ 10:15:07

If you've never heard of the powerful tool and you need automation around creating and configuring multiple virtual machines, you really should check it out. If you're curious as to how it's being used and what kind of things it's used for, check out this new post from Erika Heidi based on some research she recently did (and a survey she received some good feedback to).

From 11 to 14 of January, 720 Vagrant users from different sources (Twitter, IRC and the official Vagrant mailing list) answered a quick form I created to find out how people are using Vagrant. I'm currently in the process of writing a LeanPub book about this tool, and I was really curious especially about the provisioners usage.

She's put together the results in the form of an easy to read infographic with details about:

  • The most popular provisioners
  • The percentage of boxes running with OS
  • The percentage of languages on the boxes
  • The OS most Vagrant users use

...and finally the answer(s) to the question of "why vagrant?" but I'll leave it to you to read the post to find out that one.

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Link: http://www.erikaheidi.com/2014/01/24/vagrant-usage-research/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Build Virtual Machines Easily with PuPHPet - Part 2
December 26, 2013 @ 10:18:52

On the SitePoint PHP blog Matthew Setter is back with the second part of his series looking at using PuPHPet to make VMs easily. In this second part, he continues on and looks more at the configuration files generated and tweaking them a bit.

We looked at how to configure most of the options and how to use the generated configuration, with some basic vagrant commands. But that's as far as we went. So in this second part of the series, we're going further. Specifically, we're going to be looking at the two core files used: common.yaml, and Vagrantfile. We'll be making some changes to them, then provisioning the virtual machines to reflect the configuration changes.

He talks about some of the changes he'll be making including the location of the shared folder and some of the setup of the PHP installation. He also updates the XDebug and MySQL configurations to change a few other options for more control over the resulting instance.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-virtual-machines-easily-puphpet-part-2/

Alex Bilbie:
Using Vagrant and Ansible for distributing educational course virtual machines
December 20, 2013 @ 11:23:40

in his latest post Alex Bilbie shares a guide for the steps he follows to create virtual machines for an educational course using Vagrant and Ansible with a PHP+Apache environment set up and ready to go.

In "Cursory Thoughts on Virtual Machines in Distance Education Courses" Tony discuses using virtual machines in courses to help distribute software and operating systems to students who increasingly more and more are bringing in very different devices. [...] At the very end of the article Tony mentions using Vagrant which is a small piece of software to help "create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments". [...] A better option [for managing VM deployment] would be to use another devops tool called Ansible which "is a powerful automation engine that makes systems and apps simple to deploy".

He includes both a sample Vagrantfile for configuring Vagrant and a YAML configuration for Ansible that sets up the VM, opens the needed ports and installs and configures the needed software.

Together the playbooks and the Vagrantfile can be distributed to the students and assuming they've installed Vagrant and Virtualbox for their OS they can be up and running with identical environments in just a few minutes.
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Link: http://alexbilbie.com/2013/12/vagrant-ansible-courses/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Build Virtual Machines Easily With PuPHPet
December 19, 2013 @ 11:42:32

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Matthew Setter introduces you to a tool that can help make the setup and configuration of your Vagrant/Puppet development environments a lot easier - PuPHPet.

I can't speak for you, but one of my pet peeves about software development is environments. Whether it's creating and maintaining them for different projects with different needs; ensuring environment parity across a development team, (especially when they're remote); or between environments such as development, testing, and production. Across all of these, it can be a laborious task, especially when done manually. [...] In pursuit of ending this pain and making the entire process as efficient as possible, I set about the task of learning Vagrant & Puppet. [...] However, like most people in the modern world, I'm impatient. Like you, I have a lot going on, plus I was not seeking to become a guru. I felt there must be a way to come up to speed quickly but without becoming an aficionado.

This "better way" cam in the form of PuPHPet, a GUI tool (web-based) that lets you specify the options you want included in the configuration and generates the needed configuration files for you. This tool (created by Juan Treminio) makes it a lot simpler to get up and running quickly. Matthew walks you through a sample configuration and, with screenshots, and show you how to specify options for things like the web server, server software to install and PHP extensions to include.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-virtual-machines-easily-puphpet/


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