SitePoint PHPLocal Composer for Everyone! A Conference-Friendly Satis Setup (27.8.2016, 16:00 UTC)

While preparing my technical materials for WebSummerCamp, I realized my workshop would rely on a fairly stable internet connection, as we'd have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of packages to install. Rather than rely on the gods of live demos, or pre-installing everything and ruining the experience, I picked another route.

In this post, I'll show you how to set up a local Satis instance and have it host the packages over the network it's currently on, so that everyone who's also connected to it can put the address into composer.json as a custom repository source, and retrieve all packages from your machine locally - no internet connection required!

Composer logo with deal with it sunglasses

Prerequisites

Due to a habit of never installing programming-related software on my main OS (more about that here), I'm using Homestead Improved, as usual. If you have a working PHP installation on your host machine, or prefer Docker or something similar, please feel free to use that. Note, however, that for the sake of cross-platform friendliness and simplicity, this tutorial will be Homestead Improved-specific.

Before booting up the VM, make sure you share an arbitrary port. This can be done by editing the bottom section of Homestead.yaml. I picked 6789, so that my local "packagist" will be hosted on IP:6789 where IP will be the IP address of my host machine.

Satis

Inside the VM, in an arbitrary location of your choice (I picked /home/vagrant/Code/) install a new Satis project with:

composer create-project composer/satis --stability=dev --keep-vcs

This will create the subfolder satis.

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SitePoint PHPHow to Create a Pokemon Spawn Locations Recorder with CouchDB (26.8.2016, 16:00 UTC)

In a previous article, you’ve been introduced to CouchDB. This time, you’re going to create a full-fledged app where you can apply the things you learned. You’re also going to learn how to secure your database at the end of the tutorial. Overview of the Project You’re going to build a Pokemon spawn locations recorder. […]

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Voices of the ElePHPantInterview with Brian Retterer (26.8.2016, 09:00 UTC) Link
PHP ClassesPHP and JavaScript Innovation Award Report August 2016 Edition - May 2016 nominees (26.8.2016, 06:09 UTC)
By Manuel Lemos
This is the August edition of the Innovation Award podcast hangout recorded by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins to comment on the outstanding features of all the past month nominees and winners PHP and JavaScript packages, the prizes that the authors earned, starting with the nominees from the month of May 2016.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn why the nominated packages were considered to be innovative, as well the current rankings of the Innovation Award Championship by author and by country.
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Anna FilinaMySQL Duplicate Entry, But Not Really (25.8.2016, 21:08 UTC)

I chased an interesting bug today. MySQL was complaining about “Integrity constraint violation: 1062 Duplicate entry”. I had all the necessary safeguards in my code to prevent duplicates in tha column.

I gave up on logic and simply dumped the contents of the problematic column for every record. I found that there was a record with and without an accent on one of the characters. PHP saw each as a unique value, but MySQL did not make a distinction, which is why it complained about a duplicate value. It’s a good thing too, because based on my goal, these should have been treated as duplicates.

My solution was to substitute accented characters before filtering duplicates in the code. This way, similar records were rejected before they were sent to the database.

Happy coding!

[Edit 2016-08-26] As pointed out in the comments, a more robust and versatile solution would be to check the collation on the column. Thanks!

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PHP ClassesNotable PHP package: PHP Builder Pattern Generator (25.8.2016, 06:33 UTC)
By Manuel Lemos
The builder design pattern allows to dynamically create objects in a way that the same process of construction can allow multiple representations of the object that can be changed over time according to the needs of a project.

This package implements the builder design pattern with a concrete builder class that generates code for classes dynamically to implement a representation of the object class being built at run time.

Read this article to learn more details about how this notable PHP package works.
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Nomad PHPBug Hunting with Git Bisect (24.8.2016, 20:04 UTC)

Speaker: Alessandro Lai @AlessandroLai Bugs are introduced in our code almost everyday, one way or another, even if we do our best to avoid it. Often, we need to identify where a bug originated to fix it, but we have to sift through a long history of commits to do that. Git comes to the …

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PHP ClassesFast PHP Error Monitoring and Bug Fixing with Rollbar (24.8.2016, 05:37 UTC)
By Samuel Adeshina
Regardless of how good you are as a developer, you will always ship code to production that will have bugs or does not deal with situations that were unanticipated.

Therefore you always need to have a tool that can monitor the errors on the server side, so you can act promptly and fix issues as quickly as possible.

Read this tutorial to learn how you can use Rollbar to keep track of your PHP Web applications issues.
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Anna FilinaConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers (23.8.2016, 17:16 UTC)

ConFoo | March 8-10, 2017 | Montreal, CanadaWant to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

ConFoo Montreal will be held on March 8-10, 2017. For those of you who already know about our conference, be aware that this annual tradition will still be running in addition to ConFoo Vancouver. Visit our site to learn more about both events.

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SitePoint PHPUp and Running with the Fastest PHP Framework on PHP7 in 5 Mins (23.8.2016, 16:00 UTC)

You may remember our past infatuation with Phalcon, the fastest PHP framework.

In this post, we'll go through the process of getting it up and running in 5 minutes on one of our Homestead Improved instances. If you're not interested in why or what Phalcon is, just skip ahead to "Setting it up".

Phalcon PHP logo

Recap

If you're not familiar with it, Phalcon is a PHP framework written in Zephir, a language mid-way between C and PHP that helps in developing PHP extensions without having to know C. It's a golden middle ground which lets PHP developers develop highly optimized modules for their programming language environment without the overhead of learning a completely new language, because Zephir compiles into C, which is what PHP extensions are made of.

Originally, Phalcon was an extension written in pure C - which made it incredibly fast. However, this also introduced massive overhead in fixing bugs or inspecting what's going on under the hood when something doesn't work the way it should. It also took ages to add new features, since developing in C is so much more difficult. In version 2, Phalcon was rewritten in Zephir, but as PHP 7 was looming on the horizon and announced a dramatic departure from the extension API of PHP 5+, Zephir could not compile code to PHP 7 compatible extensions and was left behind in PHP 5 land.

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