Blog Posts

Automating GitHub Pages Builds with MkDocs

One of the final tasks in prepping for the Expressive 1.0 release was setting up the documentation site. We'd decided to use GitHub Pages for this, and we wanted to automate builds so that as we push to the master branch, documentation is deployed.

The process turned out both simple and bewilderingly difficult. This post is intended to help others in the same situation.

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Expressive 1.0 in the Wild!

A few hours ago, we pushed Expressive 1.0.

This is a huge milestone for the ZF3 initiative; I've even called it the cornerstone. It signals a huge shift in direction for the project, returning to its roots as a component library. Expressive itself, however, also signals the future of PHP applications we envision: composed of layered, single-purpose PSR-7 middleware.

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Secure PHAR Automation

For a variety of reasons, I've been working on a utility that is best distributed via PHAR file. As has been noted by others (archive.is link, due to lack of availability of original site), PHAR distribution, while useful, is not without security concerns, and I decided to investigate how to securely create, distribute, and update PHAR utilities as part of this exercise.

This is an account of my journey, as well as concrete steps you can take to secure your own PHAR downloads.

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On 10 Years at Zend

10 years ago, as I write this, I was on a plane from Burlington, VT, to San Jose, CA, where I'd be starting work at Zend Technologies the next day as a PHP Developer.

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Fixing Version Issues When Running Composer from a Branch

For the Zend Framework component repositories, we occasionally need to backport changes to the 2.4 LTS releases. This requires checking out a branch based off the last LTS tag, applying patches (often with edits to translate PHP 5.5 syntax to PHP 5.3), and running tests against PHP 5.3 and 5.4.

Of course, to run the tests, you need the correct set of dependencies installed. If you have any component dependencies, that means running a composer update to ensure that you get the 2.4 versions of those components.

And that's where my story begins.

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On PSR7 and HTTP Headers

Yesterday, a question tagged #psr7 on Twitter caught my eye:

#psr7 Request::getHeader($name) return array of single string instead of strings in #Slim3? cc: @codeguy pic.twitter.com/ifA9hCKAPs

@feryardiant (tweet)

The image linked provides the following details:

When I call $request->getHeader('Accept') for example, I was expected that I'll get something like this:

Array(
    [0] => text/html,
    [1] => application/xhtml+xml,
    [2] => application/xml,
)

but, in reallity I got this:

Array(
    [0] => text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,*/*;q=0.8
)

Is it correct?

In this post, I'll explain why the behavior observed is correct, as well as shed a light on a few details of header handling in PSR-7.

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PHP is 20!

Today, 20 years ago, Rasmus Lerdorf publicly released PHP. Ben Ramsey has issued a call-to-action for people to blog the event and the impact PHP has had on their lives and careers; this is my entry.

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PSR-7 Accepted!

I'm pleased to announce that as of 22:00 CDT on 18 May 2015, http://www.php-fig.org/psr/psr-7 PSR-7 (HTTP Message Interfaces) has been accepted!

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Splitting the ZF2 Components

Today we accomplished one of the major goals towards Zend Framework 3: splitting the various components into their own repositories. This proved to be a huge challenge, due to the amount of history in our repository (the git repository has history going back to 2009, around the time ZF 1.8 was released!), and the goals we had for what component repositories should look like. This is the story of how we made it happen.

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PSR-7 By Example

PSR-7 is now accepted!!!

~~I'm still hearing some grumbles both of "simplify!" and "not far enough!" so I'm writing this posts to demonstrate usage of the currently published interfaces, and to illustrate both the ease of use and the completeness and robustness they offer.~~

First, though I want to clarify what PSR-7 is attempting.

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