Piotr PasichSymfonyCon 2014 – Day #1 (28.11.2014, 08:23 UTC)

Yesterday, me and my fellows from @XSolve arrived to Madrid at SymfonyCon Madrid 2014 conference. It’s the greatest and finest Symfony’s event in the year. A lot attendees came to listen about Symfony as a framework and as a success story.

The day started with opening Keynote conducted by Fabien Potencier. To continue the last year tradition, he invited a couple of people involved to Symfony’s development to present and introduce everybody into the changes entered to the newest version which was called by Ryan Weaver “The best and most tremendous version of Symfony”.

From the Keynote we can catch the direction of Symfony for the next year. I think the first thing might be improving Developer Experience (DX), call to contributing and giving feedback. A lot of thinks are going to happen or happened past year – the Symfony Installer has been release, a bunch of little or grater DX changes were merged to the framework and the showcases subsite will be published.

I think, this year’s conference is purposed to show a clear vision of the next year in Symfony’s community and every presentation proved that.

The Developer Experience (DX) Initiative

Because I’m the person who likes motivation talks and wants to bring something to community I would call this presentation as one of the best as most interesting for me, this day.

An amazing introduction to the main direction of Symfony 2.6. It was not only about new features available, but about making the development process easier and simplier. As Ryan mentioned – DX is not about less code, it’s about creating bigger and better applications in less time.

But the features are impressive – the new dump function, ajax profiler, voters etc.

Easy vs Simply

There is a huge difference between easy and simply. In example, loosing weight is simple, but not easy. Hooks in Drupal are easy to use, but not simple. I must admit that Ryan has right – making things easier to use is much less complicated than making them simply, so…

Simple first, then easy

Five weird tricks to become a better developer

The very first soft-skills presentation of Jordi and even if some things were “whatever” and the speaker looked a little stressed, this presentation pointed important topics which are sometimes forgotten by devs.

Reflect, talk about why (not what) and emphatize – these are only a couple points mentioned in presentation. When Jordi was almost out of time and said “I’ve to rush, it’s gonna be crazy”, the next slide showed up – “Chill out”. Yeah, we can do that.

Besides of all pieces of advice given by Jordi, one sentence I keep in my mind:

You cannot solve problems you do not understand

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Rock solid deployment of Symfony Apps

This presentation might change the way you thing about the deployment. And not because automate deployment are new for you, but because the speaker said “start to think about deployment in the very beginning, the it will be to late”.

The success of deployment depends on many factors like environment, server configuration, application configuration, changes in the code. And you do not know if anything won’t change in the future (the infrastructure may grow up). To be really prepared for these changes and not to waste your time on reverting the code, database or configuration.

Do not deploy on Friday, but deploy as often as you can. Even a couple of times a day.

The deployment should be predictable and you need to know what will happen after that. You need to have a plan. And the best plan is to automate this. So, you can choose your weapon – capifony, ansible or some PaaS service like Heroku. You should be able to revert to previous version fast.

Symfony Tips & Tricks

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SitePoint PHPPHP News You May Have Missed – October / November 2014 (26.11.2014, 17:00 UTC)

In an already all too familiar format, here’s more PHP news you may have missed over the past month or so. Some of these will be presented in more depth in future posts, but it’s just as important to have a heads up about them. HHVM HHVM is on fire lately – we have four […]

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Symfony CMFSymfony CMF Hackdays in Würzburg (12/13 Dec. 2014) (26.11.2014, 05:00 UTC)

The Mayflower Gmbh will host the next Symfony CMF Hackday in Würzburg, Germany. It will be focused on the roadmap for the 1.3 release. We are going to have nearly two days of hacking and pushing the CMF forward to the next version.

You can sign up to the event on Doodle. There will be a public workshop as an opener, too. You can get more information via the Facebook-Event. This workshop is public, but limited to 8 persons.

Both events are located at:

Mayflower GmbH
Gneisenaustraße 10/11
97074 Würzburg

PHP ClassesOAuth Pin Based Authorization for Twitter, LinkedIn, Imgur and Others (25.11.2014, 10:13 UTC)
By Manuel Lemos
Some applications need to access OAuth based APIs but since they are not based on regular Web browsers, they need to need to use an alternative method to obtain the user authorization.

Pin based authorization is a method used for instance by applications based on the command line, desktop applications, embedded systems, game consoles, and certain types of mobile apps.

Read this article to learn how the pin based OAuth authorization process works and how can you implement it in your applications using the PHP OAuth API class.
Derick RethansLondon in Fives: The Making Of (25.11.2014, 08:55 UTC)

London in Fives: The Making Of

A few days ago I published a video called "London in Fives" on Vimeo. In this article I am explaining how I made this, including the hardware and software that I used.

But first, let's have a look at the video itself:

London in Fives

There are 25 sections in this video, each taking 5 seconds. Because the frame rate is 25 fps, that means there are 125 frames per segment. All those numbers are powers of 5, hence the title of the film: London in Fives.

The first and last segments are merely the title and end credits, and are just a series of images. The more interesting bits are the 23 segments in between.


All these segments are made from single frame shots from my Nikon D300 DSLR camera. It has a feature that allows a picture to be taken every 5 seconds automatically. For all segments, except for the night time shot of Covent Garden and the Ice Skating, that created the raw images.

For each segment, I usually took a few more shots than the 125 required, usually up to a 150, to have a bit of a choice of where to start and end the segment. In one case (the Regent's Park sunrise in the fog segment), I was happy that I did! Due to a hard drive failure I fortunately managed to only lose a few images, so that I still had just 125 left!

Of course it is important to keep the camera steady between all of the shots. In most of the segments I used a GorillaPod, a three legged flexible tripod where each leg can wrap around objects. In the later scenes, I used a normal stand-up tripod, a Manfrotto befree.


The camera movements are all done in post production, except for the night time shot of Covent Garden and the Ice Skating segments. Instead of using my camera's "take a photo every x seconds" feature, I relied on hardware to take both a photo every 5 seconds, but also rotate the camera slightly on top of its tripod. The time lapsing device that I used to rotate and instruct the camera to take a photo every 5 seconds is an Astro. This is a disk like device that can rotate around one axis and instruct the camera through a cable to take a photo at specific intervals over a certain period of time. I think that for future time lapses I will not rotate more than 30° for a 125 segment shoot as otherwise it goes a bit too fast.

To make sure I had my camera perfectly horizontal on my camera, I used a spirit level that sits on top of my flash socket.

Post Processing

After taking the photos, some post-processing was necessary. There are three types of post-processing that I had to do, depending on how the photos were shot.

For the two segments created with the Astro, I really only had to rescale the photos from the camera's native resolution to 1280x720.

For one other segment (Regent's Park sunrise in the fog), the GorillaPod was sitting on a bench that didn't turn out to be stable enough and lots of instability was introduced among the different images. I used Hugin's align_image_stack tool to align them in such a way they formed a stable sequence of images. This tool is usually used to "align overlapping images for HDR creation", but it also suited my use case very well. Basically, I ran the following command:

align_image_stack -a aligned/a -v -i -C --threads 3 *jpg

I first also tried enabling GPU support for remapping, but that just ended up crashing the tool. The tool here is called with an output prefix of aligned/a and the -C auto-cropped the image sequence so that it covered an area that all images shared.


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Cal EvansInterview with Lorna Jane Mitchell (25.11.2014, 05:00 UTC) Link
labs @ Qandidate.comBroadway just got a new release (25.11.2014, 00:00 UTC)

Today we tagged version 0.3.0 for Broadway. In this version we have merged some nice pull requests from various contributors, thanks to everybody that submitted issues and/or pull requests!

One of the pull requests we received is from simensen. He added factories for our aggregates.

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Horde newsHorde im Tatort (24.11.2014, 18:46 UTC)
Horde Groupware played a role in Germany's number one crime series on Sunday evening.
Anthony FerraraAlternatives To MVC (24.11.2014, 18:00 UTC)
Last week, I wrote A Beginner's Guide To MVC For The Web. In it, I described some of the problems with both the MVC pattern and the conceptual "MVC" that frameworks use. But what I didn't do is describe better ways. I didn't describe any of the alternatives. So let's do that. Let's talk about some of the alternatives to MVC...

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SitePoint PHPGeospatial Search with SOLR and Solarium (24.11.2014, 17:00 UTC)

In a recent series of articles I looked in detail at Apache’s SOLR and Solarium.

To recap; SOLR is a search service with a raft of features - such as faceted search and result highlighting - which runs as a web service. Solarium is a PHP library which allows you to integrate with SOLR - whether local or remote - interacting with it as if it were a native component of your application. If you’re unfamiliar with either, then my series is over here, and I’d urge you to take a look.

In this article, I’m going to look at another part of SOLR which warrants its own discussion; Geospatial search.

An Example

I’ve put together a simple example application to accompany this article. You can get it from Github, or see it in action here.

Before we delve into that, let’s look at some of the background.

Sometimes, the things you want to search for have geographical locations. Often, that provides vital context. It’s all very well me being able to search for “Italian restaurants”, but I’m hungry - a restaurant on another continent, as good as it might be, is of no help. Rather, it would be far more useful to be able to run a search which asks “show me Italian restaurants, but within 5 miles”. Or alternatively, “show me the ten closest Italian restaurants”. That’s where Geospatial search comes in.

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