Category: Code

Why I choose CLI over web interface

Yesterday I was working on a piece of code which needs to communicate with beanstalkd server, so I spent about an hour or so trying to figure out which framework to use, Lumen, Slim or even Laravel.

The code was not that much complicated, just getting some data and passing it to the queue server and processing it later. Nothing that much complicated, I even though to do it with plain PHP and not use any framework at all.

Long story short, I ended up creating a PHP CLI application, I mean literally I found it the best solution, so why did I choose to go with CLI instead of any regular web application and make it a web app or even a RESTFUL app.

I went with CLI for few reasons :

  1. There is no interaction from outside, so no one will communicate with it or even call it from outside the server
  2. It has only one purpose, getting the data and push them to the queue server to be processed later.
  3. needed it to be light, and simple.
  4. didnt need all this mambo jambo of setting up nginx, PHP & SSL .. etc

And the nice thing is that I was able to do it in less time than if I ever wanted to use a framework.

 

so my advice to you, if you are going to work with microservices try to check if you can do the job via CLI, if yes dont do it via web.

 

 

Alert! As usual, English is not my first language so if you found any linguistic error just let me know to fix. thanks in advanced.
Filed under: Business, Code, Linux, PHP

How to configure PHPStorm 2017.1 to work with native Docker for mac

Today PHPStorm released the new version of 2017, with the number 2017.1

There are a lot of changes and updates, the main one which I want to talk about today is the fact that from now on no need to use socat as mentioned in my older post to talk to Docker on mac, now you can talk to it directly using the unix socket like this

Docker settings
Docker settings

 

Information! I Do advice you to read the old article as I go with more details about the topic
Filed under: Code, docker, PHP

How to test and auto deploy your laravel code from Gitlab

Few days ago, I was playing with the new Laravel 5.4 and Gitlab CI, and got to the point where I wanted the CI to test my code once I push it.

Using google lead me to this post on Laracasts, and it was the starting point for me, there you can get important files .gitlab-ci.yml and .gitlab-ci.sh  , basically the first one will define the stages for the testing and the second one will build the environment for your test.

So lets look at a short version of .gitlab-ci.yml

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Filed under: Business, Code, docker, Laravel, Linux, MySQL, PHP

Why to use Vagrant or Docker for development?

Few years ago, I was introduced to Vagrant and for me it was the most elegant tools I ever used, at the end it ended up the most annoying argument I ever hear all the time ” It works on my computer “, at that my team at the company used to use MAMP (yes they all use MAC so we are all have the same OS but different versions), and when I did introduced Vagrant they really liked the idea, especially that it was so easy to have your environment up and running in just few hours (based on your internet connection and what tools you will have to download).

Now things got more better, so I created a Vagrant file which we all used and share, it was based on Vaprobash and everything went so simple after that, we never heard that annoying phrase anymore, we all now have the same environment (despite the fact that I always update & upgrade my installed image, and I cant guarantee that everyone else does that), and the benefit was way more than what we though, now if we are working for a Node.js project, you can just grab a Vagrant file or image for it, if we are working on PHP the choices are open and we have no limit.

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Filed under: Code, docker, Other, PHP

PHPStorm Settings Repository

I have been using PHPStorm for about 3y or more (I think I got my license at the end of 2012), and to be honest I never though about syncing my setting, I try hard not to format and reinstall apps, as much as I can I try to avoid this option ..

any way on Saturday I was working on windows, and though about syncing my setting with PHPStorm on mac (and it was a bad Idea btw), but the thing is that I found out that I can easily create a git repo and just push my settings to it, and then whenever I need I can just pull it and use it.

you can read more about the plugin which come bundled with PHPStorm here.

And if you want my advice, never use the same setting on different OS’s unless you are sure the settings will be the same (on Windows Docker setting is not the same as in Mac), I dont think it will also sync the themes (need to more about that), but its good to know that you can have an auto backup for your settings incase you wanted to restore it later.

Filed under: Code, PHP