Category: Code

Testing upload file with Slim 3 (a better way)

In my last article, I talked about how we can mock the upload functionality, but without testing the existing of the file, this will work with you without any problem, but now to test the existence of the file we can do it like this:

This is the content of the upload function from the upload controller:

As you can see nothing too fancy, we get the uploaded files, we check that the upload worked then we moved the file to the storage directory, now the testing for the functionality with a real file will be like this:Continue reading

Filed under: Code, PHP

Testing upload file with Slim 3

 

Alert! This may not be the correct way, but sadly enough I didnt find any resources about this topic, most articles talk about Laravel, so if you know better way please write it in the comments. Thanks
Automatic testing may not the best topic I can talk about, at least for now, but it’s something that am committing to learn. So yesterday I was playing with Slim 3 (which is a PHP microframework) and I needed to try and see if I can test a dummy controller which upload a file and store it.

I went to the mighty and only one Google, but most of the articles was about Laravel or how you can mock the file system with vfsStream, and that’s was not what I want, so after playing for few hours I got through 90% of it, as I still need to test the existing of the uploaded file.

So here are my notes, and how I did it:

1- You will need to modify the base test file (BaseTestCase.php), so you can pass to it the uploaded file.

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Filed under: Code, PHP

What you should use to write a CLI app

I was going to write a post about this, but then I found out that I don’t have a big plan for what am going to write, so instead, I prefer that you go and read this article: Re-Introducing Symfony Console – CLI PHP for the Uninitiated! its not exactly what I wanted to write, but why to re-write things when someone already did that.

Intro:

As a web developer, we are always fascinated with what we can do for the web, we have the best technologies ( not including old IE version ), we have some limitation, but now we can also use web technologies to develop Desktop apps. So talking about CLI apps may not be the best topic here, but sometimes its way better to use CLI to develop an application than using the normal route with nginx/apache, why you may need to do that? the reasons are unlimited, the main one is your judgement.

First of all developing CLI application with PHP does not differ that much from developing Web app, you will use the same code, but your user will interact with the app via Terminal not Visual UI, this can be helpful when you are doing something like processing big files,  CSV files, or maybe doing some maintenance. You will need to care about the structure of your app, and how you code, at the end you don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to debug it and even losing control and make it way complicated than it should. so lets start to show you how I do it, then you may use the same or even better technique to develop your own.

Required Components:

There are a lot of libraries which we can utilize to develop the code, as with web you are not limited to specific framework or library, you can create your CLI with nodejs or even better with PHP ;) , for me I depend on PHP so I’ll list all the libraries that I use here:

  1. Symfony Console : http://symfony.com/doc/current/components/console.html
  2. Symfony Process : http://symfony.com/doc/current/components/process.html

Symfony Console is the main component here, which will help us to build a Command Line Application (also known as CLI).

Filed under: Code, Linux, PHP

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