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If you haven’t gotten a hang of setting up Zend_Rest_Route’s with Zend_Config_Ini check out our first post here.
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Lets say you have a thing in your system, a resource rather. That thing is posts. These are the things you need to do with your system’s posts.
- You need to list all posts.
- You need to list a specific post.
- You need to create new posts.
- You need to update a post.
- You need to delete a post.
Now replace posts with private messages, tweets, songs, videos, or articles. What you’ll see is that the basic requirements for all these things are the same. You need to be able to perform CRUD on all of them. The amount of times this pattern works is just astonishing. And Zend Framework makes solving it trivial. Below is an end to end solution for rigging up Zend_Rest_Route with a Zend_Rest_Controller using Zend_Config_Ini. Enjoy.
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Webcomics are great. Well, some are. Most are too long, posted too often, and not too funny. A surprising amount of online comics don’t even embed images in their feeds. I’ve rounded up a list of quality, light, and readable webcomics that will stand the test of time in any developer’s feed reader.
Our absolute favorite. Utopia Theory’s strips are short and sweet, making it a no-lose comic to RSS. The bits often include popular pop culture characters like Spongebob, Ms Pacman, Mr. Potato Head, Aladdin, and Tony the Tiger in unfortunate real life situations. Do yourself a service and nab this Farside-esque feed. Get the RSS Here.
Abtruse Goose is blog any intellectual with a sense of humor will enjoy. Linux, string theory, pi, physics, math, engineering, computers, and other geekery meets every day scenarios. Enjoy this feed over your next build or code compilation.
Calvin and Hobbes
Aaah the simpler days. Those who remember Calvin and Hobbes might be surprised to find out it’s available on the web. Little introduction is needed for the the little boy and his stuffed tiger. Unfortunately, their feed doesn’t embed the images. We’ve got a secret though; the site and their feed is ridden with ads but this RSS feed is sparkling clean.
Crimes Against Hugh’s Manitees
Crimes Against Hugh’s Manitees is an obscure webcomic which features animals with personality disorders. Very light and humorous. Looks like the comics are made by hand with construction paper, a felt tip, and glue. We keep these little guys around for the awkward honesty and clever anthropomorphism. Furry feed here.
Amazon Web Services only recently released their Amazon Linux AMI; a stable, secure, rhel-flavored, and performant Linux environment for applications running on EC2. The AMI is free, automatically updated, and EBS or S3 backed. It also comes with Ruby pre-installed. This makes it a killer platform for installing Puppet, an open source data center automation and configuration management framework. I’ve pulled together a slimmed down installation guide for those looking for the “just works” version.
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Once Puppet is installed, you should configure it. We will be releasing a follow up that will significantly slim the work involved soon. But until then, check out PuppetLab’s Configuration Guide.
It really surprises me when something as common as getting a row count is rather obscure in the Zend Framework world. I’ve seen plenty of implementations but none of them are light and straight-forward. Here are two implementations, procedural & OO, for the developer who is as perplexed as I was. The first example is procedural and should give you the most flexibility on how and where you put it.
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The second assumes you have a Zend_Db_Table class defined and good seperation using a mapper.
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Startups as well as established business can both benefit from online services that streamline their needs and reduce maintenance. Below is a list of 5 helpful services that do just that.
Beanstalk Private Hosted Version Control
Every startup should have some sort of version control. The laundry list for setting up and maintaining such a system isn’t short: setup the repository on a box available to all developers, make sure it can handle the load being put on it, make sure there is a backup mechanism… Not anymore. Beanstalk offers private and secure Subversion or Git repo hosting. It’s really beautiful because they’ve really created a worry-free, reliable service with frequent multi-site backups, SSL, scalable servers, and an API to boot. Once we made the dive we haven’t turned back. They offer a free plan so it’s a definite yes.
Hudson as a Service
We like Hudson, it’s a great continuous integration system. It has a rich and powerful user community, a short release cycle, and hoards of plugins that make it support building virtually any combination of technologies. Most developers recognize the importance and benefits of continuous integration - whether your running unit tests after every commit, pushing to a shared environment, or orchestrating entire releases; CloudBees has you covered. The biggest pain in the butt we’ve come to know is that Hudson or any other CI solution (xinc, CruiseControl, etc…) is just a monster pain to setup and keep healthy. With CloudBees HaaS it’s all done for you; and you just pay for usage. Never before has it been truly possible to run a full software team on just SaaS services - CloudBees is pushing us through the gap. Tip* - run a post commit hook from your beanstalk account to a Hudson job to get quick and easy CI going.
Zerigo Managed DNS Hosting with API
When it comes to DNS, you can’t play around. Zerigo offers low 1 minute TTL and API access. The UI is sweet and straightforward and there is a free plan to boot. When it comes to other offers, Zerigo is a no-brainer. For us the most important thing has been resolution time, wildcard hostnames, and usage based payments. They do it all. I’m sorry ZoneEdit, but it was good while it lasted.
Chargify Recurring Billing API
Most SaaS services have the goal of offering the entire scope of their service in one place online. Billing is a big part of this. Chargify makes it trivial to setup and maintain subscription billing through the use of their API and hosted payment pages. We love Chargify and are amazed at the amount of use cases they solve. There isn’t a quicker way to get a PCI compliant, metered or subscription billing solution with support for coupons/discounts and easy billing analytics. Chargify also support all major payment gateways. When it comes to billing, there is no reason to remake the wheel; in fact, before we started using Chargify, we had no idea what a dunning process was.
Google Apps for Business
Need company email, docs, spreadsheets, calendars, and all the IT systems you’ve come to expect while working at any medium or large company? We did. And we didn’t want to setup and maintain an exchange server, or pay microsoft licensing on a per box and year bases. Google Apps is a godsend to any company who want’s to rid the extra weight and mind share. Simply sign up and go; it’s $50 per person a year. We even use Google Apps to send emails to our users through our application. We really couldn’t go back now.
Here’s a quick reference for configuring Zend Framework with the most popular databases. Beats me how this never made it into the manual.
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Here’s a nifty trick for enabling multiple file uploads through one input element with HTML5 and Zend_Form. Developers familiar with Zend Framework’s form component should be delighted with the brevity of this solution.
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