Alexander develops more for a hobby than a job. Most of his sites are created with Joomla, but for specific projects he prefers the Laravel MVC framework. Alexander is also a developer of the FluxBB forum software.
Using cURL for Remote Requests
If you need to make remote requests from your PHP scripts, cURL is a great tool for the job, and the PHP extension offers the same functionality as the console utility but in the comfortable world of PHP. This article explains how to use the cURL extension, discussing GET and POST requests, handling login cookies, and FTP.
PhalconPHP: Yet Another PHP Framework?
From full-stack frameworks to micro frameworks, there’s a wide offering of PHP frameworks to choose from. And they all claim to be special, too. But Phalcon really is quite different compared to the others! This article takes a brief look at what Phalcon looks like and what makes it so special.
A First Look at React
For the past couple of years, Node.js has been drawing increasing amounts of attention as a promising web technology. While it has some strengths, like being event driven, some people just want to stick to PHP. If you’re one of them, you might want to take a look at a similar project for PHP named React.
What’s New in Laravel 4
The Laravel developers have been hard at work contributing some major improvements to the framework. Testability isn’t a problem any more, and neither is decoupling. Laravel 4 very well may be one of the greatest PHP frameworks currently available thanks to their hard work… so check out what’s new!
Getting Started with Fuel CMS, Part 2
Continuing to look at Fuel CMS, a lightweight and flexible alternative to heavier-platforms, this part of the series focuses on models and walks you through creating a simple Guestbook to introduce each aspect of working with them in Fuel CMS.
Getting Started with Fuel CMS, Part 1
When you hear the abbreviation CMS, you probably think about Drupal, Joomla, and even WordPress. However, there are alternatives to those heavy hitters if you want something more lightweight or flexible. If you’re look a simple administration interface, or integrate custom application code into the site, then it might be worth your while to explore Fuel CMS. This part of the two-part series looks at Fuel CMS in general and how to create pages and views.
PHP Dependency Management with Composer
Maybe you’ve experienced the pain of working on a PHP application which uses third-party libraries and then trying to keep them and their dependencies up to date. If so, Composer can soothe your pain. It can get you the libraries you want at the versions you need. Dependency management can be a hassle-free experience using Composer!
Turn WordPress into a CMS with Pods Framework
If someone mentions the term Content Management System, probably WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and others come to mind. But the only content types supported by WordPress out of the box are pages and articles, which is fine for most websites, but what if you want more? Luckily you can use the Pods Framework; it’s a WordPress plugin which enables you to add custom content types and their management to your WordPress installation.
Artisan and Laravel Migrations
For those who struggle with maintaining their database schema, or who have problems applying updates and often revert them, there is a solution. The Laravel Framework offers you migrations. Learn what migrations are and how they can help you maintain you database with confidence and ease.
Laravel: Is It Really Clean and Classy?
Laravel’s site says the framework is a “clean and classy framework”, and that “freeing you from spaghetti code, Laravel helps you create wonderful applications using simple, expressive syntax.” But are these claims true? Let’s take a look.