Wern Ancheta, Aug 26

How to Create a Pokemon Spawn Locations Recorder with CouchDB

Wern Ancheta shows you how to build a Pokemon spawn location recorder app with CouchDB and the Slim Framework, wrapping it up in good security practices!
Bruno Skvorc, Aug 19

Quick Tip: Solution to Paypal IPN Always Returning "Invalid"

A solution to the PayPal IPN Simulator "INVALID" problem - where the verification message always returns invalid, even if everything seems fine
Wern Ancheta, Aug 11

A Pokemon Crash Course on CouchDB

Wern Ancheta takes us through a practical crash course into using CouchDB - CRUD, configuration, cooperation with PHP, and more!
Bruno Skvorc, Aug 08

6 More Must-Do Grav Tweaks: Ready for Hacker News Traffic!

Super-caching, optimization, customization, comments, and much more you simply MUST do for your Grav installation
Wern Ancheta, Jul 22

Can We Use Laravel to Build a Custom Google Drive UI?

Wern Ancheta builds a brand new Google Drive admin UI with Laravel!
Andrew Carter, Jul 09

Powering Raspberry Pi Projects with PHP

Andrew Carter makes an LED blink on a Raspberry Pi with PHP - Building Raspberry Pi projects with PHP has never been easier!
Christopher Pitt, Jul 08

PHP, Arduino, And... Minecraft? Connecting an Arduino to PHP!

Chris connects an Arduino to PHP and reads the log output to signal a LED on a certain condition, completing the real world Minecraft door-alarm
Christopher Pitt, Jul 06

PHP, Arduino And... Minecraft? Combining Minecraft with PHP!

Chris Pitt combines Minecraft and PHP to prime the ground for an Arduino implementation, culminating in a real world alarm for a Minecraft door!
Bruno Skvorc, Jul 04

Do PHP and IoT Have a Future Together?

Our intro post to the world of IoT and PHP - a list of resources to get started with, and sites to buy electronic components from!
Daniel Berman, Jun 08

Monitoring WordPress Apps with the ELK Stack

Daniel shows us how we can apply the ELK stack to WordPress for advanced monitoring and error logging - never stare at confusing logs again!
Christopher Pitt, Jun 03

Hacking the Fitbit - Emulating a Pager for Twitter DMs!

Chris makes his cheap Fitbit vibrate on new Twitter DMs - emulated pager AND a silent wake-up alarm? WIN!
Wern Ancheta, May 13

We're Building a Marvel Catalog Reader! Avengers, Assemble!

In this tutorial, we're going to take a look at the Marvel API, a tool provided by Marvel for developers to get access to the 70-plus years of Marvel comics data.

Marvel logo

First, we'll walk through the steps in which one can acquire the keys needed to make requests to the API. Then, we'll look at the tools we can use to test out the API. Finally, we're going to build a website that uses the API.

Signing Up

The first thing we need to do is go to the Marvel Developer Website and click the Get a Key link. We'll then be provided with the public and private key which we can use to perform requests to the API. If you plan to use the project in production, you can also add your website's domain name to the list of authorized referrers. This provides a security layer in case you accidentally push your public and private keys to Github.

Important Notes Regarding the Use of the API

For limits and rules, please see the attribution, linking and rate limits page of their documentation. Also be sure to read the Marvel API Terms of Use if you're planning to use the API in production. I've summarized it below:

  • Beware of the API rate limit. At the time of writing of this tutorial the rate limit is 3000 calls per day. That's applicable to all the endpoints.
  • Always attribute Marvel as the source when displaying API data and images. Marvel recommends the use of this text: Data provided by Marvel. © 2016 Marvel.

Playing with the API

The API comes with an interactive documentation which allows you to easily test all the available API endpoints.

There's information on the data one can expect:

expected data

... text fields to specify the different parameters to be submitted for the request:


... error status codes:

error codes

... the request URL, response body, response code and the response headers:

request and response

Do note that the request URL won't actually return anything if you access it outside of the API testing tool. This is because it lacks the required parameters for the request. At the bare minimum, you'll have to supply the public key, the current unix timestamp, and an md5 hash of the timestamp, and private and public key combined.

$ts = time();
$public_key = 'your public key';
$private_key = 'your private key';
$hash = md5($ts . $private_key . $public_key);

Once you have those, only then can you perform a request to the API:

$query_params = [
    'apikey' => $public_key,
    'ts' => $ts,
    'hash' => $hash

//convert array into query parameters
$query = http_build_query($query_params);

//make the request
$response = file_get_contents('' . $query);

//convert the json string to an array
$response_data = json_decode($response, true);

We'll take a look at this in more detail when we get to the section where we start making requests for the app that we'll be building.

Daniel Berman, May 11

How Can the ELK Stack Be Used to Monitor PHP Apps?

Daniel Berman explains what the ELK stack is, how to install it, and how to make it analyze the logs of the typical LAMP stack
Christopher Pitt, May 04

Building a SparkPost Client: TDD with PhpUnit and Mockery

Chris Pitt starts developing a new PHP package with TDD practices in mind - using PhpUnit and Mockery all the way. Check it out!
Christopher Pitt, Apr 29

Starting a Business with Laravel Spark

Chris Pitt goes from zero to hero in a post detailing the process of building an actual business app from scratch with Laravel Spark!
Christopher Pitt, Apr 22

What is SparkPost?

Chris Pitt looks at SparkPost, talks to their devangelist, and demonstrates a simple integration, building the foundation for more complex posts
Bruno Skvorc, Apr 20

Sourcehunt: Cron Management, Hackathon Starters, PHP-GUI...

In this edition of sourcehunt, we look at cron managers for PHP, a Laravel Hackathon starter kit, a PHP-GUI package that lets you do desktop-PHP, and more
Bruno Skvorc, Apr 13

Easy Multi-Language Twig Apps with Gettext

There are many approaches to internationalizing an app. Here's one using Gettext, Twig, and a solid application skeleton for a demo!
Wern Ancheta, Apr 05

PredictionIO and Lumen: Building a Movie Recommendation App

Wern continues the movie prediction app building process, this time nelisting the full power of Lumen, ElasticSearch, and PredictionIO
Wern Ancheta, Apr 04

PredictionIO: Bootstrapping a Movie Recommendation App

Wern creates a movie recommendation app with PredictionIO - a free machine learning engine
Christopher Pitt, Mar 25

Drunk with the Power of Composer Plugins

Composer recently went into beta and made plugin development much easier. Chris Pitt shows you how by developing an "evil" data-snooping plugin!
Christopher Pitt, Mar 18

PHP Macros for Fun and Profit!

Chris demonstrates using Yay, a library for building PHP macros - syntax sugar for the language that doesn't rely on PHP extensions or blood magic
Wern Ancheta, Feb 29

Building a Hacker News Reader with Lumen

Wern Ancheta builds a Hacker News reader with a local cache from nothing with the Lumen microframework!
Bruno Skvorc, Feb 26

Sourcehunt #4 - Reflection, Authorization, Crons, and more

The newest edition of sourcehunt presents 6 more promising packages that might find a home in your project one day. Help them grow by contributing!