Forest header image

Symfony Finland
Random things on PHP, Symfony and web development

GraphQL with PHP and the Symfony Framework

GraphQL is a data query language developed by Facebook since 2012. In September 2015 Facebook released it to the public domain. GraphQL is essentially an alternative to REST and despite the name, it's not a Graph Database Query language like Cypher from the Neo4j project.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday May 14, 2016
Permalink - Tags: symfony, graphql, php, facebook

Spotlight: PHP 7.1 and Symfony 3.1

2015 was a big year for PHP an Symfony with big releases in PHP 7 and Symfony 3. Continuing on the releases both of the Open Source projects are now in the process of releasing first point-one releases with PHP 7.1 and Symfony 3.1 respectively.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday May 14, 2016
Permalink -

Symfony components and the full stack framework in CMS ecosystems

In the recent years the line between frameworks and Content Management Systems have faded in the face of modern PHP conventions and sharing components. One of the original movers in this space was EllisLabs with Expression Engine - a closed source CMS built with their Open Source Code Igniter framework.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday May 7, 2016
Permalink - Tags: symfony, cms

PHP-PM grows up to be a credible option for high performance PHP

PHP-PM is a novel way of running PHP applications. Instead of creating an exotic high performance runtime for the PHP language, it takes an alternative route to mechanism of running PHP applications with existing runtimes.

This translates to real performance gains with existing complex applications, not just impressive theoretical benchmark results.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Sunday April 24, 2016
Permalink - Tags: php, php-pm, performance

Local Symfony events in Paris, Oslo, London and Cologne this April

The stereotypical view of software developers is that they're introverts who enjoy spending time alone working on their computers. But ever since the early days of computing there's been meetups of all sorts, including the Homebrew Computer Club which was instrumental in making Silicon Valley what it is today.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Friday April 1, 2016
Permalink - Tag: symfony

PHP 7.0 is included in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution based on Debian. It's often thought of as more of a desktop oriented distro, but it is quite a common for web hosting too. It is also the distribution of choice for many developers who are not that focused on Linux administration.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Thursday March 31, 2016
Permalink - Tags: php, ubuntu, php7

Content versus Data (and Context)

Today the world has evermore information created and consumed each passing day. Not only is content creation using tools like Instagram, YouTube and others booming, but we're also collecting more and more data using sensors in our smartphones, cars and what not. So what is the relation of these two, content and data?

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday March 26, 2016
Permalink - Tags: iot, drupal, rest, api, wordpress, bpm

Exploring Content API Options

Today the market is awash with options available for developers to consume content using the APIs. Some go as far as describing their offering as a CMS without the bad parts, where as some choose to provide content using a data centric API platform.

All of this while the classic Content Management System players are opening up their core via APIs and modernising their technical platforms. Is there a silver bullet for Content APIs? Let's find out!

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Thursday March 24, 2016
Permalink - Tags: rest, api, content, cms, symfony

Developer platforms built with the Symfony Framework

The Symfony Framework is a web application framework. There are countless other options for doing the same thing, ranging from lightweight microframeworks to behemoths that include everything from their own ORM to a custom templating system.

Traditionally frameworks are used to create end user solutions, but where Symfony seems to be quite good at is targeting creators of developer platforms.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday March 12, 2016
Permalink - Tags: symfony, php

Why have Controllers as Services in Symfony?

If you're just getting started with Symfony then you get bombarded with quite a few terms and concepts. Two of them are Controllers and Services. Controllers are quite straightforward in their actions (ha-ha) and simply take requests and return responses.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Sunday February 28, 2016
Permalink - Tags: symfony, php, controller, services