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Going Async in Symfony Controllers

Asynchronous programming has become a synonym for high performance in server side web applications in the recent years. This is largely due to the rising popularity of JavaScript and Node.js, in which everything is async by default.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday February 20, 2016
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What eZ Platform adds to Symfony

eZ Platform is a Content Management System built with the Symfony Full Stack framework. While this may be clear to developers who have worked with it; it maybe somewhat vague for the unitiated. Especially when compared with Concrete5 or Drupal, which have adopted Symfony components into their core.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Thursday February 11, 2016
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Help mold the Symfony of Tomorrow

Any complex piece of software needs to keep evolving to maintain it's relevancy. Symfony2 itself was instrumental in the popularisation of Dependency Injection and other cornerstones of contemporary PHP, but the world keeps turning and Symfony needs to keep up.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday February 6, 2016
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The Content API Gold Rush

Content is King and the RESTful API is the royal chariot. The market is bursting with options of various kind of Content API options all promising to catapult the value of content to new valuable heights through syndication or unlocking unparallelled mobile experiences.

Let's take a look at three approaches for Content APIs; Content as a Service Platforms, a RESTful CMSes and an API Platforms. You could use any of these to power a website or an application.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Wednesday February 3, 2016
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What's on the Menu, Symfony?

Menus are a vital part of any web application or a website. Content Management Systems are traditionally a strong contender in this field as they are at their core just tools to create navigatable views to a pool of content. The Symfony Framework on the other hand is neutral when it comes to menus.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Wednesday January 27, 2016
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Symfony and the Google App Engine

Virtualized servers have been the norm for years now. Deploying to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a handy option that gives you complete control over the operating system. VPSes are preferred method for many developers and while the PaaS hype has peaked, "the cloud" is still a great option to have.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Thursday January 21, 2016
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Boring is the new Awesome

2015 was yet another year of rapid technical development in the world of the web. JavaScript was (and continues to be) the poster child of progress which is supposedly the answer to all of life's problems. Before JavaScript there were other messiahs, Java, NoSQL and Responsive Design to mention a few.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Monday January 18, 2016
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Symfony and PrestaShop

PrestaShop is a popular eCommerce platform built on the LAMP stack. Since it's inception in 2005 it has gone through a number of iterations, despite only being in version 1.6 currently.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Sunday January 10, 2016
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Migrating large sites to HTTP/2

Migrating sites to HTTP/2 is a simple task. Simply upgrade your web server and procure a valid certificate and you're done! That's it for something small like your blog, but complex sites built comprising of multiple subsystems and 3rd party client functionalities likely require more effort.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Sunday January 10, 2016
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Symfony Benchmarks: Symfony Proxy vs. Varnish

In the previous articles we have evaluated PHP performance on different runtimes (PHP 5.6, HHVM, PHP 7) as well as how it behaves when adding server resources (CPU & RAM) using eZ Platform - a CMS built on the Symfony Framework.

In production environments Symfony and eZ Platform are likely ran behind the Varnish Reverse Proxy, which we'll evaluate next by comparing it to the built in Symfony Proxy.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Friday January 1, 2016
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Symfony Benchmarks: Scaling PHP by adding CPU & RAM

In the previous article in this series we took a look at how different runtimes affect Symfony performance, by comparing PHP 5.6, HHVM 3.11 and PHP 7.0.1. The conclusion was that both HHVM and PHP 7 offer significant improvements in performance without adding server resources. In this article we'll look at how adding them affects performance.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Friday January 1, 2016
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Symfony Benchmarks: Introduction

Benchmarks are the mother of all click baits. They draw people like flies, create controversy and make people jump to conclusions. For raw computation such as video encoding benchmarks can be very effective at demonstrating differences between different technologies.

For the dynamic environment web applications run in, benchmarks rarely represent reality and are more or less synthetic. Yet web benchmarks have got their place to give ballpark figures of differences.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday December 26, 2015
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Testing React.js isomorphic rendering with php-v8js and the Symfony Microkernel

React.js is often thought of as as a front end technology. They can, however be rendered on the server side too - using JavaScript. This naturally turns the scale towards Node.js, but PHP with the v8js installation can handle it too.

Let's see how to merge together v8js and the Symfony Microkernel, making it possible to set the initial state of server rendered components using a PHP backend.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Saturday December 19, 2015
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Introduction to React.js Components and Server Side Rendering in PHP

React is an interface library that is rapidly gaining ground. It can be considered as similar to what Angular and Ember, for example, are. As opposed to Angular and Ember React.js focuses on User Interfaces alone, being neutral on routing and other duties. React can also be rendered on the server side, which is not unique - but very natural to it.

Written by Jani Tarvainen on Sunday December 13, 2015
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