Directories settings in PHPStorm and IntelliJ Ultimate

I recently switched from PHPStorm to IntelliJ Ultimate because of some Java. But still i am working a lot on PHP and symfony projects.

One thing i usually do on symfony projects in PHPStorm is to edit the “Directories” in the settings to avoid having results from var/cache or var/logs in the search results.

Also it slows down the search which i heavily use. So i exlude all folders that should not be searched because they are cache files or are redundant in some other way.

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mocking APIs with Guzzle

When working with APIs you sometimes cant use the live API in the tests.
Because you dont own the API, dont want to spam, cant create entities for testing or various other reasons.

Then you need to mock the API and deliever responses from fixtures.
Though there is this term of “Don’t mock what you don’t own” we will mock the API because we dont own it. :)

https://github.com/julienfalque/http-mock is a nice library which helps a lot when mocking an API.
And when your client is using Guzzle there is also a Guzzle handler for HttpMock that makes integration easy.

How does this work?
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Not allowed to connect to Mysql error in docker

From time to time i receive this error while running the official mysql image in docker:

An exception occured in driver: SQLSTATE[HY000] [1130] Host ‘172.17.0.5’ is
not allowed to connect to this MySQL server

The reason for this is not quite clear yet but i usually resolve it like described here.
Note that all data stored in the project will be lost!
So this error is quite annyoing but luckily i work on fixtures so i can restore data easily.
These steps let me connect to the mysql container again, at least.

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Symfony and Angular: shared translations

Angular for frontend with symfony delivering the data have become quite a common setup.

When working with this constellation you will sooner or later come across the i18n topic. Most likely you would want to share translations between front- and backend. So that you could keep translations in one single location while using it for frontend templates as well as server-side error messages etc.

One approach would be to store translations in the symfony yml or xml files and deliver those to the frontend via an api endpoint.
Given that front- and backend-code run on the same server, there is an even simpler solution.
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Symfony Cache Component with SncRedisBundle

Since version 3.1 there is a Cache component with a PSR-6 implementation integrated in Symfony.
So we do not need to add a 3rd party lib as Doctrine Cache anymore when we need caching these days.

Doctrine Cache does the job but by implementing a standard the Symfony Cache seems to have another advantage besides its delievered anyway. So i checked it out.

Documentation is still a bit sparse and the best resource so far is this blogpost:
https://symfony.com/blog/new-in-symfony-3-1-cache-component

I wont go into detail on how you use the Cache but rather how you integrate it with Redis, which is my favourite Cache backend.
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SilverStripe with php built-in server

Sometimes you just want to check a SilverStripe version, module or theme fast and dont want to setup the whole stack.
Then simply use PHPs built-in webserver to serve your SilverStripe site.

php -S localhost:8000 ./framework/main.php

Now you can call http://localhost:8000 to check your SilverStripe website.

Or, a bit more verbose, use https://github.com/assertchris/silverstripe-serve
which is a nice wrapper around this.
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