Symfony2 and Zend Framework 2: the perfect team

D3a1203bb9b132944427746ec3eae323?s=47 Enrico Zimuel
November 22, 2013

Symfony2 and Zend Framework 2: the perfect team

The next generation of frameworks is upon us, and now that they’re more decoupled and component-based than ever before and use the same standard for naming and autoloading, there is no reason to stick to a single framework for your projects. During this session, we will go through several ways of combining Symfony2 and Zend Framework 2, so that you walk away being able to focus even more on on writing the complex custom logic your project needs, and don’t have to worry about the rest.
In the talk we will show how to create a RESTful API for an existing Symfony2 project using Apigiliry, an API builder written in ZF2. Moreover we will show how to consume the API in an existing Symfony2 project using ZF2 (ZendService_Api).


Enrico Zimuel

November 22, 2013


  1. Symfony2 and Zend Framework 2: Symfony2 and Zend Framework 2:

    The Perfect Team The Perfect Team Stefan Koopmanschap, Enrico Zimuel
  2. About us • Stefan Koopmanschap • Enterpreneur: Ingewikkeld and Techademy

    • Member of Dutch Web Alliance • Symfony Community Manager • Co-Founder PHPBenelux, now • • Enrico Zimuel • Software Engineer at Zend Technologies • Zend Framework and Apigility Core Team • Co-founder PUG Turin •
  3. PHP frameworks • Symfony and Zend Framework are the most

    used PHP frameworks worldwide • Both offer a tons of features that can improve the development of web applications • Modular architectures and high quality PHP code (SoC + SOLID principles) • Why don't use it together to get the best features of both?
  4. Religion war? ZF sucks! Symfony? Oh My!

  5. Instead of think about ZF2 || Symfony 2 think about

    ZF2 && Symfony 2
  6. PSR-* • Framework interoperability standards • Meant to make it

    easier to work with multiple frameworks • Naming standards and coding standards • For instance: only one autoloader! •
  7. PSR-0 • Autoloading standard: \<Vendor Name>\(<Namespace>\)*<Class Name> Each namespace separator

    is converted to a DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR when loading from the file system
  8. PSR-1 • Basic coding standard: Files MUST use only <?php

    and <?= tags Namespaces and classes MUST follow PSR-0 Class constants MUST be declared in all upper case with underscore separators Method names MUST be declared in camelCase ...
  9. PSR-2 • Coding style guide: Code MUST follow PSR-1 Code

    MUST use 4 spaces for indenting, not tabs There MUST be one blank line after the namespace declaration, and there MUST be one blank line after the block of use declarations Opening braces for classes MUST go on the next line, and closing braces MUST go on the next line after the body ...
  10. PSR-3 • Logger interface: The LoggerInterface exposes eight methods to

    write logs to the eight RFC 5424 levels (debug, info, notice, warning, error, critical, alert, emergency) A ninth method, log, accepts a log level as first argument. Calling this method with one of the log level constants MUST have the same result as calling the level-specific method ...
  11. None
  12. Composer • Composer ( can help the management of projects

    that use Symfony2 and ZF2 – Select your favorite Symfony2 and ZF2 components using composer.json – php composer.phar install – Components installed in /vendor – Include the /vendor/autoload.php in your PHP code, that's it!
  13. Use case: Use case: Create an API for an existing

    Create an API for an existing Symfony 2 application Symfony 2 application using ZF2/Apigility using ZF2/Apigility
  14. What is Apigility? • Apigility is an API builder for

    PHP (written in ZF2) • Apigility helps you to create APIs with REST and RPC services that take care of: – Error handling – Authentication – Validation and filtering – Content negotiation – Versioning •
  15. Install Apigility • Via release tarball/zip: – Goes to

    • Via composer: – curl ­s | php ­­ – php composer.phar create­project ­sdev zfcampus/zf­apigility­skeleton path/to/install • Via github: – git clone­apigility­skeleton.git – curl ­s | php – php composer.phar install
  16. Execute the admin UI • Enable the development mode: –

    php public/index.php development enable • Execute the apigility skeleton in a web server (e.g. PHP internal web server >=5.4.9): – php ­S 0:8000 ­t public/ public/index.php • Goes to the apigility admin UI using a browser (e.g. http://localhost:8000)
  17. Apigility Admin UI

  18. Apigility Dashboard

  19. API for a Symfony2 app • Goal: – Create a

    RESTful API for an existing Symfony2 application • Requirements: – We want to reuse the existing code (Model) of the Symfony2 application and just consume it for the API
  20. Steps to do in the Apigility UI • Create a

    new API (e.g. Post) • Create a new REST Service – Route to match: /post[:/id] – Rest parameters: • Identifier name: id • Collection name: post
  21. Edit the configuration • Edit the config/module.config.php of your API

    module (e.g. Blog) • In 'zf-rest' set the 'entity_class' to the Entity used by Symfony2 (e.g. BlogBundle\Entity\Post) and the 'identifier_name' to the ID used by the Entity (e.g. id) • In 'zf-hal' => 'metadata_map' set the 'identifier_name' to the Entity id used by Symfony2 (e.g. id) and the 'hydrator' => 'ClassMethods' for the entity.
  22. Edit composer.json • Include the “require” of the Symfony2 application

    in composer.json of Apigility • For instance: "require": { "php": ">=5.3.3", "zendframework/zendframework": "dev-develop", "rwoverdijk/assetmanager": "dev-master", "zfcampus/zf-apigility": "dev-master", "zfcampus/zf-configuration": "dev-master", "symfony/symfony": "2.3.*", "doctrine/orm": ">=2.2.3,<2.4-dev", "doctrine/doctrine-bundle": "1.2.*", “twig/extensions": "1.0.*", ...
  23. Steps to do in the source code • We need

    to map the Post resource of Apigility with the Post service used in the Symfony2 app: – Boostrap the AppKernel of Symfony inside the constructor of V1/Rest/Post/PostResource – Get the Post service from the Container of Symfony2 – Change the specific methods (fetch, fetchAll, create, etc) using the Post service methods of the Symfony2 app
  24. V1/Rest/Post/PostResource class PostResource extends AbstractResourceListener { protected $postService; public function

    __construct() { $dir = '/path/to/Symfony2/application'; require_once $dir . '/app/AppKernel.php'; $kernel = new \AppKernel('prod', false); $kernel->loadClassCache(); $kernel->boot(); $this->postService = $kernel->getContainer()->get('postservice'); } //...
  25. Service/Post in Symfony2 class Post { private $doctrine; public function

    __construct($doctrine) { $this->doctrine = $doctrine; } public function persist($entity) { $this->doctrine->getManager()->persist($entity); $this->doctrine->getManager()->flush(); } public function getAll() { return $this->doctrine->getRepository('BlogBundle:Post')->findAll(); } public function get($id) { return $this->doctrine->getRepository('BlogBundle:Post')->find($id); } }
  26. RESTful methods in Apigility ... // GET /post/id public function

    fetch($id) { return $this->postService->get($id); } // GET /post public function fetchAll($params = array()) { return $this->postService->getAll(); } ...
  27. Use case: Use case: Consume an (Apigility) API Consume an

    (Apigility) API in Symfony 2 in Symfony 2 using ZF2 using ZF2 (ZendService_Api) (ZendService_Api)
  28. composer create-project symfony/framework-standard-edition project

  29. Composer.json "require": { "php": ">=5.3.3", "symfony/symfony": "2.3.*", (...) "zendframework/zendservice-api": "dev-master"

  30. composer install

  31. Composer installation...

  32. Under the vendor folder...

  33. ZendService_Api • This is a micro HTTP framework to consume

    generic API calls in PHP • It can be used to create PHP libraries that consume specific HTTP API using simple configuration array (or files) • It uses the Zend\Http\Client component of Zend Framework 2 •
  34. Now let's get to work

  35. The API as a Symfony2 service

  36. namespace ForumPhp\BlogBundle\Service; class ApiService { protected $client = null; public

    function __construct($client) { } protected function init() { } } ApiService
  37. public function __construct($client) { $this->client = $client; $this->init(); }

  38. protected function init() { $this->client->setApi('blogget', function ($params) { return array(

    'url' => 'http://localhost:8000/post', // URL to post API 'header' => array( 'Content-Type' => 'application/json' ), 'method' => 'GET', 'response' => array( 'valid_codes' => array(200) ) ); }); }
  39. /** * @Route("/") * @Template() */ public function indexAction() {

    $client = $this->container->get('apiservice'); $posts = $client->blogget(); return array('posts' => $posts); }
  40. Some stuff I won't show... • Zend\Barcode • Zend\Captcha •

    Zend\Crypt • Zend\Feed • Zend\I18n • ZendService_*
  41. How to integrate How to integrate Symfony2 in a Symfony2

    in a Zend Framework 2 project Zend Framework 2 project
  42. How to use Symfony2 in ZF2 • Use composer.json to

    include the Symfony2 components • Execute the update (or install) command of composer • The Symfony2 composer will be installed in /vendor • MVC approach: • Register the Symfony2 components in the ServiceManager • “Standard” approach: • Use the Symfony2 components directly (instantiate the class and use it)
  43. composer.json { "require": { "php": ">=5.3.3", "zendframework/zendframework": "2.0.*", "symfony/yaml": "2.2.*",

    "symfony/dom-crawler": "2.2.*", }, "autoload": { "psr-0": { "Application": "module/Application/src" } } }
  44. Symfony component as invokable // a module config "module/SomeModule/config/module.config.php" return

    array( 'service_manager' => array( 'invokables' => array( // Keys are the service names // Values are valid class names to instantiate 'YamlParser' => 'Symfony\Component\Yaml\Parser', 'DomCrawler' => 'Symfony\Component\DomCrawler\Crawler', // ... ), ) );
  45. Symfony component as factory // a module config "module/SomeModule/config/module.config.php" return

    array( 'service_manager' => array( 'factories' => array( // Keys are the service names. // Valid values include names of classes implementing // FactoryInterface, instances of classes implementing // FactoryInterface, or any PHP callbacks 'YamlParser' => 'Symfony\Component\Yaml\Parser', 'DomCrawler' => function ($html) { return new Symfony\Component\DomCrawler\Crawle($html) } // ... ), ) );
  46. Use a service in a Controller class AlbumController extends AbstractActionController

    { public function indexAction() { $sm = $this->getServiceLocator(); $yamlParser = $sm->get('YamlParser'); $domCrawler = $sm->get('DomCrawler'); } // ... }
  47. Symfony 2 components • Some components useful for ZF2 users:

    – BrowserKit (simulates a web browser) – CssSelector – Filesystem – Finder (file search) – OptionsResolver – Process (executes commands in sub-processes) – Serializer (handle serializing data structures) – YAML parser
  48. Concluding Concluding

  49. To integrate • PSR / Framework Interoperability • Composer •

    Pick your components • Don't stop at Symfony/Zend Framework • Don't Reinvent The Wheel!
  50. Where to go?

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