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Things you should know about Symfony

Things you should know about Symfony

This is a collection of things about Symfony (sometimes very loosely related) that everyone should know. The audio will be posted soon.

Jacob Mather

June 18, 2013
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  1. Things You Should
    Know About Symfony
    Jacob Mather
    Software Engineer, Mashery
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  2. Who am I?
    • Software Engineer at Mashery (now Intel)
    • Symfony developer since 2007
    • Community Evangelist
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  3. My style
    • Little bits of info about lots of things
    • Exposure makes things less scary
    • Mental references for solving roadblocks
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  4. Composer
    • Resolves and manages dependency trees in
    your library code
    • NOT JUST FOR SYMFONY
    • Seriously. Use it everywhere.
    • Worried about 3rd parties? Use Satis
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  5. Design Patterns
    • Read up on these, as they play a major part
    in understanding and working with Symfony
    • SOLID object oriented design
    • Dependency Injection
    • Proxy
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  6. Ramp up easier with Silex
    • Same great components
    • No enterprisey after-taste
    • Micro-framework based on Pimple
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  7. Twig is REALLY COOL
    • Object oriented templates
    • Based on Jinja and Django templates
    • Templates literally compile to classes
    • Twig.js lets you use them in JavaScript too
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  8. Stop fighting with local dev
    • Vagrant is your friend
    • Puppet (or Chef) make Vagrant awesome
    • Get started right away:
    https://github.com/jmather/vagrant-lamp-centos63
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  9. Admin Generator
    • SonataAdminBundle - Defacto Standard
    • Get started quickly:
    https://github.com/jmather/symfony-sonata-distribution
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  10. Testing is easy
    • Symfony encourages building testable code
    • Unit test all the things
    • Test all your non-javascript code headlessly
    • Without even making a request!
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  11. ICBaseTestBundle
    • Helps speed up your functional tests by
    retaining copies of your sqlite based testing
    databases.
    • Provides helpful tools for managing fixture
    loading.
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  12. JMSSerializerBundle
    • Useful once you have an API
    • Lets you version your data objects with
    your API to keep from breaking older
    implementations
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  13. Capifony
    • Built on top of Capistrano
    • Specifically made for Symfony 1 and 2
    • STOP DOING THIS MANUALLY
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  14. Community
    • If you need help, you can often find it online
    • Google Groups
    • Mailing Lists
    • IRC (#symfony on Freenode, MY FAV!)
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  15. Code Organization
    • You will likely feel like you need to shuffle
    deck chairs around
    • There are conventions, take some time and
    study other bundles and examples
    • It’s ok, nobody puts everything in the right
    place the first time. Or the 10th. 50th?
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  16. The Components
    • Console - Great for building CLI helpers
    • HttpKernel - Build your own framework
    • EventDispatcher - Build evented systems
    • DependencyInjector - Awesome DIC
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    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  17. Configuration Component
    • Config system isn’t merely for moving
    config from a file to code
    • Configuration Component allows you to
    define the structure of your config, alerting
    you of potentially invalid entries
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    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  18. Security Component
    • Often said to be “overly complicated”
    • Is actually just solving a really complicated
    set of problems
    • Security is actually two things:
    • Authentication - who you are
    • Authorization - what you can do
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  19. Form Component
    • Manages to solve a complex problem in an
    abstract way which strives to not break
    layer isolation between model, view, and
    controller
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  20. Ecosystem
    • Sculpin - Static site generator
    • Sylius or Vespolina - Shopping carts
    • Guzzle - Headless web browser
    • Behat - Functional testing framework
    • Drupal 8 - Using many pieces of Symfony
    Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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  21. Jacob Mather
    @thejmather
    Software Engineer, Mashery
    For a video, or slides, go to:
    http://jmather.com/talks/2013-06-18
    Tuesday, June 18, 13

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