Talk about SOLID and Symfony at the deSymfony 2014 conference.

Last saturday I attended to the deSymfony conference in Barcelona. A great opportunity to meet again with the PHP and Symfony community in Spain. This year the conference accepted my talk about SOLID and Symfony. Here you can see the slides of the talk (slides in spanish):

The conference was perfect. Barcelona is an incredible city and the conference place (10 minutes walking from the Sagrada Familia), was incredible too. Great talks. But the best, as always, the coffe breaks with the conversations with the Symfony and PHP community from Valencia, Zaragoza, Madrid, Barcelona, …

That’s me in action speaking about SOLID principles and Symfony:
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But the best of my speech was in the opposite direction. Many thanks to all of you :)

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Token based authentication with Silex Applications

Imagine this simple Silex application:

use Silex\Application;

$app = new Application();

$app->get('/api/info', function (Application $app) {
    return $app->json([
        'status' => true,
        'info'   => [
            'name'    => 'Gonzalo',
            'surname' => 'Ayuso'
        ]]);
});

$app->run();

What happens if we want to use a security layer? We can use sessions. Sessions are the “standard” way to perform authentication in web applications, but when our application is a PhoneGap/Cordova application that uses a Silex server as API server, sessions aren’t the best way. The best way now is a token based authentication. The idea is simple. First we need a valid token. Our API server will give us a valid token if we send valid credentials in a login form. Then we need to send the token with each request (the same way than we send the session cookie with each request).

With Silex we can check this token and validate.

use Silex\Application;

$app = new Application();

$app->get('/api/info', function (Application $app) {
    $token = $app->get('_token');
    
    // here we need to validate the token ...

    return $app->json([
        'status' => true,
        'info'   => [
            'name'    => 'Gonzalo',
            'surname' => 'Ayuso'
        ]]);
});

$app->run();

It isn’t an elegant solution. We need to validate the token within all routes and that’s bored. We also can use middlewares and validates the token with $app->before(). We’re going to build something like this, but with a few variations. First I want to keep the main application as clean as possible. Validation logic must be separated from application logic, so we will extend Silex\Application. Our main application will be like this:

use G\Silex\Application;

$app = new Application();

$app->get('/api/info', function (Application $app) {
    return $app->json([
        'status' => true,
        'info'   => [
            'name'    => 'Gonzalo',
            'surname' => 'Ayuso'
        ]]);
});

$app->run();

Instead of Silex\Application we’ll use G\Silex\Application.

namespace G\Silex;

use Silex\Application as SilexApplication;
use G\Silex\Provider\Login\LoginBuilder;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response;

class Application extends SilexApplication
{
    public function __construct(array $values = [])
    {
        parent::__construct($values);

        LoginBuilder::mountProviderIntoApplication('/auth', $this);

        $this->after(function (Request $request, Response $response) {
            $response->headers->set('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*');
        });
    }
}

Our new G\Silex\Application is a Silex\Application enabling CORS. We also mount a Service provider.

The responsibility of our API server will be check the token of every request and to provide one way to get a new token. To get a new token we will create a route “/auth/validateCredentials”. If a valid credentials are given, new token will be send to client.

Our Service provider has two parts: a service provider and a controller provider.

To mount both providers we will use a LoginBuilder class:

namespace G\Silex\Provider\Login;

use Silex\Application;

class LoginBuilder
{
    public static function mountProviderIntoApplication($route, Application $app)
    {
        $app->register(new LoginServiceProvider());
        $app->mount($route, (new LoginControllerProvider())->setBaseRoute($route));
    }
}

Our Controller provider:

namespace G\Silex\Provider\Login;

use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Exception\AccessDeniedHttpException;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Silex\ControllerProviderInterface;
use Silex\Application;

class LoginControllerProvider implements ControllerProviderInterface
{
    const VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS = '/validateCredentials';
    const TOKEN_HEADER_KEY     = 'X-Token';
    const TOKEN_REQUEST_KEY    = '_token';

    private $baseRoute;

    public function setBaseRoute($baseRoute)
    {
        $this->baseRoute = $baseRoute;

        return $this;
    }

    public function connect(Application $app)
    {
        $this->setUpMiddlewares($app);

        return $this->extractControllers($app);
    }

    private function extractControllers(Application $app)
    {
        $controllers = $app['controllers_factory'];

        $controllers->get(self::VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS, function (Request $request) use ($app) {
            $user   = $request->get('user');
            $pass   = $request->get('pass');
            $status = $app[LoginServiceProvider::AUTH_VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS]($user, $pass);

            return $app->json([
                'status' => $status,
                'info'   => $status ? ['token' => $app[LoginServiceProvider::AUTH_NEW_TOKEN]($user)] : []
            ]);
        });

        return $controllers;
    }

    private function setUpMiddlewares(Application $app)
    {
        $app->before(function (Request $request) use ($app) {
            if (!$this->isAuthRequiredForPath($request->getPathInfo())) {
                if (!$this->isValidTokenForApplication($app, $this->getTokenFromRequest($request))) {
                    throw new AccessDeniedHttpException('Access Denied');
                }
            }
        });
    }

    private function getTokenFromRequest(Request $request)
    {
        return $request->headers->get(self::TOKEN_HEADER_KEY, $request->get(self::TOKEN_REQUEST_KEY));
    }

    private function isAuthRequiredForPath($path)
    {
        return in_array($path, [$this->baseRoute . self::VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS]);
    }

    private function isValidTokenForApplication(Application $app, $token)
    {
        return $app[LoginServiceProvider::AUTH_VALIDATE_TOKEN]($token);
    }
}

And our Service provider:

namespace G\Silex\Provider\Login;

use Silex\Application;
use Silex\ServiceProviderInterface;

class LoginServiceProvider implements ServiceProviderInterface
{
    const AUTH_VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS = 'auth.validate.credentials';
    const AUTH_VALIDATE_TOKEN       = 'auth.validate.token';
    const AUTH_NEW_TOKEN            = 'auth.new.token';

    public function register(Application $app)
    {
        $app[self::AUTH_VALIDATE_CREDENTIALS] = $app->protect(function ($user, $pass) {
            return $this->validateCredentials($user, $pass);
        });

        $app[self::AUTH_VALIDATE_TOKEN] = $app->protect(function ($token) {
            return $this->validateToken($token);
        });

        $app[self::AUTH_NEW_TOKEN] = $app->protect(function ($user) {
            return $this->getNewTokenForUser($user);
        });
    }

    public function boot(Application $app)
    {
    }

    private function validateCredentials($user, $pass)
    {
        return $user == $pass;
    }

    private function validateToken($token)
    {
        return $token == 'a';
    }

    private function getNewTokenForUser($user)
    {
        return 'a';
    }
}

Our Service provider will have the logic to validate credentials, token and it must be able to generate a new token:

    private function validateCredentials($user, $pass)
    {
        return $user == $pass;
    }

    private function validateToken($token)
    {
        return $token == 'a';
    }

    private function getNewTokenForUser($user)
    {
        return 'a';
    }

As we can see the logic of the example is very simple. It’s just an example and here we must to perform our logic. Probably we need to check credentials with our database, and our token must be stored somewhere to be validated later.

You can see the example in my github account. In another post we will see how to build a client application with angularJs to use this API server.

Yet another Database Abstraction layer with PHP and DBAL

I’m not a big fan of ORMs. I feel very confortable working with raw SQLs and because of that I normally use DBAL (or PDO in old projects). I’ve got one small library to handle my dayly operations with databases and today I’ve written this library

First of all imagine one DBAL connection. I’m using a sqlite in-memomy database in this example but we can use any database supported by DBAL (aka “almost all”):

use Doctrine\DBAL\DriverManager;

$conn = DriverManager::getConnection([
    'driver' => 'pdo_sqlite',
    'memory' => true
]);

We can also create one DBAL connection from a PDO connection. It’s usefull to use DBAL within legacy applications instead of creating a new connection (remember that DBAL works over PDO)

use Doctrine\DBAL\DriverManager;

$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(['pdo' => new PDO('sqlite::memory:')]);

Now we set up the database for the example

$conn->exec("CREATE TABLE users (
            userid VARCHAR PRIMARY KEY  NOT NULL ,
            password VARCHAR NOT NULL ,
            name VARCHAR,
            surname VARCHAR
            );");
$conn->exec("INSERT INTO users VALUES('user','pass','Name','Surname');");
$conn->exec("INSERT INTO users VALUES('user2','pass2','Name2','Surname2');");

Our table “users” has two records. Now we can start to use our library.

First we create a new instance of our library:

use G\Db;

$db = new Db($conn);

Now a simple query from a string:

$data = $db->select("select * from users");

Sometimes I’m lazy and I don’t want to write the whole SQL string and I want to perform a select * from table:

use G\Sql;
$data = $db->select(SQL::createFromTable("users"));

Probably we need to filter our Select statement with a WHERE clause:

$data = $db->select(SQL::createFromTable("users", ['userid' => 'user2']));

And now something very intersting (at least for me). I want to iterate over the recordset and maybe change it. Of course I can use “foreach” over $data and do whatever I need, but I preffer to use the following sintax:

$data = $db->select(SQL::createFromTable("users"), function (&$row) {
    $row['name'] = strtoupper($row['name']);
});

For me it’s more readable. I iterate over the recordset and change the row ‘name’ to uppercase. Here you can see what is doing my “select” function:

/**
* @param Sql|string $sql
* @param \Closure $callback
* @return array
*/
public function select($sql, \Closure $callback = null)
{
    if ($sql instanceof Sql) {
        $sqlString = $sql->getString();
        $parameters = $sql->getParameters();
        $types = $sql->getTypes();
    } else {
        $sqlString = $sql;
        $parameters = [];
        $types = [];
    }

    $statement = $this->conn->executeQuery($sqlString, $parameters, $types);
    $data = $statement->fetchAll();
    if (!is_null($callback) && count($data) > 0) {
        $out = [];
        foreach ($data as $row) {
            if (call_user_func_array($callback, [&$row]) !== false) {
                $out[] = $row;
            }
        }
        $data = $out;
   }

   return $data;
}

And finally transactions (I normally never use autocommit and I like to handle transactions by my own)

$db->transactional(function (Db $db) {
    $userId = 'temporal';

    $db->insert('users', [
        'USERID'   => $userId,
        'PASSWORD' => uniqid(),
        'NAME'     => 'name3',
        'SURNAME'  => 'name3'
    ]);

    $db->update('users', ['NAME' => 'updatedName'], ['USERID' => $userId]);
    $db->delete('users', ['USERID' => $userId]);
});

The “transactional” function it’s very simmilar than DBAL’s transactional function

public function transactional(\Closure $callback)
{
    $out = null;
    $this->conn->beginTransaction();
    try {
        $out = $callback($this);
        $this->conn->commit();
    } catch (\Exception $e) {
        $this->conn->rollback();
        throw $e;
    }

    return $out;
}

I change a little bit because I like to return a value within the closure and allow to do things like that:

$status = $db->transactional(function (Db $db) {
    $userId = 'temporal';

    $db->insert('users', [
        'USERID'   => $userId,
        'PASSWORD' => uniqid(),
        'NAME'     => 'name3',
        'SURNAME'  => 'name3'
    ]);

    $db->update('users', ['NAME' => 'updatedName'], ['USERID' => $userId]);
    $db->delete('users', ['USERID' => $userId]);

    return "OK"
});

The other functions (insert, update, delete) only bypass the calls to DBAL’s funcitons:

private $conn;

public function __construct(Doctrine\DBAL\Connection $conn)
{
    $this->conn = $conn;
}

public function insert($tableName, array $values = [], array $types = [])
{
    $this->conn->insert($tableName, $values, $types);
}

public function delete($tableName, array $where = [], array $types = [])
{
    $this->conn->delete($tableName, $where, $types);
}

public function update($tableName, array $data, array $where = [], array $types = [])
{
    $this->conn->update($tableName, $data, $where, $types);
}

And that’s all. You can use the library with composer and download at github.

BTW I’ve test the new Sensiolabs product (SensioLabs Insight) to analyze the code and verify good practices and I’ve got the Platinum medal #yeah!

Auto injecting dependencies in PHP objects

I must admit I don’t really know what’s the correct title for this post. Finally I use “Auto injecting dependencies in PHP objects”. I know it isn’t very descriptive. Let me explain it a little bit. This time I want to automate the Hollywood Principle (“Don’t call us, we’ll call you”). The idea is simple. Imagine one “controller”

class Controller
{
    public function hi($name)
    {
        return "Hi $name";
    }
}

We can easily automate the “hi” action

$controller = new Controller();
echo $controller->hi("Gonzalo");

Or maybe if we are building a framework and our class name and action name depends on user-input:

$class = "Controller";
$action = "hi";
$arguments = ['name' => "Gonzalo"];

echo call_user_function_array([new $class, $action], arguments);

But imagine that we want to allow something like that:

class Controller
{
    public function hi($name, Request $request)
    {
        return "Hi $name " .$request->get('surname');
    }
}

Now we need to inject Request object within our action “hi”, but not always. Only when user set a input variable with the type “Request”. Imagine that we also want to allow this kind of injection in the constructor too. We can need to use Reflection to create our instance and to call our action. Sometimes I need to work with custom frameworks and legacy PHP applications. I’ve done it in a couple of projects, but now I want to create a library to automate this operation.

The idea is to use a Dependency Injection Container (Pimple in my example) and retrieve the dependency from container (if it’s available). I cannot use “new” keyword to create the instance and also I cannot call directly the action.

One usage example is:

class Foo
{
    public function hi($name)
    {
        return "Hi $name";
    }
}

class Another
{
    public function bye($name)
    {
        return "Bye $name";
    }
}

class Bar
{
    private $foo;

    public function __construct(Foo $foo, $surname = null)
    {
        $this->foo     = $foo;
        $this->surname = $surname;
    }

    public function hi(Another $another, $name)
    {
        return $this->foo->hi($name . " " . $this->surname) . ' ' . $another->bye($name);
    }
}

$container = new Pimple();
$container['name'] = "Gonzalo2";

$builder = new G\Builder($container);

$bar = $builder->create('Bar', ['surname' => 'Ayuso']);
var_dump($builder->call([$bar, 'hi']));

var_dump($bar->hi(new Another(), 'xxxxx'));

Our library tries to retrieve the dependecy from the DIC. If it cannot do it, it creates the a new instance.
The whole “magic” is in the Builder class. You can see the library in my github account.

Integrating WebSockets with PHP applications. Silex and socket.io playing together.

WebSockets are great. We can start a persistent connection from our browser to our server and use this connection to send real time notifications to our users. Normally when we integrate WebSockets with an existing Web application, we need to face with one slight problem. Our Web application runs on a Web server (imagine, for example one Silex application). We can use a login form and ensure all requests are authorized (using a security layer). This problem is solved years ago. We can use Basic HTTP authentification, Digtest authentification, a session based authentication, token based authentificatio, OAuth, … The problem arrives when we add WebSocket server. WebSocket server is another serve. We can use node.js, ruby, or even PHP with Rachet. But how we can ensure that WebSocket server’s requests are also authenticated? We can try to share our authentification provider between both servers, but this solution is quite “exotic”. That was the idea behind my blog post: post some time ago. I’ve been thinkin a lot about it, and also read posts and speak with colleages about this subject. Finally I’m using the following solution. Let me explain it.

Websockets are bi-directional. We can get messages in the browser and send them from browser to server. Basically the solution is to disable the messages from the browser to the server via WebSockets. In fact HTML5 provides another tool to do that called Server Side Events (aka SSE), but SSE aren’t as widely used as WebSockets. Because of that I preffer to use WebSockets (without using the browser-to-server chanel) instead of SSE.

Let’s create a simple Silex application:

class Application extends Silex\Application
{
    use Silex\Application\TwigTrait;
}

$app = new Application();

$app->register(new Silex\Provider\TwigServiceProvider(), array(
    'twig.path' => __DIR__ . '/../views',
));

$app->get('/', function () use ($app) {
    return $app->render('home.twig');
});

$app->run();

And our main template with html file

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title></title>
</head>
<body>
<script src="//localhost:8080/socket.io/socket.io.js"></script>
<script>
    var socket = io.connect('//localhost:8080');

    socket.on('id1', function (data) {
        console.log("mensage from websocket: " + data);
    });
</script>
</body>
</html>

Now we have Silex application that connects to a WebSockets server. I will use socket.io to build the WebSocket server:

var CONF = {
        IO: {HOST: '0.0.0.0', PORT: 8080}
    },
    io = require('socket.io').listen(CONF.IO.PORT, CONF.IO.HOST);

Whit this ultra minimal configuration we can connect from Silex application to WebSocket server and our web application will listen to messages marked as’id1′ from the WebSocket server but, how can we do to send messages? As I said before we only rely on Silex application (in this example there isn’t any security layer, but we can use our custom login). The trick is to create a new server within our node.js server. Start this server at localhost and perform a curl request from our Silex Application to our node.js server to send the WebSockets push notifications. The idea is:

  • User clicks a link in our html (generated by our Silex application)
  • This request is a standard Silex request (using our security layer)
  • Then Silex performs a curl request to node.js server.
  • If our Silex application and node.js application are in the same server we will create a new server at localhost. In this example we are going to use Express to do that.
  • Express server will handle requests from our Silex application (not from any other host) and will send WebSocket messages

Now our node.js application will change to

var CONF = {
        IO: {HOST: '0.0.0.0', PORT: 8080},
        EXPRESS: {HOST: 'localhost', PORT: 26300}
    },
    io = require('socket.io').listen(CONF.IO.PORT, CONF.IO.HOST),
    app = require('express')();

app.get('/emit/:id/:message', function (req, res) {
    io.sockets.emit(req.params.id, req.params.message);
    res.json('OK');
});

app.listen(CONF.EXPRESS.PORT, CONF.EXPRESS.HOST);

And our html template will change to (I will use Zepto to perform AJAX requests):

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title></title>
</head>
<body>
<ul>
    <li><a href="#" onclick="emit('id1', 'hello')">emit('id1', 'hello')</a></li>
    <li><a href="#" onclick="emit('id1', 'bye')">emit('id1', 'bye')</a></li>
</ul>
<script src="//localhost:8080/socket.io/socket.io.js"></script>
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/zepto/1.1.1/zepto.min.js"></script>
<script>
    var socket = io.connect('//localhost:8080');

    socket.on('id1', function (data) {
        console.log("mensage from websocket: " + data);
    });

    function emit(id, message) {
        $.get('/emit/' + id +  '/' + message);
    }
</script>
</body>
</html>

Now we need to add another route to our Silex application

use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response;

$app->get('/emit/{id}/{message}', function ($id, $message) use ($app) {
    $s = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($s, CURLOPT_URL, "http://localhost:26300/emit/{$id}/{$message}");
    curl_setopt($s, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
    $content = curl_exec($s);
    $status = curl_getinfo($s, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
    curl_close($s);

    return new Response($content, $status);
});

And that’s all. Our Request from Silex arrives to WebSocket emmiter using a “secure” layer. OK, now you can said: yes, but anybody can connect to the WebSocket server and listen to ‘id1′ chanel, without any restriction. Yes, it’s true. But here you can use different solutions to ensure privacy. For example you can use a “non-obvious” chanel name based on cryptografic funcions. It’s not 100% secure, but it’s the same security layer than the standard session based security mechanism. If we know the cookie name we can perform a session hijacking attack and gain access to secure areas (without knowing the login credentials). We can generate chanel names like this: 7265cfe8fe3daa4c5069d609a0312dd2 with our Silex Application and send to the browser with an AJAX request.

I’ve created an small screencast to see the prototype in action. (source code in my github account)
In the screencast we can see how to install the prototype from github, install PHP’s vendors and the node js modules. We also can see how websocket works with two browser instances, and how to send messages directly accesing to Express application using localhost interface (and an error when I try to reach to Express server using a different network interface)

What do you think? Do you have another solution?

Playing with HTML5. Building a simple pool of WebWokers

Today I’m playing with the HTML5’s WebWorkers. Since our JavaScript code runs within a single thread in our WebBrowser, heavy scripts can lock the execution of our code. HTML5 gives us one tool called WebWorkers to allow us to run different threads within our Application.

Today I’m playing with one small example (that’s just an experiment). I want to create a pool of WebWebworkers and use them as a simple queue.
The usage of the library is similar than the usage of WebWorkers. The following code shows how to start the pool with 10 instances of our worker “js/worker.js”

    // new worker pool with 10 instances of the worker
    var pool = new WorkerPool('js/worker.js', 10);

    // register callback to worker's onmessage event
    pool.registerOnMessage(function (e) {
        console.log("Received (from worker): ", e.data);
    });

“js/worker.js” is a standard WebWorker. In this example our worker perform XHR request to a API server (in this case one Silex application)

importScripts('ajax.js');

self.addEventListener('message', function (e) {
    var data = e.data;

    switch (data.method) {
        case 'GET':
            getRequest(data.resource, function(xhr) {
                self.postMessage({status: xhr.status, responseText: xhr.responseText});
            });
            break;
    }
}, false);

WebWorkers runs in different scope than a traditional browser application. Not all JavaScript objects are available in the webworker scpope. For example we cannot access to “window” and DOM elements, but we can use XMLHttpRequest. In our experimente we’re going to preform XHR requests from the webworker.

The library creates a queue with the variable number of workers:

var WorkerPool;

WorkerPool = (function () {
    var pool = {};
    var poolIds = [];

    function WorkerPool(worker, numberOfWorkers) {
        this.worker = worker;
        this.numberOfWorkers = numberOfWorkers;

        for (var i = 0; i < this.numberOfWorkers; i++) {
            poolIds.push(i);
            var myWorker = new Worker(worker);

            +function (i) {
                myWorker.addEventListener('message', function (e) {
                    var data = e.data;
                    console.log("Worker #" + i + " finished. status: " + data.status);
                    pool[i].status = true;
                    poolIds.push(i);
                });
            }(i);

            pool[i] = {status: true, worker: myWorker};
        }

        this.getFreeWorkerId = function (callback) {
            if (poolIds.length > 0) {
                return callback(poolIds.pop());
            } else {
                var that = this;
                setTimeout(function () {
                    that.getFreeWorkerId(callback);
                }, 100);
            }
        }
    }

    WorkerPool.prototype.postMessage = function (data) {
        this.getFreeWorkerId(function (workerId) {
            pool[workerId].status = false;
            var worker = pool[workerId].worker;
            console.log("postMessage with worker #" + workerId);
            worker.postMessage(data);
        });
    };

    WorkerPool.prototype.registerOnMessage = function (callback) {
        for (var i = 0; i < this.numberOfWorkers; i++) {
            pool[i].worker.addEventListener('message', callback);
        }
    };

    WorkerPool.prototype.getFreeIds = function () {
        return poolIds;
    };

    return WorkerPool;
})();

The API server is a simple Silex application. This application also enables cross origin (CORS). You can read about it here.

use Silex\Application;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response;

$app = new Application();

$app->get('/hello', function () use ($app) {
    error_log("GET /hello");
    sleep(2); // emulate slow process
    return $app->json(['method' => 'GET', 'response' => 'OK']);
});

$app->after(function (Request $request, Response $response) {
    $response->headers->set('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*');
});

$app->run();

You can see the whole code in my github account.

Here one small screencast to see the application in action.

Enabling CORS in a RESTFull Silex server, working with a phonegap/cordova applications

This days I’m working with phonegap/cordova projects. I’m using topcoat and AngularJs to build the client side and Silex for the backend. Cordova applications are “diferent” than a common web application. Our client side is normally located inside our mobile device (it’s also possible to use remote webviews). Our cordova application must speak with our backend. The easiest way to perform this operation is to use a REST. AngularJS has a great tool to connect with RESTFull resources. Silex is also great to build RESTFull services. I wrote a couple of posts about it.

With the first request form our AngularJS application (into our android/iphone device) to our Silex application, we will face with CORS. We cannot perform a request from our “local” phonegap/cordova application to our remote WebServer. We cannot do it if we don’t allow it explictily. With Silex it’s pretty straight forward to do it. We can use the event dispatcher and change the request with after handler.

$app->after(function (Request $request, Response $response) {
    $response->headers->set('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*');
});

We can do more strict, setting also “Access-Control-Allow-Methods” and “Access-Control-Allow-Headers” headers but only with this header we can work properly with our RESTFull Silex application from our phonegap/cordova application.

How to run a Web Server from a PHP application

Normally we deploy our PHP applications in a webserver (such as apache, nginx, …). I used to have one apache webserver in my personal computer to play with my applications, but from time to now I preffer to use PHP’s built-in webserver for my experiments. It’s really simple. Just run:

php -S 0.0.0.0:8080 

and we’ve got one PHP webserver at our current directory. With another languages (such as node.js, Python) we can start a Web Server from our application. For example with node.js:

var http = require('http');
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
  res.end('Hello World\n');
}).listen(8080, '0.0.0.0');
console.log('Server running at http://0.0.0.0:8080');

With PHP we cannot do it. Sure? That assertion isn’t really true. We can do it. I’ve just create one small library to do it in two different ways. First running the built-in web server and also running one React web server.

I want to share the same interface to start the server. In this implementation we will register one callback to handle incomming requests. This callback will accept a Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request and it will return a Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response. Then we will start our server listening to one port and we will run our callback per Request (a simple implementeation of the reactor pattern)

We will create a static factory to create the server

namespace G\HttpServer;
use React;

class Builder
{
    public static function createBuiltInServer($requestHandler)
    {
        $server = new BuiltInServer();
        $server->registerHandler($requestHandler);

        return $server;
    }

    public static function createReactServer($requestHandler)
    {
        $loop   = React\EventLoop\Factory::create();
        $socket = new React\Socket\Server($loop);

        $server = new ReactServer($loop, $socket);
        $server->registerHandler($requestHandler);

        return $server;
    }
}

Each server (BuiltIn, and React) has its own implementation.

And basically that’s all. We can run a simple webserver with the built-in server

use G\HttpServer\Builder;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;

Builder::createBuiltInServer(function (Request $request) {
        return "Hello " . $request->get('name');
    })->listen(1337);

Or the same thing but with React

use G\HttpServer\Builder;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;

Builder::createReactServer(function (Request $request) {
        return "Hello " . $request->get('name');
    })->listen(1337);

As you can see our callback handles one Request and returns one Response (The typical HttpKernel), because of that we also can run one Silex application:
With built-in:

use G\HttpServer\Builder;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;

$app = new Silex\Application();

$app->get('/', function () {
        return 'Hello';
    });

$app->get('/hello/{name}', function ($name) {
        return 'Hello ' . $name;
    });

Builder::createBuiltInServer(function (Request $request) use ($app) {
        return $app->handle($request);
    })->listen(1337);

And the same with React:

use G\HttpServer\Builder;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;

$app = new Silex\Application();

$app->get('/', function () {
        return 'Hello';
    });

$app->get('/hello/{name}', function ($name) {
        return 'Hello ' . $name;
    });

Builder::createReactServer(function (Request $request) use ($app) {
        return $app->handle($request);
    })->listen(1337);

As an exercise I also have created one small benchmark (with both implementations) with apache ab running 100 request with a 10 request at the same time. Here you can see the outcomes.

  builtin react
Simple response    
ab -n 100 -c 10 http://localhost:1337/
Time taken for tests 0.878 seconds 0.101 seconds
Requests per second (mean) 113.91 [#/sec] 989.33 [#/sec]
Time per request (mean) 87.791 [ms] 10.108 [ms]
Time per request (mean across all concurrent requests) 8.779 [ms] 1.011 [ms]
Transfer rate 21.02 [Kbytes/sec] 112.07 [Kbytes/sec]
Silex application
ab -n 100 -c 10 http://localhost:1337/
Time taken for tests 2.241 seconds 0.247 seconds
Requests per second (mean) 44.62 [#/sec] 405.29 [#/sec]
Time per request 224.119 [ms] 24.674 [ms]
Time per request (mean across all concurrent requests) 22.412 [ms] 2.467 [ms]
Transfer rate 10.89 [Kbytes/sec] 75.60 [Kbytes/sec]
ab -n 100 -c 10 http://localhost:1337/hello/gonzalo
Time taken for tests 2.183 seconds 0.271 seconds
Requests per second (mean) 45.81 [#/sec] (mean) 369.67 [#/sec]
Time per request (mean) 218.290 [ms] (mean) 27.051 [ms]
Time per request (mean across all concurrent requests) 21.829 [ms] 2.705 [ms]
Transfer rate 11.54 [Kbytes/sec] 71.84 [Kbytes/sec]

Built-in web server is not suitable for production environments, but React would be a useful tool in some cases (maybe not good for running Facebook but good enough for punctual situations).

Library is available at github and also you can use it with composer

Taking photos with a phonegap/cordova application and uploading them to the server.

Last days I’ve working in a phonegap/cordova project. The main purpose of the project was taking photos with the device’s camera and sending them to the server. It’s a simple apache cordova project using the camera plugin. According to the documentation we can upload pictures with the following javascript code:

navigator.camera.getPicture(onSuccess, onFail, { 
    quality: 100,
    destinationType: Camera.DestinationType.DATA_URL
});

function onSuccess(imageData) {
    // here we can upload imageData to the server
}

function onFail(message) {
    alert('Failed because: ' + message);
}

As we can see we our plugin retrieves a base64 encoded version of our image and we can send it to the server, using jQuery for example

function onSuccess(imageData) {
  $.post( "upload.php", {data: imageData}, function(data) {
    alert("Image uploaded!");
  });
}

Our server side is trivial. We only need to read the request variable ‘data’, perform a base64 decode and we have our binary picture ready to be saved.

I test it with an old android smartphone (with a not very good camera) and it’s works, but when I tried to use it with a better android phone (with 8mpx camera) it hangs on and it didn’t work. After property reading the documentation I realized that it isn’t the better way to upload files to the server. It only works if the image file is small. Base64 increases the size of the image and our device can have problems handling the memory. This way Is also slow as hell.

The best way (the way that works, indeed) is, instead of sending the base64 files to the server, to save them into a device’s temporary folder and send them using the file transfer plugin.

var pictureSource;   // picture source
var destinationType; // sets the format of returned value

document.addEventListener("deviceready", onDeviceReady, false);

function onDeviceReady() {
    pictureSource = navigator.camera.PictureSourceType;
    destinationType = navigator.camera.DestinationType;
}

function clearCache() {
    navigator.camera.cleanup();
}

var retries = 0;
function onCapturePhoto(fileURI) {
    var win = function (r) {
        clearCache();
        retries = 0;
        alert('Done!');
    }

    var fail = function (error) {
        if (retries == 0) {
            retries ++
            setTimeout(function() {
                onCapturePhoto(fileURI)
            }, 1000)
        } else {
            retries = 0;
            clearCache();
            alert('Ups. Something wrong happens!');
        }
    }

    var options = new FileUploadOptions();
    options.fileKey = "file";
    options.fileName = fileURI.substr(fileURI.lastIndexOf('/') + 1);
    options.mimeType = "image/jpeg";
    options.params = {}; // if we need to send parameters to the server request
    var ft = new FileTransfer();
    ft.upload(fileURI, encodeURI("http://host/upload"), win, fail, options);
}

function capturePhoto() {
    navigator.camera.getPicture(onCapturePhoto, onFail, {
        quality: 100,
        destinationType: destinationType.FILE_URI
    });
}

function onFail(message) {
    alert('Failed because: ' + message);
}

I just realized that sometimes it fails. It looks like a bug of cordova plugin (I cannot assert it), because of that, if you read my code, you can see that if fp.upload fails I retry it (only once). With this little hack it works like a charm (and it’s also fast).

The server part is pretty straightforward. We only need to handle uploaded files. Here a minimalistic example with php

<?php
move_uploaded_file($_FILES["file"]["tmp_name"], '/path/to/file');

And that’s all. We can easily upload our photos from our smartphone using phonegap/cordova.

You can read more articles about cordova here.

Playing with event dispatcher and Silex. Sending logs to a remote server.

Today I continue playing with event dispatcher and Silex. Now I want to send a detailed log of our Kernel events to a remote server. We can do it something similar with Monolog, but I want to implement one working example hacking a little bit the event dispatcher. Basically we’re going to create one Logger class (implementing PSR-3 of course)

namespace G;

use Psr\Log\LoggerInterface;
use Psr\Log\LogLevel;

class Logger implements LoggerInterface
{
    private $socket;

    public function __construct($socket)
    {
        $this->socket = $socket;
    }

    function __destruct()
    {
        @fclose($this->socket);
    }

    public function emergency($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::EMERGENCY);
    }

    public function alert($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::ALERT);
    }

    public function critical($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::CRITICAL);
    }

    public function error($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::ERROR);
    }

    public function warning($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::WARNING);
    }

    public function notice($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::NOTICE);
    }

    public function info($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::INFO);
    }

    public function debug($message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, LogLevel::DEBUG);
    }

    public function log($level, $message, array $context = array())
    {
        $this->sendLog($message, $context, $level);
    }

    private function sendLog($message, array $context = array(), $level = LogLevel::INFO)
    {
        $data = serialize([$message, $context, $level]);
        @fwrite($this->socket, "{$data}\n");
    }
}

As you can see our Logger class send logs to a remote server, with a socket passed within the constructor.
We also need one Service Provider called LoggerServiceProvider to integrate our Logger instance into our Silex application.

namespace G;

use Silex\Application;
use Silex\ServiceProviderInterface;

class LoggerServiceProvider implements ServiceProviderInterface
{
    private $socket;

    public function __construct($socket)
    {
        $this->socket = $socket;
    }

    public function register(Application $app)
    {
        $app['remoteLogger'] = $app->share(
            function () use ($app) {
                return new Logger($this->socket);
            }
        );
    }

    public function boot(Application $app)
    {
    }
}

And now the last part is our Silex application:

use G\LoggerServiceProvider;
use G\Silex\Application;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Event;

$app = new Application();
$app->register(new LoggerServiceProvider(stream_socket_client('tcp://localhost:4000')));

$app->on(HttpKernel\KernelEvents::REQUEST, function (Event\GetResponseEvent $event) use ($app) {
        $app->getLogger()->info($event->getName());
    }
);

$app->on(HttpKernel\KernelEvents::CONTROLLER, function (Event\FilterControllerEvent $event) use ($app) {
        $app->getLogger()->info($event->getName());
    }
);

$app->on(HttpKernel\KernelEvents::TERMINATE, function (Event\PostResponseEvent $event) use ($app) {
        $app->getLogger()->info($event->getName());
    }
);

$app->on(HttpKernel\KernelEvents::EXCEPTION, function (Event\GetResponseForExceptionEvent $event) use ($app) {
        $app->getLogger()->critical($event->getException()->getMessage());
    }
);

$app->get('/', function () {
    return 'Hello';
});

$app->run();

As we can see the event dispacher send each event to a remote server (in this example: tcp://localhost:4000). Now we only need a tcp server to handle those sockets. We can use different tools and libraries to do that. In this example we’re going to use React.

use React\EventLoop\Factory;
use React\Socket\Server;

$loop   = Factory::create();
$socket = new Server($loop);

$socket->on('connection', function (\React\Socket\Connection $conn){
    $unique = uniqid();
    $conn->on('data', function ($data) use ($unique) {
            list($message, $context, $level) = \unserialize($data);
            echo date("d/m/Y H:i:s")."::{$level}::{$unique}::{$message}" . PHP_EOL;
        });
});

echo "Socket server listening on port 4000." .PHP_EOL;
echo "You can connect to it by running: telnet localhost 4000" . PHP_EOL;

$socket->listen(4000);
$loop->run();

Now we only need to start our servers:
our silex one

php -S 0.0.0.0:8080 -t www

and the tcp server

php app/server.php

One screencast showing the prototype in action:

You can see the full code in my github account.

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