Archive for the ‘APIs’ Category

Re-Introducing Symfony Console – CLI PHP for the Uninitiated!

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"The console component eases the creation of beautiful and testable command line interfaces." This is how we are welcomed when we visit the Symfony Console component tool page. As software developers, we often feel the need to resort to command line to...

Real-Time Laravel Notifications and Follows? Sure, with Stream!

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With Laravel, it's pretty easy to create newsfeed sites, blogs, or even forums where people post content, comment, or even mark some of these posts as favorite. To spice things up, we can make the app more lively by adding notifications for actions per...

How Can I Use Laravel Envoyer or Deployer with SemaphoreCI?

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Test automation, continuous integration, and continuous delivery are quite widespread in the community now. This brought to life multiple services trying to make the process more enjoyable and less overwhelming for developers, so they can focus on deli...

Retrofit Your Website as a Progressive Web App

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There's been a lot of buzz around Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) lately, with many people questioning whether they represent the future of the (mobile) web. I'm not going to get into the whole native app vs PWA debate, but one thing is for sure — they g...

Building Gorgeous 3D Maps with eegeo.js and Leaflet

eegeo.js is an open source 3D maps API built on top of Leaflet, the popular mapping library. There are many mapping libraries that allow you to embed or build simple, 2D maps. Notably Google Maps, Bing Maps, HERE, Mapbox and OpenStreetMap. Popular mapp...

Create Offline Web Apps Using Service Workers & PouchDB

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Offline web applications are becoming more and more popular. Offline support is so important that it's now common to talk about the 'Offline First' approach, where it becomes a primary consideration. It's also gathering popularity with the rise of Pro...

Make a Skype Bot with Electron & the Microsoft Bot Framework

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David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products at Facebook, gave a talk at Web Summit in November about Facebook’s involvement with chat bots, and it was quite clear Facebook has big plans for enabling customers and business owners to integrate not only ...

PHP Fractal – Make Your API’s JSON Pretty, Always!

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If you've built an API before, I'll bet you're used to dumping data directly as a response. It may not be harmful if done right, but there are practical alternatives that can help solve this small problem. One of the available solutions is Fractal. It ...