TwirPHP: A modern RPC framework for PHP

TwirPHP: A modern RPC framework for PHP

In the last couple years RPC started to become popular again as a communication mechanism for web-based APIs. It’s not a new concept at all, but it changed a lot over the years: the technology evolved, new IDLs and frameworks (like protobuf and gRPC) appeared. TwirPHP tries to bring this new tech to PHP by porting Twirp, Twitch’s “simple RPC framework built on protobuf”.

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rpc  api  php  twirp  protobuf 

Containerizing a Symfony application

Recently I was tasked with deploying and operating a Symfony application on Kubernetes. Since PHP is not my primary area of work anymore, I was hoping to find some up to date guide and/or best practices about the topic, but sadly that wasn’t the case at all, so I decided to write about the process of containerizing the application, building up the infrastructure and deploying it on Kubernetes.

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Performance testing for (almost) free

Every developer’s nightmare is that his/her code crashes in production because of the (unexpectedly) high workload. When a new project starts, no one can predict precisely how many people will use it which makes designing the application and the infrastructure quite hard from a performance requirement point of view. Not to mention that there is not always … let me rephrase there is never enough money and time to create THE perfectly scalable and resource efficient software. But this can be a problem during the software’s lifecycle as well, not just in the beginning: as the software evolves we need to be aware of it’s limits. This is where performance testing helps.

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A year of HTTPlug

It’s been almost a year since we released the first stable version of HTTPlug so I felt like it’s time to look back on what we’ve done so far and what’s still ahead of us.

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httplug  php  http