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Install Phalcon 3

Looking for sPHPeed? Phalcon is a web framework delivered as C extension providing high performance and low resource consumption. Here you learn how to best getting started with Phalcon 3 on fortrabbit.

Get ready

We assume you've already created an App with fortrabbit. You should also have a PHP development environment running on your local machine. You can skip the following two parts when you have chosen Phalcon in the Software Preset when creating your App.

Root path

Go to the Dashboard and set the root path of your App's domains to public.

Change the root path for App URL of App: {{app-name}}

Phalcon extension

Go to the Dashboard and enable the phalcon PHP extension.

Edit the PHP settings for App URL of App: {{app-name}}

Quick start

Phalcon is unlike any other framework. You first need to get Phalcon running locally. That's the hard part to run it locally:

  1. Install the C-extension
  2. Download the Phalcon developer tools
  3. Create a Phalcon project
  4. Check the installation

Once that gives you a green light, continue by executing the following in your local terminal to start from scratch with a fresh new Phalcon installation on fortrabbit:

# 1. Create a local folder called like your App
$ mkdir {{app-name}}

# 2. Change into that folder
$ cd {{app-name}}

# 3. Initialize local Git repo
$ git init .

# 4. Make sure to keep the cache folder in Git
$ touch cache/.gitkeep

# 5. Add all files
$ git add -A

# 6. Commit files for the first time
$ git commit -m 'Initial'

# 7. Add fortrabbit as a remote
$ git remote add fortrabbit {{ssh-user}}@deploy.{{region}}.frbit.com:{{app-name}}.git

# 8. Initial push and upstream
$ git push -u fortrabbit master

# 9. From there on only
$ git push

When it is done you can visit your App URL in the browser to see the Phalcon welcome screen:

Advanced setup and migration

Until now this is a very vanilla Phalcon. Now, make it yours.

Creating a project

Now you might want some stuff to happen there. See official guides to get started with a Phalcon project.

MySQL

Use App secrets to attain database credentials. Open configuration file app/config/config.php and modify it directly after the defined statements like so:

// ^^^ defined statements

// local MySQL credentials
$database = [
    'adapter'  => 'Mysql',
    'host'     => 'localhost',
    'username' => 'your-local-db-user',
    'password' => 'your-local-db-password',
    'dbname'   => 'your-local-db-name',
    'charset'  => 'utf8'
];

// on fortrabbit: construct credentials from App secrets
if (isset($_SERVER['APP_SECRETS'])) {
    $secrets = json_decode(file_get_contents($_SERVER['APP_SECRETS']), true);
    $database = [
        'adapter'  => 'Mysql',
        'host'     => $secrets['MYSQL']['HOST'],
        'username' => $secrets['MYSQL']['USER'],
        'password' => $secrets['MYSQL']['PASSWORD'],
        'dbname'   => $secrets['MYSQL']['DATABASE'],
        'charset'  => 'utf8',
    ];
}

return new \Phalcon\Config([
    'database'    => $database,
    'application' => [
        // do not change these contents
    ]
]);

MySQL access from local

Please see the MySQL article on how to access the database remotely from your computer.

Memcache

Make sure you enabled the Memcache Component. Then you can use the App Secrets to attain your credentials.

Sessions

Open app/config/services.php and find the block starting with $di->setShared('session', .... Replace it with the following:

/**
 * Stash memcache servers into DI, so that they can be easily accessed by cache related services
 */
$di->setShared('memcache-servers', function() {
    if (isset($_SERVER['APP_SECRETS'])) {
        $secrets = json_decode(file_get_contents($_SERVER['APP_SECRETS']), true);
        if (isset($secrets['MEMCACHE'])) {
            $servers = [];
            foreach (range(1, $secrets['MEMCACHE']['COUNT']) as $num) {
                $servers[]= [
                    'host' => $secrets['MEMCACHE']["HOST$num"],
                    'port' => $secrets['MEMCACHE']["PORT$num"],
                ];
            }
            return $servers;
        }
    }
    return [];
});

/**
 * Start the session the first time some component request the session service
 */
$di->setShared('session', function () {

    // on fortrabbit: construct credentials from App secrets
    if ($servers = $this->get('memcache-servers')) {
        $session = new \Phalcon\Session\Adapter\Libmemcached([
            'uniqueId'   => 'my-private-app',
            'servers'    => $servers,
            'lifetime'   => 3600,
            'client'     => [
                \Memcached::OPT_HASH      => \Memcached::HASH_MD5,
                \Memcached::OPT_PREFIX_KEY => 'prefix.',
            ],
            'prefix'     => 'sessions_'
        ]);
    }

    // locally: use the default session adapter
     else {
        $session = new SessionAdapter();
    }

    $session->start();

    return $session;
});

Backend Cache

Open up app/config/services.php again and add two new services:

/**
 * Create the frontend cache the first time some component request the frontend cache service
 */
$di->setShared('frontend-cache', function() {
    return new \Phalcon\Cache\Frontend\Data([
        "lifetime" => 172800
    ]);
});

/**
 * Create the backend cache the first time some component request the backend cache service
 */
$di->setShared('backend-cache', function () {
    $frontendCache = $this->get('frontend-cache');

    // on fortrabbit: construct memcache credentials from App secrets
    if ($servers = $this->get('memcache-servers')) {
        $cache = new \Phalcon\Cache\Backend\Libmemcached($frontendCache, [
            'uniqueId'   => 'my-private-app',
            'servers'    => $servers,
            'lifetime'   => 3600,
            'client'     => [
                \Memcached::OPT_HASH      => \Memcached::HASH_MD5,
                \Memcached::OPT_PREFIX_KEY => 'prefix.',
            ],
            'prefix'     => 'cache_'
        ]);
    }

    // locally: use the file cache adapter
     else {
        $cache = new \Phalcon\Cache\Backend\File($frontendCache, [
            'cacheDir' => '../app/cache/'
        ]);
    }

    return $cache;
});

Logging

To use the fortrabbit log access the App needs to write all logs either to STDERR or use error_log. Phalcon supports the former. Open app/config/services.php and add a new logging service:

/**
 * Create the logger facility the first time some component request the logger service
 */
$di->setShared('logger', function() {
    return new \Phalcon\Logger\Adapter\Stream("php://stderr");
});

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