An empty CakePHP project for use with composer
PHP 5.4 and above.
composer -sdev create-project friendsofcake/app-template ProjectName
This will create a new project, with dependencies, based on this repository. Be sure to point
the webserver at the
webroot folder and ensure that URL rewriting
is configured correctly.
By default, the following has been enabled:
- Composer Autoloading
- Setting Timezone to UTC
- Setting database connection encoding to utf8
You may change any of these at your leisure.
What is an Environment variable?
Defining configuration settings via environment variables allows clear separation between the code, and the config it is running. To remove any complexity, this repository includes josegonzalez/php-dotenv, which automatically configures the environment if it's not already defined.
What is a DSN?
A DSN is a string which defines how to connect to a service. Since it's a string, it's portable, not language or implementation dependent and anything capable of parsing it can know how to connect to the service it points at.
OK but why use Env variables and DSNs?
Using environment variables makes it very easy to separate install-specific config settings from the code itself; and possible to change the application config without modifying the source files. There is only one file containing install-specific settings in the template and that file is only used at all if the environment isn't already configured.
The intention is that in a production system the environment is configured not an application - and the application just reads that information.
Ok I'm sold, how do I use this?
In a development scenario, copy the file
Config/.env and edit it.
In a production scenario - configure the environment however you wish (via webserver config for example) and remove the use of
In neither case is it necessary/desirable to modify any php files to configure the application temporarily or permanently.
Yeah.. that's not for me.
If you don't want to use Env variables and DSNs - change it =).
- Use a standard
- Use a standard
debugto an integer not an env variable
- Remove the php-dotenv loading logic
- It's also recommended to remove
email.php) from the repository as they need to be modified on each install
This application template is compatible with the official Heroku PHP buildpack. To use, simply configure your buildpack:
heroku config:set BUILDPACK_URL=https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-php heroku config:set LOG_PATH=/app/vendor/php/var/log/ heroku config:set SECURITY_SALT=SOME_ALPHANUMERIC_SALT_HERE heroku config:set SECURITY_CIPHER_SEED=SOME_NUMERIC_SEED_HERE
To setup a production MySQL database setup a ClearDB MySQL add-on in Heroku.
heroku addons:create cleardb
By default its config variable will be set under the key CLEARDB_DATABASE_URL. For our app-template we want this configured at DATABASE_URL.
old_db_url=`heroku config:get CLEARDB_DATABASE_URL` heroku config:set DATABASE_URL="$old_db_url" heroku config:unset CLEARDB_DATABASE_URL
We recommend using Redis for caching on Heroku. If doing so, remember to add the following to the
require key in your
"ext-redis" : "*"
You can use the RedisCloud add-on in Heroku for a redis datastore:
heroku addons:create rediscloud
Note about dependencies
FriendsOfCake encourages the use of composer and it's best not to mix composer with git submodules for
dependency management. If you need to use submodules you might notice
/Plugin folders are
ignored by git. Composer creates those directories when installing vendors and plugins.
There a few ways to solve this:
- edit the
- use the
git add Plugin/SomePlugin -f
app/Vendorfor your submodules.
The application template comes with some dependencies already included in the composer file. These are designed to help you get up and running quickly.
To find out how to make the most of these packages, please read their respective readme files.