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Debug LDAP via TLS

Yesterday I had to do some debugging to find out why an LDAPS connection didn’t work.

The main trouble was that the authLdap plugin for WordPress didn’t work for someone. After a bit of back and forth we figured out that it worked for other applications but not for PHPs LDAP-extension.

The error they got was the usual cryptic Can't contact LDAP server which says nothing at all as that can mean so many different things.

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Xdebug in Docker

Yesterday Dmitri Goosens wrote about how to integrate Xdebug into almost any Docker Setup in PHPStorm. An article that I definitely need to digest a bit more as the PHPStorm integration is something that I often neglect. I am happy when it works on the CLI šŸ˜

One thing though that Dmitri skips though (an dfor good reasons) is how to get Xdebug into your Docker environment.

As I have done that quite a number of times by now I thought I’d share the way I do it currently.

This is my Dockerfile

FROM php:8.3-rc-fpm
RUN PHPIZE_DEPS="autoconf \
      cmake \
      file \
      g++ \
      gcc \
      libc-dev \
      libpcre2-dev \
      make \
      git \
      pkgconf \
      re2c" \
    && XDEBUG_VERSION="" \
    && if [ "$(php -v | head -n 1 | grep 8.3)" != "" ]; then XDEBUG_VERSION="-3.3.0alpha3"; fi \
    && apt-get update \
    && apt-get install -y $PHPIZE_DEPS \
    && pecl install xdebug${XDEBUG_VERSION} \
    && docker-php-ext-enable xdebug \
    && echo "xdebug.mode=debug\nxdebug.discover_client_host=on\nxdebug.start_with_request=yes\nxdebug.log_level=0" >> /usr/local/etc/php/conf.d/docker-php-ext-xdebug.ini \
    && apt-get remove -y $PHPIZE_DEPS

That should install a running version of Xdebug on whatever version of PHP you are using and even allows to use the soon to be relesased PHP8.3.

The main lines here are

    pecl install xdebug${XDEBUG_VERSION} \
    docker-php-ext-enable xdebug \

everything else is decoration resp. necessary that those two lines can do their magic.

Feel free to adapt the FROM line to whatever PHP-version you want to use from dockers official PHP-image (remember that that is not maintained by the PHP folks! It’s maintained by Docker!)

After a docker build -t phpxdebugtest . you should now be able to call docker run phpxdebugtest php -v and see this

PHP 8.3.0RC5 (cli) (built: Nov 1 2023 05:26:54) (NTS)
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v4.3.0RC5, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
with Xdebug v3.3.0alpha3, Copyright (c) 2002-2023, by Derick Rethans

And now have fun integrating that Xdebug enabled PHP-Container into your PHPStorm.

Increase code coverage successively

I often come across legacy projects that have a very low code coverage (or none at all). Getting such a project up to a high code coverage can be very frustrating as you will have a poor code coverage for a very long time.

So instead of generating an overall code coverage report with every pull request I tend to create a so called patch coverage report that checks how much of the patch is actually covered by tests.

Having something like that in place also allows me to force contributors to include tests for their newly contributed code. Which in turn successively improves the overall code coverage up to a level where I might be able to go for that instead of the patch coverage.

But how to implement that?

That’s not as complicated as it sounds. As Sebastian Bergmann already wrote a tool for that.

Enter phpcov

Using phpcov requires us to

  • first generate a diff against the last code-revision,
  • then generate a coverage-report via phpunit --coverage-php and
  • then run phpcov against those artefacts.

So it’s as complicated as

$ git diff HEAD^1 > /tmp/patch.txt
$ ./tools/phpunit --coverage-php /tmp/coverage.cov
$ ./tools/phpcov patch-coverage --path-prefix /path/to/project /tmp/coverage.cov /tmp/patch.txt

That’s it.

It will return a non-zero value when not all lines are covered and it will tell you which lines aren’t covered.

So add that to your automation to have it executed at whatever stage you like (I recommend in the CI-pipeline of your Pull-/Merge-Request and let that fail whenever the return code is non-zero)

Github Action

If you want to see a way to implement that in GitHub Actions, check out this gist.

Enums. With PHP < 8.1

Recently I had to build something where an Enum would have been perfect.


The Challenge

It needed to run on PHP 8.0. Of course.

So what to do? I decided to build an Enum like thingy that I can easily upgrade into a real Enum once we are on PHP8.1 with that project.

Why not use a library for that? There are plenty of libraries on packagist that already provide you with the basics!

For one thing: I only needed one Enum. Not a multitude. And Adding a further dependency to make creating one enum easier that will (hopefully) converted into a “eral” enum in about half a year? That sounds bit like taking the sledgehammer to crack a nut.

And on the other hand it turned out that creating an enum from scratch isn’t rocket science.

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joind.in – a personal plea

Joind.in is a community driven project to give feedback to speakers at conferences and events.

And besides that it is a great ressource for all those that want to participate in the community. Not only as it’s an opensource project that everyone can help to make even better! But to provide feedback it also contains a list of almost every conference and event that is of any significance to the (PHP-)community.

And as the driving force underneath the hood of joind.in is a great API everyone interested can do a lot of cool things with the data no one has ever thought of.

To get the most out of joind.in (and therefore that API) some things should to be considered when creating or editing an event in joind.in. Some of these I’ll list here:

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