Shameless Self Promotion: Presenting during Tampa Bay PHP’s May meetup!

Using Codeception for Acceptance testing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6:30 PM

Sourcetoad’s new location
2901 W Busch Blvd #1018 Tampa, FL

9 Members Went

David Eddy will present “Using Codeception for Acceptance testing: the crash course.”

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Update: Video is up on youtube at .

Refactoring array index magic number with class constant.

During a code review my peer Michal Mazur turned me onto the follow example; I have to say I am really digging it: Array Index as constant .

In my specific case here is the usage:

if (!empty($paramData[19]) && is_string($paramData[19])) {
    $paramData = $paramData[19];
} elseif (empty($paramData[19]) && !empty(isset($paramData[17])) && isset($paramData[17])) {
    $paramData = $paramData[17];

…and the refactored logic:

if (!empty($rowData[$this::FULL_SOURCE]) && is_string($rowData[$this::FULL_SOURCE])) {
    $imageSource = $rowData[$this::FULL_SOURCE];
} elseif (empty($rowData[$this::FULL_SOURCE]) && !empty(isset($rowData[$this::SQUARE_SOURCE])) &&
) {
    $imageSource = $rowData[$this::SQUARE_SOURCE];

While a bit more verbose the logic is much easier to read using the contextually named constants.

PHP and large CSV’s…

After looking around a bit I have yet to find a way to read a specified line from a file without doing one of the following:

  1. fopen()
  2. looping every line until reaching the desired line

Desired functionality:

  1. fopen($file)
  2. imaginary function call `fgetcsvline($lineNumber)` would returns the contents of line $lineNumber


Anyone know a solution for this?


Update: Derp, how could I forget about ‘The League’?

PHPStorm 2017.1 released…

I’m sure many of you know this already by JetBrains has released PHPStorm version 2017.1. The improvement list looks nise and Im eager to try ’em out.
Get he full details over at the office release page:

Of special interest is the Codecetpion and PHPUnit 6 as I am a big personal supporter of automated testing process.

Quick little thing.

Was sad to see Yii2’s getOldAttributes() did not have to ability to limit based on a provided array; whereas getAttributes() does take an array to limit the returned attributes. So I whipped this up right quick:

 * @param array $array
 * @return array
public function getOldAttributes($array = [])
    $returnData = parent::getOldAttributes();

    if (!empty($array)) {
        $returnData = array_intersect($array, $returnData);

    return $returnData;

Simple little thing but super handy.

emoji as variable names…

…during a short discussion today with a peer we found this little tool: . I was all like AHA! I have an idea! Sadly though it turns out `(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻` is not of the Unicode 8 character set.
:sad-face:. Then we got on the it would cool conversation of having emoji as variable names.

Imagine opening PHPStorm, etc and see in birthday cake var names! So I mocked something up real quick to pass around the office, enjoy!

PHP str_word_count’s and validating base64 strings…

Recently I had to validate a string that is was indeed a base64 string and it was indeed an encoded allowable image type. Between str_word_count’s second parameter (returning the string as an array based on the words) and a quick Stack Overflow search this is neat little piece of logic IMO:

 * Validate a base64 string is indeed of an allowable MIME type
 * @author David J Eddy <>>
 * @version 0.8.0
 * @param $paramData
 * @return bool
public function validate($paramData)
    $returnData = true;
    // explode the string into an array ignoring everything but words
    $wordArray = str_word_count(substr($paramData, 0 , 23), 1);

    // is the string a valid base64 object?
    // @source
    if (base64_encode(base64_decode($paramData, true)) !== $paramData) {
        $returnData = false;

    // does the string contain 'data', 'image', 'base'?
    if (
        in_array('data', $wordArray) === false ||
        in_array('image', $wordArray) === false ||
        in_array('base', $wordArray) === false ||
        $returnData === false
    ) {
        $returnData = false;

    // does the string contain an allowed MIME type?
    if (in_array('data', $this->allowableMimeType) === false || $returnData === false) {
        $returnData = false;

    return $returnData;

What do you think? Have an often forgotten php function or parameter that helps you greatly?