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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Authenticate Yii2 Users Using Twilio Verify Authenticate Yii2 Users Using Twilio Verify

    Registering users in your application is relatively easy enough. Ensuring that they provide valid phone numbers, however, can be a very difficult task.

    Twilio's Verify API guarantees that your application’s database only contains users with verified phone numbers. So In this tutorial, I will show you how you can seamlessly capture and confirm user phone numbers during registration in a Yii2 application, by leveraging Twilio Verify.

    Prerequisite

    To get the most out of this tutorial, you will need the following:

    • A basic understanding of PHP and version 2 of the Yii framework
    • Composer globally installed on your computer
    • A local MySQL database instance
    • A Twilio account

    Application Flow

    During this tutorial, we will build a basic application using the Yii2 framework. It will support the ability to register users, and for users to login and view a simplistic user dashboard. During registration, a unique code will be sent to …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Get Started Testing a Yii2 API Using Codeception Get started testing a Yii2 API using Codeception

    Testing (and TDD by extension) has drummed up more than its fair share in terms of significant debates. While proponents and opponents may disagree on specifics, they always come to one conclusion: it is unprofessional to ship untested code. Testing provides a level of assurance, not only that the code meets the provided specification but that it can handle edge cases that may be encountered upon deployment.

    In this article, I will show you how to test a RESTful API built with the Yii framework (version 2)usingCodeception. Built on PHPUnit, Codeception provides support for creating and running unit, functional, and acceptance tests on PHP applications in a unified manner.

    To allow us to focus on the key aspects of testing in this tutorial, we’ll be building on the result of a previous tutorial where Yii2 was used to build a secure RESTful API. You're, however, very free …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Build a RESTful API using PHP and Yii2 Build a RESTful API using PHP and Yii2

    Since its introduction, RESTful architecture has redefined the way we think about (and build) software applications by breaking down complex application ecosystems into smaller, more focused applications communicating with each other via RESTful calls.

    Client-Server Architecture allows web clients and mobile apps to communicate with the same infrastructure (such as a server-side API) to provide a seamless user experience.

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to build a RESTful API using the Yii framework (version 2)- a high-performance, component-based PHP framework.

    Prerequisites

    A basic understanding of the Yii framework and PHP will be of help in this tutorial. However, I will provide brief explanations and links to the applicable parts of the official documentation throughout the tutorial. If you’re unclear on any concept, you can review the linked material before continuing.

    Additionally, you need to have the following installed on your system:

    • PHP version 7 or higher with …
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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Secure CakePHP Applications with 2FA using Twilio Authy Secure CakePHP Applications With 2FA Using Twilio Authy

    Massive data breaches and sophisticated social engineering attacks in recent months suggest that guessing a user’s password (or retrieving it from a database on the dark web) has become easier than people think. Along with the fact that most people tend to reuse passwords (for ease of remembrance), securing your application by requiring just a username and password is no longer enough. This has led to the rise of Two Factor Authentication (2FA) - an added layer of security where the user has to provide some extra information (such as a One Time Token or One Time Password) before they can gain access to their account.

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to use Twilio’s Verify API to implement Two Factor Authentication for a CakePHP application. At the login stage, the application will send a token as an SMS to the user’s phone number. Only after providing this …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Create a Secured RESTful API with CodeIgniter and JSON Web Tokens Create a Secured RESTful API with CodeIgniter.png

    The growing use and applications of cloud services necessitates a more efficient architectural style than the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). REST (REpresentational State Transfer) allows for a light-weight, stateless communication between clients and the Application Programming Interface (API). Because the communication is stateless, access control for Restful APIs is based on tokens which carry enough information to determine whether or not the client is authorized to perform the requested action on the resource.

    In this tutorial, I will use CodeIgniter to build a RESTful API. CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint which allows developers to build full-scale web applications.

    Prerequisites

    A basic understanding of CodeIgniter will be helpful in this tutorial. However, I will provide explanations and links to official documentation throughout the tutorial. If you’re unclear on any concept, you can review the linked material before continuing with the …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Build a Single Page Application in PHP with CodeIgniter and React Build a Single Page Application in PHP with CodeIgniter and React

    Having a clear dichotomy between client-side and server-side applications comes with many advantages such as separation of concerns and loose coupling, which allows teams to work independently. However this might be overkill for smaller teams or projects managed by the same person. In such situations, a better approach might be to have relevant code for both the front-end and back-end reside in the same project. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to build a web application with React and CodeIgniter.

    According to the official documentation, React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. My favorite feature of React is that it allows me to structure my web applications by breaking the interface into components and building accordingly. I’ve found this to add reusability and consistency to my applications.

    CodeIgniter, on the other hand, is a lightweight open source PHP framework that allows developers to build web applications …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Build an Automated SMS Survey with Laravel, PHP, and Twilio Programmable SMS Build an Automated SMS Survey with Laravel, PHP, and Twilio Programmable SMS

    In recent years, SMS has been widely used as one of the cost-effective and seamless means of disseminating information in the form of a survey. This allows survey creators to reach a larger audience and facilitate gathering data more efficiently.

    In this tutorial, we will build an automated customer survey application to receive customer feedback for a fictional company through SMS. In leveraging Twilio Programmable SMS, we will connect a Twilio phone number to a Laravel application to build the business logic that will determine when to begin the survey, the questions to ask, and a persistent layer to save the users’ responses. Each participant will send an SMS response to the Twilio number until the survey is completed.

    Let's begin building an automated survey that can be answered via SMS!

    Prerequisites

    You will need the following to complete this project:

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    How to Create a Group Video Chat App with Symfony, PHP, Twilio, and React.js How to Create a Group Video Chat App with Symfony, PHP, Twilio, and React

    If the news and current statistics about remote work are any indicator of the future, it’s obvious that working from home is gradually becoming the new normal for employees all over the world, including numerous tech companies. While effective communication may be defined differently for various companies, one of the most promising ways to improve productivity and keep your team together involves using video conferencing or chat.

    This tutorial will guide you on how to create a video conferencing chat application using Symfony, React.js, and Twilio Programmable Video. The video chat application will allow users to connect and participate in a predefined chat room.

    Prerequisites

    To participate in this tutorial, you will need the following:

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Build a GraphQL Powered API with Laravel Build a GraphQL Powered API with Laravel

    Often referred to as a platform or programming language agnostic query language, GraphQL is a comprehensive approach to guide software engineers in building data-driven applications. It is, in my opinion, the new API standard, offering client applications the flexibility to request exact data and not an entire record from the database. If you are not yet conversant with this technology or looking for simplified technical content to guide you through, you are in the right place.

    In this tutorial, you will learn some of the fundamental concepts required to build a Laravel API powered by GraphQL. This is a shift from the conventional architecture of building REST APIs, as we will take a different approach in this tutorial. To help us explore GraphQL, we will build a bookstore API with an ability to carry out CRUD ( Create, Read, Update, Delete ) operations on data, in your database.

    Prerequisites …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Send Custom SMS Notifications for Failed Builds on CircleCI with Twilio Send Custom SMS Notifications for Failed Builds on CircleCI with Twilio

    In a previous article, we built a Laravel API project using a test-driven development approach and wrote a couple of tests for all of the endpoints in that project. This approach not only ensures proper implementation of software requirements, but also reassures the developer that methods will operate as expected in production.

    In this tutorial, we will extend good programming practices by learning how to set up continuous integration using CircleCI. The goal is to automatically run the tests for our application once we push an update to a code repository such as GitHub. We will take this further by setting up notifications via Twilio SMS. We will write configuration steps to send messages to a specific phone number once the build is successful or fails on the CircleCI pipeline.

    At the close of this tutorial, you will have gathered enough knowledge on how to set up automated …

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