An introduction to Flysystem, a PHP library which provides developers with a layer of abstraction over file storage systems including standard local files, online services such as Dropbox and Cloud Files and remote storage mechanisms such as FTP.
A tutorial on building a live score widget for football matches, using web sockets and PHP's Ratchet library.
Building a subscription-based website or application with Laravel, using Recurly to process recurring payments. In this first part I look at setting up the application, configuring users and roles, and building an authentication system.
Using Iron Worker to process long-running or processor-intensive tasks "in the cloud" using the Iron Worker service.
A tutorial on using Prowl to send ad-hoc push notifications. I include a practical example; extending Zend Framework's logging class to send critical errors direct to authorised mobile phones.
An introduction to using Facebook's Subscription API and real-time updates to subscribe to changes in user data, with a practical example which emails someone when they've been "un-friended".
Using PHP (Slim framework) to manage and upload "episodes", maintain metadata and construct a podcast feed suitable for submission to iTunes.
Creating a stock quote service which operates using SMS, using online telephony service Twilio.
An introduction to the Browser Capabilities Project (Browscap), and how to use it to do server-side device detection for mobile theme switching, "guessing" the user's operating system, and more.