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Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT

Frederick Web Technology Group

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing how we interact with the digital world. In this talk, we’ll explore the implementation of live examples which bridge the gap between the physical and digital world using PHP: asking Alexa for information on php[world] conference sessions; displaying API data on an Arduino-powered display; using PHP to control LEDs on a Raspberry Pi to monitor application uptime; and connecting IR sensors to Slack to see whether a conference room is in use.

PHPUnicorn

For Pi Day 2017 I created a really fun project - the PHPUnicorn!

A simple PHPUnit listener collects test results and sends them to a Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless device in real-time.  As the device receives the stats it lights up LEDs green, red, or orange to visualize the progress and results of your unit tests.

TIL that Doctrine 2 doesn't support LIMITs within subqueries which can be frustrating. In my case, I wanted to LEFT JOIN on a table using a subquery with a single result - something like this:

$dqb->from('MyAppBundle:Foo', 'foo')
    ->leftJoin('foo.bar', 'bar', 'WITH', 'bar = (SELECT b FROM MyAppBundle:Bar b WHERE b.foo = foo AND b.published_date >= :now ORDER BY t.startDate LIMIT 1)');

But Doctrine kept throwing this error: