Yii2 dev digest #6 Mar'14

After the long break here (unfortunately recent situation in my country do not lead to a good productivity), I am glad to announce the next digest.
In any case it seems that Yii2 developments is going close to the Beta and only a few big breaking changes were made in the last month ;)
And yes - Russian version of this digest is available (see the link above) !

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Faker - generating test data for database

Faker is a library that provide a set of generators for data types like fake name, address, number, IP, email, lorem ipsum text etc. - all generic data that is needed to create semi-real database content. Usually it has variations for different popular languages. All data is human-readable and taken from library, a lot of different combinations creates semi-unique data set.

It is needed mostly on testing and demonstration stages. Nobody likes to see a list of users like "test1", "Johnny35" etc. with posts "Test1", "Another test 35".

Implementation

PHP usage example

$faker = Faker\Factory::create();

// generate data by accessing properties
echo $faker->name;
  // 'Lucy Cechtelar';
echo $faker->address;
  // "426 Jordy Lodge
  // Cartwrightshire, SC 88120-6700"
echo $faker->text;
  // Sint velit eveniet. Rerum atque repellat voluptatem quia rerum. Numquam excepturi
  // beatae sint laudantium consequatur. Magni occaecati itaque sint et sit tempore. Nesciunt ...
for ($i=0; $i < 5; $i++) {
  echo $faker->name, "\n";
}
  // Adaline Reichel
  // Dr. Santa Prosacco DVM
  // Noemy Vandervort V
  // Lexi O'Conner
  // Gracie Weber

NB! Yii2 Framework has a Faker fixtures extensions


Ievgen
Kuzminov "iJackUA"
Web Team Lead
at MobiDev (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
Code in Ruby and Elixir, but still love PHP. Explore ES6 and Vue.js. Explore databases, use Ubuntu and MacOS, think about IT people and management

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