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ZeroMQ + libevent in PHP

PHP While waiting for a connection in Frankfurt I had a quick look at what it would take to make ZeroMQ and libevent co-exist in PHP and it was actually quite easy. Well, easy after Mikko Koppanen added a way to get the underlying socket fd from the ZeroMQ PHP extension. To get this working, install the PHP ZeroMQ extension and the PHP libevent extension. First, a little event-driven server that listens on loopback port 5555 and waits for 10 messages and then exits.


function print_line($fd, $events, $arg) {
    static $msgs = 1; 
    if($arg[0]->getsockopt (ZMQ::SOCKOPT_EVENTS) & ZMQ::POLL_IN) {
        echo "Got incoming data" . PHP_EOL;
        var_dump ($arg[0]->recv());
        $arg[0]->send("Got msg $msgs");
	if($msgs++ >= 10) event_base_loopexit($arg[1]);

// create base and event
$base = event_base_new();
$event = event_new();

// Allocate a new context
$context = new ZMQContext();

// Create sockets
$rep = $context->getSocket(ZMQ::SOCKET_REP);

// Connect the socket

// Get the stream descriptor
$fd = $rep->getsockopt(ZMQ::SOCKOPT_FD);

// set event flags
event_set($event, $fd, EV_READ | EV_PERSIST, "print_line", array($rep, $base));

// set event base
event_base_set($event, $base);

// enable event

// start event loop


// Create new queue object
$queue = new ZMQSocket(new ZMQContext(), ZMQ::SOCKET_REQ, "MySock1");

// Assign socket 1 to the queue, send and receive
var_dump($queue->send("hello there!")->recv());

You will notice when you run it that the server gets a couple of events that are not actually incoming messages. Right now ZeroMQ doesn't expose the nature of these events, but they are the socket initialization and client connect. You will also get one for the client disconnect. A future version of the ZeroMQ library will expose these so you can properly catch when clients connect to your server.

There really isn't much else to say. The code should be self-explanatory. If not, see the PHP libevent docs and the PHP ZeroMQ docs. And if you build something cool with this, please let me know.

Writing an OAuth Provider Service

PHP Last year I showed how to use pecl/oauth to write a Twitter OAuth Consumer. But what about writing the other end of that? What if you need to provide OAuth access to an API for your site? How do you do it?

Luckily John Jawed and Tjerk have put quite a bit of work into pecl/oauth lately and we now have full provider support in the extension. It's not documented yet at, but there are some examples in svn. My particular project was to hook an OAuth provider service into a large existing Kohana-based codebase. After a couple of iterations this should now be trivial for others to do with the current pecl/oauth extension.

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Using pecl/oauth to post to Twitter

PHP I have seen a lot of questions about OAuth and specifically how to do OAuth from PHP. We have a new pecl oauth extension written by John Jawed which does a really good job simplifying OAuth.

I added Twitter support to the other day and it was extremely painless. The goal was to let users have a way to have Slowgeek send a tweet on their behalf when they have completed a Nike+ run. Here is a simplified description of what I did.

First, I needed to get the user to authorize Slowgeek to tweet on their behalf. This is done by asking Twitter for an access token and secret which will be stored on Slowgeek. This access token and secret will allow us to act on behalf of the user. This is made a bit easier by the fact that Twitter does not expire access tokens at this point, so I didn't need to worry about an access token refresh workflow.

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