Rob Allen

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Rob Allen is a software consultant and developer with many years experience and writes code in PHP, Python, Swift and other interesting languages. He’s led Slim Framework’s development team and contributes to rst2pdf, Apache OpenWhisk and other open source projects. Rob is a published author and based in the UK where he runs Nineteen Feet Limited, focusing on API development, training and consultancy. In his spare time, Rob blogs at and can often be seen with a camera in his hand.

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Serverless PHP With Bref, Part One

By Rob Allen

In recent years, a different way to build applications has arisen called serverless computing. This term is not a good name; I’m reminded of the adage that there are two hard problems in programming: naming things, cache invalidation, and off-by-one errors. Serverless computing as a name implies no servers, but there are servers—you don’t think about them though. A better way to think about it is that the servers and the management of them are abstracted away and the provider manages the allocation of resources, not the application architect. In this article, I’m going to walk through how to use Lambda with PHP to execute a function.

Published in Serverless, ReactPHP, and Expanding Frontiers, May 2019 —Available for Free