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 Two

By Rob Allen

In part one of this series, I introduced serverless applications and looked at how Bref makes it easy to develop and deploy serverless PHP functions to AWS Lambda with a simple hello world function. Serverless functions don’t live in a vacuum and tend to integrate with other services, let’s turn our attention to what a complete serverless application looks like by building a static website hosted on S3 which is updated using a PHP Lambda function. by Rob Allen

Published in How to Tame Your Data, June 2019

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