Checklist before you upgrade your symfony2.0 to symfony2.1 version

Symfony upgraded version comes with lot of fixes issue. They have added lots of new features but i felt disappointed in terms of performance. The performance has been falls around 30 to 40% in symfony2.1 version.

The following things has been changed:-

1. Doctrine

The DoctrineBundle is moved from the Symfony repository to the Doctrine repository. Therefore you should change the namespace of this bundle in your AppKernel.php:

Before: new Symfony\Bundle\DoctrineBundle\DoctrineBundle()
After: new Doctrine\Bundle\DoctrineBundle\DoctrineBundle()

2. HttpFoundation

Locale management was moved from the Session class to the Request class.

Configuring the default locale


default_locale: fr


default_locale: fr

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Top 5 Symfony2 Bundle

In a small time Symfony2 is on the top position among the huge list of php frameworks. Fabien has tried to make the framework fast,pure OOPS oriented and flexible.Last year i started my working life and got a chance to learn symfony2. In Symfony2, every project is tight coupled in the form bundle. So the top 5 bundle that every symfony2 developer should use:

  • ¬†FOSUserBundle:-¬†this is the best bundle for those who want ¬†to manage user management in their application. A best alternate of sf guard for those people who wants to ¬†migrate their project from symfony1.4 to symfony2.
  • FOSFacebookBundle:-Integrate the Facebook Platform into your Symfony2 application.
  • SonataAdminBundle :- Admin generator
  • FOSRestBundle:-This Bundle provides various tools to rapidly develop RESTful API’s with Symfony2
  • AsseticBundle


Experience of New Distro of Symfony 2.0.7

Symfony 2 is rapidly changing at very fast speed. With a two month, Fabien have released almost 4 versions of Symfony2. You will  enjoy coding more, if  you will use this  framework.

Fabien had corrected his mistake that he  did in Symfony2.0.0. In Symfony 2.0.0, fabien had forget to include admin bundle and their has been some problem of  mapping like one to many relation . But in Symfony2.0.7, he corrected.

ohh i forget to tell you  the best part of the version released after symfony2.0.0 is that Installation, configuring symfony2 on local machine or configuring database, you felt  someone is sitting near to you and telling you  the instruction.

Another best thing about symfony2  framework is his command line interface. its damm awesome.

Thanks Fabien for giving this lovely framework.




How to make a twig extension in symfony2

Twig is a the flexible, fast, and secure PHP template engine.

I started  using twig since i found this in symfony2.

I was trying to use split function of php in twig but i was not able to split a text.
So i started to¬†implement twig¬†filter. In this tutorial I’m going to make a simple Twig extension.
First we have to write a twig extension.
Step 1: Create a Extension Folder in the Bundle
Step 2: Create a php file in Extension Folder called MyTwigExtension.php

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How to modify error page in Symfony2

It is very important for a website to customize the error page i.e error 404 page.Today I will tell you how to modify error page in Symfony2. When there is a error in symfony2 an exception is generated. The framework shows a detail information about the error. But when we put are application in production environment, we will need a very friendly error message page or a sitemap page.

You need to create a page and a controller that will generate a response.In my application, we are creating a ExceptionController.

The Execption Controller looks like

<?php namespace Dev\DreamBundle\Controller;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Exception\FlattenException;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Log\DebugLoggerInterface;

class ExceptionController extends \Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\Controller
* Converts an Exception to a Response.
* @param FlattenException $exception A FlattenException instance
* @param DebugLoggerInterface $logger A DebugLoggerInterface instance
* @param string $format The format to use for rendering (html, xml, …)
* @param Boolean $embedded Whether the rendered Response will be embedded or not
* @throws \InvalidArgumentException When the exception template does not exist
public function exceptionAction(FlattenException $exception, DebugLoggerInterface $logger = null, $format = ‘html’, $embedded = false)
$arraytopass= array(‘exception’ => $exception);
return $this->render(‘DevDreamBundle:Exception:error.html.twig’,$arraytopass);

The Resources/views/Exception/error.html.twig template would look like:

{% block body %}
<div>Thank you for reading this tutorial………
customized error page
{% endblock %}

For the final step you need to tell Symfony to use your controller to handle exceptions. Set the following in config_prod.yml:

exception_listener.controller: “DevDreamBundle:Exception:exception”

After doing all this please clear your cache(Very Important Step)
command is “app/console cache:clear”

You are good to go…….

Using multiple databases in Symfony2

Time change everything. When i was started learning php i never  heard the name  Symfony. But today i love this framework. Now i will tell you how we can configure and use  two databases in Symfony2 .

We have to do the following Steps:-

1.Open the config.yml (Symfony->app->config->config.yml)

    - { resource: parameters.ini }
    - { resource: security.yml }

    secret:          %secret%
    charset:         UTF-8
    router:          { resource: "%kernel.root_dir%/config/routing.yml" }
    form:            true
    csrf_protection: true
    validation:      { enable_annotations: true }
    templating:      { engines: ['twig'] } #assets_version: SomeVersionScheme
        default_locale: %locale%
        lifetime:       600
        auto_start:     true

# Twig Configuration
    debug:            %kernel.debug%
    strict_variables: %kernel.debug%
     - twig.extension.debug
     - twig.extension.text

# Assetic Configuration
    debug:          %kernel.debug%
    use_controller: false
        cssrewrite: ~
        # closure:
        #     jar: %kernel.root_dir%/java/compiler.jar
        # yui_css:
        #     jar: %kernel.root_dir%/java/yuicompressor-2.4.2.jar

# Doctrine Configuration
        default_connection:       default
                dbname:           devdream
                user:             aman
                password:         root
                dbname:           dev
                user:             aman
                password:         root
        default_entity_manager:   default
                connection:       default
                    DevDreamBundle: ~
                metadata_cache_driver: apc
                query_cache_driver: apc
                result_cache_driver: apc
                connection:       forum
                    DevDreamBundle: ~
# Swiftmailer Configuration
    transport: %mailer_transport%
    host:      %mailer_host%
    username:  %mailer_user%
    password:  %mailer_password%

    secure_controllers:  true
    secure_all_services: false

i have modified  the connection part and write the names of both the databases.

This is the configuration part

2. In the second step, i will tell you , how to use the second database in controller

So this is the following code for access second database in Controller

$query=   $this->get('doctrine')->getEntityManager('forum')
                        ->createQuery("SELECT th FROM DevDreamBundle:devdreamUser th")

You are good to go……