Course description

This comprehensive introduction to Symfony2 will help experienced and new PHP developers understand the power and flexibility of Drupal 8's new development framework. With hands on exercises throughout the day-long training, participants will learn basic Symfony2 concepts, build simple applications, and explore how Symfony2 is used in Drupal 8.

Learning Objectives

Participants will leave class with a working knowledge of the Symfony2 framework and an introduction to Drupal 8. Topic slides with graphical representations of the material will be expanded to help students understand content areas.


Class begins at 09:00, lunch is at 11:45, class ends at 17:00.

Topic areas are as follows:


Object Oriented Recap
Framework or CMS?
Zend vs. Symfony2
Framework and Tools

Standard Edition Install
HTTP requests
Coding standards

Debug toolbar
Exception traces
Configuring the application

Supported formats: XML, YAML and PHP
Global config
URIs global config
Overriding at the bundle level
Generating pages

Twig template engine syntax
Twig and PHP
Template inheritance
Template and Action inclusion
Defining and including slots
Generating URIs and view helpers
Actions and the end user request

Controller classes and action methods
Mapping controllers using routing
Raw response or template response
Reading data from the user’s request
Reading and writing session data
Multiple config files via inclusion, overrides
Triggering a 404 error page
Interacting with a relational database

Introduction to PDO
Getting a MySQL connection
Executing a SQL query
Securing SQL queries
Factoring business logic into model classes
Interacting with forms

The form framework
Basic forms
Validation rules
Prototyping form rendering with Twig
Retrieving validated input
Review and Recap

Symfony2 and Drupal 8

Console Scaffolding module
Symfony2 Resources

Who will gain the most from this course?

Drupal developers who have not begun to learn Symfony2 or prepare for changes in Drupal 8 development. Experienced PHP developers and developers who are new to PHP or moving from .NET or other platforms.

Prerequisites for this course

Working knowledge of PHP or other coding systems. Drupal module development experience will be helpful. Local dev environment and text editor. Netbeans or other equivalent IDE helpful.

Students must bring their own wifi enabled laptops with root access to class. No computers will be provided.

Course Information

Date: May 11
Time: 9:00-5:00
Cost: $500 - includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Training Company: Blink Reaction
Experience Level: Intermediate
Drupal Version: 8.x

When & Where

Monday, 11 May, 2015 - 09:00 to 17:00

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