Utility belt for common tasks in Google App Engine for PHP.

0.8.15 2019-01-21 23:52 UTC

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Last update: 2023-05-22 09:32:36 UTC


Utility belt for common tasks and patterns on Google App Engine for PHP. The goal is to make development of microservices on Google App Engine go fast and smooth. Handling common GAE scenarios with less code.


  • Auth: Handles several issues around getting users autenticated.
  • Cached: Just a simple wrapper for memcache for easier testing.
  • Conf: A wrapper around hassankhan/config which provides a lightweighhed library for handling config.
  • Fetch: Simple module to ensure service to service communication.
  • JWT: A module to handle JWT-tokens. Wrapper around firebase/php-jwt
  • Secrets: Module to handle keeping secrets secret. Using Google KMS to secure passwords and tokens.
  • Workflow: Module to handle the running of scheduled tasks on GAE its main contribution is to store the state of the job running. Saves State to DataStore.

Login in to provide service account credentials in development

For local developent its important to get Application Default Credentials if you want to use resources on the Google Cloud platform. You log in by running this command:

$ gcloud auth application-default login

You need to restart the devserver to get this working as the credentials get set on startup time.

Testing and development


Test-coverage is an important part of creating reusable, reliable code. The goal of this testing is to use phpunit as this is the most used PHP test framework. As several methods are dependent on Cloud Datastore installing understanding and being able to test against the emulator is quite important. The emulator is not the same as the built in emulator that is running inside the GAE devserver emulator.

Cloud datastore setup for testing

$ gcloud components install cloud-datastore-emulator
$ gcloud beta emulators datastore start --no-store-on-disk

or alternatively with docker:

$ docker run -d -p 8282:8282 --name datastore egymgmbh/datastore-emulator:latest

For local development of packages

My strategy for developing packages for packagist is as following.

  • Create a local folder where you symlink packages

In ~/composer/config.json add, this also works with using the projects composer.json file, but then you might get problems on other developers computers and in pipelines.

  "repositories": [
      "type": "path",
      "url": "~/path/to/liberary/root",
      "options": {
        "symlink": true

This will now create a link. Two tricks for getting a more problem free start of development is to add your liberary with "*" for and set minimum stability in the local composer.json for the liberary that requires your packages:

  "minimum-stability": "dev",
  "require": {
    "mijohansen/php-gae-util": "*"

Coding style

The liberary consist of several separate Classes that really just form a set of functions which should be fairly simple to introduce to code. From version 0.7.0 every static method and function is written in camelCase. And I try to follow PSR-1 and PSR-2