Using Eloquent outside of a Laravel project? – Me too!

Collector Class

class PHPDebugBarEloquentCollector extends \DebugBar\DataCollector\PDO\PDOCollector
    public function __construct()
        $this->addConnection($this->getTraceablePdo(), 'Eloquent PDO');

     * @return Illuminate\Database\Capsule\Manager;
    protected function getEloquentCapsule() {
        // ... Return your Illuminate\Database\Capsule\Manager instance here...

     * @return PDO
    protected function getEloquentPdo() {
        return $this->getEloquentCapsule()->getConnection()->getPdo();

     * @return \DebugBar\DataCollector\PDO\TraceablePDO
    protected function getTraceablePdo() {
        return new \DebugBar\DataCollector\PDO\TraceablePDO($this->getEloquentPdo());

    // Override
    public function getName() {
        return "eloquent_pdo";

    // Override
    public function getWidgets()
        return array(
            "eloquent" => array(
                "icon"    => "inbox",
                "widget"  => "PhpDebugBar.Widgets.SQLQueriesWidget",
                "map"     => "eloquent_pdo",
                "default" => "[]"
            "eloquent:badge" => array(
                "map"     => "eloquent_pdo.nb_statements",
                "default" => 0

Collector Registration

require_once '/path/to/PHPDebugBarEloquentCollector.php';

$debugbar = new DebugBar\StandardDebugBar();

$debugbar->addCollector(new PHPDebugBarEloquentCollector());


Eloquent Tab in the PHP Debug Bar

Don’t Like Separate Tabs?

Multiple PDO objects can be merged into the default Database tab using this approach…

/* @var Illuminate\Database\Capsule\Manager $capsule */
/* @var Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager          $em */
/* @var DebugBar\StandardDebugBar           $debugbar */

$ormToPdo = [
    "Eloquent" => $capsule->getConnection()->getPdo(),
    "Doctrine" => $em->getConnection()->getWrappedConnection()

$collector = new \DebugBar\DataCollector\PDO\PDOCollector();

foreach($ormToPdo as $orm => $pdo) {
    $traceablePDO = new \DebugBar\DataCollector\PDO\TraceablePDO($pdo);
    $collector->addConnection($traceablePDO, $orm);



This post was written for, and tested under, the following technologies…

  • PHP (~5.5)
  • PHP Debug Bar (~1.10)
  • Eloquent ORM (~5.1)
  • Doctrine (~2.0)

Where, oh where, is that pesky Doctrine 2 PDO object…

Doctrine actually uses a base class called \Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOConnection which extends the native PHP PDO class. It’s used by all PDO-based drivers as the common database connection interface.


Access to the \Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOConnection instance can be gained through the Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager instance.


/* @var \Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOConnection $pdo */
$pdo = $entityManager->getConnection()->getWrappedConnection();

API Docs

Announcing the next release of WordPress Domain Changer – version 2.0!

This release marks the completion of a total rewrite that brings an updated user interface, improved stability, fine-grained control, improved testing, and a few bug fixes.

Redesigned UI & Workflow

Precise Control

The ability to specify database tables has finally arrived!

Safety Net

A Preview & Confirm step has been added in order to help make the domain change process a bit more user-friendly.

Integration Testing

Verifying that WPDC works with every supported version of WordPress would be a slow and tedious process if done by hand. Integration testing to the rescue…

Running RSpec/Capybara suite...

Change Domain of WordPress 2.0.4
  Drop WordPress database
  Create WordPress database
  Unzip WordPress archive
  Start a PHP web server for the OLD domain
  Run through WordPress configuration setup script
  Run through WordPress installation script
  Ensure WordPress site can be reach at OLD domain
  Ensure WordPress site only references the OLD domain
  Install WordPress-Domain-Changer into the root directory of the WordPress site
  Change the URL of the WordPress site using WordPress-Domain-Changer
  Start a different PHP web server for the NEW domain
  Ensure the WordPress site can be reached at the NEW domain
  Ensure the WordPress site only references the NEW domain

Change Domain of WordPress 2.0.5
  Drop WordPress database...

... ( continues up to the latest WordPress release ) ...

Finished in 8 minutes 32 seconds (files took 0.62827 seconds to load)

Continuous Integration

Travis CI has been implemented in order to support the aforementioned testing efforts. Changes pushed to Github will automatically trigger a Travis Build, which verifies that both the unit and integration tests are still passing.

Travis is currently reporting WPDC’s status as – Build Status

Odds & Ends

  • Improvement - All WordPress versions between 2.0.4 and 4.0.0 are officially supported.
  • Improvement - Multi-byte characters support has been added.
  • Bug Fix - Multiple inconsistencies were found in the find & replace logic used for PHP Serialized strings. This logic was rewritten using a more simplistic approach.

See the Change Log for a complete list of changes.


WordPress Domain Changer’s code is released under the New-BSD License.


The source code and usage instructions are available at

When I decided to port my blog away from WordPress I found myself torn between two great static site generators — Middleman and Jekyll

Feature Envy

One of the features that I’ve grown quite fond in Middleman is their LiveReload Extension. All one needs to do is add activate :livereload to the config.rb file and Middleman will automatically reload the browser when a file change is detected – it’s really slick!

Unfortunately, LiveReload is not available as an out-of-the-box feature for Jekyll. However, the good news is that the same feature can be implemented by using the guard-livereload gem in combination with some simple configuration.


Bundler & Gemfile Setup

We start out by ensuring that a Gemfile exists in the Jekyll project’s root directory. Run bundle init to create the Gemfile, open it in an editor, and then add the following gems…

gem 'jekyll'
gem 'guard'
gem 'guard-jekyll-plus'
gem 'guard-livereload'

Install the gems via Bundler and try building your site using the commands below…

$ bundler install
$ jekyll build

It’s very possible that an error will occur after running these commands – don’t worry!

  • The last line of the error should look like this: Missing dependency: xxxxxxxxx.
  • Add the missing dependency to the Gemfile and repeat the last two commands.
  • Continue these steps until your site builds successfully.

Guardfile Configuration

guard 'jekyll-plus', :serve => true do
  watch /.*/
  ignore /^_site/

guard 'livereload' do
  watch /.*/

Browser Extension

Lastly you’ll need to download and install the Live Reload Extension for your browser – Chrome, Firefox and Safari are supported. This extension automatically refreshes your browser when a change is detected.


With :serve => true specified in the jekyll-plus guard options we can now start the Jekyll Web Server + LiveReload by using one simple command…

$ guard

After the guard is executed some output will appear that looks something like this…

Configuration file: _config.yml
22:46:55 - INFO - Guard is using to send notifications.
22:46:55 - INFO - Jekyll building...
    Server address:
  Server running... press ctrl-c to stop.
22:46:56 - INFO - Jekyll build complete ./ → _site
22:46:56 - INFO - Jekyll watching and serving at
22:46:56 - INFO - LiveReload is waiting for a browser to connect.
22:46:56 - INFO - Guard is now watching at '/Users/daniel/projects/my-blog'
[1] guard(main)>

Now, switch to the browser, make sure the LiveReload extension is turned on, and navigate to a blog post. If everything is configured correctly the line below will appear in the terminal…

22:46:58 - INFO - Browser connected.

Open up the blog post in an editor, modify it and save the changes. When you switch back to the browser you should find that the page has automatically reloaded.


This post was written for, and tested under, the following technologies…

  • Jekyll (1.4.3)
  • Guard (1.8.3)
  • Guard-Jekyll-Plus (1.4.10)
  • Guard-LiveReload (1.4.0)
  • Bundler (1.3.5)
  • Ruby (1.9.3)


Since implementing Guard-LiveReload in Jekyll I’ve found the process of writing and editing blog posts to be a much more enjoyable experience.

If you’ve found the post useful, or run into any unexpected issues, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.

The Terminal application has been steadily improving with every major release of Mac OS X. A new feature called Window Groups was recently added which saves the state, tabs, and locations of all terminal windows at a set point in time. I’ve personally found this to be a very helpful feature with just one caveat: It requires frequent upkeep when working with multiple projects.

The Window Group Upkeep Problem

I currently work on nine Ruby on Rails applications that are all tied together via a single sign-on server and signed API requests – think of it like an ecosystem of decoupled apps. When I’m developing within this ecosystem the task of trying to keep track of all the activity going on between these apps is a major pain point.

Before this post I had originally tried to solve this control and monitoring problem by running three Windows, each dedicated to running a tab (per application) for …

  1. $ rails console
  2. $ tail -f -n 100 log/development.log
  3. and a Shell for running rake tasks, tests, and other commands.

This solution started out simply enough but quickly ballooned as more apps were added to the ecosystem.

The pain of this solution was just too much to ignore after the addition of the 9th app resulted in 27 tabs spread across 3 terminal windows. It was clear that the simple solution I has come up with would no longer scale – I reached out for some advice.

Consolidating The Mess Of Windows & Tabs

I knew there had to be a better way to manage these growing number of applications – surely others experienced this problem?! I switched over to the Indy.rb Meetup Group’s IRC channel and asked the open question of how everyone had been going about their terminal management. Soon thereafter many people were coming to the table with various suggestions, techniques, and solutions to how they’ve address the issue.

The majority of opinions fell on the solution that involved using just a single window with one tab per application; each tab would then be running a tmux session that would group the application’s operations and information together.

Being juuuuust a little bit late to the tmux party (it was released in 2009) I finally decided to “get my tmux on” and dove right in. After spending a couple of hours looking at documentation and messing around with config files I ended up consolidating my original setup of “3 windows + (3 tabs * App)” into “1 window + (1 tmux tab * App)” – finally some sanity!

Note: I’ll discuss my tmux setup and configuration in another post soon!

Scriptable Tabs

With all of the aforementioned advancements to the Max OX I still found controlling it from the command line to be quite a hassle. I had a great new solution for consolidating my development environment but it still required me to do some manual setup. I wanted to find a way to launch all of my applications’ tmux sessions from one window into separate tabs.

I needed a way to script…

  • Creation of a new tab within the same Terminal window.
  • Changing the title of each new tab to reflect the application’s name.
  • Executing arbitrary commands after each tab was created.

After using some serious black-belt level Google-Fu, and sifting through many StackOverflow articles, I managed to hack together a handy little shell function that allowed me to do just that.

Below is a sample executable shell script that contains a new_tab() function, and some examples of its usage…

# File: ~/

function new_tab() {
  osascript \
    -e "tell application \"Terminal\"" \
    -e "tell application \"System Events\" to keystroke \"t\" using {command down}" \
    -e "do script \"printf '\\\e]1;$TAB_NAME\\\a'; $COMMAND\" in front window" \
    -e "end tell" > /dev/null

# Let's make a new tab called "My Projects", change to the
# projects directory, and list the contents.
new_tab "My Projects" "cd ~/projects; ls -l"

# Let's also open up our deployment scripts directory
# too -- that would also be handy!
new_tab "Deployment Scripts" "cd ~/scripts/deployment"

What Is The new_tab() Function Doing?

Basically, it’s utilizing a ton of wrapping. Let’s start from the top down…

  • I’m creating a new_tab(tab_name, command) shell function which primarily uses the osascript command to execute custom AppleScript code.
  • Apple scripting instructs the Terminal application to open, or become focused.
  • Apple scripting simulates a key press of ⌘+T – the shortcut for opening a new tab in
  • Apple scripting continues by executing a do script command, which in-turn executes the \e]1;$TAB_NAME\ashell command – setting the newly created tab’s title.
    • Side Note: The \e]1; and \a snippets are interesting aspects of the shell that I knew nothing about prior to embarking on this endeavor. I originally found the technique in a StackOverflow article, but no explanation was given on why it worked to set the title. I would encourage you to check out the “Dude, what’s up with your prompt?” blog post by Vince Aggrippino to find out the answer.
  • The previous \e]1;$TAB_NAME\a command is chained with a semi-colon, and then followed by a $COMMAND variable that gets evaluated and executed in the new tab as well.
  • Lastly, any output from the original call to osascript is redirected to /dev/null.

Cool huh?


This ability to open, name, and command new terminal tabs through a simple shell function has vastly changed the way I operate in my current multi-application ecosystem. When I want to setup my development environment I can simply run my ~/ shell script and have multiple tabs open, name themselves properly, and attach themselves to tmux sessions.

It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to the topic of Development Environments it really is a case of to each their own. With this shell function one can now easily configure and launch their development environment’s tabs all from a simple script. This in turn opens up countless possibilities for anyone looking to gain better control over their Terminal.

This function is not “The Solution” to building and managing development environments. Rather, it’s simply a tool to help create solutions.

If you do end up using this code for anything please come back and comment on your successes – I’d love to hear them :)



The environment and tools used at the time of this post are as follows:

  • Max OS X Lion (Version 10.7.5)
  • (Version 2.2.3)


This code is released under the New-BSD License.