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Creating and running modern and scalable PHP applications

alexandrefreire profile image Alexandre Freire ・2 min read

What is Bref and serverless?

Serverless replaces the traditional approaches to running applications. With serverless:

  • We don't manage, update, configure, provision servers or containers,
  • We don't reserve or scale servers or containers, instead they are scaled automatically and transparently for us,
  • We don't pay for fixed resources, instead we pay for what we actually use (e.g. execution time). Serverless can provide more scalable, affordable and reliable architectures for less effort.

Serverless includes services like storage as a service, database as a service, message queue as a service, etc. One service in particular is interesting for us developers: Function as a Service (FaaS).

FaaS is a way to run code where the hosting provider takes care of setting up everything, keeping the application available 24/7, scaling it up and down and we are only charged while the code is actually executing.

Why Bref?

Bref aims to make running PHP applications simple.

To reach that goal, Bref takes advantage of serverless technologies. However, while serverless is promising, there are many choices to make, tools to build and best practices to figure out.

Bref's approach is to:

  • simplify problems by removing choices

instead of trying to address every need

  • provide simple and familiar solutions

instead of aiming for powerful custom solutions

  • empower by sharing knowledge

instead of hiding too much behind leaky abstractions

What is Bref

Bref (which means "brief" in french) comes as an open source Composer package and helps you deploy PHP applications to AWS and run them on AWS Lambda.

Bref provides:

  • documentation
  • PHP runtimes for AWS Lambda
  • deployment tooling
  • PHP frameworks integration The choice of AWS as serverless provider is deliberate: at the moment AWS is the leading hosting provider, it is ahead in the serverless space in terms of features, performances and reliability.

Bref uses the Serverless framework to configure and deploy serverless applications. Being the most popular tool, Serverless comes with a huge community, a lot of examples online and a simple configuration format.

Use cases

Bref and AWS Lambda can be used to run many kind of PHP application, for example:

  • APIs
  • workers
  • batch processes/scripts
  • websites Bref aims to support any PHP framework as well.

For more details: https://bref.sh/docs/

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Alexandre Freire


CST em Análise e Desenvolvimento de Sistemas


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