I discovered the #Symfony library today. It's super impressive! It offers an extensible, elegant HTTP request handling model. I'm going to use it in my #ActivityPub #PHP library. The library is shaping up really well - it's shaping up to be a full ActivityPub server that can be plugged directly into your existing application with minimal fuss, and extended to meet a broad range of needs.
@jdormit Why not make the library pretty bare-bones, maybe implementing some relevant PSRs, and leave the implementation up to the end user?
The project looks like it is already a composer library. You could make a new `activitypub-php-symfony` library that extends it that acts as a full server, while still allowing someone else to come along behind with a `activitypub-php-laravel/wordpress/cake/whatever` without needing to fork the library.
The problem is that outside of the web API and the persistence layer, there's not much left to implement. ActivityPub is really just a protocol that describes a particular type of web server. But it's flexible enough to fit into WordPress, Laravel, etc. - it's using Symfony internally, but the external API is basically just a handler function that you call when your server gets an AP request. It also happens to be a valid Symfony controller, but that's totally optional
In fact, my primary use case for the library is a WordPress plugin I'm writing.
@jdormit Fascinating. To be honest I didn't look into it much, but I will definitely play with it some tomorrow.
Would you happen to know if there is a forum or IRC channel to check out regarding details of the #ActivityPub standard? I found the W3.org article on it, but I have some questions about some edge cases.
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