A full stack boilerplate, including Symfony, Behat, Codeception, React & Redux with Webpack all under docker. It also even comes with examples!




This is the Majisti's Scaffolding project. We use it here to bootstrap projects. This is not a generator, just a place where to centralize the knowledge of creating rich applications with a PHP backend and frontend (JavaScript, SCSS, etc.).

The following is provided out of the box:

  • Symfony 3 setup
  • Full testing suite configured. Acceptance, Functional, Integration and Unit
  • Everything runs under Docker. Minimal global project dependencies: git, docker and docker-compose.
  • Gulp with SCSS, Bourbon and Susy for the frontend.
  • Everything runs under a Makefile and is ready for Continuous Integration
  • Please stay tuned for the React & Redux boilerplate


Short term

  • CodeCoverage
  • SCSS Style check
  • Javascript Style check

Long term

  • Installer
  • React/Redux scaffold


  • PHPSpec [Rejected] PHPSpec was dropped in favor of Codeception and Mockery. Though we prefer PHPSpec for writing shorter tests, the code completion was not enough within Intellij. We were left blind and needed to read the documentation in order to develop tests.
  • Bowling Kata
    • Game Score Calculation [Done & Automatically Tested]
    • API with Dunglas API [Todo]
    • ...
  • Blackjack Game
    • You can play a game of BlackJack within the Symfony Console! Just run the command docker-compose run --rm php bin/console majisti:game:blackjack
    • Splitting Pairs [Todo]
    • Betting [Todo]
    • Persisting Game [Todo]
    • Statistics [Todo]

The BlackJack Game

This boilerplate comes with a BlackJack game, playable within the Symfony Console. It was programmed in order to showcase full stack testing techniques.

  • Behat is used for testing the console command
  • Codeception is used to test at the Component level. This is were we test the edge cases from the rules.
  • PHPUnit is used for Unit testing
  • Mockery is used as the mocking framework
  • Hamcrest is used as the assertion library
  • AspectMock is used for testing some randomness (such as the PHP's rand function)

Here is a little screenshot:

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Known Bugs

  • Step debugging: Path Mapping with XDebug fails when using Mockery.


Docker & docker-compose

In order to setup this project without playing around with global dependencies, use docker and docker-compose.


Make sure your nginx proxy is setup to always start on boot:

docker run -d -p 80:80 --restart=always -v /var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock:ro jwilder/nginx-proxy

note: you might want to use 8080:80 or 8081:80 if port 80 or 8080 are already used.

Once this is done, you only need to run:

make clean && make

Add to your /etc/host file:   majisti.skeleton


  • Browse the site at http://majisti.skeleton or http://majisti.skeleton:port if you used a different port.
  • You can also boot the tmux terminal using sh

Continuous Integration

To run the entire setup with tests: make ci

Testing with Behaviour Driven Development

You can run all tests using make test. This will run the whole testing pyramid, such as Acceptance, Functional, Integration and Unit tests

The project is setup to be tested using BDD techniques. It is far from perfect and it is an effort to bring BDD on the table for the codebase. The tools installed are the following:


  • Codeception is a full stack testing framework. It is used to do SpecBDD at the Unit and Component level.

  • We decided to ignore PHPSpec although it is easier to mock objects because there are no working plugins at the moment with PHPStorm. Code completion is not provided and makes it harder to know what mocking methods are available.

  • Hamcrest is used in order to make tests easier to read.

  • Mockery is used for testing interactions between objects and mocking them.

Codeception is good for:

  • Unit testing with PHPUnit
  • Component testing (multiple classes and Symfony services working together in order to supply a feature)


Behat is used for StoryBDD and functional tests. application using either: - Symfony2 BrowserKit - PhantomJs - Firefox - Chrome

at the acceptance and functional level. Gherkin is used to writes stories.

Behat is good for:

  • Testing Web Pages that includes Javascript. Do not try to test directly your Javascript (Mocha and Chai would be better)
  • Symfony Command line testing
  • Functional testing (testing that pages work)

Running Functional tests using BrowserKit (fastest, but does not support JavaScript)

docker-compose run --rm php bin/behat -vvv

Running Functional tests in a real browser

docker-compose run --rm php bin/behat -vvv -p firefox
docker-compose run --rm php bin/behat -vvv -p chrome

Running Functional tests in phantomjs

docker-compose run --rm php bin/behat -vvv -p phantomjs


  • Screenshots will be generated within the concrete project at var/logs/screenshots/screenshot.png
  • The screenshot will be namespaced according to the profiles, for example firefox_homepage.png.
  • A screenshot will be generated each time a scenario fails
  • Screenshots will not work using BrowserKit, they only work for PhantomJs, Firefox and Chrome

Running Unit tests under IntelliJ

  1. Configure a new local PHP interpreter that points to bin/php7-docker-ide under Settings > PHP
  2. Configure under Settings > PHP > PHPUnit
    • Use custom autoloader, using the vendor/autoload.php
    • Use optional configuration file, located within ./phpunit.xml.dist

Code Style

You can checkstyle your PHP code by running a dry-run with make cs or if you want to automatically fix the code, you can run make cs-fix


If you want to enable XDebug run your command with the XDEBUG env variable : XDEBUG=1 docker-compose ...

if you want to always have XDebug enabled you can add these lines to your docker-compose.override.yml :

        XDEBUG: 1
        XDEBUG_CONFIG: idekey=PHPSTORM remote_host=YOUR_HOST_IP

        XDEBUG: 1
        XDEBUG_CONFIG: idekey=PHPSTORM remote_host=YOUR_HOST_IP

Where YOUR_HOST_IP is the ip of the host machine (not the ip of the VM used for docker).

Now to make step debugging work within PHPStorm, you must do the following:

  • Go into settings > Languages and Frameworks > PHP > Debug and change the port to 7500
  • Click the Listen for PHP Debug Connections button. The icon is at the top right and looks like a phone.
  • Go within PHP > Servers and add a new server named CUBE_API. You must also setup the Path Mapping. You must point your project to map to /var/www/html

Running your code within the command line will stop at the line where you place a breakpoint. To debug within your browser, you must install the Chrome XDebug Helper extension. Once installed, you can click on it and select "debug". Your code will stop on the line.

Note: for now, step debugging using bin/ will not work. You need to use docker-compose run --rm php bin/codecept -v run



  • Symfony Plugin
  • PHP Toolbox Provides more code completion for PHP. For now, code completion was added for Mockery (see php-toolbox/mockery).