Laravel Notification Channel for Zoner SMS-Gateway

We decided to use Zoner SMS-Gateway for sending SMS messages in a Laravel application I developed for a client. It is a Finnish service for sending SMS messages with a simple HTTP API.

In Laravel, Notification is the abstraction for any kind of message that can be sent via a Notification Channel. Laravel includes implementations for some notification channels, and there are community-provided ones in Laravel Notification Channels site.

There was no notification channel implementation for Zoner, so I created one. As instructed in Laravel Notification Channels site, I made a pull request to get my implementation listed there, but so far there hasn’t been any reaction to it. I wonder if there is anyone updating the site any more. Meanwhile, you can get the implementation from our own GitHub repository.

Issue with WordPress text widget, Black Studio TinyMCE Widget and icl_sw_filters_widget_text

We had a problem where the text of plain old WordPress text widgets was not showing on pages. Error log showed entries like

[13-Dec-2017 09:25:29 UTC] PHP Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'icl_sw_filters_widget_text' not found or invalid function name in /home/itukylat/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 288

Function icl_sw_filters_widget_text is defined in WPML String Translation plugin, but we didn’t have that installed. The only place where I could find hook to icl_sw_filters_widget_text being added is in Black Studio Tiny MCE Widget plugin, in black-studio-tinymce-widget/includes/class-compatibility-plugins.php, function wpml_widget_after:

if ( false === has_filter( 'widget_text', 'icl_sw_filters_widget_text' ) && function_exists( 'icl_sw_filters_widget_text' ) || version_compare( $this->wpml_get_version(), '3.8.0' ) >= 0 ) {
    add_filter( 'widget_text', 'icl_sw_filters_widget_text', 0 );
}

and indeed that gets called, even though there is no icl_sw_filters_widget_text function anywhere.

I suspect there is something wrong with the if statement, but I didn’t dig any deeper. But I did report the issue to Black Studio Tiny MCE Widget author.

Meanwhile, as a workaround I defined my own icl_sw_filters_widget_text function:

function icl_sw_filters_widget_text($text) {
    return $text;
}

Now the texts in text widgets show up again.

Workaround for gitlab-runner issue #2408 “Cannot connect to the Docker daemon”

TL;DR; Change your pull policy to “if-not-present” or “never”.

Our Continuous Deployment pipeline at Wysiwyg worked fine, until it stopped working. It started giving errors like this:

Pulling docker image registry.gitlab.com/wysiwygoy/dev/cd-deploy ...
ERROR: Preparation failed: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:///var/run/docker.sock. Is the docker daemon running?

A bit of googling resulted in gitlab-runner issue #2408. I tried some of the suggestions in the thread but couldn’t get it working.

Finally I found a workaround: Because it fails when pulling my custom image from gitlab.com registry, I changed the pull policy of the runner (in config.toml of the runner) to “if-not-present”. The executor then skips pulling the image and executes its actual job just fine.

I suspect that gitlab.com registry responds too slowly and the docker client library gives up with the error mentioned above.

The downside of course is that if I update my executor image I need to pull the new image manually. In practice it doesn’t happen that often, so I can live with that until the fix to gitlab-runner is in.

I posted my finding as a comment to the issue.

Supporting all Nosto product properties in WooCommerce

We needed to provide the brands of products to Nosto and customize some other¬† product properties, but Nosto’s WooCommerce plugin didn’t provide a way to do it. I improved the plugin by adding support for all the available product properties using WordPress filters.

See the Pull Request for more details. Our fork of the Nosto’s WooCommerce Plugin is in GitHub, wysiwygoy/nosto-woocommerce.