Bone MVC Framework v3 released

vX.Y.Z – Major.minor.patch – or, BC breaks, features, hotfixes! The best software would be 1.∞.x, as that would mean an absolute tonne of new features have been added, without breaking any backwards compatibility!

Having said all of that, I would now like to present my latest BC break, and announce the release of Bone MVC Framework v3.0 😀

What’s new? Quite a lot. Try it out! We (I) ripped out the old Bone Router and replaced it with league/route, a PSR-15 middleware router based on Fastroute! We replaced Pimple with delboy1978uk/barnacle, a PSR-11 wrapper for Pimple (Pimple has a PSR-11 wrapper but it doesn’t implement the interface correctly and so doesn’t work. Fabien Potencier has went in a huff with the PHP-Fig group so I didn’t bother sending him a Pull Request 😐). Both of these improvements have allowed for a far more flexible and modular approach to site building, as you will see if you try it out!

Ok then, let’s see it in action

The recommended approach is to use Docker, as this means you can get the identical dev enironment that I do, regardless of your operating system. If you don’t wish to take this approach, you can set a virtualhost and database yourself.

Docker VM dev environment setup

To get the Docker VM working, make sure you have Git, VirtualBox (or VMWare), and Docker installed. Once you do, open a terminal window. We need to run a one off command, telling Docker to create a VirtualBox VM which will be your new Docker Machine.

docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default

You now have a Docker Machine. So, the usual process when you would like to begin coding ais as follows:

docker-machine start

Now it’s started, run this for every tab you open in the terminal to set up environment vars in your terminal

eval $(docker-machine env)

Installing Bone MVC Framework

By default, we use a fake domain, so sudo nano /etc/hosts and add the following:

Now if you cd into wherever you wish to store the project (~/Sites in my case), we can clone the framework skeleton project:

git clone
cd bonemvc

Inside the skeleton files, you’ll see a docker-compose.yml, and a build folder. If your’e nosey, have a look and you’ll see how it works! The VM comes with Apache, PHP 7.3, XDebug and a stack of PHP modules, Composer, Mariadb, Mailhog, self signed SSL certificate, and most of the stuff you need. Lets start it up.

docker-compose up

This will take a few minutes the first time you do this, but thereafter should be a lot faster, even with different Bone MVC projects in different folders.

At this point, your terminal is now tailing the logs from each of your services, mail, php, apache, mariadb, and so we need another tab open as we want to log into to the Linux VM to run composer. Remember when you open a new tab, you need to run the eval command again to get the environment variables.

eval $(docker-machine env)
docker-compose exec php /bin/bash

At this point, you’ll notice a slight change in your shell’s look. We are now logged into the server! Lets install the dependencies and we are ready to rock!

eval $(docker-machine env)
docker-compose exec php /bin/bash
composer install

Once composer is finished doing it’s thing, we are ready to browse to the project! Open in your browser, and you should see the following!

Okay great, so how is it all structured?

As per most projects these days, the main entrypoint is public/index.php, and all public assets are installed in public/. Bone use the environment variable APPLICATION_ENV to differentiate between your dev setup and staging, production, etc.

The build folder is part of the Docker setup as mentioned earlier, so can be ignored.

The config folder allows for subfolders based on the APPLICATION_ENV, which will override the config files sitting directly under config/. You can add as many .php files into these folders that you like.

The data folder containsa variety of things. There is a cache storage folder (delboy/bone-cache coming soon), a logs folder (delboy1978uk/bone-log coming soon), a proxies folder (for doctrine entity proxies if using delboy1978uk/bone-doctrine), a translations folder with several languages pre-configured (use poedit to edit these files), and an uploads folder.

The migrations folder is use to store database migrations if using delboy1978uk/bone-doctrine.

The src/ folder contains your applications modules, and currently only contains one module, App.

Inside src/App, you will see a class called AppPackage.php, look inside!

All packages implement RegistrationInterface, and any packages containing controller routes will also implement RouterConfigInterface. addToContainer() allows you to create object factories so you can inject any dependencies. In the AppPackage, the Controller requires the view engine so it can render pages, so we create a controller factory and pull the view from the container (view is set up automatically by Bone):

     * @param Container $c
    public function addToContainer(Container $c)
        $c[IndexController::class] = $c->factory(function (Container $c) {
            $view = $c->get(PlatesEngine::class);
            return new IndexController($view);

The addRoutes() method tells the router which actions in which controller to call.

     * @param Container $c
     * @param Router $router
     * @return Router
    public function addRoutes(Container $c, Router $router): Router
        $router->map('GET', '/', [IndexController::class, 'indexAction']);
        $router->map('GET', '/learn', [IndexController::class, 'learnAction']);

        return $router;

If you have Doctrine entities, return true in the hasEntityPath() method, and return the path to the Entity folder in the getEntityPath() method.

Controllers now just take in a PSR-7 request, and return a PSR-7 Response. However we can wrap the request and response in middleware! See league/route docs for more info.

For a bit of fun, I’ll show you a module with a Doctrine entity, and just how quickly you can add a new feature! In the VM CLI, type the following:

composer require delboy1978uk/bone-doctrine
composer require delboy1978uk/bone-gentest

You now have the doctrine and my test entity package in the vendor folder.

Open config/packages.php, and add the two packages.


use BoneMvc\Module\App\AppPackage;
use BoneMvc\Module\BoneMvcDoctrine\BoneMvcDoctrinePackage;
use Random\Developer\JediPackage;

return [
    'packages' => [
    'viewFolder' => 'src/App/View'

Ok, so we have entities need migrated to the database. In the VM CLI, type the following:

migrant diff
migrant migrate

You’ll notice that migrant is just Doctrine migrations, but tweaked for usage with Bone MVC. Now you have migrated, head over to

You now have a demo module with an index list page, add edit and delete functionality, with form filtering and validation and rendering done via delboy1978uk/form. Have a look through the module code to see how to set everything up!

Please play around and have fun with it, and feel free to leave any comments!