Previously I wrote about how to use Urban Airship for push notifications. I covered how to setup Urban Airship and your iPhone app code, however, you still need to write a server that sends the notifications to UA.
I decided to use PHP and develop locally on my Mac at first:
You need to setup pear as the UA library depends on HTTP_Request:
/usr/lib/php/pear config-create $HOME .pearrc /usr/lib/php/ install -o PEAR /usr/lib/php//pear install install Net_URL /usr/lib/php//pear install HTTP_Request
For MAMP you will need to add this to your script:
ini_set( 'include_path', ini_get( 'include_path' ) . PATH_SEPARATOR . "/usr/lib/php");
That’s it! Put your app key/master secret in the sample code and test.
Once it’s looking good you could continue to run on your Mac, but I decided to put on my web hosting server.
I’m using DreamHost, so with help from here, perform the same pear installs:
/usr/local/php5/bin/pear config-create $HOME .pearrc /usr/local/php5/bin/pear install -o PEAR /usr/local/php5/bin/pear install install Net_URL /usr/local/php5/bin/pear install HTTP_Request
Then to your script, add:
ini_set( 'include_path', ini_get( 'include_path' ) . PATH_SEPARATOR . "/home/.[machinename]/[username]/pear/php");
Later you might want to run from the command line via cron – make sure you use PHP5:
/usr/local/php5/bin/php -f myPush Server.php >> log.log