Exploring Zend_Controller class of Zend Framework

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under PHP

Zend Framework team works with gusto on the Zend Framework, great framework for building powerful web-applications in PHP. But too many peoples are confused with its seeming complexity. In this post I will try to explain architecture of most useful part (in my opinion) of Zend Framework – Zend_Controller.

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Correct Last-Modified header processing

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under PHP

This is quick post about Last-Modified header. Please imagine following situation: you have image stored in your database and you need to send it to the browser on some request. But image extraction from database takes some time, and if there are more than one image you Web-server’s productivity will decrease dramatically. Is this case you need to implement caching functionality in your application. All images can be changed therefor you need to have ability to check image modified date (for example, this date can be stored in same database).

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Zend Framework: Thoughts about Zend_Config

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under PHP

In Zend Framework’s mailing list discussion about Zend_Config class is in full swing. I have my own ideas about this class and I will try to explain their here. I need something that can load and save configuration into different storages (for example, XML, database or plain text like INI-files), it’s necessary to have ability to change every parameter of storage (for example, file name, database tables or even database structure), it will be able if I can extend storage system with my own storage strategies.

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Zend Framework: Using Smarty as template engine

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under PHP

Zend Framework’s View class has very bad capability for extending. It contains template variables but does not allow to access them, it has array with different pathes (templates, filters), but does not allow to add another type or access them. Therefor only way to use Smarty with Zend Framework is to abandon Zend_View and manipulate Smarty object directly.

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