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PHPBuilder.com:
ExpressionEngine Enhances PHP Content Management with Framework Flexibility
March 29, 2010 @ 08:33:37

In a new post to PHPBuilder.com today Jason Gilmore takes a look at a popular content management system from EllisLab called ExpressionEngine. He gives an overview of what it is and what it has to offer over some other CMSes out there.

Indeed, I concluded that no solution effectively offered both the fundamental features of a content management system and the flexibility of a web framework. However , after working with ExpressionEngine (one of the systems I recently highlighted in my article "The Top Five PHP Content Management Systems"), my opinion on this matter has fundamentally changed.

He mentions the hundreds of features included in ExpressionEngine, how it handles content management, templates and includes a powerful member/user management system. He also talk briefly about the plugin system with over 140 offerings currently available and more and more being added all the time.

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Manuel Pichler's Blog:
Why I love PHP
July 24, 2009 @ 11:06:20

In a (somewhat sadistic) example of why he loves the flexibility that PHP offers Manuel Pichler has posted a code snippet showing just how much PHP can bend.

While working on PHP_Depend's parser I realized one major reason Why I love PHP, it's the flexibility of language. Even if you think you now know all ways to solve a problem, there is always one more way to solve it.

At a high level, the code example does some crazy things with variable variables, magic functions and constants to ultimately output "f:bar()".

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PHPImpact Blog:
Zend Framework The Cost of Flexibility is Complexity
February 23, 2009 @ 07:51:51

Sometimes power comes at a price - you get benefits from the added features and functionality, but you can lose something else along the way - the simplicity that brought you in originally. Federico Cargnelutti takes a look at a tool that can do just that - the Zend Framework.

Don't assume that just because you're using an object-oriented framework you are writing reusable and maintainable code. You are just structuring your spaghetti code. [...] The main problem with flexibility is that most developers give up trying to understand. I don't blame them, no one likes dealing with complexity

TO illustrate, he gives two code snippets from two example developers - Developer A makes full use of the framework and takes a more compact approach to the problem while Developer B adds in a bit more checking and takes a different path to the same (basic) end result.

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Utah PHP Users Group:
CodeIgniter - the PHP answer?
March 21, 2006 @ 07:03:45

With all of the frenzy in the PHP community surrounding the issue of frameworks, more and more articles on the subject are showing up - including this new post from the Utah PHP User Group site, a look at CodeIgniter.

We all like the productivity of Ruby on Rails but most PHP frameworks don't seem to be quite right - some are too complex, some not stable enough, some not supported by ISP's, etc. I've now tried most of them and my conclusion was to follow the "stupidly simple MVC" series to just write my own code in a simple way but with some structure.

But I noticed several posters to that blog series mentioned Codeigniter as a great way to go with sort of the same philosophy. And today it was mentioned in Planet PHP. So I checked it out today, Wow! - it is really, really nice.

John Taber, author of the article, shares his opinions on the framework mentioning its simplicity and flexibility. He also briefly makes reference to a "simplicity similarity" to the Zend Framework.

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