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Zend Developer Zone:
Extending the CakePHP Framework
July 12, 2006 @ 14:58:29

On the Zend Developer Zone today, there's this new look at extending the popular CakePHP framework with three different options - helpers, components, and plug-ins.

They describe each of these items:

  • Helpers - functions/functionality to help out in the views
  • Components - extra building blocks in controllers
  • Plug-ins - little "applications" to add instant functionality to a site

For each, they include a more complete definition, how they fit in with the overall "Cakeness" of an application and even a bit of code to explain things. Daniel also includes a few helpful links to get aspiring coders a head start.

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Nick Lo's Blog:
Custom View Helpers in Zend Framework
June 28, 2006 @ 06:23:35

On his blog, Nick Lo has posted a brief tutorial showing how to use custom view helpers with the Zend Framework.

Currently the framework (version 0.1.3) includes a small selection of form helpers which will no doubt expand as it matures. For now I'm more interested in the ability to add custom helpers for specific project use.

He shows both the code and the directory structure to implement these custom view helpers, including a cuationary note about how the View helper should be named to get things to play nice together.

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Community News:
Symfony Framework Makes Some Updates (v.0.6.2 and Content)
April 20, 2006 @ 10:53:24

The team behind the Symfony Project have updated their distribution today with the release of version 0.6.2 of the framework. Along with this, they've updated the site with a lot more content, both about their framework (documentation updates) and some samples showing how to use it (new tutorials).

First off, there's a new tutorial covering the use of sortable lists with the framework - comapring and contrasting it to the normal Ajax methods of creating these lists.

Secondly, they've published new extensive documentation about the Ajax helpers the framework uses to speed coding time and make advanced functionality simple to add. Several of them are even based on the Rails+script.aculo.us features so many developers look for.

Lastly, the askeet tutorial series has been updated to make it a bit more "newbie friendly", taking some of the things down a level furhter for those just diving into the wild world of Ajax.

It's great to see this quickly maturing framework keep its push going - past the 6 month mark now - and just keeps getting better with each version.

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