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Smartbridge.com:
Rapid Website Development The Case for LAMP and WordPress (Part 1)
August 05, 2013 @ 10:14:06

Smartbridge.com has posted the first part of a series of articles looking at rapid development with WordPress and the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP).

As more and more people around the world have access to computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, these users are getting connected to the internet, ready to jump into the virtual world of unlimited and unrestrained information. Websites today are the most popular tool to deliver this vast information to an ever increasing audience. Let's talk about choices when it comes to rapidly developing custom non-enterprise websites.

He starts by eliminating some of the language alternatives off the bat because of either their lack of quality CMSes or complexity. He then moves on to Open Source options, focusing in on PHP for its low learning curve and popularity. There's a brief comparison of Drupal and WordPress, but it's pretty high level. He's saving the good parts of WordPress for the next part of the series.

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Link: http://www.smartbridge.com/blog/rapid-website-development-the-case-for-lamp-and-wordpress-part-1/

Lukas Smith:
Good design is no excuse for wasting time
March 28, 2013 @ 11:51:51

In his most recent post Lukas Smith suggests that good design isn't an excuse for wasting time. He's basically saying that Symfony2, because of how it's designed and implemented, isn't a RAD (rapid application development) framework and that it's about time for some layers to be added to help get it there.

Symfony 1.x I would put into a category of frameworks focused on RAD, aka rapid application development. [...] So for those people who were happy focusing on the 80% use case Symfony2 is a step back. Suddenly the same features take longer to implement, take longer to modify later on and on top of that the learning curve is steeper.

He suggests that work be put into "RAD layers" that can sit on top of Symfony2 and provide some of the more familiar features people are used to from things like CakePHP, Yii and CodeIgniter. There's been a few tries to accomplish this with only one getting the closest in his opinion - the KnpBundle.

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PHPMaster.com:
Rapid Application Development with CakePHP
January 23, 2012 @ 08:37:14

On PHPMaster.com today there's a a new tutorial helping you take some first steps with CakePHP, a popular full-stack PHP framework, by Vito Tardia.

CakePHP is a framework that provides a solid base for PHP development. It allows users at any skill level to rapidly develop robust web applications. [...] Personally, the reason why I prefer CakePHP over other PHP frameworks is its better support for console applications. CakePHP has a powerful console tool that can be customized to build applications for both the web and the console world. In this article I'll introduce you to two of CakePHP's most useful features: automatic code generation using the console tool Bake and dynamic scaffolding.

He walks you through the full (user friendly) installation and configuration, a few changes to increase security and where to go to set up your database connection. From there he shows how to use the "Bake" command to generate a "subscribers" model and automatically create the user interfaces to work with it (CRUD operations)

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NetTuts.com:
Rapid Application Prototyping in PHP Using a Micro Framework
September 06, 2011 @ 09:56:57

On NetTuts.com today there's a new tutorial posted about using a microframework for prototyping an application you may not need a full stack framework to get running. Their examples are based on the Slim framework.

Let's face it: we all have great ideas for a web application. Whether you write them down on paper or remember them using your eidetic memory, there comes a point when you want test whether or not your idea is really viable. In this tutorial, we'll use a micro framework, a templating language and an ORM to rapidly develop an application prototype.

There's an introduction to help you get Slim, some extras, Twig templating and Paris and Idorm set up and working happily together. There's code included for bootstrapping the application, creating a few routes, building models and using them to pull data from the database. They also create an "admin" area for their sample blog application, building an "add article" form and protecting it with a simple login system. You can download the source if you'd like to see it all working together.

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Bradley Holt's Blog:
The Case For Rapid Release Cycles
August 09, 2011 @ 08:44:33

Bradley Holt has a new post to his blog today talking about something he's a fan of in his development processes - rapid release cycles - and how something like the Zend Framework could benefit from it.

There has been some discussion recently on the Zend Framework mailing list around release cycles. I proposed a release cycle of six months for major versions (someone else suggested eighteen months, which may be more reasonable for a framework). Rapid releases allow one to accelerate the cycle of building, measuring, and learning. Gathering data from actual usage (measuring) provides an opportunity for learning that can be applied to the next release (building).

He points out that the post isn't specifically targeted at the Zend Framework project, merely that it was the inspiration point for the idea. He talks about what rapid release cycles are and what it can give the team that implements it - less worries about backwards compatibility breaks, a potential encouragement for development pacing and the ease for the customers doing upgrades.

A rapid release cycle allows you to apply new learning, knowledge, and perspective as often as possible. Do your best today, and give yourself opportunities to do your best in the future as well.
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Invoke Media Blog:
Zend Framework and Rapid Application Development with PHP
August 05, 2008 @ 12:06:16

In this recent post on the Invoke Media blog Andrew Liem takes a look at the Zend Framework and shows how to create a simple site from install to execute.

This article is aimed at php developers who are looking to learn more about how not to reinvent the wheel, in particular, with the new Zend framework. This is not a comparative list of all php frameworks, as there are many good ones out there, CakePHP and Symphony to name two. I've evaluated other frameworks to some degree, not exhaustively by any means, and the Zend framework seems to fit nicely with my requirements. It may not for you, but I'll try to persuade you in this article

He introduces the framework first including a brief touch on MVC, the DOJO integration and its power and flexibility. From there he lists the tools you'll need to follow along with him, setting up the framework and creating a very simple site in it based on a pre-generated database (with the typical create/read/update/delete functionality).

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Community News:
Aurora PHP 5 Framework (MVC)
November 27, 2007 @ 12:08:00

The International PHP Magazine website has pointed out a new PHP 5.2+ framework that's in development - Aurora.

A slim modular model-view-controller (MVC) framework written in PHP5.2+ for rapid development of web- or console-applications featuring an integrated db-api, template-logic, pretty-urls, internationalization, caching, data-models and a multi-layered file-tree.

They've just released version 20071127 adding all sorts of new features and bugfixes. Right now, there's not a whole lot to go on - several bits of documentation are listed to the right of the site, but the only real page is the introduction. If you'd like to be kept up to date on the project, though, you can always subscribe to their news feed.

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Community News:
Packt Publishing Releases "CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development"
August 14, 2007 @ 10:25:00

Packt Publishing has just released one of their latest PHP-related books just for the frameworkers out there looking to get introduced to one of the easiest to use PHP frameworks on the web - CodeIgniter. The book, "CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development", was written by David Upton director of a specialized management company. Here's Packt's official description from the press release:

This book explains how to work with CodeIgniter in a clear and logical manner. It is not a detailed guide to the syntax of CodeIgniter, but makes an ideal complement to the existing online CodeIgniter user guide, helping you grasp the bigger picture and bringing together many ideas to get your application development started as smoothly as possible.

[...] CodeIgniter for Rapid PHP Application Development is out now and is written for developers who are new to CodeIgniter. Basic skills in PHP and MySQL are required, but only rudimentary object-oriented knowledge is required.

You can purchase the book at your retialer of choice or you can get more information on the book itself from this page on the Packt Publishing website.

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Blogge:
Things You Must Know About CakePHP
July 23, 2007 @ 12:52:00

On the Blogge site, there's a listing of "must knows" that developers should understand about the CakePHP framework when working with it.

CakePHP is a rapid development framework for PHP which uses commonly known design patterns like ActiveRecord, Association Data Mapping, Front Controller and MVC. Our primary goal is to provide a structured framework that enables PHP users at all levels to rapidly develop robust web applications, without any loss to flexibility.

Among those on the list of handy tips for using the framework are things like:

  • Static pages - Adjusting other data sent to the layout
  • Viewing the SQL queries that are running behind the scenes
  • Using bake.php
  • Complex model validation
  • Creating a model for a table that doesn't actually exist in the database
  • Inserting multiple rows in succession
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Community News:
Delphi for PHP Released
March 29, 2007 @ 08:45:00

As Justin Silverton points out in his latest post to the JSLabs blog, CodeGear has officially released their version of Delphi for PHP.

From the official announcement:

CodeGear, a leader in developer tools, today announced that Delphi® for PHP '" an integrated visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment for the popular PHP Web development language '" is now shipping worldwide.

Delphi for PHP brings the RAD productivity benefits that Delphi users have enjoyed for years to PHP Web developers. PHP, designed to allow Web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly, is the most prominent dynamic Web language today and has become one of the top 10 programming languages overall.

Features of this new tool include VCL for PHP, an open-source PHP 5 visual component library with more than 50 reusable components and seamless AJAX integration, an integrated PHP debugger, and a code editor with Code Insight, Code Explorer, and Code Templates.

Check out the main site for the software or one of the videos showing it in action:

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