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Tue, May 22, 2012

Zend Form Mastery with Zend Config – Part 3 Standard Form & Element Options

– Part 3 Standard Form & Element Options This is a Multi Part Series. Check out the other parts: Part 1 - Custom Filter Paths Part 2 - Core Form Configuration Part 4 - Configuring Zend Validators Options We’ve looked at custom form filters and we’ve looked at the core form configuration. But what about the other form properties? What about: setting an element as readonly an element as required ignoring an element and love them or hate them, what about decorators Element Options Outside of the options that we’ve looked at previously, there are a number of other options that we can consider implementing when configuring a Zend Form.

Fri, Apr 27, 2012

Zend Form Mastery with Zend Config - Part 1 Custom Filter Paths

When you’re working with Zend Form you keep your configuration as much out of code as you can - right? Well, if you’ve been working withZend Form for more than a little while, you know that Zend Config really makes that pretty simple - well, some of the time. In this series we look, comprehensively at how to do it all with Zend_Config.

Mon, Jan 9, 2012

Beginning cloud development with cloudControl – Part 4 – Memcache

Here we are at part four of the Beginning Cloud Development with cloudControl series and in this part, we’re adding Memcached support. In part one of the series, we laid the foundation for the application and got up to speed with what cloudControl is, why it works and how to get started using it.

Then in part two, we started to flesh out the application that we started building in part one and added MySQL support to it. We showed how to work with cloudControl to manage the key requirements, such as enabling MySQL support, connecting to the MySQL database and keeping the database up to date from a maintenance perspective (creating the database schema and loading data in to the database).

Then in the third part of the series, we replaced MySQL with mongoDB support. Now, in this, the third part of the series, we’re going to finish up with adding Memcached support. As the core of the work’s already been done in the application, this tutorial will be shorter and simpler than the previous three. So, get out the code that you worked through from part 2, or download a copy of it from the github repository and let’s get started.

Mon, Jan 2, 2012

Beginning cloud development with cloudControl – Part 3 – MongoDB

Here we are at part three of the beginning cloud development with cloudControl series and in this part, we’re adding mongoDB support. In part one of the series, we laid the foundation for the application and got up to speed with what cloudControl is, why it works and how to get started using it.

Then in part two, we started to flesh out the application that we started building in part one and added MySQL support to it. We showed how to work with cloudControl to manage the key requirements, such as enabling MySQL support, connecting to the MySQL database and keeping the database up to date from a maintenance perspective (creating the database schema and loading data in to the database).

In this, the third part of the series, we’re replacing MySQL that we introduced in part two with mongoDB support.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011

Beginning cloud development with cloudControl - Part 2 - MySQL

In part one of the series we got a birds eye view of a great cloud development solution for PHP - cloudControl. We looked at the concept of what it is, what you can do with it and ran through a basic deployment with a rather basic application. If you missed the first part, I strongly encourage you to read it before continuing on with part two. When you’re done, come on back and work through it here.

In this, part two of the series, things start to get more serious. In this part, we’re going to start to flesh out the application started in part one, adding in MySQL support - showing just how simple cloudControl makes this for us.

Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Beginning cloud development with cloudControl

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So you’ve heard all about the cloud. In the current day and age, you’d have to be living under a rock to have not encountered it by now. Whether it’s the ads from Amazon, Rackspace or Microsoft, the extensions to your favourite framework, such as SimpleCloud in Zend Framework or iCloud from Apple – The Cloud is Everywhere!

But these aren’t the only options available to us as developers. In this series I want to introduce you to and help you get started with another cloud service - cloudControl.

Tue, Nov 15, 2011

Rename uploaded files with Zend Framework

Recently I was asked how to rename a file with the Zend Framework that used a Zend Form and Zend File element. They key requirement was that it should not be a hack or a kludged solution. So I thought I’d write a quick post to provide a simple example on how it was achieved.

Wed, Nov 9, 2011

The Zend Framework Bootstrap made simple (Part 3)

Ok, we’ve established that with the Zend Framework, we need to do a bit more work than some of the other frameworks to get up to speed - but that’s not necessarily a bad thing - right?! But it can be a bit tedious and it’s something as professional developers, we want to automate away. So we’ve been addressing in this series how to do just that with a custom, extendable bootstrap class.

In the first part of the series we laid the foundation of our custom bootstrap class by creating a custom class directory structure, adding its namespace to the application ini and modifying the default application bootstrap so that it extends from it and had a look at the first component - caching.

Then, in the second part of the series, we built on the foundation laid in part one by creating plugin resources for the routing table, application navigation and the database connections - these being some of the most common tasks, usually, associated with a web-based application.

In this, the third and final part of the series, I’m going to finish up by looking at application placeholders and surprise, no not logging as originally promised, but pagination. As an added extra, we’re going to be using a key feature of Zend Application to make it a breeze.


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