Of web frameworks

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Since I build websites for a living I'm always looking for anything that can improve what I do, make it easier and cooler. My current web framework of choice is definitely Ruby on Rails, has good documentation, easy to get the hang of and very powerful, not to mention I have a book on it. I've been looking for something to kick up my PHP web programming up a bit to make things easier. Currently I'm only using Savant2 which is just a template system, nothing fancy, but have been organizing code in a reasonable way and just writing my own "data object" class wrappers.

There's actually quite the slew of frameworks for PHP, from MVC frameworks to ORM frameworks but haven't found one that I really like. I've used Propel for ORM before but ended up getting in the way after a while. I've also looked at Mojavi for MVC a framework but seemed to lacking in documentation for me to get the hang of it fast enough to want to use it, it also hasn't had a new release. There's a slew of Rails-esque PHP frameworks that have propped up and haven't really given them a good chance, partly because some rely on rewrite rules which still don't know if we can use properly on our servers yet, config just isn't quite right yet. So I'm still curious about taking another quick look at Cake, Biscuit and PHPonTrax. PHPonTrax seemed the closest to rails on first impression, but I've only used it briefly, same with Cake. So maybe stay tuned as I might sometime actually really spend time and review each of the decent web frameworks for PHP. Seems like the biggest thing is that none of them have a strong enough drive and community behind them to make them great, not to mention documentation.

Install PHP with Extensions Howto

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I decided to write up a post about how to compile & install PHP with support for using extensions to provide all the functionality instead of building everything in. Compiling in everything seems to be pretty common, with the windows PHP install using extensions to enable anything like mysql, pdo, curl, and more.

These instructions will apply to linux or OS X, where OS X has one minor problem which is with PDO, therefore if your doing this on OS X, compile PHP with PDO + PDO drivers you need instead of trying to install them as separate extensions.

If you have any comments, thoughts, or questions, feel free to comment or email me(You gotta look for my email.

Update: Soooo apparently majority of the extensions fail to even try to compile on OS X, the makefile isn't generated properly so nothing compiles so nothing can be installed. I had to build in curl, pdo, and xsl since they failed to build separately. These all worked in debian linux.

Looks like everything is up!

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Got everything going up on textdrive.com hosting now, only thing left is talking with support to get things setup so alex's blog and other non-rails things can be easily hosted automatically in subdomains. So I can say put something like phpicalendar up on calendar.macsaresexy.com or something. Woohoo! Been playing way too much World of Warcraft lately, time to go read a book.

Now textdriven and typo powered!

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Just got this setup, write more later, gotta look into making sure typo is 100% happy and doing caching, no caching yet. also gotta turn off the excessive logging.

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