Zend Framework

Posts about using the PHP framework Zend Framework

A Simple Introduction To Zend_Cache

2nd April 2009 - 7 minutes read time

The Zend_Cache class is part of the Zend Framework and is used (as its name suggests) to cache things. This can be anything from the front end browser output to the outcome of a complex calculation or even the results of database queries. Zend_Cache is an enormous topic, not just how the class works, but what the best practices are for caching.

The best place to start with caching is one of the simpler topics of caching database queries, from this point you can work on understanding other caching functionality. Normally, a call to a database table in Zend Framework might be done like this.

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Getting Started With Zend_Lucene

20th February 2009 - 6 minutes read time

Zend_Lucene is an implementation of the Lucene search engine in PHP5 and is included as part of the Zend Framework from version 1.6. Lucene implements all of the standard search engine query syntaxes (eg. boolean and wildcard searches) and stores its index as files so it doesn't need a database server to run. Lucene can be used if you want to add search functionality to a site but don't want to go down the route of building a querying syntax from scratch.

To get started with Lucene you need to create an index. The following code has the effect of creating a directory on your server that Lucene will use to store and retrieve documents.

$index = Zend_Search_Lucene::create('/data/my-index');

To open the index use the following code.

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Using Redirection Inside a Plugin In Zend Framework

2nd February 2009 - 3 minutes read time

I had a situation the other day where I had an application in Zend Framework and I wanted to redirect a user to another page. This is fine if you are inside a controller as you can use the _redirect() controller helper, but in this instance I was running the code from inside a plugin and so therefore didn't have direct access to the controller.

The solution is to use the getResponse() method, which is accessible to plugins, and which will retrieve the response object. The response object has a function called setRedirect() that is used to redirect. Any headers that have been issued will be overwritten by this function. The following code can be run inside your zend framework plugins to redirect the user to a different page.

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Remembering Authenticated Sessions With Zend Framework

27th January 2009 - 3 minutes read time

After setting up your session management in your application using one of the Zend_Auth adapters you might want to allow users to stay logged in. What you need to do is set some configuration options in the Zend_Session object. Zend_Auth uses Zend_Session as an object orientated way of manipulating the $_SESSION variable. Any changes you make to the Zend_Session object will affect the Zend_Auth object, as long as you set these options before the sessions are started.

There are a number of configuration options available, but for the effect I was looking for I only needed to change the ones below. You might not need to set all of these, but it gave me the best cross browser behaviour.

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A Useful Error Controller Class For Zend Framework Applications

23rd December 2008 - 5 minutes read time

One useful function of any application is to report on any errors that occurred. Zend Framework comes with a nice error controller system that you can activate by creating an ErrorController class.

The following is an ErrorController class that I use. It detects what sort of error occurred and displays a message to the user. It will also email a detailed report of the error to the server admins.

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Zend Framework

12th December 2008 - 2 minutes read time

Zend Framework is a PHP framework, written and maintained by Zend. It is designed to make development of web applications secure, streamlined and reliable.

Zend Framework

As with all frameworks there is a learning curve with Zend. However, as soon as you get over this it gets a lot easier. I found that the best way to understand how to program with the Zend Framework is to find some tutorials. Luckily, there are people out there who have created a few Zend tutorials.

Rob Allen has a nice Zend Framework Tutorial which is available at his site. Rob also has a nice tutorial on Zend Framework authentication.

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