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Internationalizing PHP Applications With TMX

Tue, Jun 14, 2011

phpMagazin recently did a good job of covering Zend_Translate; specifically what it is, how it works and four of the basic translation adapters; those being Array, CSV, Gettext and Ini. However, what they didn’t cover was what I think, is one of the best choices of adapters that Zend_Translate has; which is TMX.

Zend Framework and mongoDB – Getting Started Quickly!

Wed, Mar 9, 2011

This is a mini-post showing you how to get up and running with mongoDB and Zend Framework using a series of third-party libraries, including Shanty-Mongo library. To be honest, it’s rather trivial, but sometimes it can be frustrating trying to find a simple, concise, reference on how to do it, specific to just your needs.

11 Reasons Why a PHP Framework is Better Than Raw PHP

Sun, Feb 27, 2011

After stating our 11 Reasons Why A PHP Framework is better than Raw PHP, here’s 11 Reasons Why A PHP Framework is better than Raw PHP It, often, has a solid community of professionals developing and supporting it It’s, often, coded to an exacting, mature, coding standard It has a solid development history, reviewed by many eyes It has defined methods of doing repetitive things quickly and simply You’re not on your own and call fall back on people for support It’s, often, simple to link in with existing 3rd party libraries – quickly and easily You’re working within clear constraints and development concepts You can bring in developers already experienced with using and deploying it There are tried and true practices for deploying it There are tried and true practices for testing it Frameworks carry brand and industry recognition What do you think?

11 Reasons Why Raw PHP is Better Than a framework

Sun, Feb 20, 2011

Here’s My 11 Reasons Why Raw PHP is better than a Framework It’s faster as it doesn’t have the framework library overhead It can be cleaner, lacking legacy cruft You can craft it exactly as you want it You’re not bound by someone else’s rules or concepts You can add in as many or as few 3rd party libraries as you choose You can write to your own standard It is portable You can license it as you choose You set the standard by which it is judged You build the philosophy of the project The work is all yours to live or die by What do you think?

10 Reasons Why Zend Framework is a Mature Choice

Sun, Feb 13, 2011

Zend Framework, one of the big frameworks today. Is it the right choice, is it the wrong choice? We believe it’s one of the right choices for professional PHP development. Here’s 10 reasons why!

Zend Framework — 10 Must Dos

Sun, Feb 6, 2011

The Zend Framework, whilst a great tool, is often slighted for being big and bloated.  Now I’m not contesting that, but it does have a heck of a lot going for it. So if you’re going get the most out of it, then you need these 10 tips.

Zend Framework, a Truly RAD Framework!

Mon, Jan 24, 2011

Like any profession or trade, you can spend years refining your craft; always looking for the path of least resistance; the path of greatest simplicity, which leads to your goals in the shortest time and the least amount of effort. Especially in software development, you try to simplify and automate as much as you can. Not only do you save unnecessary time, but you get to devote your energies to the most meaningful aspects; the areas that bring greatest productivity and satisfaction to you and your client or employer.

Writing a Secure, RESTful Service in Zend Framework (Part 2)

Thu, Nov 25, 2010

In this article, a follow up to writing a secure, Restful service with the Zend Framework, I’m going to cover the HTTP status codes that you should use, where and when. The reason for this is that they’re a fundamental aspect of the interaction with the service. You get this right and you will make it so much better for clients to use your service; you get it wrong and you may only have a few users and they may do a lot of work for very little gain.

Writing a Simple Blog With Zend Framework and MongoDB

Sun, Nov 7, 2010

I’ve been using mongoDB and Zend Framework to make a simple, replicatable filesystem. As it went well, I thought that I could quickly apply what I’d done to create an ultra-simple blog system. Read on to find out all about it.

Do you i18n?

Tue, Oct 5, 2010

What’s your attitude to i18n? Are you not quite sure what i18n is? Well, according to Wikipedia, it’s:

Internationalization is the process of designing a software application so that it can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes. Localization is the process of adapting internationalized software for a specific region or language by adding locale-specific components and translating text.