Some PHP News

Published: 17 July 2007 | 5 comments

In case you didn’t know, CodeIgniter (CI) happens to be my PHP Framework of choice. I’ve found it really easy to use and it’s documentation is second to none. It’s been awhile coming but the fine folks at EllisLab recently released version 1.5.4. It’s primarily a maintenance release but still a welcome update. You can find out more about what was updated by viewing the changelog.

In other CI related news, Derek Allard, recently released an update to BambooInvoice, a free open source invoicing application intended for small businesses and independent contractors. It’s built on CI and since the source code is available for you to download and install on your own server, it’s also a very good example of an application built with CI that you can learn from. Apart from numerous bug fixes, one of the big things in this release is the inclusion of Internationalization. I know Derek and company put a lot of work into it so go check it out, he even provides a demo of the application for you to play around with.

Next up is the Zend Framework, which recently reached it’s big 1.0.0 release. I’ve been keeping tabs on this framework and have played with it a little. I didn’t find it as easy to use as CI but it’s a pretty comprehensive framework and I would certainly consider it as my second option for a PHP Framework. What really drew me to this framework was the fact that it was started by members from the Zend Company, which is a highly respected company in PHP circles and also because of the benefits described on their website. I think it’s great that they are making a push to use PHP5 and PHP best practices in the framework.

Both frameworks are good and I’d highly recommend either to anyone looking for a good PHP framework.

Lastly, if you haven’t heard of PHP Abstract, it’s a podcast for PHP developers by the various members of the Zend Developer Zone. The podcasts are usually short and sweet with each episode featuring a different special guest bringing you their expertise on topics from security to project planning, hiring good developers and much more. CodeIgniter was even featured on a recent episode by Ed Finkler.

That’s it for now, peace and God bless.

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gravatar Josh — 18 July 2007

Thanks for the links. I’m just starting with CI so picking apart Derek’s app is a great idea! I’ll have to do that when I get some time.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 18 July 2007

Josh:

I’m sure looking at Derek’s app will be very helpful. It was very helpful to me also when I just started learning CI.

gravatar Derek Allard — 18 July 2007

Great summary Yannick.

Interestingly, a recent PHP Abstract was about CodeIgniter.

Josh, if you wanted to pick my brain about anything in particular, my email is in there.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 18 July 2007

Derek:

I can’t believe I forgot that. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll add it to the post.

gravatar Josh — 19 July 2007

Thanks Derek, I certainly will take advantage of your kind offer. :)

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