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Zend Framework Development

Zend Framework Tutorial Format

If you read our other tutorials on PHP Frameworks you noticed that most of them are written in classic manual’s format. We decided to make a change for Zend Framework tutorial and use the format similar to the one used for description of our PHP Tools. After all Zend Framework is one of many MVC Frameworks designed to be a PHP Development KIT, so everything we said in CakePHP for example, equally applies to Zend Framework. In this tutorial we will concentrate mostly on answering questions about Zend Framework asked on NuSphere PHP IDE Forum. In addition to this material we hope you will check out tons of the information available elsewhere on http://www.nusphere.com, especially in PHP Frameworks. Specifically: Now, let’s talk about the specifics of Zend Framework used in development with PhpED.

Requirements for this tutorial

There is a couple of things we will assume:
  • We will be using one of Zend Framework demo applications SimpleMailer.php. For this purpose we created Mail-demo project in PhpED and will be referring to it in this tutorial. You will also need to create a project in PhpED to build your Zend Framework Application.
  • Zend Framework can be downloaded from http://framework.zend.com/ . It is FREE and available – all 1500 files with 100+ PHP classes. Zend tends to think big. Just extract it in the directory of your choice. As far as working with PhpED is concerned you have many choices, but the most common are:
  • Option #1. Place Zend Framework in the same project with your Application, for example like it is shown below:
    Zend Framework Project

  • The advantage of this method is quite obvious: Debugging and Code Insight don’t require any additional setup – everything will just work.
  • The drawback however is also there: it makes sharing of Zend Framework libraries between the projects very difficult. It also most likely places Zend Framework under Document Root where it can be served by the web server.
  • Option #2. In another common setup Zend Framework files are placed in their own project. This is typical scenario and it works like a charm in PhpED after a couple of settings are done as described further in this manual:
    Zend Framework separate project

  • Apache Web Server. We will be using Apache distributed with NuSphere Technology Platform - our fre integrated bundle of the most recent versions of Apache web server, PHP, along with other necessary development and administrating tools. However, everything we will be doing is very generic and independent of the way Apache is installed. You can follow the steps outlined in this tutorial if you are using any other installation of Apache, for example XAMP – which is used in NuSphere’s Joomla Development tutorial.
  • PhpED – NuSphere’s PHP IDE. If you don’t have PhpED yet you can download a free trial of our famous PHP IDE here.

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