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Scaffolding with PHP May 20, 2011

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in PHP.

The most basic functionality that a PHP application must support is Database-Backend CRUD operations ( Creating , Reading , Updating and Deleting ) . Creating the code from scratch is of course time-consuming and in some cases error prone . Scaffolding is a meta-programming method for building Database-backend software applications. It is a technique supported by many model-view-controller frameworks . Actually the process is simple we provide the skeleton of our Database Table and it will produce the code files  (delete.php , edit.php , list.php ) for us .

The only think we have to change are the credentials for the Database connection . Of course an application targeted for production environments must take some security measures into account , like : escaping  and validating input fields , hashing password field … Although the code is not ready for production , the developer has gained a lot of time up to this point and only need to finishing the code with the security measures and probably with some layout .

A nice website to Scaffold your PHP code for Database-Backend functionality is phpscaffold.com . The process is simple :

  • Export the skeleton of you Database table in SQL format
  • Visit phpscaffold.com
  • Paste your SQL code in the form and press ” Make my pages”
  • Download the files to your development server
  • Make all the necessary changes : Database credentials , add code for validating – escaping the input fields , hash password field ….
  • Your are done

Developers that have experience with the Flex 3/4 SDK are familiar with the Scaffolding functionality as the Eclipse IDE has this functionality included . Unfortunately there is no official Zend Framework scaffolding implementation out there , only a few pieces of code here and there , have a look at these links


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