Zend Framework: Using Zend_Tool to Establish Your Project's Skeleton

DFW Apache LAMP Meetup
Tue, 2 Feb 2010, 00:30 - 02:30 (Add to calendar) GMT
(Exact location not available) , Farmers Branch, US

Good Day, Fellow Apache-LAMP Developers, [:)]

* DATE CORRECTION: Monday, Feb. 1st (we always meet first Monday of the month) *

We have an excellent presentation for this February: Jeremy Brown, Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) and Software Architect / Lead Developer at Spear One will speak on Zend_Tool.

Zend_Tool is provided as part of Zend Framework and allows you to quickly establish the directory and file structure (hence "Skeleton") for your MVC project/application. Zend Framework is a free open-source PHP MVC package from who else but Zend...and is IHMO (Tish's opinion) not only likely the most sophisticated and versatile package in the PHP World...but probably rivals any in the industry...regardless of language. However, with all this sophistication and versatility comes complexity. Hence, Jeremy's desire to help you get started on your development campaign by holding your hand through this initial foray into the Zend FW World.

6:30-7:00 pm - Networking and Arrival 7:00-8:15 pm - Jeremy Brown presents 8:15-8:30 pm - Jeremy calls for Q&A (times approximate) 8:30-8:45 pm - Room clean-up, chair and table restoration (by us, PLEASE HELP SO WE CAN COME BACK!) 8: 45 pm - room departure

We will be following our trademark courtesy policy developed at our peer group in Silicon Valley, California (which meets at Sun Microsystems' Santa Clara Campus). We will allow our speaker to present without interruption...until he calls for questions in the Q&A period. This courtesy allows our speaker to get the largest amount of information out to the greatest number of our members. Please also be considerate: while we hope this presentation helps you in your project, this is not a free consultation for same. Please ask one question and allow others to get their's answered...before asking a second.


Below is an additional excerpt from the VAST opinion-base of your Organizer, Tish Wood:

Zend has done a great deal of the PHP development that has been accomplished to date....and provides Zend (MVC) Framework currently as a FREE open-source package. However, their documentation and tutorials do have some crippling inconsistencies. Hence, there is BIG VALUE in Jeremy's presentation. If you would like to get a head-start and download Zend Framework and begin to look at it, see below. Once, you have downloaded this gem, you will find that the sheer volume of this free product is intimidating. Zend additionally provides a FREE Programmer's Reference Guide .pdf of well over one thousand pages! But when you actually try to build your first project...and should you read a good portion of the .pdf (which I did)...you will find you are overwhelmed and confused by the plethora of disorganized options and details. IMHO, this is part of Zend's business plan in they want you to commit to your manager to use Zend Framework on your project, then leave you frying on the schedule grill as you really do not have the information to get started, and definitely not to succeed. They then offer training and technical support at a HEFTY price.

So, we will arm you with a few arrows in your quiver to increase your likelihood of success FOR FREE:

(1) Download Zend Framework at: http://www.zend.com/en/community/downloads. I recommend downloading both Zend Framework 1.9 full and Programmer's Reference Guide.

(2) Get a cup of coffee or your favorite caffeinated drink...and maybe a chocolate bar for stamina...as you are going to need it.

(3) Unpack this monster somewhere harmless as you don't know where to put it or how to integrate it yet.

(4) Begin to look at the Programmer's Reference Guide .pdf to see the shopping list of features which are available on this battleship of a framework. Endorphins will begin to flow as you dream of all the miracles you can work with this monster. Then, briefly peruse the code base and wonder where to begin.

(5) Come to Jeremy's Zend_Tool briefing here at DFW Apache LAMP Group Meetupand plead SAVE ME, I PROMISED MY BOSS MIRACLES! **

(6) Once you have heard Jeremy speak, there is a new book which came out in July 2009 which will be a BIG HELP: Beginning Zend Framework Armando Padilla Apress 2009 ISBN-13 (pbk) 978-1-4302-1825-8 ISBN-13 (electronic) 978-1-4302-1826-5 This book is written for Zend Framework version 1.8...and at the time of this writing (early Nov. 2009), the Zend Framework version available is 1.9.2. However, this book is applicable and as current as you are going to get (Zend moves FAST!).

We will see you there...additional crucial details follow...

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