Swiftlet 1.0.0 Stable

Posted on May 08, 2009

Swiftlet logoSwiftlet, the light-weight PHP framework that I’ve been working on for a while, is now stable.

Feature-wise not much has changed since the Beta and Release Candidate cycles but the code has been thoroughly tested and improved where possible. If you’re planning on building a PHP website, give Swiftlet a try.

I moved the project page and documentation away from Google Code, if you go to swiftlet.org you’ll find the new page. It’s powered by a documentation system that I custom coded (dubbed Pintail). If there is any interest I will release the code behind it as Open-Source as well.

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Swiftlet Beta

Posted on May 02, 2009

Swiftlet logoSwiftlet is now in beta, after 15 alpha cycles I’m confident that it’s now pretty much feature complete (there core that is, there will be plenty more plug-ins) and relatively stable.

One of the most important recently added features is the plug-in installer. It checks for compatibility with the core code and creates and populates database tables with a click of the mouse. Plug-ins that don’t require a database connection don’t need to be installed; they’re plug-and-play (and Swiftlet runs fine without a database).

I also added plug-ins to handle user sessions and authorization. This should make it easy to create a website that requires a login system.

Download: code.google.com/p/swiftlet/downloads/list

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Swiftlet — light-weight PHP framework

Posted on April 25, 2009

Swiftlet logoI just released an early alpha version of Swiftlet, an Open Source, light-weight PHP framework released under the GPL license.

It’s targeted at developers who want to built simple websites that don’t require large and complex frameworks, but do want a solid base to work from. Swiftlet provides basic security features such as user input sanitizing, is highly extensible thanks to the deeply integrated hook system, completely Object Oriented and separates logic from design (MVC).

Even the most basic features such as connecting to a database and output buffering are implemented as plug-ins. This means they can be modified, extended and removed without hacking into the core code.

Website: http://swiftlet.org

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PHP: How not to pollute the global scope

Posted on March 28, 2009

An emerging trend in JavaScript is to wrap entire programs in a single object to prevent conflicts with other scripts. The same can be done with PHP, something I haven’t seen done very often.

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Tips for writing compact PHP code

Posted on March 25, 2009

Writing compact code can save you time. It’s not always recommended and often even strongly discouraged as it makes your code less readable, but for simple operations it can be more efficient. In this post I will give a few examples.

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