- Posted by Tengku Zahasman on September 9th, 2007 filed in PHP, CakePHP, Web App Development
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CakePHP 1.2 has never ceased to amaze me ever since I started my romantic journey with her. Even though it is still marked as in “Alpha” development stage, I find it to be too interesting that I have left the 1.1 branch for good. Cake 1.2 have so many useful functionalities, “bundled” components and that little useful touches which makes it so practical to use and so much easier to implement. In fact I am currently converting most of my existing apps (where some of them were written like spaghettis) into CakePHP for the past two weeks and I just love every minute of it.
Recently, gwoo (one of Cake’s developer if I’m not mistaken) gave a talk on the Orange Country PHP group regarding the ins and outs of CakePHP as well as the latest development on the 1.2 branch. Here are the slides that all Cake lovers should read (also available in PDF format here).
With all the cool new added features that Cake 1.2 has to offer, why would anyone needs to jump to another language/framework?Tags: cakephp web app development web application framework web development tools
- Posted by Tengku Zahasman on June 16th, 2007 filed in Web App Development, Softwares and Tools
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Most experienced developers usually have their own list of favorite tools to use when it comes to writing codes or do design works, database management, file management and all those stuffs. These are the tools that they normally install first hand whenever they get a new laptop or had to work on a different workstation. Different developers may have different sets of tools that they like to use. As of myself, I like to use tools that gives me less headache, increases productivity and speed, reasonable startup time, user-friendly, straight-forward, lightweight and at the same time very powerful.
Below are some of the favorite tools that I use when developing web applications:
1. XAMPP (Free - download)
XAMPP is a standalone server which bundles up all of the three major components for a convenient PHP development environment (an Apache webserver, a MySQL database management system, and PHP itself) into one installation. No longer do you need to install and manage each of them separately. No more wasting time on manual configurations. Starting up and shutting down of Apache or MySQL servers are only a click away and on only a single interface. That means less headache & speeds up productivity. You can get this free software at ApacheFriends.
(Note: There are many other “extra” components bundled together in XAMPP such as an FTP client, a mail server, PhpMyAdmin… etc.. but I have my own preferred tools for those stuffs which will be introduced later below)
2. Dreamweaver (Ain’t Free)
Even though I don’t use Dreamweaver a lot lately, it still is undoubtly a very powerful tool for developing websites. It is a pretty handy software to use especially when it comes to desinging the user-interface at the HTML level. I mainly use Dreamweaver for placing out layouts and generating tedious HTML/CSS codes. That also means less headache, faster development. But it’s not free.
3. Komodo Edit (Free - download)
The interface is nice and friendly. We can easily store our favorite code snippets and re-use it in other projects. It also has a project manager which allows easy management of different projects. That’s less headache, increase productivity, user-friendly and powerful. Download this free software at ActiveState.
4. Notepad++ (Free - download)
Notepad++ - This is what I call lightweight AND powerful at the same time. Notepad++ acts as a replacement for the default Notepad application you have on your Windows OS. Before I found Notepad++, I usually use the default Notepad to quickly squash bugs or when making tiny modifications to my codes. The reason is because Notepad starts up very fast. I don’t want to open up heavier programs like Dreamweaver or Komodo Edit and wait for 10 seconds startup just to add a few lines of code. But Notepads sucks because it doesn’t provide line numbers. Line numbers are important because that’s the thing we immediately look for when we receive an error/debug message (error messages usually return the line number where the problem occurs). After I found Notepad++, it becomes one of my favorite lightweight tool. It supports many languages, has syntax highlighting, automatic code indention, code collapsing, line numbers, and so many useful plugins, and yet it loads up as fast as the default Notepad. I use this tool mainly for doing quick code modifications or when I’m working on only a single file.
Get this free software at Notepad-Plus.
5. Fireworks (Ain’t free)
Fireworks - I think it is already clear from my other posts that I use Fireworks to draw most of my web graphics. From headers to buttons to layouts to sketches, Fireworks gets the job done with style. The reason why I pick Fireworks in opposed to Illustrator/Photoshop is obviously because of its startup time, its user-friendliness, and its practicality. While Photoshop is powerful, it loads up bad, exporting images is complex, and I just don’t like the idea of having floating toolbox, pallettes and layer windows everywhere like that. It’s uncomfortable. Firework’s interface is cleaner, I can easily dock its toolbars to the sides, it loads faster, exporting images is straight forward, and it’s powerful enough to create the most elegant web graphics you need. For production environment, Fireworks is the way to go. It has a great number of useful textures, symbols, brushes and plugins. Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, in my sincere opinion, is only useful when creating hardcore graphics such as those people do for posters, flyers, mockups, t-shirt designs and stuffs like that.
6. UMLPad (Free - download)
UMLPad - A very lightweight CASE tool that I use for quickly planning out my web application in UML notations. Why I like this program is of course, its startup time and its simplicity. I like to plan my application beforehand, but I also make sure I don’t “overplan”. UMLPad supports only four diagrams - Class diagram, Sequence diagram, State diagram and Activity diagram. Very straight forward…. and that’s all I ever need!
You can get UMLPad free at Tiscali.it.
7. MySQL Control Center (Free - download)
MySQL Control Center - Don’t waste time writing SQL queries everytime you want to create database tables, modifying field names, or viewing records. Cut all the unnecessary work by using MySQL Control Center (MySQLCC) instead. This super-useful software provides a GUI for you to easily manage your MySQL databases without hassle (think MS Access). Although PHPMyAdmin that comes bundled with XAMPP can do the same, it’s not as simple-to-use as MySQLCC. And since PhpMyAdmin is web based, it’s more practical to use a desktop application when you’re developing on your local PC. It’s faster, it gets the job done quickly, and it reduces the headaches pretty much. It’s weird that such a good application like this is only known to a few…
Get MySQLCC at SourceForge. (Note: MySQLCC 0.9.4-beta is buggy. Download the latest one which is version 0.9.8-beta)
8. AceFTP (Free - download)
AceFTP3 - A very user-friendly FTP client for uploading/downloading files to/from your Internet server. There are many free FTP clients out there but most of them likes to use an interface that I find annoying and not as friendly. Other FTP clients like to use a tree-view for local files and a document-view for the server files. I hate that. AceFTP uses document-like view for both local and server files. Now that’s better. It loads up fast and it transfers are also very smooth.
Get AceFTP Freeware from Visicom Media.
There, the complete list of tools I use when developing web applications. Of course there are some other extra tools that I use for added quality like Flash, some Firefox plugins, but those are optional unless I really need them. Hope some of you find this list useful. If you have any other tools you like to use, feel free to shareTags: web app development web development tools