Zend_Server Class

e_schrade wrote a neat way of doing things in the service layer; Let’s take a quick look at something that’s kind of neat in Zend Framework. I’ve been doing some work with Adobe on some articles and one of them was on working with mobile clients with Flash. Well, me being the masochist I did more. What I did was write an example that worked as a full website, an Ajax website, a Flash service and an XML-RPC service.

Looks like a lot, right?  Actually there’s not much there.  Here’s the logic flow.

  • Is it an XMLHTTP Request and is it a POST? Create the Json server
  • Is it an AMF request? Create the AMF server
  • Is it an XmlRpc request? Create the XmlRpc server
  • Is it an XMLHTTP Request and is it a GET? Create the Service Map (for JSON-RPC 2.0)
  • If a service handler has been created add all of the application’s mappers, attach the service handler to the request and redirect to the service action.

And with that you have an application that can serve content for multiple different types of service with almost no effort on your part.  At least.. if you copy and paste this code.

Have a good Friday!!!

via Zend_Server – zf ffh zend_server on e_schrade – zend php.

Ext JS + jQTouch + Raphaël = Sencha

Abraham Elias writes;

Ext JS is now Sencha. Exciting things are happening! Today, we’re combining forces with the jQTouch and Raphaël projects, changing our company name to Sencha, and moving our web address from www.extjs.com to www.sencha.com.

jQTouch and Raphaël are the leading open source projects in their areas, and we’re incredibly excited to have their creators, David Kaneda and Dmitry Baranovskiy, joining with the Ext JS team to form Sencha. We believe these collaborations will lead to some spectacular new things in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned for this. You won’t have to wait too long, I promise!

We believe that rich graphics and touch support will become essential Ajax framework components over the next few years. If you’ve been following our recent blog posts on HTML5, you’ll know that not only do HTML5 and CSS3 bring significant capabilities to rich internet applications, but that this is already arriving on mobile devices (in fact, it’s already here).

Sencha is the new name of our company, as well as a variety of Japanese green tea.

Why Sencha?

We’re choosing Sencha as our name because it evokes next-generation software development and it’s easy to remember, spell and pronounce. Sencha — the name of a popular Japanese green tea — is in the tradition of Java, and represents a new level of development. It feels memorable to us. We hope you like it too.

The roadmaps for Ext JS, Ext GWT, Designer, Direct etc. don’t change as a result of this. We’re very excited about the new things in Ext JS 4.0 and the rest of the product line. Some of the individual product names might evolve in the future (for example, we’re thinking of renaming Ext Designer to Sencha Designer), but don’t expect any major or immediate changes here.

via  Sencha Blog — JavaScript Framework and RIA Platform.

DataTables – table plug-in for jQuery

The other day I had to write a  NOC application that shows all active phone lines in an out of a customers telecom cluster, thats a lot of constantly changing data that needed to be displayed.

Some design requirements was;

  • *NO* refreshes i.e. blinking screen parts (gives NOC personel an epileptic fit after a day staring at it).
  • No direct database access – read only Json proxy.
  • Near realtime – 1 second updates.
  • Group lines on customer. Toggle on and off.
  • Sortable on all visible columns.
  • Searchable and one click filters.
  • Has to work in an Dojo ContentPane.
  • 100% translatable

To the rescue; DataTables is a plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library.  It is a highly flexible tool, based upon the foundations of progressive enhancement, which will add advanced interaction controls to any HTML table.

I can’t recommend it highly enough, configuration is as easy or as hard as you require it to be, draw up a file with a regular table,thead,tbody,tfoot table put it’s id to be example and place this code snippet into the file;
* Example init

Then popp over to Allans excellent Examples page! and if you dont have a sortable, searchable and great looking grid in about 5 minutes, I owe you a beer!
Key features:

  • Variable length pagination
  • On-the-fly filtering
  • Multi-column sorting with data type detection
  • Smart handling of column widths
  • Display data from almost any data source
  • DOM, Javascript array, Ajax file and server-side processing (PHP, C#, Perl, Ruby, AIR, Gears etc)
  • Fully internationalisable
  • jQuery UI ThemeRoller support
  • Rock solid – backed by a suite of 1300+ unit tests
  • Wide variety of plug-ins inc. TableTools, FixedHeader and KeyTable
  • It’s free!
  • State saving
  • Hidden columns
  • Dynamic creation of tables
  • Ajax auto loading of data
  • Custom DOM positioning
  • Single column filtering
  • Alternative pagination types
  • Non-destructive DOM interaction
  • Sorting column(s) highlighting
  • Extensive plug-in support
  • – Sorting, type detection, API functions, pagination and filtering
  • Fully themeable by CSS
  • Solid documentation
  • Full support for Adobe AIR

Go NOW and take a peek DataTables (table plug-in for jQuery).