Zend Framework Blog

November 14th 2011 0

When I decided to learn how to use Zend Framework, I wanted a detailed tutorial to follow. I really wanted to build my own blog. So I googled until I came across a fantastically detailed and well explained online book by Pádraic Brady called Survive the Deep End. Unfortunately, as of writing, it is still incomplete and has not been edited since 2009. So I followed the tutorial as far as it went and then I completed the code to suit my requirements. You are looking at the result so far.

My blog code includes:

  • Display of a short version of all blogs
  • Display of individual blogs
  • Lists of most recent blogs
  • Tag cloud
  • Display of blogs by tag
  • Commenting
  • Subscription
  • RSS feed
  • Admin interface for adding/editing/hiding posts (utilises tinymce)

My blog code does not include:

  • Unit testing
  • Admin interface for adding/editing authors
  • Documentation
  • HTML5 - inprogress

Installation instructions:

  • Knowledge of the LAMP stack is assumed
  • Download my code from github
  • Point your directory root to Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/public
  • Download Zend Framework
  • Download Blueprint Framework
  • Download Tinymce
  • Add or link <downloads>/ZendFramework-1.x.x/library/Zend to Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/library
  • Add or link <downloads>/tinymce to Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/public/js
  • Add or link<downloads>/ joshuaclayton-blueprint-css-xxxxxxx/blueprint to Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/public/css
  • Create a mysql database
  • Run the script Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/zend_blog.sql to set up your tables and base data
  • Edit the relevant sections of Lilypad_Zend_Framework_Blog/config/application.ini (database connection, email, name etc)
  • Navigate to <yoursite>/admin
  • Username: admin
  • Password: password
  • Author credentials are stored in the author table
  • You can view and edit a working demo at http://demo.lilypadstudio.net. The database is restored nightly, so feel free to play!

To understand the code, check out Survive the Deep End as a starting point. This post is not a tutorial. It is intended to help anyone looking for a working Zend Framework Blog to pull apart and analyse. It is a work in progress and I would like to add the features I have listed as missing above. Feel free to use it as you wish. All I ask is that you credit me inconspicuaously, and feed back to me any improvements that you make, preferably using github. I am still learning.

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