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Mainframe, the fast PHP framework

  1. 1. MainframePHP The fast PHP framework Vangelis Bibakis @ JoomlaDay Greece 2013
  2. 2. About your speaker Founder: DemianLabs.com CTO: AdAxem.eu Creator of: MainframePHP & many micro web apps @bibakis bibakisv@gmail.com
  3. 3. Hey, thanks professor !
  4. 4. What we‟ll talk about today 1. Case studies 2. Productivity 3. Performance 4. Learnability 5. Themes 6. Assets 7. Plugins 8. Libraries
  5. 5. Yet… What is Mainframe ? • A PHP framework based on CodeIgniter • Adds essential functionality that CodeIgniter is missing • Focused on web apps • Best open source tools included ( jQuery, Bootstrap, html5 boilerplate & others)
  6. 6. Yet… What is Mainframe ? In a few words… “Mainframe is to CodeIgniter, what Ubuntu is to Debian” Vangelis
  7. 7. 1. Case studies ARTIFAX EVENT 4 • 600.000 lines of code(so far) • The “photoshop” of event management • Large established client base • Huge feature set
  8. 8. 1. Case studies If Event 4 was a Greek startup it would be bigger than…
  9. 9. 1. Case studies If Event 4 was a Greek startup it would be bigger than… • CSS Igniter
  10. 10. 1. Case studies If Event 4 was a Greek startup it would be bigger than… • CSS Igniter • Incrediblue
  11. 11. 1. Case studies If Event 4 was a Greek startup it would be bigger than… • CSS Igniter • Incrediblue • Workable
  12. 12. 1. Case studies If Event 4 was a Greek startup it would be bigger than… • CSS Igniter • Incrediblue • Workable Combined…
  13. 13. 1. Case studies • DeskHot.com Bookmark manager, SaaS • MobileTest.me Micro web app, responsive design testing • ConvertPSD2HTML.com Slicing service, defunct (RIP) • RandomTextGenerator.com Micro web app, #1 in it‟s class
  14. 14. 2. Productivity • Before we took over development of Event 4, 3 other companies failed to deliver
  15. 15. 2. Productivity • Before we took over development of Event 4, 3 other companies failed to deliver • Large feature sets delivered weekly
  16. 16. 2. Productivity • Before we took over development of Event 4, 3 other companies failed to deliver • Large feature sets delivered weekly • Constant improvement of UI, workflows
  17. 17. 2. Productivity How Mainframe makes you productive ?
  18. 18. 2. Productivity How Mainframe makes you productive ? • Expands upon the MVC lifestyle (everything in it‟s right place)
  19. 19. 2. Productivity How Mainframe makes you productive ? • Expands upon the MVC lifestyle (everything in it‟s right place) • Keeps CodeIgniter‟s coding style
  20. 20. 2. Productivity How Mainframe makes you productive ? • Expands upon the MVC lifestyle (everything in it‟s right place) • Keeps CodeIgniter‟s coding style • It won‟t say no if you want to get nasty
  21. 21. 2. Productivity How Mainframe makes you productive ? • Expands upon the MVC lifestyle (everything in it‟s right place) • Keeps CodeIgniter‟s coding style • It won‟t say no if you want to get nasty • Absolutely no command line needed (web and nothing but the web)
  22. 22. 3. Performance • 45.000 monthly unique visitors on our main server
  23. 23. 3. Performance • 45.000 monthly unique visitors on our main server • On a small VPS with 384mb of RAM (that‟s less memory than your phone)
  24. 24. 4. Learnability • Mainframe is built upon the “hackathon effect”
  25. 25. 4. Learnability • Mainframe is built upon the “hackathon effect” • It‟s so similar to CodeIgniter that inexperienced developers can‟t tell the difference
  26. 26. 5. Themes Template library by Colin Williams
  27. 27. 5. Themes Template library by Colin Williams 1. Setting the Default Template: $template['active_group'] = 'default„; $template['default']['template'] = 'template.php';
  28. 28. 5. Themes Template library by Colin Williams 1. Setting the Default Template: $template['active_group'] = 'default„; $template['default']['template'] = 'template.php'; 2. Defining Regions $template['default']['regions'] = array( 'header„, 'content„, 'footer„ );
  29. 29. 5. Themes Template library by Colin Williams 1. Setting the Default Template: $template['active_group'] = 'default„; $template['default']['template'] = 'template.php'; 2. Defining Regions $template['default']['regions'] = array( 'header„, 'content„, 'footer„ ); 3. Defining Parsers $template['default']['parser'] = 'smarty_parser„; Template will call smarty_parser::parse() $template['default']['parser'] = 'frog_parser„; $template['default']['parser_method'] = 'frog„; Template will call frog_parser::frog(); • … And 9 more steps
  30. 30. 5. Themes Where in Mainframe you just do… $this->load->theme(„Simplicity‟); …in the controller‟s constructor
  31. 31. 6. Assets 3rd party assets libraries for CodeIgniter Things are a bit better here There are a few nice libraries But….
  32. 32. 6. Assets 3rd party assets libraries for CodeIgniter • They are usually abandoned after a while • They don‟t support minifying/compression • They don‟t support server side LESS/SASS • They are not integrated into a theming system
  33. 33. 6. Assets Mainframe supports • Integration with the theming system • Server side LESS • Server side minification of JavaScript/CSS/LESS • Intelligent caching control • Asset ordering
  34. 34. 6. Assets Sounds a lot but it‟s easy $this->load->js(„javascript.js‟); $this->load->css(„stylesheet.css‟); $this->load->less(„stylesheet.less‟); In either your theme or your views
  35. 35. 6. Assets Or if you are feeling bohemian js(„javascript.js‟); css(„stylesheet.css‟); less(„stylesheet.less‟);
  36. 36. 7. Plugins Let‟s have a look at the most popular system for adding support for Modules / Plugins / HMVC / Whatever you want to call it “Modular Extensions – HMVC” by Wiredesignz First let‟s look at the documentation…
  37. 37. 7. Plugins In Mainframe Just place your files in /app/plugins/plugin_name/ Using the exact same structure as in plain CodeIgniter /models /views /controllers /helpers
  38. 38. 8. Libraries Libraries in Mainframe have a special place in /libs They are grouped by language like so: • Css • Js • Php • CodeIgniter • Common
  39. 39. 8. Libraries CodeIgniter is a library ? • Well… technically no. • But by treating it as one we have a very simple upgrade procedure for the times a new CodeIgniter version is released. • Delete the old folder, paste the new one. You don‟t have to touch anything else.
  40. 40. 8. Libraries • Mainframe supports multiple apps all running from a single installation • For example you can have www.deskhot.com mobile.deskhot.com intranet.deskhot.com • “Common” contains all the code you want shared by all these applications. For example your custom image resize helper.
  41. 41. Peace & simple living

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