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PHP Layout Class

by: Robbin Zhang
July 30, 2000


There were a couple of discussions on the PHP3 mailing list about whether PHP is a scripting language or just for embedding in HTML only. From the web application developer's point of view, I would use PHP as an alternative to Perl/Java. In this article, I will show you how to write PHP classes and how to use class.layout (download) to program your web applications.


PHP3 has the power for serious web applications programming. If you want to create dynamic web applications, embedding data in HTML tags is not enough. Please unleash the power of PHP. One big thing missing from the PHP community is that the lack of useful classes or libraries which makes Perl so successful. Class.layout is an attempt to create useful libraries for PHP progammers.
The key benefits of PHP Layout class are:
  1. Pure programming without dealing with HTML tags. You don't have to count <TABLE>,<TR> etc. HTML tags anymore.
  2. Achieve the most flexbility in web page creation.
  3. Fast development.
Instead of waiting for templates from designers, you have the full power to quickly create COMPLEX pages from class.layout. PHP Layout Class uses object programming, but also provides "helper functions" for easy usage and hides the implementation detail from users.
The raw object-programming syntax to create a table in class.layout is:

= new Table(array("width"=>"500"));
But class.layout also provides "helper functions" - 'insert' and 'table' which makes it more instinctive for non-object-programming users and requires less typing.


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