In my previous post I talked about how the Front Controller pattern is implemented in Zend Framework. We saw how every application request can go through the
public/index.php script. Everything that your application does is then eventually called from either the
run() method in
One of the constructor arguments passed to
Zend_Application specified the configuration file to use. In the case of the demo blogging application, Postr, you’ll see that the configuration file used is
application/configs/application.ini. If you look at this configuration file you’ll see that there are four sections:
development sections all inherit from
production meaning that they will inherit all of its settings, unless overridden (as is the case, for example, with the
phpSettings.display_errors setting in
The other constructor argument passed to
Zend_Application specified the application’s environment. For those paying close attention, the environment was actually the first argument and the configuration file was the second argument passed to the constructor of
Zend_Application. By default, the demo application is set to run in
development mode. This means that the
development section from
application/configs/application.ini will be used. Remember,
development inherits from
production so any settings not explicitly overridden from
production would be inherited and used.
There’s quite a bit that can be setup in the configuration file. However, some things may be easier to (or only possible to) setup programmatically. This is where
application/Bootstrap.php comes in. In your
Bootstrap class you can write initializers for various parts of your application. These methods should be
protected and their names should begin with
_init. Let’s look at the initializers I’ve written in the demo application:
_initViewHeadTitle()first makes sure that the “view” resource has been bootstrapped and then gets this resource, which we happen to know is an object of type
Zend_View_Abstract. We then set the separator used by the
HeadTitleview helper to ” :: “. This means that each head title appended or prependend will be separated by this string. Next, a title of “Postr” is prepended so that this title will be used on every page.
_initPagination()simply sets the partial view script to be used by
Zend_Paginator(I plan on further explaining
Zend_Paginatorin another blog post).
_initNavigation()sets up our navigation structure using
Zend_Navigation(I plan on further explaining
Zend_Navigationin another blog post as well).
In my next post in this series I plan on taking a look at the Model-View-Controller pattern in Zend Framework.