CakePHP Installation: Introduction

CakePHP Installation Step by Step part 1:We ever talk PHP framework: CodeIgniter and Zend Framework. Now, we will talk one of other popular PHP Framework: CakePHP. CakePHP offer a collection of code, libraries, classes, and run-time environment that helps developers build web applications faster. Many advantages that you get if use open-source framework like CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, etc. By using them, we also know (and will have) the developer team have developed the frameworks. These framework will open our mind about 'other world' out of us.

In this post, I introduction what is CakePHP and what can it help us in web application development. Target in this post series, we understand about CakePHP and can install it.

a Crunchy Named CakePHP

To know what is CakePHP, we can see definition from their web, "Cake is a rapid development framework for PHP which uses commonly known design patterns like Active Record, Association Data Mapping, Front Controller, and MVC". Like we have talked, as a framework, it have a collection classes and libraries that make us build application easy and faster. It is their goal. They said, "Our primary goal is to provide a structured framework that enables PHP users at all levels to rapidly develop robust web applications, without any loss to flexibility."

CakePHP is an open-source project. You can use it free (but you can give donation to support them). It is distributed under the MIT Licence. That means, you can use and look source code.

Dough of Cake

Back to official definition from their web, we can see sequence of design pattern: Active Record, Association Data Mapping, Front Controller, and MVC. These is common pattern that used a solid framework. In the CakePHP, MVC is core of the framework. We ever talk about MVC at Joomla (you can read at here).

Why faster development?

One of the main reasons you need a framework is your team has same conventions and rules to structure the application. It make easy new developer to joint your team. Another reason is to develop web application much faster. Why? Because in framework, there are many reused code (libraries, classes, API) that we can use without write everything from zero. CakePHP have many tricks and magics for you :)

One of advantage use CakePHP is it doesn't need much configurations. So, we can say, it is easy to configure it.

Ok, don't miss next posting about installation CakePHP.

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