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Framework Envy

A friend and I were considering embarking on  a small quest to begin a start-up.  We had an idea that we both liked and saw a market for product.  I jokingly mentioned we should use one of my favorite PHP frameworks, CodeIgniter and he quickly said No.  I was taken aback by the response and asked why the flat No.  I learned it amounted to he was comfortable with the faults of his framework, that being Zend and didnt want to branch out.

Im sure he had other issues with my framework of choice, but it made me wonder.  He generally comes off as a person who will try something new out and give it a spin, but he was geninuely against using Codeigniter.  Maybe its not the “enterprise solution” he uses. Im further curious because he has grips with having to append every function with Zend, and the lack of documentation.  Codeigniter on the other hand has very well documented functions and the naming convention is much improved when compared to Zend.

Im curious what PHP frameworks have you used? Would you try another one of the big frameworks, there are tons of smaller ones with less support and community.


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What you See is not Always What You Get

day 30: googly
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Mother always said, “You cant judge a book by its cover”.  The same applies to websites.  “What you see is what you get” editors can lay a website out to your liking.. most of the time, there is a greater problem which remains hidden away.  WYSIWYG editors do not make people readable code.  Software like Dreamweaver, Frontpage, and other programs allow you edit a page without ever touching the code.  These software packages are considered “What you see is what you get editors” (WYSIWYG).

Whats the big deal?

World’s Messiest Office Cubicle Discovered in Colorado
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Think about an office desk, one all the files are stacked in neat piles with labels, and the other looks like a hurricane swept through leaving documents and files everywhere.  Which person would you like fill in for?

The Bigger Picture

More importantly, search engines like cleaner code.  They have a harder time making their way through jumbled code. Which makes it harder for you to rank high in Google and other search engines.



<span style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">
<a href="index.html">Projects</a>



<a href="index.html">Projects</a>


a {font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;}

You can see the html page is cleaner (easier to understand) and the CSS portion makes loading faster.

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