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Welcome to MVC

What is this project?

There are plenty of excellent MVC's out there. So why the need for yet another? Simply because they are big and complex. Why use a sledgehammer to crack a nut?

The projects aims

To provide a compact codebase providing the basics for any application. It's designed to be fast. Really fast. With the built in profiler you can easily see how fast each fragment of your site is, how much memory it consumes, and how each fragment was initiated.

What does this project have to offer?

We provide the basics of the MVC, everything from the router, dispatcher, controllers, views, and view helpers. We even have a few components you can make use of, including:

  • Model ORM
  • Cache
  • Event listeners
  • Formatting of data
  • Notice messages
  • Data validation
  • Store (APC, Cookie, Memcache(d), Request, and Session)


This project contains a PHPUnit test suite with 64 tests and 194 assertions (all passing).


Checkout a copy of the source files and head over to your app's config in /Library/MyProject/config.ini and update the path's to your specific directory structure. You can rename the MyProject in the Library directory, just make sure you also update the namespace definition in each of your .php files.

Features and Documentation

Routing (Basic)

We parse URI's such as /index/hello/my/variables/go/here/foobar and place it into the GET array. Dumping the will give you:

	'controller' => 'index',
	'action'     => 'hello',
	'my'         => 'variables',
	'go'         => 'here',
	'foobar'     => true

This will forward the request onto the Index controller and into the hello action.

Routing (Advanced)

If you want to customise your URL's as such that the basic /controller/action/my/variables/go/here will not suffice, then you can use the built in Router.


// Global configurations
include dirname(__FILE__) . '/../Library/global.php';

// Create new Router instance
$router = new Core\Router();
        'bar'  => '\d+',
        'acme' => '[a-z0-9]+')
        'controller' => 'Foo',
        'action'     => 'bar')

// Start the application, passing in the Router
new Core\Front('MyProject', $router);

You can add as many routes as you like. Any variables that you do not specify in the setFormat method (which is optional) will use the regex of [\w\-]+. The setEndpoint method does not require an action parameter, but if none is declared then it will use the default index action of that controller.

This advanced routing system will use the first declared route that it finds matching the request URL.

Reverse routing

URL's will often change. Defining them in a single place (the router) will save you having to rewrite them in your View Helpers/Partials. It is also safer because URL encoding will be taken care for you. You can call the Route View Helper via:

	'route'  => 'Foo',
	'params' => array(
		'bar'  => 1234,
		'acme' => 'foobar'


Controllers are created in /Library/MyProject/Controller, the file name begins with an uppercase letter and ends in a .php extension, so index would be called Index.php.

You can pass variables from the Controller to the View via:

public function indexAction() {
    $this->view->addVariable($name = 'foo', $value = 'bar');

Which you can then access in the Layout and View Script by simple using the name of the variable you added to the view, such as in the above example: $foo

You can interact directly with the Request object (data passed by the URL and forms, server variables, and the URL object):

public function indexAction() {
    if ($getVariable = $this->request->get('foo')) {
        echo "Foo is: {$getVariable}";

    if ($postVariable = $this->request->post('bar')) {
        echo "Bar is: {$postVariable}";


Actions are named the same as specified in the URI, are lowercase, and end in Action. So the index action will be named indexAction().


Caching can be turned on or off from your projects configuration file (/Library/MyProject/config.ini), and you can set how long you want before the cache is invalidated. You can also select how you would like your cache to be stored: "File", "Apc", or "Memcache".

    interface = "File"
    enable    = true
    life      = 60


You can forward to another action (or controller) via the return $this->forward('action', 'controller') command in a controller.


You can change the layout (layouts are stored in /Library/MyProject/Layout, are lowercase, and end with a .phtml extension) that will wrap the View by calling the $this->setLayout('layout') method in a controllers action.


class Index extends Core\Controller
	public function indexAction() {

View Scripts

Views are stored in the /Library/MyProject/View/Script directory, and each controller has their own directory. So the Index controller's views will be stored in /Library/MyProject/View/Script/Index. Each of the controllers actions have a separate view, so the Index controller's hello action will be stored in /Library/MyProject/View/Script/Index/hello.phtml.

URL generation

The view has a built in method to generate URL's. You can specify the controller, action and any variables. You can also state whether you want to retain the current pages URL variables (disabled by default). This is called via:

echo $this->url(
		'controller'      => 'index',
		'action'          => 'hello',
		'variables'       => array('foo' => 'bar'),
		'variable_retain' => true


You can output HTML to the browser safely by using the $this->safe(array('string' => 'Evil string')) method.

View Helpers and View Partials

Your View Scripts can easily direct logic away from themselves into View Helpers. View helpers can have their own template files, called Partials. For example, the Test View Helper:

return $this->renderPartial('test', array(
	'testVar' => $params['testVar']


Every storage method has exactly the same interface; has, put, get, and remove. You pass a storage method into the Store class and you can then interact with it.

$store = new Store(new Store\File());
$store->put('foo', 'bar');
$store->get('foo'); // Echo's "bar"

Some storage methods might require setting up (such as Memcache), you can easily do this before passing it into the Store.

$memcache = new Store\Memcache();
$memcache->setup($server, $host, $port);

$store = new Store($memcache);
$store->put('foo', 'bar');
$store->get('foo'); // Echo's "bar"

The advantages of a single interface is you can very easily switch your storage mechanism without having to change any of the logic.


A powerful in-built profiler will let you know exactly where your application is expending time and additional memory. Its waterfall display allows you to see which functions have been called by whom.


A simple, quick and easy to use PHP MVC with Autoloading, Routing, Models, Views, Controllers, Layouts, and Caching.




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