It can be pretty frustrating. Your Zend Framework project is configured 100% correctly. Mod Rewrite is enabled and working on your server, the .htaccess file is configured correctly and working, all your controllers are correctly created and specified, all with the necessary index actions, your modules are healthy, in short everything is looking 100% like all the examples taught you. Yet for some reason when you try and browse your site, you keep getting Page Not Found, Controller not specified error messages!
I have a Zend Framework website that is broken up into modules. Accordingly, I want my single layout.phtml Layout script to dynamically change ever so slightly depending on what module or rather controller I hit – in my case change the header image. So how do we do this?
If your website can be logically split into a number of different functionalities, it makes sense to group those functionalities accordingly. In Zend terminology we are talking about modules, literally the folder splitting of logically grouped pieces of functionality. However, by default a generated Zend Framework project isn’t modular and to get the thing properly modularized, here’s what you have to do.
Let me start off if you want to learn to program, or learn to program in PHP specifically, you don’t learn by starting off using a framework. That is not going to teach you anything other than making you unable to solve small problems in the most efficient manner.
To generate an empty project shell using the Zend Framework is pretty easy thanks to the powerful zf command line utility.
This post serves more as a bookmark for me than anything else, now that I have been tasked with learning the icky world of Zend and its MVC pattern from the powers above here at work. Learning Zend is not for the faint hearted, that is for sure, and just finding your feet takes a fair bit of reading.
If you already have a web development environment set up on your machine and don’t necessarily want to run the whole Zend Server package and instead just want to create Zend projects using the Zend Framework, then this simple how to install Zend Framework tutorial should be perfect for you.