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Zend Framework and the Use At Will architecture

I was doing some talking with some gentlemen last night over several adult beverages and fine tobacco products. They worked for a partner of ours and had brought up an interesting point concerning Zend Framework. It seems as though people who ask them about their product set and how it fits in with PHP were asking about Zend Framework and whether or not you had to use the whole framework to be able to integrate with their software.

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Friday Framework Highlight: Zend Framework MVC Request Lifecycle

Matthew wrote up an article on modules in Zend_Application and that got me thinking a little bit. When I have done training for Zend Framework, one of the things that mystifies students to some extent is the whole plugin architecture and where things can go. There has been several articles written about it, but they tend to use code to describe it. I was only able to find a small handfull of articles that used some kind of chart to describe what goes on. Not that that’s a problem, but I had found that when I drew out the request lifecycle that it helped the students understand it better.

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Friday Framework Highlight: Creating tickets with Zend_Barcode and Zend_Pdf

So you’re now in charge of some kind of event and people are going to need tickets to get in. You could do it the old fashion way and actually have people at the door checking the tickets, but that is so 1980’s and also so easy to forge (for the nefarious). Event organizers are adament that tickets are only used once and so they want to use some kind of barcode reader to ensure that tickets are valid and you are responsible for the web side of this.

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Storing an object in a Zend_Auth session

I saw on our Zend Technologies page on Facebook a question on how to get a logged in user profile when using Zend_Auth. The exact question was this:

hye guys, i need help in Zend … i m implmenting web based application using zend framework the version i am using is 1.9.5 but i got a problem, i dont know how to display a user profile once he or she login into the system? anybody can help me doing so? i tried googling but mostly the code there is for zend 1.5 i guess.. wish can get it done as soon as possible

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A really quick, no API, Zend_Service_Twitter example

One of the cool things in Zend Framework is the Zend_Service layer. What it basically does is provide access to a variety of different service-based… well, services, so that you can easily integrate your application with other services. One example is, of course, Twitter. Often, to connect to various services you need to have an API key that you use to connect. The same is true for Twitter, except for public feed information. What this means is that you can search Twitter for free, with no API, easily.