ZendCon 2010 Podcast – Unit Testing in Zend Framework 1.8


Michelangelo van Dam


Zend Framework 1.8 has improved and simplified how you can test your applications, providing you with excellent techniques to streamline your quality assurance processes and reduce your maintenance costs.


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ZendCon 2010 Podcast – Introducing Zend Framework 2.0


Ralph Schindler (Penn) and Matthew Weier O’Phinney (Teller)


Zend Framework has grown tremendously since the first public preview release in March 2006. Originally a slim, MVC framework with a number of standalone components, it has grown to a codebase more than 2M lines of code. Work now turns to version 2, with goals of increased simplicity and advanced PHP 5.3 usage.


Subnet validation with Zend Framework

(Note – I accidentally gave conflicting instructions to the person who runs our newsletter. If you are actually interested in the article I wrote about people being silly about dynamicly typed languages you can go here)

I saw on a StackOverflow posting, someone was asking to see how you could use a Zend Framework validator to tell if an IP address was between two addresses. The individual was trying to use Zend_Validate_Between to do the checking. However, IP addresses generally are not checked between two arbitrary addresses such as between and Instead, the check is usually done to validate an IP address against a subnet.

Amazon SQS and Zend Framework

I’m doing some work for a webinar and I figured out that if you want use AWS SQS in your app you need to specify not just the queue name, but the full URL. What is the full URL? It is what createQueue() returns.

For example, I was doing this to store the queue name in a task that was stored in the session so I could get it at a later point in time:

$this->_queueName = sha1(‘fileProcess-‘ . $this->_sourceId);

Encrypted session handler

A little while ago I had come upon the problem of having to store sensitive data in a user session. The solution that I (and several others came upon) was creating a mechanism for storing encrypted data in a session. But what we wanted to do was build something that didn’t have a single point of failure. We also wanted to build something portable. What we built was a simple Zend Framework session handler for storing sensitive data.

Zend_Log with multiple writers

So I was sitting here thinking to myself “This is Friday and I’m not getting much of anything done. Maybe I should write another Friday Framework Highlight.” I figured that it was a good idea so I pondered what I should write. I came up blank and so I asked Matthew Weier O’Phinney. “Multiple writers for Zend_Log,” he said. I agreed.


Let’s take a quick look at something that’s kind of neat in Zend Framework. I’ve been doing some work with Adobe on some articles and one of them was on working with mobile clients with Flash. Well, me being the masochist I did more. What I did was write an example that worked as a full website, an Ajax website, a Flash service and an XML-RPC service.

Setting the Stage

First I started with a Zend_Db row instance and it’s corresponding table instance.