March 10-12, 2010
Montreal, Canada

Solar: The Best Framework You've Never Heard Of

This presentation is a whirlwind tour of the Solar framework for PHP 5. After a short bit of background, the presentation will outline the major concepts in Solar: everything is a library, the unified constructor, unified configuration, inherited configuration and localization, unified factory and adapter systems, lazy-loading registry, and the dependency-injection system. Next is an overview of how the dynamic dispatch cycle works in Solar, and how it compares to other framework dispatch cycles. From there we will move on to the SQL system, including the MysqlReplicated adapter, and lead into the ORM system. The ORM overview will briefly cover models, collections, records, automated filters, automated form generation, and more. After discussing the authentication layer, CLI tooling, and command-line controllers, it will wrap up with a brief discussion of Solar project architecture, and a short note on Solar's performance in relation to other popular frameworks.

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Paul Jones

Paul is an internationally recognized PHP expert. Among his other accomplishments, Paul is the architect of the Solar framework <htt://solarphp.com> and the creator of the Savant template system <http://phpsavant.com>. He has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance <http://paul-m-jones.com/archives/category/programming/benchmarks>, and was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework <http://framework.zend.com> (the DB, DB_Table, and View components).

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