The 25-minute video which could make you a dynamite web developer

Friday, August 3rd, 2012|Beginner tips, Verison 4.2|by Romans|3 Comments

Finally we have nailed it. After many attempts at making a half-decent screencast / tutorial, he have now created two amazing episodes, clean, structured and well articulated. We have also came up with a regular schedule for the up-coming recording.

Agile Toolkit Tutorial #1 – A better web development

Web development does not need to be complex. You have reinvented the wheel way too many times. It’s time to reinvent web development altogether. The source of inspiration for Agile Toolkit – the new web development framework – comes from Desktop and Mobile application development and object oriented toolkits. Our first tutorial episode will give you a very brief, 25-minute introduction to this new framework and will highlight some of main benefits.

Agile Toolkit Tutorial #2 – How to become a web developer

You might have installed WordPress or Joomla for your friends, but have you thought about earning your living with Web Development? To became a successful web app developer you will need to be efficient. You must know how to build software quickly and how to improve it over time without compromises. This tutorial episode will guide you through a prototyping phase of the application. Putting together a basic screens and UI elements just to show to your client or investors is easy and fast in Agile Toolkit. The best part is that you will be able to continue and enhance your prototype until it becomes a fully-featured scalable web application / service.

Take part in the next hangout

We are recording Agile Toolkit Tutorials now on a weekly basis, every wednesday. If you have a microphone you can participate too. We use Google Hangout and ScreenFlow to record and edit episodes. Come along for the next one, register on our Google Event page.

The next episode will focus on the awesome back-end features of Agile Toolkit – Active Record, Object Relational Manager, Multi-table Models and how to use full potential of your SQL database to build scalable web software.

If you can’t make it to the next one, come next wednesday 1:30 UK time ( This is a weekly event.

Video Introduction to Agile Toolkit

Monday, July 9th, 2012|Beginner tips, Verison 4.2|by Romans|2 Comments

If you have heard about Agile Toolkit but haven’t shared with your developer friends yet, now is a great time. This video is a great introduction to the basics of Agile Toolkit starting from the very start. What is Agile Toolkit? Why was it created? What is it best for? How it compares to other Web Frameworks?

Your questions are answered and the guide gives a great taste of what can be done with Agile Toolkit just in a few moments. This is the first podcast in the series with a new episode scheduled every week.

We are recording episodes live and if you are willing to participate and ask questions, here is the link for the second episode event:

Migration from 4.1.3 to 4.2 (by Jancha / Ambient Technologies)

Saturday, June 16th, 2012|Beginner tips, Verison 4.2|by Romans|

Janis Volbergs and his web development company (Ambient Technologies) have been one of early adopters and supporters of Agile Toolkit. He have been using it before first 4.0 versions even went public year and a half ago. Recently Janis have started his own blog, where he shares some of his own experiences with Agile Toolkit.

In his last blog post Janis is explaining his experience in migrating from 4.1 to 4.2 and all the necessary changes he had to make for one of his internal applications. Read the full blog on his blog: Migrating from Agile Toolkit 4.1.3 to 4.2 master branch. Notes.

Update: Today there is a new post looking into details how to best use list-type fields: dropdown, checkbox lists and radio buttons along with some screenshots.

Please help me encourage Janis in writing more blog posts. I would certainly be interested in hearing about the Content Management System he have built.

Why Your Active Record Implementation is Example of a Poor Software Design?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012|Beginner tips, Verison 4.2|by Romans|

Through Agile Toolkit I’m sharing with the world my improved vision for a better Active Record Implementation. I believe that the widely popular Active Record implementations are examples of a bad software design. Here is the reason.

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Agile Toolkit 4.2 is Released!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012|Core changes, Verison 4.2|by Romans|1 Comment

Agile Toolkit 4.2 is now available to download from

This release is the result of a half year effort and is based on the feedback we have received on 4.1 version. It brings a lot of improvements and enhancements but the primary goal is to create a fully transparent and fully-documented underlying architecture and promote extensibility through add-ons. The syntax of a new version is compatible with 4.1 with some exceptions outlined in our upgrade notes.

If you are new to Agile Toolkit — follow to our interactive introduction.

New Data Model

Agile Toolkit have always had a powerful ORM manager, but the Active Record support was lacking. With 4.2 the base classes for Models and Relational Models are completely rewritten. The new structure is much more extensible and efficient. The syntax has been simplified considerably.

The Agile Toolkit have been well received in the small companies and with new release it now targets medium companies. Support for variety of relational databases now includes SQLite, PostgreSQL and can be extended very easily for any database supported by underlying PDO architecture. Agile Toolkit now also have a set of models which can be used with no-SQL databases, caches and transparent APIs.

Support for additional databases, techniques and protocols will be coming through add-ons.

New CSS Framework

Although the interface retains the similar look, the underlying CSS framework is now much more powerful. It’s been re-writen using lessCSS and is based on 12-column grid system. CSS classes are much easier to use and build your interface with. The alteration of the look can also be easily achieved, things like line radius, spacings, number of columns, footer behavior can be very easily changed through a very simple CSS configuration file.

New Add-on architecture

With the version of 4.2 minimum requirement for PHP is now 5.3. That enables the use of namespaces. With namespaces developing add-ons for Agile Toolkit is pure enjoyment. You will find a add-on developer guide on our documentation site, but what’s really important is that your add-on can rely on core user interface, other addons and contain both the library and UI elements. This makes it possible for addons to be quite awesome. Developer of payment gateway can now provide developers with the actual payment form instead of set of functions written in the low-level PHP.

Fully Documented

Agile Toolkit is coming from a closed-source environment. It was initially designed to be used within our web development company: Agile Technologies. We have open-sourced our Agile Toolkit in early 2011 but it is only now that the documentation have matured enough for wide adoption.

Become Agile!!

For all web developers either freelancers or working for the companies there are many reasons for using Agile Toolkit in your next project or in your company. If you need to look at some project examples, here are some example sites launched recently and built completely in Agile Toolkit. If your project has already started why not:

  • develop Administrative Back-end using Agile Toolkit to save time.
  • re-build your model structure on Agile Toolkit ORM and improve security.
  • use Agile Toolkit for serving static pages and improve speed.

If you are in the need of custom web development using Agile Toolkit, consultancy, training or add-on development — our experienced team can offer you great solution (we are now based in London, UK)

We are hiring!

Are you looking to join a great team to join which values great software design and your artistic programming skills? Would you want to collaborate as a part-time freelancer or a full-time employee? We have some great employment offers and real projects you can join. Contact jobs at

Development Mailing List / Group Launched

Thursday, December 8th, 2011|Verison 4.2|by Romans|

I would like to welcome anyone who wants to participate in brain-storming and helping with some testing of 4.2 into our new google group:!forum/agile-toolkit-devel

You can learn a lot buy learning fundamentals of Agile Toolkit.  I’m starting from the very bottom layers of the framework, so join in quick!

How to execute PHP code from JavaScript

Monday, November 14th, 2011|Beginner tips, Brainstorming, Verison 4.2|by Romans|

If you are only starting with PHP and Web Development, questions like “how to execute PHP from JavaScript” are inevitable. First I must say that JavaScript and PHP are living on the different sides of the fence and are simply throwing ball over to each-other. So your JavaScript needs a request to the PHP asking it to execute some code.

Unless you want to reinvent the wheel, you should look into using some AJAX / PHP library. Agile Toolkit amongst other can be a great help when you want to build interaction between JavaScript and PHP.

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Sneak Peak into Agile Toolkit 4.2

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011|Brainstorming, Core changes, Verison 4.2, Version 4|by Romans|9 Comments

As we nearing our deadline fro 4.2 release a lot of cool features have been added into development branch of Agile Toolkit such as:

  • Completely new “TMail” implementation
  • Completely new “DB” implementation based on PDO
  • Completely new “DSQL” implementation
  • Completely new “Model” implementation
  • Completely new SMlite implementation
  • Improvements in Site Debugging

The new implementations are functionally compatible with the 4.1 branch, although the do offer a number of benefits. In this article, I’ll highlight some of the new features about the new component implementation.

Another important feature of all the new modules is that they are are under heavy automated testing from the very start.

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