Yin and Yang of modern PHP UI Frameworks

Sunday, October 31st, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3, Version 4|by Romans|2 Comments

I came over this old question on StackOverflow: “Which PHP Framework will get me to a usable UI the fastest?” I couldn’t help but wonder, why people are not aware of all those other PHP UI frameworks? There are few, right? If you google for “php ui” you can find them. Those are more generally referred to as UI toolkits. But why those toolkits are not known in the mainstream?

Why there is a gap between UI toolkits and mainstream frameworks? If UI is Yin and backend is Yang – why can’t they co-exist?

Here is what I think..

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3.9.1 Released

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010|Version 3|by Romans|

Release of 3.9.1 brings us many bugfixes and enhancements. Grid is cleaned up but forms are also slightly changed.

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Grid Documentation

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010|Beginner tips|by Romans|8 Comments

Grid is a powerful UI element used in almost any web application. Some frameworks decide not to implement them at all. Others rely on full-featured JavaScript implementation and only provide data source as requested. Agile Toolkit builds grids in HTML, then enhances them through JavaScript. JavaScript widget then communicates with back-end to perform additional features for the grid. This post will look more in-depth on what can you do with grids.

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Page, View, Controllers – where to put my code?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010|Brainstorming, Core changes, Version 3, Version 4|by Romans|4 Comments

Hi. Few people have had difficulties understanding which approach is better to choose, since so many things can be done in different ways. This post will clarify you regardless where you should put your code.

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Agile Toolkit Demo (animation, info and feature display)

Saturday, July 31st, 2010|Misc, Version 3|by Romans|4 Comments

Hi All.

I wanted to let you all know, that I have just completed a nice piece. It is a animated demo on JavaScript which uses AJAX and Agile Toolkit.


Enjoy. I might post sources later on. It took me 4 hours to develop that demo from scratch.

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Reloading page with AJAX

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3|by Romans|2 Comments

I receive a lot of questions about how to reload page with Agile Toolkit in certain conditions. There are many approaches and I wanted to write a blog post just about that.
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Symfony 2.0 vs Agile Toolkit 3.8 – part 2 – The View

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010|Misc|by Romans|

This post continues comparison of Agile Toolkit and Symfony 2.0. This post is based on features described in Quick tour – page 2
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Form and enter..

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010|Brainstorming, Version 3|by Romans|

I have came across old code in the Form and Field implementation and it’s basically implementing form submit when enter is clicked. I was thinking about what would be the right behavior. Therefore I am calling to your opinion here.

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How to extend JavaScript in Agile Toolkit

Saturday, May 1st, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3|by Romans|4 Comments

This post continues to explain how to use JavaScript (JS) most efficiently in Agile Toolkit. Read first part first.
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How JavaScript layer works in Agile Toolkit

Monday, April 26th, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3|by Romans|1 Comment

Half year ago we have introduced jQuery / Chain into AModules3 (former name for Agile Toolkit). It allows us to clean up a lot of older code and at the same time give developers a way to do many new things in a flexible way.

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