Anthony Wlodarski’s Blog: Zend Framework and why it is important to read the source code.

June 11, 2011

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Anthony Wlodarski makes an important point about what one of your first steps should be when considering a framework for your application – be sure to read the source first. In his case, it was the Zend Framework.

One thing I learned early on with ZF was that the curators and associates in the ZF ecosystem always fall back to the root of “read the code/api/documentation”. With good reason too! It is not the volunteers simply shrugging you off but it is for your own good.

He includes an example of the Zend_Validate_File_ImageSize component. By reading the manual you get an idea of the input and output values, but you don’t get as much of a sense of how it works unless you take some time to glance through the code.

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  3. emxs Says:

    i agree to a certain degree, but a good manual with understandable examples would make reading the source code obsolete – pretty often at least.

  4. fierfeu Says:

    That’s exactly what I explained to my colleagues ! And the reason why I prefer the Zend framework : it’s code source is redable …

    but please can you also you comment in the tests files… thoose files are less readable than source code !!