Malt Blue Shows us How to Build Extendable and Extensible Zend Framework Applications

Those madcap developers over at are at it again, this time they have released a tutorial for Zend Framework 1 developers titled “How to Build Extendable and Extensible Zend Framework Applications with Custom Resource Plugins“. let’s take a peek at it, shall we?

First, the obligatory quote:

No matter how much people tell us that “I only want a simple application”, after building more than a handful of applications and working with a number of clients, your experience will begin to tell you that they’ll often want more.

Now let’s talk about what they have posted. This is an excellent tutorial for all Zend Framework developers. it starts with a good chunk of WHY and then dives deep into the HOW. The author describes how to architect your applications, gives a primer on the Strategy pattern and then gives a lot of code for those of you who insist on copy-n-paste coding.

This is not a trivial article. This is a “Saturday morning, the kids are at soccer and I’ve got a couple of hours” article. It is well written and if you are new to Zend Framework – or just looking for new ideas on how to do things – this article is a great investment of your time.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP