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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul M Foster [] 
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2009 1:28 AM
Subject: [PHP] A Tool For Building PHP Web Apps

Here's a hairbrained idea I was kicking around. I object to the idea of
including 15 or 30 files in a PHP application just to display one page
on the internet. It makes the coding faster, but it makes the display
slower and seems silly to me.

So what if you had a tool or a set of tools where you could write code
snippets and such, and then hit a button or issue a command, and
everything you specified got written into a single file? You'd specify
that this page needs to read the config, set up a database connection,
validate these fields, etc. When you were done, it would write all this
code to a *single* file, which the user would invoke by surfing to that
page. The resulting code would be *static*, not like what results from
most templating systems. So rather than specify a specific variable
value in the resulting file, it would embed the PHP code to display the
variable, etc.

What might be the liabilities of something like that? Would there be
security issues? Would there be increased difficulty in debugging? What
can you think of?


Paul M. Foster

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