On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM, tedd <tedd.sperl...@gmail.com> wrote:
At 12:01 AM +0100 5/24/09, Nathan Rixham wrote:
I was recently researching template engines for a small in-house
project, with a bias toward simple and lightweight. I found this
interesting article in my search. I think its worth considering if
you don't need all the bells and whistles of the big template engines.
Simple and elegant.
cheers, it certainly is simple and elegant - however a bit too simple
(specifically as it's in template php); gives me immediate visions of a
wordpress template - and that's more than enough to scare me off! <lol>
Anytime I see embedded style elements within html, that's more than ample
warning to make me look elsewhere for the solution -- because IMO that's not
I find it interesting that the articles states "the separation of business
logic from presentation" but then combines content with presentation. I
don't see any real gain here.
My efforts are always trying to separate content from function and
presentation. Make everything as unobtrusive as you can. Place styling in
server-side php/mysql to create secure and accurate function to generate the
proper html and deliver desired content. I can understand someone wanting to
simplify their work, but exchanging one problem for another doesn't cut it
You're missing the point just because he threw in some old HTML
styling attributes. The main issue is the overhead of added parsing
layers to find where content goes in the HTML. Aren't we already
using a language (PHP) that parses for place holders for dynamic
content within HTML tags? Write the template in XHTML, style it with
CSS, and insert content place marks with PHP short tags. Do the
programming work of calculations, validation, and DB access in another
script which will include the template at the appropriate time. Even
create classes to hold various data sets (think JavaBeans) if you
want. Adding a layer of abstraction just so your designers don't have
to write <?=$var?> is silly at best. At lest that's my opinion. Do
whatever works for you.
which is lovely, but then you realise you have business logic tied up in
the presentation layer, and the client suddenly wants 3 different web
based interfaces and a roaming flash version which calls the system via
an api; and then you have the joy of telling the client its 6 months
work and huge figure to rewrite the application layer to included an
abstracted presentation layer, but it could have been avoided months ago
with a days worth of work (or even an hours worth) and a different decision.
all in though, hardly matters on a personal site, or a quick client job
where, or a.. I guess there's a place for each technology and method;
and we could throw scenarios around all night getting no where.
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