On 1/7/11 11:08 AM, Nicholas Kell wrote:
On Jan 7, 2011, at 11:01 AM, Joshua Kehn wrote:
On Jan 7, 2011, at 11:55 AM, la...@garfieldtech.com wrote:
Hi folks. I have a project coming up that will involve writing a non-trivial
command line PHP application. Most of it will be nice and abstracted and
standalone and all of that jazz, but it will need to do command line
interation. I'm not sure yet if it will be interactive or if I just need to
parse lots of command line switches.
Has anyone used a CLI-handling library they like? I recall briefly using the
PEAR CLI library many many years ago and disliking it because it was only
barely a step above the raw PHP-CLI SAPI, and still required lots of if-else
branching in my code. I don't know if there's anything better since then,
however. I prefer clean OO to procedural, but can work with procedural if
needs be. The fewer dependencies it has the better as well.
(Open source, GPLv2-compatible required.)
Why are you writing a command line application in PHP? I would think that is
starting off on a very wrong foot.
Can you explain the requirements / use cases a bit more?
I agree. Not saying that it isn't doable, because it certainly is, but there
may be other languages that are available and easier to implement a CLI app,
such as Python, or some other QnD scripting language.
"Application" is perhaps a misnomer. I'm not looking at rewriting Emacs
or anything. Just some batch processing that would get run as:
php myscript.php --config=foo.xml --setting-1=stuff
And then it will run off and move a few million records around between
different data stores, a process that will probably take an hour or so.
(The backend will be cycling through a queue server.) I just need
something to make handling of the args and environment easier, because I
find the native SAPI calls to be ugly/cumbersome.
I'm sure it could be written in Perl or Python or Java. But I know
extremely little Perl, no Python, and my Java is quite rusty, plus there
are mature PHP libraries that talk to the 3rd party systems I'm tying
together. My PHP-fu is much stronger than my Perl, Python, and Java
Yeah, PHP was "intended" as a template language only; that fell by the
wayside a decade ago or more when people started building real web apps
in it, which are a lot more than templates. That boat has long since
sailed and is irrelevant to this discussion.
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