A tiny, closure-based microframework for PHP 5.3+

v1.0.0 2013-03-07 15:04 UTC


Very small, procedural, closure-based microframework

Basic Usage

The quickest way to use NestPHP is to place nest.php in your site's document root, e.g., /var/www/html/, then put the following in your .htaccess file or virtualhost container:

php_value auto_prepend_file /var/www/html/nest.php

To make sure it's working, create index.php with the following code:

\nest\get(function() {
    echo "Hello, Nest!";


NestPHP allows you to organize your code into closures, which you can chain together in order to process requests. to see this in action, create the following scripts in the following directories under your document root:

// /before.php
\nest\get(function() { echo "BEFORE (root)<br>\n"; });

// /admin/before.php
\nest\get(function() { echo "BEFORE (admin)<br>\n"; });

// /admin/index.php
\nest\get(function() { echo "index!<br>\n"; });

// /admin/after.php
\nest\get(function() { echo "AFTER (admin)<br>\n"; });

// /after.php
\nest\get(function() { echo "AFTER (root)<br>\n"; });

If you then request /admin/index.php from your site, you'll see the following HTML:

BEFORE (root)<br>
BEFORE (admin)<br>
AFTER (admin)<br>
AFTER (root)<br>

NestPHP will examine the path of the requested script, and essentially auto_prepend any before.php scripts that exist, and auto_append any after.php scripts that exist.

What NestPHP Doesn't Do

  • Routing
  • Templating
  • Caching
  • Logging
  • Database Abstraction
  • Admin Scaffolding

It's really not much more than a slightly fancier version of "include header/footer"; basically, it's automatically nested headers and footers, with the ability to lock up your request-specific (GET/POST) logic into closures.

...more to come