Packages YES, Framework NO!
Packages YES, Framework NO!
Call it "Glue" or call it "Boilerplate". "No-Framework" aims to give you a head start for development with a simple and understandable foundation.
"No-framework" is based on popular and proven packages which are easily exchangeable with others you like or already know.
Mainly the following packages are used: For dependency injection PHP-DI, for Database access and queries Medoo, for Templating Plates and a few others... And also little self written code as "glue" in between.
- I want to have control and I want to understand what I'm doing.
- I want to start small and extend if necessary.
- I want to focus on the solution, not the framework.
- I want to develop fast but without reinventing the wheel.
- I want to use interchangeable components.
The basic answer to satisfy all these needs are packages. Packages as extendable, exchangeable components. With Composer and Packagist the PHP ecosystem offers a perfect solution for this.
Using a framework offers some great advantages but has also a few drawbacks. In short that's the following:
- PROs: Fast Development, Security, Documentation, Maintenance and Community.
- CONs: Generic solution that might not suit your needs, limited control, time to learn and understand, overhead and slower execution.
Use Git or Composer:
git clone https://github.com/unicate/no-framework.git my-project-name composer install
composer create-project unicate/no-framework my-project-name
The "Task List" Demo is a simple example application. Download the code and see what happens. To help you understand, a view hints and principles:
- Important: Setup a local Test-Database with the code in
- Important: Copy the .env-default to .env in
app/configand enter DB connection details.
- Important: To start the local PHP server, just execute
- The architecture is based on the MVC pattern.
- Objects are only created by the Dependency Injection container and configured in
- All environment dependent configuration is done in
- Routes are defined in
- If you want to change file paths, use
- Your controller should extend
- Only CSS and JS files should be located in the public directory.
- If you like to exchange a basic package, have a look at
app/config/dependencies.phpand the service classes in
Folder structure is pretty self explaining:
-- app | |-- core | |-- config | |-- middlewares | |-- utils | |-- models | |-- logs | |-- controllers | |-- views | | |-- templates | |-- services |-- public | |-- css | |-- js |-- db |-- vendor
This code should help you build your own solution. It's not mature and fully tested software. You use anything at your own risk. Have fun with it.
No-Framework is released under the MIT licence.
Now go and build something and make people happy!