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A Look At Livepipe

A few days ago I got an e-mail from Ryan and Nicholas from Livepipe asking if I wanted to take a look at the first Developer's Preview of their new PHP framework, called Livepipe. I'm always interested in new stuff, so I just took a quick look. The framework is released under a MIT license, which means you can use it freely, so grab a copy as well if you're interested.

The framework comes with excellent documentation and a good beginner's tutorial, because you'd be lost otherwise. Just like all other frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Cake, etc) it requires you to create your PHP scripts in a certain style, which can certainly be confusing. But if you just follow the tutorial (how to build a blog in 15 minutes) you'll get it going. Just a word of warning though, there's a small mistake in the tutorial.

In the beginning where it says:


That should actually be:


So far the framework seems quite decent, and I definitely like the inbuilt SQLite support. I won't be actively using it myself, because I don't really like using frameworks, but if you're on the lookout for a good framework, give Livepipe a test run, and see what you think of it. Don't forget to report any bugs to the developers so it becomes even better.

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