[thelist] PHP Templates

Simon MacDonald simonmacdonald at uk2.net
Tue Oct 6 03:42:14 CDT 2009

An earlier post, which mentioned Komodo triggered this post.

I've been using Dreamweaver for some time to build sites, mainly for its
HTML templating features. I'm increasingly building more complex sites using
PHP and Ajax, and Dreamweaver doesn't really cut the mustard anymore. As
replacement IDEs I'm looking at either Aptana, and Komodo. 

Komodo seems to do everything (and more) that I currently want, one of which
is the support of SMARTY, which I'm maybe considering to use for templating.
I've searched thelist archives and there some quite old posts about PHP
Templating, some of which consider SMARTY to be overkill in many instances. 

I'm not farming out the look and feel design to anyone else other than
myself, so what I'm looking for is a lightweight, easy to use approach.
Should I be using a more minimalist approach such as Brian Lozier advocates
[1]? I could use a CMS such as Drupal but for many small sites where I just
want a bit of database functionality that would probably be overkill.

I'd be grateful for your current views on the best way to do PHP templating

[1] http://www.massassi.com/php/articles/template_engines/



Simon MacDonald
simonmacdonald at uk2.net


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