Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Symfony: Day#1

Symfony is a web application framework for PHP projects. It aims to speed up the creation and maintenance of web applications, and to replace the repetitive coding tasks by power, control and pleasure.
Symfony is entirely free and published under the MIT license.

I'm currently following the online Symfony tutorial which can be found here: Practical Symfony.

This post documents how I got Symfony 1.4 running on an Ubuntu 10.04 Server installation. When I installed the server, I chose the option to install a default LAMP and Email server.

To install the php5 command line interface which is needed to use symfony commands:
sudo apt-get install php5-cli

Create the project directory:
mkdir -p sfprojects/jobeet
cd sfprojects/jobeet

Create vendor directory where the symfony framework will be installed
mkdir -p lib/vendor
cd lib/vendor
tar zxvf symfony-1.4.6.tgz
ln -s symfony-1.4.6 symfony

Verify symfony is installed correctly
php symfony/data/bin/symfony -V

Generate the project
cd ~/sfprojects/jobeet
php lib/vendor/symfony/data/bin/symfony generate:project jobeet
./symfony generate:app frontend
ln -s lib/vendor/symfony/data/web/sf web/

Deploy the project to the apache server
sudo ln -s ~/sfprojects/jobeet/web /var/www/jobeet

You can now visit: http://ubuntu_server_ip/jobeet to see the default home page generated by symfony.

This ends Day#1 of my Symfony 1.4 learning experience.

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