Getting Started with Zend Framework MVC Applications

This tutorial is intended to give an introduction to using Zend Framework by creating a simple database driven application using the Model-View-Controller paradigm. By the end you will have a working ZF application and you can then poke around the code to find out more about how it all works and fits together.

Some assumptions

This tutorial assumes that you are running at least PHP 5.6 with the Apache web server and MySQL, accessible via the PDO extension. Your Apache installation must have the mod_rewrite extension installed and configured.

You must also ensure that Apache is configured to support .htaccess files. This is usually done by changing the setting:

AllowOverride None

to

AllowOverride FileInfo

in your httpd.conf file. Check with your distribution’s documentation for exact details. You will not be able to navigate to any page other than the home page in this tutorial if you have not configured mod_rewrite and .htaccess usage correctly.

Getting started faster

Alternatively, you can use any of the following as well:

  • The built-in web server in PHP. Run php -S 0.0.0.0:8080 -t public public/index.php in your application root to start a web server listening on port 8080.
  • Use the shipped Vagrantfile, by executing vagrant up from the application root. This binds the host machine's port 8080 to the Apache server instance running on the Vagrant image.
  • Use the shipped docker-compose integration, by executing docker-compose up -d --build from the application root. This binds the host machine's port 8080 to the Apache server instance running container.

The tutorial application

The application that we are going to build is a simple inventory system to display which albums we own. The main page will list our collection and allow us to add, edit and delete CDs. We are going to need four pages in our website:

Page Description
List of albums This will display the list of albums and provide links to edit and delete them. Also, a link to enable adding new albums will be provided.
Add new album This page will provide a form for adding a new album.
Edit album This page will provide a form for editing an album.
Delete album This page will confirm that we want to delete an album and then delete it.

We will also need to store our data into a database. We will only need one table with these fields in it:

Field name Type Null? Notes
id integer No Primary key, auto-increment
artist varchar(100) No
title varchar(100) No