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A new generic module for Zend framework – Menu Module

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I have created a new generic self containing module that works with Zend framework MVC application.

The module is a Menu Module, it manages menu for MVC application and using a bootstrap and substitutes it over the menu added in the config.

Here is the link to it:

Currently it depends on my jQGrid Library and on Belleron-Frenkel library (an extension on Zend Framework standard modules)

Any help/idea is welcomed 🙂

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

October 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Posted in IDE, jQGrid, Uncategorized, Zend Framework

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Zend Framework – Howto Autoload a model inside your module!

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I have lost about an hour today battling this. I have a normal ZF directory structure:










But for some reasone  file located in /admin/moduls was not loaded authomaticly.

The problem was in missing Bootstrap.php located in the module root directory. It looks like this extention from Zend_Application_Module_Bootstrap makes the trick.

So all you have to do is to add a class:

class Admin_Bootstrap extends Zend_Application_Module_Bootstrap {}

And it will work!

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

August 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

jQGrid with Zend Framework Updated

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Recently I had some time to update the fork I have of the jQGrid encapsulation for Zend Framework.

Among the things updated is:
* Support for jQGrid 4.1.
* Support for methods in options.
* 2 new decorators
* New special decorator, a multi select element on grid search.
* Support for advanced search

And many more…
You can locate the code at my GitHub:

If you dont use jQGrid it is an Ajax-enabled JavaScript control that provides solutions for representing and manipulating tabular data on the web.

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

August 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

How to use Zend-Framework-PDF-Table-Helper

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Here is the example of how to user ZendFramework PDF-Table-Helper.

You can get the code from GitHub here:

One of the prerequisites is that you mast have the zf_autoloader on and configured since I am relaying on it to auto load files.

first you have to in instantiate the class:

$pdf = new SirShurf_Pdf_TableSet ();

You can instantiate it with a Zend_PDF object and without it, in which case it will be created for you, but if you are instantating with Zend_PDF you have to tell the system on what page you are working (Default is page 0).

Now what you need it to initialise a Table you are going to work with:
$objTableRow = $table->addRow ();

Each table can have his own number of columns and settings.
Each table can have a different number of rows a row can be added using this method:

And as with HTML a row has a number of cells (or columns):
$objTableRow->addCol ( $strCourseId, array (
'bold' => false, 'colspan' => 1, 'align' => 'center'
) );
$objTableRow->addCol ( Labadmin_Models_Static::convertHebrew ( $this->view->translate ( 'LBL_GRADE_FORM_COURSE_ID' ) ), array (
'bold' => false, 'colspan' => 1, 'align' => 'center', 'font' => 'arial.ttf', 'fontBold' => 'arialbd.ttf'
) );

The Cell can have each own definitions as the example here shows, and you can iterate over the data to create it.

And finally you can call render(); in order to render the changes to PDF, or build(‘fileName’) to save the finale PDF to a file.

$pdf->build ( $strGradeFileLocation . $intTimeStamp . ".grade.pdf" );

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Library to create a tables in Zend Framework PDF

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I had to create a PDF with a tables in a Zend Framework project I am making.

I have searched the web and have not found any library that can be used for this from the box, but I have found on GitHub a start of the library I was needed:

Unfortunately the library was incomplete and not maintained, so I contacted the owner and he gave me the permission to take the code and do what I like with it.

So here is my version (working one) of the library that can create tables in PDF using Zend Framework PDF library.

Zend Framework PDF Table Helper

I will write a working example soon and post it here and on GitHub.

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

July 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

Grouping orWhere elements in Zend Framework Zend_Db_select

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Practicly each time I am working with Zend_Db_Select (with Table or without it) I am searching for how easy to group orWhere elements.

After lot’s of searching and try and error’s I have come to this code:

if (false !== $this->_customSearchKeyword) {

$searchFields = array(‘p.photo_name’, ‘p.photo_desc’);

$keywordWhere = array();

if (!empty($searchFields)) {

foreach ($searchFields as $searchField) {

$searchField = $db0->quoteIdentifier($searchField);
$keywordWhere[] = ‘(‘ . $db0->quoteInto(“$searchField = ?”,

$this->_customSearchKeyword) . ‘)’;

$select->where( implode(‘ OR ‘, $keywordWhere) );



I hope that would be of some help to somebody 🙂 more then me I mean

Written by Alex (Shurf) Frenkel

May 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm