February 7, 2006
A rails alternative in PHP? Sounds great, I dont have to spend my weekend learning Ruby. That's what I hoped when I came across PHP on Trax which dubs itself as a Rails alternative for PHP. At first glimpse of the code they do a nice job implementing a dynamic active record setup to quickly generate the most commonly needed funtionality. Where this framework really falls flat is documentation, samples, and support. There is one BARE BONES example of how to create a new application. Thanks, that rocks. I'm now sitting here 4 hours later still trying to get it work with parse errors, fatal errors all over the place. I know what you're thinking.. hey if you're pissed why don't you write it? Screw that. If you're going to promote a framework to the community at least have some halfway decent docs. Here is a GREAT quote from the ruby on rails developer David Heinemeir...
"The biggest hurdle is documentation, which needs to be reviewed and extended. An open source infrastructure project is worth little more than its documentation in my opinion, so releasing something half-baked would sell the package short."
The man says it all. You want a framework to cut your development time, not have you digging through source code to try and find errors and documentation.
PHP Trax has potential, yet falls flat for lack of documenation, support, and/or general community interest.