How to Create your own Scaffolding plugin for CakePHP 2

CakePHP’s builtin scaffolding is great but sometimes I wish it would do more or behave a little differently. Until recently, I assumed this couldn’t be accomplished with the way scaffolding was baked in. Thanks to the clever way CakePHP handles includes, we can easily use our own scaffolding implementation by adding 2 lines to AppController.

In this tutorial we will built a scaffolding plugin that is aware of the TreeBehavior (continue reading…)


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CsvExport Behavior for CakePHP 2

This behavior is the exact opposite of the CsvImport behavior included in the Utils plugin from CakeDC. This Behavior will end on github but for now, here is the source code and instructions on how to use the Behavior. (continue reading…)


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Enable CSV Import for all controllers/models in a CakePHP 2.x project

CakePHP LogoI often use phpMyAdmin to import csv data into projects I am building, this can be tedious as phpMyAdmin requires the number of fields and field order to match exactly for the csv import to work.

This frustration prompted me to explore the (continue reading…)


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[CakePHP] Modeling a simple accounting system with estimates, invoices, and payments.

Database tables and Model classes are where most CakePHP applications begin. With this example, we will focus on Model associations rather than providing a complete tutorial of an application. Consider this a solid foundation for building an Accounting Web App, this is the M in MVC.

The idea behind what we are modeling today is a simple accounting web app similar to Freshbooks or something QuickBooks offers. The model definitions and relationships are as follows. (continue reading…)


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Installing CakePHP 2.1 with git clone

If you have ssh shell access to you web server installing CakePHP very simple using git.
First, determine if you have git installed. (continue reading…)


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Install and reuse CakePHP across multiple projects

Update: I have created a command line tool that provides the functionality explained in detail below. Check-out CakeCore and learn more.

How to maintain one copy of each major version of the CakePHP Core library. Making upgrades to new versions of the framework effortless even across many applications.

I use CakePHP for the majority of web-based applications I create. Before developing this convention I would end up with many redundant copies of the Core library floating around taking up disk space, and making upgrade tedious. (continue reading…)


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Installing MongoDB on Windows the WAMP way

This guide is geared towards web developers using wamp. As you know, wamp keeps your filesystem tidy by installing apache, mysql, and php all inside c:\wamp. My setup is a Windows 7 64bit machine running wamp 32bit (Why run wamp 32bit on Windows 7 64bit?). Although untested on each, this guide should also work for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows Server variants.

MongoDB is a open source, high performance,NOSQL database server(mongod.exe) and shell(mongo.exe) developed by 10gen. MongoDB win32 binaries are available in both 64bit and 32bit flavors. The win32 binaries are packaged as a very simple zip file containing only the binary executables, no installer, and no example config files.

Lets get started! We will install mongodb into the c:\wamp directory, create conf,data,log directories, and configure mongod to run as a windows service. (continue reading…)


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Howto recover deleted php files using scalpel

Several times in the past I’ve accidentally overwritten a file or used a greedy wildcard with rm -rf. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry, scalpel can recover your file(s). My experience using scalpel was on a Ubuntu server but the tool will work on other linux distros including Redhat, Fedora, Debian, and more.  A Windows and Mac OS X build is also available.

scalpel is my tool of choice because it will recover files from the newer ext4 filesystem, which is the default filesystem for Ubuntu since (continue reading…)


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CakePHP: Reorder lft rght columns in Tree models

CakePHP LogoIf you are using the Tree Behavior sometimes the lft and rght columns get out of sync, especially if you are adding and deleting records during development.  Add the following method to your app/app_controller.php or controller of your choice.

    * This is a maint function to recover/reorder the 
    * lft/rght columns of a tree model.
    public function recover_tree( ) {
        $modelClass = $this->modelClass;
        if ( property_exists( $this->$modelClass->Behaviors, 'Tree' ) ) { 
            if ( !$this->$modelClass->recover() ) {
                echo 'Error recovering acl tree';
            } else {
                echo $modelClass . ' reordered.';
        } else {
            echo $modelClass . ' is not a tree model';

CakePHP’s Acls implementation also uses this same Tree table structure. Since Acos and Aros often don’t have their own controllers the following method will allow you to reorder the lft rght columns in one shot. Again, add this to your AppController or controller of choice.

    * This is a maint function to recover/reorder the
    *  lft/rght columns of the aco and aro models.
    public function recover_acl_tree( ) {
        App::Import('Model', 'Aco' );
        App::Import('Model', 'Aro' );
        $Aco = new Aco;
        $Aro = new Aro;
        if ( !$Aco->recover() || !$Aro->recover() ) {
            echo 'Error recovering acl tree';
        } else {
            echo 'Aros and Acos reordered.'; 

These methods/actions are meant to be called manually as you feel needed. If you would rather call them from other controller actions I would suggest prepending ‘_’ to the method names making them private/protected methods rather than url accessible actions.

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