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Baking Paragon

It's code. Not food. Or even code for food.


I’ve worked in PHP and MySQL for a couple of years now and really enjoy the combo. When Ruby on Rails first emerged, I dabbled in it and, although the ruby coding language definitely wasn’t for me, I was amazed at the power of its coding framework.

With this new discovery, my quest to build a framework that would have the benefits of RoR and utilize PHP began. I had some success and built a few sites with it, always improving the framework with each project.

A friend, who works in Rails, then suggested Cake. Cake is a RoR style framework for PHP so I decided to take it for a once around the block. Needless to say, it is awesome! A brilliant idea then swept through the mind. We had been talking about redesigning our entire site from the ground up for the last few months…Why not take this idea to eleven by creating it in this crazy cool framework?

We started working on the site around January the 14th, when not working on projects or commercials or websites or sleeping, and it was ready to go live by February 1st, 2am. Missed our midnight deadline by 2 hours! Blasted server configurations!!! The entire site is database driven content except the address and copyright date (because we’re slackers). Along the way, I created a few helpful components to manage parts of the site which I’ll probably give away in the next post. Nothing earth shattering but things that I found helpful.

We hope you enjoy every morsel of the new site and look out for more tech posts!

Philip Joyner

Not only can the man stare down CSS code until it writes itself in sheer terror, but he is famous around 220 E. Hall St for what we like to call his “happy dance”. Few have seen it, and those who have can’t get enough.