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Using PEAR HTML_Template_IT For Modular Interface Design
Simplify your PHP application design with modular interface templates.

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When creating PHP applications for the web, it's common to see PHP code mixed in with HTML user interface elements. This ability to integrate smoothly with a standard HTML document is one of the reasons most developers like PHP so much - it's convenient, and you don't have to jump through multiple hoops to add sophisticated business logic to your site.

However, this convenience can sometimes come at a price: most PHP scripts are so closely interwoven with HTML code that maintaining them is a nightmare. Since both the HTML user interface elements and the business logic are in the same physical file, it becomes difficult for say, a graphic designer to alter a site's user interface without the assistance of a developer. And even after making the changes, it's usually necessary to re-test the code to make sure a semi-colon or variable didn't get lost along the way.

What is needed in such situations is a way to keep the business logic and the user interface in separate files, so that they can each be altered independently, and merge them together at run-time to generate the final product. PHP's PEAR repository already includes such a solution, and it goes by the name of HTML_Template_IT.


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