[nycphp-talk] Many pages: one script

Jon Baer jonbaer at
Mon Aug 6 21:45:55 EDT 2007

Bare minimum w/ CakePHP (4 files/scripts: model, controller, view,  
route) + provided you have a db with a table called "articles":

1) /models/article.php
public class Article extends AppModel {}

2) /controllers/news_controller.php
public class NewsController extends AppController {
   function index($year, $month, $day) {
     $created = $year . "-" . $month . "-" . $day;
     $this->set('articles', $this->Article->findAllByCreated($date);

3) /config/routes.php
$Route->connect ('/news', array('controller'=>'News',  

4) /app/views/news/index.php
<?php foreach($articles as $article): ?>
<?= $article['Article']['title'] ?>
<?php endforeach; ?>

mod_rewrite will push everything to index.php which will call a  
"Dispatcher" to handle the URL + follow what has been declared in the  
routes file.  I believe this would be almost the exact mechanism  
found in items like DispatchServlet in Spring, etc.  (although I  
think you can abstract more items).

- Jon

On Aug 6, 2007, at 6:54 PM, Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Kenneth Downs wrote:
>> Again, I'm not clear on what you are trying to serve.  We probably  
>> have to back up to the beginning and erase the assumption that PHP  
>> has a one-to-one correspondence between a URL (or page) and a PHP  
>> file.  Having erased that, we have to ask what kind of content you  
>> are trying to serve, then we have to look at PHP examples.
> Here's a simple example: a news site backed by a database. URLs like
> ...
> return pages which contain that day's headlines extracted from the  
> database.
> One script, no more, must handle all dates. (I don't really care if  
> there are 2 or 3 scripts, but I do not want to have to write a  
> separate page for each URL. The number of PHP scripts must be  
> finite and fixed. It should not increase with the number of URLs  
> the script services.)
> The only way I've ever seen this done in PHP is by using  
> mod_rewrite, though they're a couple of other interesting  
> suggestions in the thread I need to explore further. Do you have a  
> suggestion?
> -- 
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